Travel Philippines: Negros Oriental Adventure

Welcome to Negros Oriental!

Negros Oriental is a province located in the region of Central Visayas Philippines. And Dumaguete City is the capital city. It is known as “ The City  of Gentle People”. It’s also one of the world’s best places to retire, a perfect for enjoying island life. In fact, Forbes Magazine article listed it as one of the “7 Best Places to Retire Around the World”. 

I’ve been living in this place for almost 5 years (1999-2004) but I never got a chance to explore since my life then was a routinely school, boarding house and vice versa. I wish I turn back time and wander. From the city to the mountains, this place has a lot to offer. It is so wealthy with many things. You will learn more from our experience of our 4 day trip within Negros Oriental. Here we go!

From Manila we flew to Dumaguete City. We arrived at Sibulan Airport late afternoon. We went directly to the hotel where we booked 2 weeks prior to our trip. We then rented a car for our 4-day adventure. 

We stayed at Hotel Essencia, one of the biggest hotels in the city. We had a great experience staying at this hotel. The staff were very helpful and so quick to respond to any of our request. Our stay came with free breakfast. We will definitely stay in this hotel if we got a chance to go back to Dumaguete.

The hotel is just 5-minute ride to Rizal boulevard where you will find plenty of great restaurants. We tried Sans Rival Bistro. I thought they only offer cakes and pastries but they also serve food for dinner. They are so famous with their sans rival and silvanas. If you travel to Dumaguete, you should try this place.

We then strolled around Rizal boulevard. Wow! The  place was packed with locals and tourist. Behind us, people are eating Dumaguete’s famous pinoy food “balut” and “tempura”. 


Second Day: Cathedral Church ( St. Catherine Alexandria Cathedral) 

Cathedral church is the largest church in Dumaguete. It was built in seventeenth century. It is located along Perdices Street, fronting Quezon Park where the Dumaguete Tourism Office is situated. Who wouldn’t love the IG-worthy view of the Cathedral? So hop on and take that best shot.

Right next to the church you can see a belfry tower. A historical structure built in the year 1811, it is a very famous architectural landmark in the city.

We visited the belfry and offered prayers at the grotto of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. There’s a small souvenir shop near the grotto that sells candles, rosaries and other religious items.

Quezon Park

I also went strolling with my family at the Quezon Park, located just across the Cathedral church. It has a playground, vintage cannons and a gazebo; it’s also utilize as a great hosting venue for community events. I used to come and play at this park during my college days.


Rizal Boulevard 


It is a popular landmark in Dumaguete. It was named after our National hero Dr. Jose Rizal. It’s clean and peaceful. It’s nice to walk or just sit here and feel the cool breeze of the ocean.

The building behind us is the  Silliman University.  Established in 1901, it is the first American university in the Philippines and the entire Asian continent.


In the afternoon we then took a roadtrip to Valencia, Negros Oriental.

There are a lot of things to do in Valencia. We visited the Tierra Alta. We experienced their rush zipline. We then went on strolling around the beautiful place.

Third day:  Tejero Highland Resort and Adventure Park

We planned our adventures but we did not call and booked the place for reservation. So, when we came and visit this place, we did not know that there’s a company party. Since we can’t get inside the place, or even just take pictures and see what it looks like inside, that’s the only picture we had. It’s the side view of Tejero Highland Resort and Adventure Park.

Forest Camp Nature Resort:

It is one of the main attractions of Valencia Negros Oriental. Well, still got no so lucky since it’s fully booked. So we just took that photo and go on the next trip.

Casaroro Falls:

It’s a great hike. It’s about 340 stairs going down and up to see the falls. It was rocky but it was worth it. Truly, “DIFFICULT ROADS OFTEN LEAD TO A BEAUTIFUL DESTINATION.”

Before you go, make sure you bring water and towel. You will enjoy with this amazing waterfall. It’s worth the trip. It was fun though challenging especially in climbing up the stairs when you come back. Just be careful the rocks are slippery.

Japanese Shrine: The Filipino Japanese Amity Memorial Shrine

We still got time to visit the Japanese Shrine at Valencia. It’s a destination for summer camps, outings and vacations. The view is spectacular. If you are not familiar with the place, it is best to bring with you a tour guide or a driver that is familiar with the place because the road is winding and hazardous.

We ended the trip of the day with swimming. As we are heading back to the city, we saw this river. It was so clean so we decided to go on swimming to cap off our day. Though we have many failed trips, but it was indeed a fun day with my family.

Day 4: Manjuyod White Sandbar

Our plan for the day was to visit the Lake Balinsasayao first, located in  Sibulan, and then go to  Manjuyod White Sandbar. Since it was raining, so we decided to go directly to Manjuyod. Upon our arrival at the Tourism of Manjuyod, the truth slapped us. It was again fully booked. (SO PLAN YOUR TRIPS AND DO EARLY BOOKING AS POSSIBLE).

Since we are all excited to experience the White Sandbar we considered renting a boat for us to get there. Of course a little bit pricey but it’s all worth it though! And there, we really have enjoyed swimming only because we didn’t got a chance to see the white sand 🙁

 We stayed there for many hours waiting for the low tide just to see the powdery white sand. So I suggest if you want to visit the place make sure you have booked your trip so the tourism team can reserve a boat for the whole package. Ask them when  is the best time to go there to avoid waiting for so long until Sandbar surfaces. Anyways, we did not see the powdery white sand but still we have enjoyed. I will just charge it to experience.

