Negros is the fourth largest island in the Philippines that is found in the western part of Visayas. It is a province that offers great sceneries, long stretch of sand bars, aquamarine colored waters, interesting museums, super fresh seafoods and of course their famous juicy CHICKEN INASAL ( chicken barbeque).
- After researching about Negros, we’ve decided that it is the perfect place to explore as a celebration of our 4th year anniversary.
- Since there are lots of spots to visit , we cut our trip and planned to explore the Northern part only of Negros for our first visit.
Flight to Bacolod, The Chicken Inasal, Murcia, Mambukal Resort, Seven Falls, Sulfur Pool, Peaceful Seafood Dinner
- HOW WE WENT TO NEGROS:
We were very lucky to be able to book a flight at Philippine Airlines for just 3006 pesos all in, back and forth for both of us. We took the flight going to Bacolod Province scheduled at 8am in the morning.
Best part of riding an airplane?
- The Perfect View👍👍👍
After flight being delayed for almost an hour, we were able to arrive at Silay airport at around 10:30 am. We immediately asked for the van going to Bacolod City to try out their famous CHICKEN INASAL for lunch.
- THE FAMOUS BACOLOD CHICKEN INASAL
Chicken Inasal is a type of barbeque with the perfect balance of flavors that comes with certain juiciness. It is eaten with rice topped with chicken oil that has a very distinct taste making it so addicting.
Where to eat chicken inasal:
MANOKAN COUNTRY is the best place to eat when it comes to inasal. It is said that if you want to taste the original, then you should definitely stop by and eat here.
We chose Aida’s Chicken, just because we’ve seen a lot of people wanting to eat here. They offer almost all kinds of chicken parts from head to feet plus the so called ISAW(intestine).
There’s something about its taste that makes you want to come back for more! No, seriously!👌
- MAMBUKAL RESORT
After filling ourselves, we rode a jeepney going to Libertad to ride a bus heading to the town of Murcia.
- Bus Travel time is about 1 and a half to 2 hours
Take note that ordinary or no aircon buses are the only safe available transport when going to Murcia, make sure to bring with you water and snacks.
- Relaxing views along the way
Unfortunately they dont have any available rooms for overnight when we arrived because of a government team building occupying it all. So they suggested if we wanted to just sleep at the rooms available outside the resort.
It is safe plus we can still enter the resort as much as we want. This is an adventure anyway, so why not?😊
After we settled in our room, rested for a bit, changed our clothes, we quickly went inside the resort and asked the guards for a habal habal ride and a guide going to the Seven Falls.
- Bad news: the entrance to the first to six falls were closed when we visited. That is why we have to ride a habal habal directly to the Seventh Falls. 😐
ROAD TO A SCENIC VIEW🏞🍃🌳☀👍
Anddddd, here we are!❤
You can have a quick dip according to our guide since the water are safe.💦
- Tip: Better ask the resort first if the entrance to the falls is open before planning to visit. It is best to experience it with trekking plus a Cliff Dive at the Sixth Falls.
As we were on our way back to the resort, we saw this unique looking plants. We asked the guide and he said it is an example of the HYBRID experiment of the resort. Have a look!
- Mambukal is also known for its heated mineral groundwaters which came from the direct volcanic activity from MT. KANLA-ON
Now, time for a relaxing and warm swim in the SULFUR POOL💦
Beware: not all pools have the same temperature so make sure you check first if you can handle before paying the entrance fee.💆
- OTHER ACTIVITIES IN MAMBUKAL:
- Relaxing at Japanese Ofuro
- Boating in Lagoon
- Slide for Life
- Wall Climbing
- Canopy Walk
- Butterfly Garden
- Bat Watching
- Visit Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto
- Plant shopping
A walk around the resort plus seafood(paluto) dinner at the FOOD COURT before finally ending the day.👍
Sinigang na Hipon🦐🦐🦐
- Take note: Make sure to bring any source of light since the resorts lighting are very poor at night. Not advisable to roam around pass 6pm
Old and New Sagay, Panal Reef, Carbin Reef, Sandbars, Snorkeling to Giant Clams, Suyac Island Mangrove, Unique Sagay Dinner
Early morning at Mambukal, we checked out and walked through the resort until we reached the bus station going back to Bacolod City.
