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Bacolod travel Guide

Negros Occidental is one of the most significant provinces in the Philippines in terms of land area and population. Yet, a big part of its territory remain unknown to numerous non-residents. but at the rate that the country’s tourism is growing, it looks like it is only a matter of time before numerous of its best kept secrets will be discovered and rediscovered by the travel-crazy public.

Bacolod City is many well-known for three things — sweets, chicken inasal, and Masskara Festival. but there’s much more to the city and the rest of the Negros Occidental province than its food and festivities. Its coasts are strewn with white sand, its streets flanked with historic buildings, and its islands blessed with rich natural resources. Not to mention that its people are some of the friendliest I have had the honor to meet, making a trip to this jewel of the Visayas an unforgettable experience each time.

Danjugan Island in Cauayan, Negros Occidental


How to get to Negros Occidental
Where to stay in Negros Occidental
Top hotels in BacolodSearch for much more Bacolod Hotels!

What to Do, What to See in Negros Occidental
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How to get to Negros Occidental

Flying is the easiest and fastest way to reach Negros Occidental. The Bacolod-Silay airport is the gateway to the province, opening the door to curious guests who are ready to go back in time, indulge in sugary treats, and wander in the arms of nature. here are some airlines that fly to Bacolod and the cities they fly from:

Cebu Pacific – Manila, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro

PAL/PAL express – Manila, Cebu

Seair/Tiger Philippines – Manila

Just to be clear, the airport is not in Bacolod City but in Silay City. Hence, I highly encourage you to check out the attractions in Silay on your last day (so you won’t be stressed out and too concerned about being late for the flight).

Where to stay in Negros Occidental

I have only been to Negros Occidental once so all I can share for now are those that I have tried during that trip. I’ll be updating this list as soon as I pay the province another visit. In the imply time, here are the inns and resorts that I have some things to say about.

The Circle Inn Bacolod

Baldevia Pension House, Silay City

Punta Bulata, Cauayan

Danjugan Island, Cauayan

Circle Inn, Bacolod.  A budget hotel at the corner of Lopez Jaena and Malaspina Streets, near Robinsons Bacolod. The rooms are okay, clean, and big enough. friendly staff. outstanding service. Double rooms from P1090 per night. 63-917-445-9972

Baldevia Pension House, Silay City. set in an old building, it has hospital-ish atmosphere. (That’s sort of a bad thing.) The rooms are comfortable and clean but there’s plenty of room for improvement. The staff is very valuable and friendly, though. +63 34 495 5140

Punta Bulata, Cauayan. tucked in a remote corner in Cauayan, five hours south of Bacolod, this resort can give you the peace and quiet you need. It’s pretty hard to reach but the service is wonderful and the beach is gorgeous. double rooms from P2000. +63 34 433 5160

Danjugan Island, Cauayan. one of the best island trips I have had in my life ever. Danjugan Island is a true paradise off the coast of Cauayan. It is blessed with spectacular natural beauty! A snorkeling and diving paradise. catch is, the whole island uses solar energy so electrical power is very limited. basic accommodations only. +63 34 4416010

Top hotels in Bacolod

Here are some of the top hotels and inns in Bacolod, as scored by Agoda customers.

Seda Capitol Central. photo through Agoda.

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Khokoon Inn. check rates & Availability! ✅

Mahogany traveler Inn. check rates & Availability! ✅

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L’Fisher Hotel. check rates & Availability! ✅

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What to Do, What to See in Negros Occidental

Like I said, the province is large and there are numerous activities and numerous sites waiting for you here. but I’ll try to list down some what I have gathered. You may click on the photos below for a much more comprehensive look at how I delighted in the activity.


Bacolod Capitol Park

Calea Cakes, Bacolod

Manokan Country, Bacolod

San Sebastian Cathedral, Bacolod

San Diego Pro-Cathedral, Silay City

El optimal Bakery, Silay City

Cinco de Noviembre, Silay City

Balay Negrense

Bernardino-Jalandoni Museum, Silay City

Punta Bulata, Cauayan

Danjugan Island, Cauayan

Other points of interest in Negros Occidental include Mambukal mountain resort in Murcia and the beaches and dive spots in Sagay and Victorias, and Sipalay.


Allow me to share with you the list of expenses during this trip. Yes, you will be making different choices when you go there but just to give you an idea on how much purse damage this trip can cause, here it is.

P200 – terminal fee (NAIA terminal 3)
P82 – Cab to The Ruins from the airport (P246/3 pax)
P50 – entrance fee (The Ruins)
P140 – Manokan country dinner (with extra rice, LOL)
P 85 – Calea cake
P433 – room at The Circle Inn – Bacolod (1300/3 pax)
P48 – other transportation expenses

P155 – Bus ride to Cauayan (via Ceres Liner)
P100 – Habal-habal ride
P880 – room at Punta Bulata (Night 2)
P1500 – Danjugan Island Day trip (with lunch and snacks)
P220 – dinner at Punta Bulata
P100 – total suggestions given (P300/3 pax)

P155 – Bus ride back to Bacolod (via Ceres Liner)
P100 – Habal-habal ride
P19 – ride from Bacolod to Silay
P50 – Trike to airport
P200 – terminal fee (Bacolod Airport)
P110 – Lunch

P2208 – Day 1
P2955 – Day 2
P634 – Day 3
P4,627 – TOTAL

Note that this does not include pasalubong. You might want to allot P1000 for pasalubong as their local products are really tempting.

When we were planning this trip, we weren’t really that hot about it. To be honest, the only thing I knew about Negros Occidental before this trip was, well, chicken inasal.

But I have to say this: this trip was a enjoyable surprise. This trip is probably one of my favorites! I delighted in every single second and every single thing I experienced in Negros Occidental — from the gastronomic treats in Bacolod, to a welcome history lesson in Talisay and Silay, to a much greater appreciation of nature in Cauayan. Negros Occidental is a gem in much more ways than I expected.

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