That’s all for our wonderful trip to Negros Oriental. It was a memorable adventure with my family. 

Thanks everyone!


  1. Our country has many beautiful places. I hope I can go to all of these places.

    1. I’m trying to save to visit all these beautiful places someday.

      1. Yes, it’s a little bit expensive to visit such places. I hope we can meet one day. 😊

        1. Are you in the Philippines right now? I’ve been to many places in Luzon already like Tagaytay, Mt. Taal, Shercon Resort Batangas, La Virgina Leisure Park. But never been to Boracay. Next time maybe we should meet there.

          1. Yes. I’m in the Philippines. I’ve been to the places you’ve mentioned but not to Boracay. Yes! Let’s meet there. Do you have an Fb acct? You can add me, weng liwanag suarez.

          2. Weng, can’t find your name on fb. Add me please… Fe Amaya

  2. It’s too bad some of those places were closed after you went all the way there, but it sounds like you still had a great adventure.

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos!

    1. Hi Silver Screen. They were not closed. They are just fully booked because it’s weekend many families go on outing. It’s my fault since I didn’t booked our trips.

  3. Travel is always an adventure. No matter how much planning we do, we sometimes get surprises. That is what makes it so addictive. I see you are now following my retiredanddownunda blog. Thanks for that. This blog is full and there will be no new posts, but you are welcome to read the past posts of our 2014/15 trip to New Zealand and Australia and beyond. If you are interested, my current blog is at Happy travels and thanks for reading.

    1. I’ll be following your new blog sir. I’m so inspired with travel bloggers. I hope someday I can travel too around the globe. Thanks much

  4. I wish i had more time to visit Negros. Perhaps I can visit the places you visited on my next itinerary.
    And yes I love the boulevard’s street food especially the tempura 🙂

    1. hi Erik, I’ve never been to the places in Negros that you featured in your blog like the Pulangbato falls in Valencia and the sulfur vents. I hope I can visit Philippines soon and explore more Negros and neighboring Island. Maybe Mabinay, they have cave and the spring. Then explore Cebu and Siquijor.Thanks sir! I’m following all of your adventure!

  5. Geoff C

    Thank you so much for these information, they are really useful for me , will share to my friends as well! Will visit there next month with my family

    1. I really want to explore more of this place. Still saving, and hope I can go home for a vacation nextyear. Planning to visit Mabinay, Apo Island, Siquijor, and neighboring islands. Thank you so much

  6. Wow amazing places. Hope to visit soon.Thanks for sharing.

  7. I love exploring and seeing how others live in teh world. This place looks like such a great adventure!

  8. you should try Gabby’s Bistro! Their place is instagramable and all their food is superb!

    1. Next time Hartwanders. I’ll tr6 to visit Gabby’s Bistro. I hope to go home nextyear. Thanks!

  9. Oh wow thank you for this post! I’m planning to visit Negros Oriental as soon as uni ends so definitely gonna use some of your info. Cheers!

    1. Thanks Christine. Planning to go home nextyear too to explore more of the place. Planning to visit Mabinay, Apo Island, Siquijor and neighboring islands soon. See yah

  10. The trip looked like a really nice balance of history and the outdoors. The waterfalls and zipline makes me want to book a trip. Right now!

    1. Thanks Laurie! See you there! 🙂

  11. Wow, I’ve never heard about Negros Oriental before but it looks amazing! Thank you for sharing this!

    1. Hi Wander with Ola thanks for reading. Negros is one of the island of the country Philippines. Tons to see and do in the Philippines. And more than 7,107 islands to explore. Thanks much

  12. I loved the architecture and of course the waterfalls! Looks like a place I’d love to visit, plus you seemed to have had a lot of fun. I’d love to visit one one. Good photos and story.

    1. Thank you Astrid. I want to visit Negros again nextyear to explore more. A lot of things to do in Negros.

  13. I watched Dolce Amore and they always loved travelling to Dumaguete. No wonder! Anyway, Negros has so much to offer; I’m sure you were surprised to learn of the many adventure trails and there is no doubt that you had a perfect one!

    1. Thanks Dalene! Yeah, I learned much from our misadventures. Next time, I need to plan and book in advance. Want to visit nextyear to see my family and explore more of the place.

  14. What a wonderful time you all seemed to have. Such a beautiful place. Love the old buildings, such history. Wonderful memories have been made.

  15. Sulav Sapkota

    Looks like you are having so much fun. Can’t wait to go travel and live my life at peace. Thank you for sharing,

    1. Thanks sulav! Yes it’s a great time spending with my family. Yes, you are very welcome to explore the island. Thank you so much

  16. Ally

    These pictures look absolutely beautiful and breathtaking, especially the church and that waterfall! I hope to be able to visit someday – definitely on my travel bucket list!

  17. Thank you so much for sharing. I love to be able to visit new places through the pictures and words of others.

    1. Thanks for reading Heather.

  18. It all looks like a pretty amazing trip out there. I love all of the different photos you took of your adventures. You and your family must have had such an amazing time.

  19. The time I go back to the Philippines to visit family, I’ll definitely plan on visiting Negros Oriental. In the 12 years of living there, I haven’t explored much of the country besides the cities surrounding La Union.

  20. aareeba

    I loved all your pictures . They filled with so much fun and love. I wish i can visit some place like this in future with my family too

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