- As soon as we reached the city terminal, we asked for the bus going to SAGAY, and we were told to ride the 2 point bus going to ESCALANTE.
After a 2-hour bus ride, we finally arrived at the city of SAGAY. Rode a tricycle going to our accommodation “BALAY KAUSWAGAN“. A city government owned establishment that offers a safe accommodation for travelers as well as a venue for special events.
We were too early for check in but we dont want to waste time and wait. Gladly, the receptionist offered and said that we can leave some of our things so we can proceed to our next activity.
Took a tricycle just outside the hotel going to SAGAY PORT to finally start the island hopping.
Rented a boat and snorkeling materials plus attended a quick safety orientation before heading to the islands/reefs.
- Boat rental is good for 6 persons.
- PANAL REEF
First stop, it is one of the other options if you want to visit a sandbar with lesser people. More chances of taking good pictures since it has a watchtower overlooking the whole reef.
Too bad when we came it was high tide, so we werent able to take pictures of the sandbar. But in return got some great clear water and blue sky shots!
No need to edit! Wonderfully made💑
Look how clear that is!!!🌊👍☀
Second stop, one of the most visited reefs sandbar in SAGAY. Whether it is high or low tide you will be able to experience the beauty of its sandbar! Also, you can snorkel just near here to see the GIANT CLAMS.
You can never go wrong with that fine sand and shells as the sandbar. We were very lucky that we visited not in peak season, its like we rented the whole reef!❤
- SUYAC MANGROVE ECOPARK
Last Stop, an eco tourism project of the city of Sagay focused on sustainable development of our nature. Consists of different mangroves plus they offer cottages whenever you feel like staying for the night.
- Tip 1: Best time to visit is when the waters are high so that you can swim and mangrove paddle.
- Tip 2: Meals are not readily available but if you want, you can ask the locals in advance to reserve and cook foods for you or just bring your own.
WALKING THROUGH THE FOREST 🌳🌱🍃
- Interesting reminders. 👍
- Sample Cottage where you can stay
- Swimming spots – these are full of waters when high tide
After immersing ourselves in nature, its time to head back to the port, take a shower and check in at our hotel before looking for a place to eat dinner.🍽
A quick tricycle ride from the hotel to one of the famous eateries in Sagay.
- Kinilaw na Tanigue
- (Local Seaweed)
- Beef chuchu
Full and satisfied, headed back to the hotel and was able to roam around and watch happy kids going swimming before LIGHTS OFF.
Sagay Garden, The Legendary Siete and Under the Tree Cafe, Veloria’s Squid Rings, Chimei’s Restaurant, O Hotel Bacolod City, The Ruins, Intimate Dinner with Live Jazz Band
Waking up with the peaceful chirps of birds, we prepared and rode a tricycle going to The Legendary Siete to see the famous Train no. 7 and Under the Tree Cafe (a simple stores of instant coffees and snacks but situated under the trees of Sagay City Public Plaza) to have our breakfast as well.
The Legendary Siete
Also called the Train no. 7 and was considered as the “world’s most incredible steam survivor” by an author named Colin Grant. Used to carry lumber and logs of the Insular Lumber Company in the 1900s.
After drinking our coffees and taking as many pictures as we can of the beautiful plaza and Siete, we rode a tricycle back to our hotel to freshen up. Since our next destination was quite near to our accommodation, we opted to walk going to Lady Circle garden and Living Tree Museum while enjoying the beautiful landscape of Sagay.
- Entrance fee – 5 pesos
Lady Circle Garden and Living Tree Museum
also known as Sagay City Garden and now named for the Sagay Ladies Circle which is an association of women in Sagay with different professions and businesses. Establishing a healthy garden to preserve the beauty and give relaxation to the families and tourists of the city.
