Occupying a central location in the Visayas, Negros is one of the largest land masses in the Philippines and an important agricultural centre, dominated by the sugar industry. This has left an interesting legacy of old plantations and helped Dumaguete develop into one of the nation’s most important centres, with a student culture and sense of history that is seen in its ancient universities. Travel Authentic Philippines offers several interesting Negros trips.
Negros Oriental enjoys some of the island’s best natural scenery and places of adventure, with plenty of waterfalls and volcanic lakes to trek to. Mount Talinis and Canlaon Mountain both offer trips to hidden calderas, through outstanding tropical forest, with rewarding views. Then there are the waterfalls that are just east from Dumaguete. La Libertad is a good base for nature-based tourism also.
Those seeking the historical character of the island will be surprised at the heritage on display in Dumaguete, both at Siliman and St Paul’s Universities. Transport links to this city are good and though it’s located in the far south of the province, it’s close to many of the main attractions of the island, including some outstanding beaches.
Apo Island is perhaps the most famous destination for tourists, known the world over for its outstanding coral diving. The infrastructure for visitors is at its best here.
Throughout the year there are nearly two dozen festivals and events in various towns on Negros, so its easy and practical to time your visit for one of the colourful religious displays that are part of local culture.