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Negros Oriental Travel Guide

Itinerary, Things to do, How to get there and more

Negros Oriental is a province in the Visayas Region occupying the southeastern half of Negros Island. It is also called Oriental Negros or Eastern Negros. Originally named Buglas, it was changed into Negros by the Spanish colonizers when they saw the dark-skinned natives living on the island. Negros Island was used to be a part of Cebu but was later divided into 2 separate provinces – Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental. A laid-back province, Negros Oriental is basically dependent on agriculture and is also an emerging technological center for BPO industry in the region now. The whole of Negros Oriental is made up of 19 municipalities and 6 cities. Dumaguete is the province’s capital, dubbed as the City of Gentle People and is the most populous city in the province.

Where to go in Negros Oriental

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Acqua Dive

Maluay Zamboanguita, Negros Oriental, Central Visayas, 6218, Philippines

Amlan Beach

Tandayag Amlan (ayuquitan), Negros Oriental, Central Visayas, 6203, Philippines

Aqua Ventura Divers

Washington Street Dauin, Negros Oriental, Central Visayas, 6217, Philippines

Arvor Caves

Brgy. Hinakpan City Of Guihulngan, Negros Oriental, Central Visayas, 6214, Philippines

Atlantis House Reef

Dauin Dumaguete City (capital), Negros Oriental, Central Visayas, 6200, Philippines

Ayungon Mechanized Nursery Facility

Brgy. Banban Ayungon, Negros Oriental, Central Visayas, 6210, Philippines

Bacong Beaches

Barangay Valencia Bacong, Negros Oriental, Central Visayas, 6216, Philippines

Bahura

Dauin Dumaguete City (capital), Negros Oriental, Central Visayas, 6200, Philippines

Balanan Lake

Sandulong Siaton, Negros Oriental, Central Visayas, 6219, Philippines

Baluarte

Apo Island Dumaguete City (capital), Negros Oriental, Central Visayas, 6200, Philippines

How to Get Here

Getting There
By air: From Manila and Cebu: PAL and Cebu Pacific have daily flights to Dumaguete Airport in Sibulan.

By land: From Cebu: Take a bus bound for Dumaguete City at Cebu South Bus Terminal. The first trip is around 5:30 AM and fare is about Php 250.00 per person.
From Bacolod: From South Ceres Terminal located in Bacolod City, ride a Dumaguete-bound bus. Fare is less than Php 300.00 and travel time takes 5-6 hours.

By sea: From Cebu: Another option when coming from Cebu is to board a bus going to Liloan Port. Travel time is around 3.5 hours for a fare of Php 180.00 (ordinary bus), Php 280.00 (air conditioned bus). From Liloan Port (Santander, Cebu), catch a ferry bound for Sibulan Port (Negros); travel time is only 25-30 minutes. There are multi-cabs in the port of Sibulan bound for Dumaguete City.
From Bohol: Board a fast craft from Tagbilaran City going to Dumaguete City. Fare starts from Php 700.00 to Php 1,020.00. Travel time is around 2 hours.
From Dapitan: There are ferries that travel between Dapitan and Dumaguete with travel time of 3-4 hours for a fare of Php 350.00 per person.

Popular Food

A popular delicacy in Dumaguete, baye-baye is made from grated young coconut and mixed with either ground corn kernels or ground pinipig and formed into a rectangular shaped and then sliced evenly. This delicacy can also be found in the province of Iloilo.

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Budbud is Negros Oriental’s version of suman or sticky rice cake wrapped in banana leaves. A breakfast staple in the province, budbud usually comes in pairs and paired with ripe mangoes and sikwate or hot chocolate.

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Another pride of the City of Dumaguete is the mouth-watering silvanas. This addicting sweet dessert is made from buttercream, cashew-meringue wafers and cookie crumbs. Dumaguete’s silvanas is a popular pasalubong as well.

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A dish inspired by the delicious Bicol Express, Dumaguete Express is made from a variety of seafood like shrimp, squid, fish and mussels. It also has gata (coconut milk) but not as hot as the Bicol version and topped with lechon kawali.

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What to Do

Visit a museum
Negros Oriental is home to interesting museums that showcase historical facts and collection about the province. For the WWII history aficionados, you will surely marvel at the Cata-al World War 2 Museum while the Silliman University Anthropology Museum has an extensive collection of artifacts found in the Province of Negros.
Fall in love with the province’s waterfalls
Explore Negros Oriental and see the beautiful, hidden waterfalls the province is known for. Each one has its own beauty and character. The soothing sounds of the gushing waters of these charming waterfalls tucked neatly amidst lush surroundings make up a good visit to this province.
Go on a beach trip
Negros Oriental has many beautiful beaches and the best thing is that they are not as crowded as the other beaches in the Visayas Region. From a white sandbar to an enchanting cove to a black sandy beach, Negros Oriental will not disappoint the beach lover in you.
Have a taste of local delicacies
Go on a food trip in the province’s famous restaurants or drop by at the public market to buy budbud and sikwate for a hearty breakfast.