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8 Beautiful Spots: Is Negros Occidental the Newest Summer Destination?

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Belle Piccio
Belle Piccio | Mar 17, 2016
8 Beautiful Spots: Is Negros Occidental the Newest Summer Destination?

Negros Occidental is known as the “Sugar Bowl of the Philippines.” It generates more than half of the country’s sugar production as well as exporting it to other countries. But it offers not just sugar for your sweet tooth but also tourist spots perfect for your summer escapade.

The Province of Negros Occidental is the western portion of the fourth largest island of the Philippines, Negros Island. The province is made up of 12 cities and 19 municipalities and is approximately 375 kilometers long from north to south. It is composed mainly of Hiligaynon-speaking people.

This summer, make Negros Occidental Province a place for you to explore.

It boasts of beautiful beaches in the southern portion of the province. In 2015, there are about 103000 tourists that visited Sipalay and only about 4000 in Hinobaan according to the records of the provincial tourism office.

1) Sipalay

Sipalay is dubbed as the “Jewel of Negros” because of its beautiful beaches, natural attractions, caves, waterfalls, coves, bays, and underwater treasures.

Explore the underwater world of Sipalay: Juliens Wreck.

Clownfishes; photo by Dustin Mijares

Take a dip in the clear waters of Campomanes Bay.

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Campomanes Bay; photo by epion_24 from flickr

WATCH: Underwater Video: Exploring Juliens Wreck

2) Hinobaan

The Municipality of Hinobaan is the southernmost town of Negros Occidental province.

There are also beaches with clear blue waters in the northern portion of the province.

3) Sagay

Sagay City is located at the northernmost tip of Negros Island. The name “sagay” was derived from a bright, univalve-shelled mollusk that was once plentiful on the city's sandy shores called by locals as “sigay.”

Sunbathe at the famous white sandbar of Sagay: Carbin Reef

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Relax at the floating mangrove eco-park of Suyac Island.

Approaching Suyac Island

For bookings, contact Sagay City Information and Tourism Office during office hours at (034) 488-0649, or the Sagay Marine Reserve Office at (034) 488-0101 local 117.

4) Cadiz

Cadiz City is the gateway and premier center of agro-fishery resources of Negros Island. It is located at the northern area and is about 65 kilometers away from Bacolod, the capital city of Negros Occidental Province.

Fluvial Parade of Dinagsa Festival 2014 in Cadiz City; photo by Dustin Mijares

5) Kabankalan

Take a bath in the turquiose water of Mag-aso Falls.

6) La Carlota

La Carlota City is located at the southwestern portion of the province bounded in the north by Bago City and the mountain ranges of Kanlaon in the east. Though the land is mostly devoted to agriculture, it keeps amazing waterfalls like the Guintubdan Falls.

7) Bago

Bago City is labeled as the “home of historical and natural treasures” as it has greatly contributed to the rich history of Negros Occidental Province. It is also known as the “boxing capital of the Philippines” in which the city has produced many great names in the field of boxing like Olympic medalist, Onyok Velasco.

Discover the hidden gem of Bago City, the Bagacay Waterfalls

8) Murcia

The Mambukal Resort is the most income generating resort of Negros Occidental in 2015.

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The tourism industry is a big help in boosting the local economy of the province and most importantly it generates employment to people.

Negros Island is located in the Visayas region. It offers more than just beautiful tourist spots but as well as delectable food and wonderful memories that you’ll never forget. The main gateway of Negros Occidental is the capital city of the province, Bacolod.

(Photos are screen grab from TV Patrol Negros unless otherwise stated.)

VIEW: See what to bring home from Negros Occidental with the Pasalubong Map:

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How to Get to Bacolod

From Manila, you can fly to Bacolod (Php2500++, round trip, 45 minutes). From Bacolod-Silay Airport, you can take a shuttle (Php75-100 per head), or a cab (minimum of Php400) and ask to be taken to your hotel or destination in Bacolod City.

You can also go to Bacolod via ferry (estimated cost of Php2700++ with meal, round trip, 20-22 hours) from Manila. From the port you can hail a cab and ask to be dropped off to your destination anywhere in Bacolod City.

Jeepneys (minimum of Php7.00, ask for a discount if you're a senior citizen or a student) are the most common and cheapest means of transportation in the city. They have designated routes to follow, so if you're in a rush it's better to get a cab (flagdown in the city area is Php40 and additional Php3.50 for every succeeding 300 meters).

Explore Bacolod City with our fun map!


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Manokan Country; photo courtesy of Bacolod City Public Information Office
3) How This Couple's Love for Pinoy Food Became An Ingredient For Success

4) Old Pala-Pala: A Grand Seafood Feast in the City of Smiles

5) Piaya -- A Sweet Negrense Delicacy

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