Negros Oriental Tourist Attractions
Negros Oriental has a rich nature. Although most Negros Oriental tourist attractions need some traveling, they are certainly worth it.
A trip to the Twin Lakes of Balinsasayao is a must for those who love the outdoors. The Twin Lakes are approximately 12 kilometers from Dumaguete City and is only a 25 minute ride away. The twin Lakes offer guests a beautiful view of nature at its best. The Twin Lakes is 1000 feet above sea level and are separated (and surrounded) by mountains on all sides.
A visit to the Twin Lakes will help you unwind and de-stress. Activities to enjoy here are trekking, swimming, fishing, kayaking and boating. You can also try your hand at bird watching. The whole vicinity of the lake is known to be the habitat of several rare birds like Japanese Night Heron. Take the time to look up at a Almagica Tree. The said tree is the tallest tree in the country.
If you’re one to enjoy nature, you might enjoy a picnic in one of the park’s cottages. The cottages are made with local materials and are proudly Filipino designed.
Enjoy the sun and the sea while playing with the dolphins at the small town of Bais City. The small fishing town boasts of various dolphin sightings in their seas. For those who want to view these fun and playful creatures, head on to Bais during the peak months of March to October. The rest of the year, the winds and the weather make for strong currents and difficult sailing.
To start the dolphin watching adventure, prepare yourself to start your trip early. The trip starts at 7 am and ends around 4 pm. During those times, you can expect to see dolphin species like the pantropical spotted dolphins, the long snouted spinner and the bottlenose dolphins. Take plenty of photos to capture the moment.
If you’re hungry, lunch is included in most tours packages. You’ll stop at Manjuyod White Sand bar while your tour guide and boatman will serve you freshly cooked fish and grilled pork. Enjoy the feast while feeling the soft white sand between your toes.
Spelunking at Mabinay Caves is a must for adventure seekers. To visit Mabinay caves, brace yourself for a 2 hour bumpy incline ride. Mabinay Caves isn’t your average cave. That’s because it’s actually a cave system that ranks second longest in the whole country.
The cave system includes Odloman cave, Cayaso cave, Panliwagan cave, Pandalian cave and Crystal cave. That’s 5 intertwined caves in one go. The Odloman features active streams and waterways. The Cayaso cave is known for its subterranean rivers and has the record of 9th longest cave in the country. The Panliwagan and Pandalian caves are short but adventurous climbs. The last is the Crystal cave that’s known for its stalactites and stalagmite formations.
Crawling your way through these caves can be a challenge. That’s why it’s required to have at least 2 guides to assist per trip. You will also have to strap on safety gears before the trek starts. Since the cave adventure takes several hours to finish, booking in advance is highly recommended for this trip.
Manjuyod Sand Bar
Does the sound of a 7 kilometer pristine white sand bar tempt you? How about if you imagine yourself digging your toes into the smooth sands while drinking fresh coconut? Manjuyod Sand Bar is a must for tourists.
When you see the island from your boat, several cottages on stilts will greet you. Since part of the island is a sand bar, the water level routinely rises during the high tide. The stilts ensure that the house is above the water level. You have the option of renting these cabins for a night. The experience of waking up in the middle of the beach is priceless.
Manjuyod Sand Bar is often a stopover for those who availed the dolphin watching tour in Bais. The dolphin watching tour includes a picnic lunch and a few hours stay in the island to soak up some sun and frolic in the beach. Top activities in the island include snorkeling and scuba diving.
Do you want to test yourself if you can live with nature? A trip to Forrest Camp can help you with that. The camp is located approximately 12 km from Dumaguete City. Going there will take you on a winding road up hill. Forrest Camp is a privately owned and run by the Vicuñas family.
What makes this camp a perfect destination for locals and tourists is its climate. It’s cool, quiet and you’re surrounded by lush trees and vegetation. You’ll also love hearing the sound of a flowing stream just beside the camp.
Currently, the camp caters to overnight guests. They also have cottages for picnics and those who plan on just a quick day tour. The whole ambience and feel of Forrest Camp is centered on Filipino design. That is evident on the indigenous materials used for the cottage such as bamboo and hand- woven mats.
Casaroro Falls is considered to be the pride of the whole Negros Province. The falls is known for its towering 100 feet height and narrow mouth. Even though Casaroro Falls doesn’t look that intimidating or gigantic, you’ll be surprised at how strong the current and flow is. The roar of the cascading water falling down in a pool below will echo throughout the lush vegetation.
To appreciate Casaroro Falls, you have to climb up 350 steps up hill. The steps are made of cement and there are hand rails to assist you. You will also have to trek approximately 200 meters across the creek to view it. This trek is not for those with a weak heart or weak knees. It’s a rigorous workout so pack a bottle of water and brace yourself. Don’t worry though; the view at the end is worth all that sweat and effort. You’re sure to get plenty of awesome photos before, during and after the trek.
The Japanese Shrine or the Fil-Am Japanese Shrine is a memorial ground that symbolizes a great deal for the three countries involved in the war. The same spot on the hill is the place where the Japanese held their battle ground against the Americans during World War II. The battle took many lives and casualties were heavy. The battle wasn’t a waste because with it brought the end of bloodshed and the start of a peaceful era for everyone.
The shrine is located on top of a hill. To get to the shrine, it’s advised to hire a 4×4 vehicle as the roads are steep. Once you’re on top, you’ll see a commemorative pillar with 3 sides to it. The 3 sides symbolize the 3 countries involved in the battle; the United States of America, Philippines and Japan. The shrine was built and unveiled in 1977 and is considered to be a historical monument.
For seasoned trekkers, Mt. Kanlaon is the ultimate destination while in Dumaguete. Mt. Kanlaon is a challenge to climb not only because it’s the tallest mountain in the Central Visayas Region but because of its generally rugged terrain. Do not expect this mountain to be smooth and leveled because it’s far from it. The terrain has high rock walls and deep dips in the ground. Water flow from various falls in the mountain side also makes for a slippery trail.
For this trip, it’s always wise to hire a seasoned guide. Not only will the guide help you trail the mountain up properly, you’ll also accomplish it in record time. If you’re lucky, you might even find a rare bird or creature in your trail like the monitor lizard.
The mountain has trails that extend to over 40 kilometers in distance. If you want the shortest trail to the summit, take the Masulog trail. This trail has a distance of only 8 kilometers. The longest trail to the summit is the Wasay Trail. It takes days to trek up and requires stamina and experience on the park of the climber.