Top 10 Things to do in Negros Occidental, Philippines

July 29, 2017 Joeann Galban

Negros Occidental (Hiligaynon: Negros Nakatundan; Cebuano: Kasadpang Negros; Filipino: Kanlurang Negros), also known as Occidental Negros or Western Negros, is a province located in the region of Western Visayas, in the Philippines. It occupies the northwestern half of the large island of Negros, with Negros Oriental comprising the southeastern half. Known as the "Sugarbowl of the Philippines", Negros Occidental produces more than half the nation's sugar output.
Restaurants in Negros Occidental

1. Sugar Beach

Sipalay, Negros Occidental, Philippines +63 947 328 2771
Excellent
69%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 107 reviews

Sugar Beach

Reviewed By BooRadley11 - Braunschweig, Germany

The other comments tell you all about the beauty and relaxed feeling of Sugar beach.
But what almost no one does here, is hiking/trekking. Although it is possible.
Don't miss to do a short hike up the hill in the morning or evening. It takes about an hour and gives you an overwhelming view of the surrounding. Half way up lives a man called Cinto, who has travelled a lot, speaks almost fluently English and who has a beautiful soul. We met him walking up in the morning and then returned in the evening to talk more with him and enjoy the sunset :) It was very interesting.
We stayed at Driftwood Village and they organized a young guy, who lead us up.
It's a good chance to meet a fantastic person :)

2. The Ruins

Hda. Sta. Maria, Talisay, Negros Occidental, Philippines +63 34 476 4334
Excellent
47%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 503 reviews

The Ruins

Reviewed By John A - Elanora, Australia

There isnt much to do here except admire the beautiful Spanish Colonial ruins of a time gone by , it just goes to show how much influence the Spanish had in the early days of the Philippines , and is an example of how much wealth must have been here in the early days , worth the visit ,John and Gina .

3. San Sebastian Cathedral

Rizal Street, Bacolod, Negros Occidental, Philippines
Excellent
30%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
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4 based on 174 reviews

San Sebastian Cathedral

Reviewed By violetvodka - Bacolod city, Philippines

the church itself is a magnificent architectural structure, and a must-visit for tourists. however, be wary and careful when visiting there at night. a friend was walking out of the gate around 6pm when a stranger put his arm around him and asked for his wallet and cellphone.

4. Mambukal Mountain Resort

Barangay Minoyan, Murcia, Negros Occidental 6129, Philippines +61 3 4433 8516
Excellent
29%
Good
52%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
2%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 387 reviews

Mambukal Mountain Resort

Visited February 2009. Roughly 30-45 minutes south of Bacolod City. It’s a good idea to rent out transportation for the day, leave early in the morning for Mambukal, and then come back in the afternoon/evening. We rented out a jeepney for roughly 2,000 pesos and brought some food to cook. There’s quite a bit to do here at Mambukal, all on cash basis, with relatively low fees. Per the website: Hotel Rooms, Water Falls, Swimming Pools, Function Hall, Therapeutic Warm Dipping Pool, Picnic Huts, Overnight Cottages, Food Court, Bat Watching, Boating, Wall Climbing, Slide for Life, Canopy Walk, and Camping Ground.http://www.mambukalhaven.com/location.htmlFirst we rented one of the picnic huts and started cooking. After we ate, we checked out the water fall, swimming pool, therapeutic warm dipping pool, boating lagoon and bat watching ….Picnic Huts – Nice views with a stand to grill and a sink wash your hands. The water comes directly from the falls.Water Fall – I’d say about it’s about a 30 minute hike to the first waterfall, over uneven ground and a single pipe railing to hold on to. Certainly a workout, I wouldn’t recommend this to the less-adventurous. There are a total of 6 or 7 Waterfalls you can hike to, each one a less safe hike than the one before. You should at least hike to the first waterfall, it will be worth the trip. Bat Watching – You can see the bats hanging down from the tall trees in the distance from just about anywhere on the resort. They have specific ‘bat watching’ signs though, on the route to the first waterfall. Boating – You can rent a kayak for 30 minutes to an hour, good for 5 or 6 people per kayak. Life vests and two paddles are provided. Nice lagoon, lots of fun and good exercise. Swimming Pool – Cool water, large pool area. Like any other swimming pool except that this water is from the falls!Therapeutic Warm Dipping Pool – Like a hot shower on a cold day, but in ‘pool’ form. If you’re not used to the hot water just give your body time to adjust and sink lower and lower …. The resort was lots of fun, don’t forget the suntan lotion. Easily took up a whole day. A must visit if you are in Negros!

Reviewed By yumcarrotcake - Sydney, Australia

It has been a very long time since my last visit to Mambukal and the place has improved by leaps and bounds. Our stay was for relaxation so we were fine with only a day trip. However, if one wants to be more adventurous and climb the falls, I recommend staying at least overnight. There are a few types of accommodations to choose from and currently, the construction of a new hotel is ongoing.
There are many activities as this is also a family friendly place. We went for the relaxing and therapeutic sulfur Springs where you have 2 options: the Japanese Ofuro and the dipping pool. The entrance to the resort is very affordable and so are the fees for use of the facilities. We enjoyed the spa as well where we had a nice view of foliage and the small stream whilst on the massage chair.
We didn't have the chance to go kayaking in the boating lagoon which looks very picturesque or climb the Waterfalls or swam in the pool or visit the Butterfly garden. Those will be for our next trip when we can stay longer. There are other attractions such as slide for life which is a zipline, wall climbing and a canopy walk where you can spot the flying foxes or the fruit bats. Mambukal is a sanctuary to at least 4 species of bats that are endangered.
Visitors can opt not to bring food as there is a small food court that serves a variety of Filipino cuisine.
Mambukal is about half an hour away from Bacolod City. We were fortunate we had sunny weather and and we had clear views of the Mountains on the way to the resort.