One of the famous delicacies that most tourists buy in Sagay is the Squid Rings from Veloria’s.
- We were very intrigued on what difference it has from the common squid rings in other parts of the Philippines.
Immediately rode a tricycle from the garden to the Veloria’s squid rings factory to search for its secret.
Unfortunately, we cannot enter the production due to privacy and cleanliness of the process. But in return we get to buy pasalubongs and snacks for our travel back to Bacolod. Verdict? YOU CANNOT STOP EATING IT. That’s how good it tastes. a bit pricey though but all worth it.
Before getting back to our hotel to prepare for check out, we have a few more minutes for lunch.
- Stopped by at Chimei’s Restaurant to try out another Sagay’s famous:
- Sizzling SIKAD-SIKAD (Jumping Shells).
Wasn’t able to take some photos but here is the fresh sikad sikad for your reference:
Photo not mine.
Rode a tricycle to the hotel, checked out and prepared for depart back to Bacolod City. Along the way, we were able to book a hotel, with some good reviews and quite good price.
- O hotel – Mobile No. 0917-300-8001 / 0998-548-8440
When we came to the hotel and settled, we rushed to prepare for depart to see The Ruins. Unfortunately, it rained and we had to wait for it to stop before leaving. As soon as the rain stopped, we are off to see the sunset and have dinner at the beautiful Ruins of Talisay.
A quick taxi ride to the jeepney terminal going to Talisay (we found out that there are also jeepneys passing by the terminal,should have rode it instead) and a unique tricycle ride from the terminal to The Ruins.
- Entrance fee: 85 pesos each
It was not in our plan to have dinner at the restaurant by the Ruins, but since it rained really hard, it made us stay until evening. We never imagined it would be the highlight of our day.
- Having dinner together while listening to a Jazz Music and a view of the Ruins at night.
A perfect way to end an exhausting day.
Historical Tour , The famous Guapple Pie, 18th Pala Pala, Explored Museums, Pope John Paul II Tower, Go-Kart, Bacolod Baywalk, Bong Bong’s Pasalubong, Calea Cafe, Dinner at Pala Pala
Silay is known for its many eye catching ancestral houses. For our last day of exploring, we opted to explore the city via walkatour and jeepney/bus commute.
Its a way also for us to be able to experience the life in this province.
We immediately prepared and went to the Ceres bus terminal and rode a bus going to Silay City.
- Dropped off to our first destination EL IDEAL BAKERY to eat some breakfast and to try their famous GUAPPLE PIE as well.
The inside of the bakery/restaurant was very welcoming. It feels like you went and visited the past. The Guapple Pie has a very unique taste. Not much our favorite, but their Spanish sardines and Longganisa are a must try!
While we were eating our breakfast, we decided to check the maps as well for our next destinations. With just a few walks we were able to see the SILAY PUBLIC PLAZA and the stunning structure of
SAN DIEGO PRO-CATHEDRAL
Too bad we cannot go in since there’s a wedding ceremony currently happening when we came. Still, seeing the outside of this church made us speechless.
On to our next stop is just a few blocks away from the church and it was the BERNARDINO JALANDONI HOUSE MUSEUM:
Also known as the PINK HOUSE, it was the first National Historical Landmark declared in the City of Silay.
COOL, Isnt it?
Another famous tourist spot in Silay is just a quick walkathon from San Diego Church as well, the CINCO DE NOVIEMBRE and BALAY NEGRENSE.
Cinco de Noviembre also known as the “Negros Day” is an event that is celebrated every year to commemorate the Negros Revolution happened way back in our history which was told that it ended the Spanish Colonial Rule in the province.
Balay Negrense is the masion of Victor Gaston which was known for sugarcane cultivation. It was eventually abandoned and recently revived by the Negros Cultural Foundation.
DID YOU KNOW?
There are articles that says BALAY NEGRENSE is one of the legit haunted houses in the Philippines. People who entered told that they felt they were being watched or suddenly a cold air breezes behind them.
