There’s plenty to explore in all of Negros, so breaking it down helps. Negros Oriental, which occupies the southeastern portion of the island, is nearly bounded by water and with gently sloping mountainous areas in between, giving the province its own set of dreamy pockets of nature. Here’s a list of 4 destinations you can escape to in Negros Oriental alone.

Balinsasayao Twin Lakes and Natural Park. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Balinsasayao Twin Lakes and Natural Park. The capital city of Dumaguete is a good starting point for your Negros Oriental getaway. Visit the Balinsasayao Twin Lakes and Natural Park to take in the fresh breeze of the protected area, which offers stunning views of the Mount Talinis Range. You can also go ride a boat, kayak, or go camping  to stew in the outdoors longer.

Mt. Talinis. Also in Dumaguete, Mt. Talinis is the second highest mountain on Negros Island and the tallest peck in the Cuernos de Negros mountain range. If you like what you see from Balinsasayao Twin Lakes and Natural Park, the view is even better from up here.

Apo Island, Negros Oriental. Photo by Department of Tourism

Apo Island Protected Landscape and Seascape. From the mountains of Dumaguete, transport yourself to the underwater wonders of Apo Island in Dauin. The  world-renowned marine hotspot and diving site has landed in several diving lists because of the various corals, turtles, and other marine life that can be seen up close all in one area.

Manjuyod Sandbar. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Manjuyod Sandbar and dolphin-watching in Bais. Bais hides a gleaming white sandbar that stands in stark contrast against clear blue waters. The Manjuyod Sandbar appears during low tide, and disappears during high tide – leaving only the few houses on stilts visible (as if floating) on the surface. Bais is also a popular dolphin-watching destination, so keep your eyes peeled during the boat ride going to and from!

Discover more destinations to see, experience, and savor in Negros Oriental. Visit these links to map out your next journey across the Philippines.

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