5. Balay Negrense Museum

Cinco De Noviembre Street | Barangay III, Silay City, Negros Occidental 6116, Philippines +63 34 714 7676
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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4 based on 85 reviews

Balay Negrense Museum

Reviewed By Oren1975 - Birmingham, United Kingdom

It was our 2nd stop among the museums in Silay, first impression, you get the taste of how the hacienderos used to live. The spacious living rooms with intricate staircase starting with oro plata mata concept. The lenght and with of the doors and the ventilation system used before. It was very enriching to learn and discover centuries old mansions that used to line up this areas. Thier lineage and how the descendants keep up with the reunions to continue the tradition. One minor suggestion if the tour guides could give us more information regarding the structures of the house, such as the height of the doors , and when we were having our pictures taken by the stairs going down the stairs railing appear to be unstable.

6. Danjugan Island Marine Reserve and Sanctuaries

3 Purok | Barangay Bulata, Cauayan, Negros Occidental 6112, Philippines +63 915 234 7145
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 49 reviews

Danjugan Island Marine Reserve and Sanctuaries

"We saved an island, now we invite you to explore it." Danjugan Island is a marine reserve and wildlife sanctuary, 3 kilometers off the coast of Bulata, Cauayan, Negros Occidental, Philippines. The island is 1.5 kilometers long and 0.5 kilometers at its widest point, has 5 lagoons and is covered with limestone Forests providing asylum to many wildlife species that struggle to exist in the Mainland. What once used to be a threatened and over-fished area is now a protected sanctuary with a dazzling array of marine and terrestrial life. Today, the island serves as an outdoor classroom for students, a research area for conservationists, and a haven for tourists eager to experience nature at its purest. Danjugan Island is a project of The Philippine Reef and Rainforest Conservation Foundation, Inc. Danjugan's five lagoons, numerous coral reefs, and vast limestone Forests provide asylum to many wildlife species.

Reviewed By krizel J

We had an overnight stay at the Typhoon Beach in Danjugan island. The typhoon included private rooms while the moray lagoon only open ones(which is great if your in groups). They served huuuuggggeeee servings (good for 4 for just the 2 of us)of native Filipino food. The package included all their activities in the island including trekking, snorkeling, kayaking which you can do the whole day. The place is so peaceful. You can only hear birds and waves crashing because we get to own the other side of the island to ourselves. The place and our tour guide,Carmela who happens to be their own scholar, is very informative of the sanctuary and marine life. The snorkeling was my highlight. The way they protect and maintained the sanctuary is very impressive and very honorable in such a way they live out their cause. If you want to relax and be one with nature, danjugan is the island to be. Remember that this place is not a resort. Please enjoy without causing any harm to her.

7. Manjuyod White Sandbar

Bais Brg, Bais City, Negros Oriental 6206, Philippines +63 906 660 3393
Excellent
43%
Good
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Satisfactory
18%
Poor
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4 based on 93 reviews

Manjuyod White Sandbar

Reviewed By Ronna V

Been there with my son and my ex :)
Went there around 12nn the water is hightide so we really didnt see how the sandbar is..but we can see that the water is really clear ...the sand is white
Warm water.. Warm.weather
Sumptous lunch served by the bangkero
For 2200 deal with kuya teopanes
Roundtrip bangka...with seafood lunch
Fish crab shirmp and rice.. Great deal for 3 pax .not bad..
Just we really didnt see the sandbar ..

8. Mag-aso Falls

Barangay Oringao, Kabankalan, Negros Occidental, Philippines
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4 based on 64 reviews

Mag-aso Falls

Reviewed By Penny C

Crystal clear and cold water perfect for the summer season. Breathtaking view.
Unfortunately one local have no respect and disgusting.. the lady on the pic wearing brown sleveless actually gargle the water from the falls and spit it. Sad.. we didnt attempt to take another dip after seeing it..

9. Sagay Marine Reserve (Carbin Reef)

Sagay City, Negros Occidental, Philippines
Excellent
55%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
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Terrible
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4.5 based on 28 reviews

Sagay Marine Reserve (Carbin Reef)

Reviewed By G5014XKsam - Iloilo City, Philippines

Carbin reef is best for family and friends.I was amazed by the white sand, school of fish, accommodation and more. BE SURE TO COME HERE EARLY since there are no trees around the area so it's kinda hot during 11am - 3pm. BRING FOOD :-) listen to their orientation before swimming for everybody's safety.

10. Canlaon Volcano

Canloan City, Negros Oriental, Philippines
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 18 reviews

Canlaon Volcano

Reviewed By Methersgate - Philippines

Very well worth while.
You need permits for each member of the party (Filipinos 300pesos, foreigners 500pesos) obtainable from Laddie G Lamis at the Canlaon Tourist Office. Mr Lamis will also arrange guides (compulsory-700 pesos per day)and Porters (advisable - 500 pesos a day). It may be possible to hire tents and sleeping bags but my advice is bring your own. You do need climbing quality kit. I also recommend a good pair of boots, and you will need a pair of tough gloves - you will find out what these are for. Plan on at least two litres of water per day per man for drinking -0cooking water can be found on the mountain.
You will need waterproof clothing and a warm jacket - we found 5deg C on the ridge with a 35-45mph wind.
Youngest member of our party was a 14 year old girl.

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