Before we head back to Bacolod City, we had to refreshed ourselves in one cafe that is quite known and endorsed in most blogs.
The place was small, good for 10 to 15 persons only. But the ambiance was just so relaxing. I cannot remember the exact price of our coffee but if I’m not mistaken it is around 100 pesos only.
OTHER PLACES TO VISIT IN SILAY:
- Holifena Ancestral House
- Maria Ledesma Gomez Heritage Bldg
- Manuel De La Rama Locsin House
- Kapitan Mariano Ancestral House
- Tinagong Dagat
We have some spare time before lunch and there’s a famous seafood restaurant in Bacolod City we wanted to try. Rode a jeepney and walked until we reached the 18th PALA PALA RESTAURANT.
- Very affordable seafoods awaited us at this resto plus we even picked how we wanted it to be cooked! Perfect for our craving tummies!
Negros Museum focuses on presenting the lifestyle and society of Negros. Inside you will be able to see their history in sugarcane industry, furnishing of ancestral houses as well as artworks of local and foreign artists living in Negros.
Bonus feature: The JGM Gallery of international arts folk art and toys (not allowed to take pictures, but surely you’ll be amaze with how much toys their is coming from different parts of the world)
Furthered with the exploring, in just less than 10 minutes of walking, we arrive at our next stop. The DIZON-RAMOS MUSEUM.
It may look like just an ordinary ancestral house outside, but as soon as you get inside you will see how properly their things are preserved and taken care of.
Bonus feature: They have a collection of crystal figures, keychains and maskara’s (masks) used in the famous MASSKARA FESTIVAL of BACOLOD
POPE JOHN PAUL II TOWER was built to commemorate the time when the late Pope John Paul II visited Bacolod City where he had given a very inspirational talk in behalf of the poor.
We’ve decided to end the day with a beautiful sunset from the bay and its just a few walks from the Tower.
- BACOLOD BAYWALK is quite small compared with what we have in Manila. But the sunset are as beautiful and calming.
Note: We were able to try out the go-kart in here. Perfect for people who wants a bit of challenge and activity.
Our bacolod trip wouldn’t be complete without visiting BONG BONG’S PASALUBONG. Quick taxi ride to the place and bought lots of piaya and other delicacies since everything’s so affordable.
We got exhausted with all the tours so we went back to the hotel first to rest for a bit and prepare for our dinner.
We searched for a seafood restaurant near our hotel but when we came, it seems like the restaurant is not there anymore.
- We were eager to find it but with no progress we were surprised to reach the CALEA CAFE. It wouldn’t hurt to have DESSERTS first right?
Calea has a variety of cakes and coffee.
- Price per slice ranges from 100-150 pesos only! To think the tastes are phenomenal, very worth the price!
All the sweets made us more hungry and its a bit late already, so we decided to just ride a taxi and go to the ADING’S PALA PALA to finally eat our dinner before heading back to rest and prepare for our flight in the morning.
Early flight, as soon as we woke up we departed the hotel at around 4 am and rode a taxi going to Silay Airport. Got back in Manila at around 9:00 am in the morning with a hangover of our adventures in Negros.
It was a very exhausting 5 days exploration yet full of fun in Northern Negros. One of the best commute travel we’ve done so far. It made us really immerse into the culture and be like a local as we talk to everyone. Can’t wait to have more adventures like this again soon! We’ll be back for MASSKARA FESTIVAL for sure! See you again next time Negros!
Photo from: ExperienceNegros.com
FULL ITINERARY and EXPENSES
- 9:00 am – 10:30 am : Flight to Silay Airport – 3006 pesos
- 10:45 am – 11:15 am : Shuttle to Bacolod – 300 pesos
- 11:30 am – 12:30 nn: Lunch at Manokan Country – 304 pesos
- 12:40 nn – 12:55 nn : Jeepney to Bus terminal going to Murcia – 14 pesos
- 1:00 pm – 2:50 pm : Ordinary Bus to Murcia – 70 pesos
- 3:00 pm : Paid entrance fee at Mambukal Resort – 100 pesos
- 3:15 pm : Free habal habal then checked in – 1500 pesos
- 3:40 pm : Prepared and rode a habal habal to Seventh Falls – 300 pesos
- 4:30 pm : Back from the falls. – Guide Fee – 200 pesos
- 4:30 pm : 5:30 pm : Swam at Sulfur Pool – Entrance Fee – 100 pesos
- 6:00 pm : 7:00 pm : Dinner – 480 pesos
- 8:00 pm : Back at the hotel
- 9:00 pm : Lights Off
- 6:30 am : Woke up and checked out
- 7:00 am – 8:45 am : Bus back to Bacolod – 70 pesos
- 8:45 am – 9:00 am : Taxi to Ceres Bus Terminal – 120 pesos
- 9:00 am – 9:30 am : Grocery – 220 pesos
- 9:30 am – 11:30 am : Bus to Sagay – 254 pesos
- 11:30 am – 11:45 am : Tricycle to Balay Kauswagan – 20 pesos
- 12:00 nn – 12:20 nn : Tricycle to Old Sagay Port – 100 pesos
- 12:30 nn – 3:30 pm : Rented a boat, Island Hopping – 3100 pesos(good for 8pax)
- 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm : Washed up
- 4:30 pm – 4:35 pm : Pedicab to tricycle terminal – 20 pesos
- 4:35 pm – 4:50 pm : Tricycle back to hotel – 70 pesos
- 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm : Tricycle ride to Resto, Dinner time – 440 pesos
- 6:30 pm – 6:45 pm : Tricycle back to hotel – 20 pesos
- 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm : Roam around the hotel
- 9:00 pm – Lights Off
- 6:00 am – 7:00 am : Wake up and prepare for depart to explore Sagay
- 7:00 am – 7:30 am : Tricycle to New Sagay Plaza – 20 pesos
- 7:30 am – 8:30 am : Had Coffee and Explored The Legendary Siete – 30 pesos
- 8:30 am – 9:00 am : Tricycle back to hotel, Freshen up – 20 pesos
- 9:00 am – 9:10 am : Walk to the Sagay City Garden (Lady Circle)
- 9:10 am – 10:00 am : Explore and Relax at the Garden – 10 pesos
- 10:00 am – 10:20 am : Tricycle to Veloria’s Squid Rings– 30 pesos
- 10:20 am – 10:40 am : Buy Pasalubongs – 300 pesos(optional)
- 10:40 am – 10:55 am : Pedicab to Tricycle terminal – 10 pesos
- 10:55 am – 11:10 am : Tricycle to Chimei’s Restaurant – 20 pesos
- 11:10 am – 12:00 nn : Lunch at Chimei’s – 449 pesos
- 12:00 nn – 12:15 nn : Tricycle back to hotel – 20 pesos
- 12:20 nn : Check out – 800 pesos good for 3 pax room
- 12:30 nn – 12:50 nn : Tricycle to Ceres bus terminal – 20 pesos
- 1:00 pm – 2:50 pm : Travel from Sagay back to Bacolod – 254 pesos
- 2:50 pm – 3:10 pm : Taxi going to O hotel – 120 pesos
- 3:10 pm : Check in – 3104 good for 2 pax for 3Days2Nights
- 3:10 pm – 3:45 pm : Rest, merienda and prepare for depart – 310 pesos(optional)
- 3:45 pm – 4:00 pm : Jeepney to tricycle terminal going to The Ruins – 20 pesos
- 4:00 pm – 4:10 pm : Tricycle ride going to THE RUINS – 40 pesos
- 4:10 pm – 5:30 pm : Explore the ruins – 190 pesos entrance fee for 2 pax
- 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm : Dinner – 560 pesos
- 7:10 pm – 7:25 pm : Tricycle going to Jeep terminal – 100 pesos
- 7:30 pm – 7:55 pm : Jeepney going to area near O hotel – 20 pesos
- 9:00 pm : Lights off
- 6:00 am – 7:00 am : Wake up and prepare for depart
- 7:00 am – 7:10 am : Jeepney to Ceres bus terminal – 14 pesos
- 7:10 am – 7:45 am : Aircon Bus to Silay – 30 pesos
- 7:45 am – 8:15 am : Breakfast at EL IDEAL BAKERY – 300 pesos
- 8:15 am – 8:30 am : Walk to Silay Plaza and San Diego Cathedral
- 8:45 am – 9:00 am : Walk to Bernardino Jalandino House
- 9:00 am – 9:45 am : Explore the House Museum – 100 pesos-entrance
- 9:45 am – 9:55 am : Walk to Cinco De Noviembre
- 9:55 am – 10:00 am : Walk to Balay Negrense
- 10:00 am – 10:30 am : Have a tour of the house museum – 80 pesos for 2pax
- 10:30 am – 10:35 am : Walk to Cafe 1925
- 10:35 am – 10:50 am : Coffee at Cafe 1925 – 200 pesos
- 10:50 am – 11:00 am : Walk to Main Road and wait for bus/jeep to bacolod
- 11:00 am – 11:30 am : Jeepney back to Bacolod – 30 pesos
- 11:30 am – 11:45 am : Walk to 18th pala pala
- 11:45 am – 12:45 nn : Seafood Feast at 18th pala pala – 500 pesos
- 12:45 nn – 1:10 pm : Walk to Negros Museum pass by Provincial Lagoon
- 1:10 pm – 1:40 pm : Explore the museum – 200 pesos for 2pax
- 1:40 pm – 1:50 pm : Walk to Dizon Ramos Museum
- 1:50 pm – 2:10 pm : Explore the Museum – 80 pesos for 2pax
- 2:10 pm – 2:20 pm : Walk and visit San Sebastian Cathedral
- 2:30 pm – 2:45 pm : Walk to Pope John Paul II Tower
- 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm : Explore the Papal Tower – 40 pesos for 2pax
- 3:45 pm – 3:50 pm : Walk to Bacolod Baywalk
- 3:55 pm – 5:10 pm : Go-Kart and Explore – 200 pesos
- 5:20 pm – 5:40 pm : Watch the sunset
- 5:40 pm – 5:50 pm : Taxi to Bong Bong’s Pasalubong (taxi waited) – 120 pesos
- 5:50 pm – 6:00 pm : Quick Pasalubong buying – 300 pesos
- 6:00 pm – 6:10 pm : Travel back to hotel
- 6:30 pm – Prepared for depart to have dinner
- 6:30 pm – 6:50 pm : Travel to Calea – 14 pesos
- 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm : Coffee and Cakes date at Calea – 400 pesos
- 7:30 pm – 7:40 pm : Taxi ride to Ading’s Pala Pala – 75 pesos
- 7:40 pm – 8:30 pm : Dinner at Palapala – 500 pesos
- 8:40 pm – 8:50 pm : Taxi Back to hotel – 80 pesos
- 9:30 pm – Lights Off
Day 5 :
- 4:00 am – 4:30 am : Wake up and prepare for depart
- 4:30 am – 5:00 am : Taxi from hotel to Silay airport – 270 pesos
- 5:10 am – Checked in and Paid Terminal Fee – 400 pesos for 2 pax
- 5:20 am – 6:40 am – Rest until flight
- 6:50 am – 8:10 am – Flight back to Manila
TOTAL EXPENSES : 15,695 pesos for 2 pax – excluding meals (your choice if you want lower priced meals to avoid overspending)
15695 divided by 2 = 7847.5 PESOS PER PAX
(Includes all entrance fees, hotel accommodation and travel expenses for 5D4N)
There are still lots of places to explore in Negros. We suggest that you maximize the use of mobile apps like Google Maps, because sometimes you really don’t need transportation to be able to explore a city. Strong Legs, Phone, Stamina, Alertness and Eagerness to see hidden treasures will be your driving force in your exploration.
Feel free to contact us or comment for your questions and suggestions!
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