Negros Occidental is a province in the Philippines occupying the northwestern half of Negros Island abundant in both sugar and tourist spots. It is known as the Sugar Bowl of the Philippines for it produces more than half of the sugar output of the country. Aside from that, with the abundance of tourist spots like heritage sites, islands, sandbars, beach and mountain resorts, it is considered as one of the tourism hubs in Visayas.
Bacolod City is the capital city of the province and the most populous one but this is where budget to luxury types of accommodations abound (Check hotel prices in Bacolod City). Planning to visit the province this year? Check out the list most beautiful places and popular tourist spots in Negros Occidental below.
Top 10 Tourist Spots in Negros Occidental
1. The Ruins
The Ruins is one of the most beautiful tourist spots in Negros Occidental. It’s the remains of once a grand mansion built by Don Mariano Lacson for his unending love of his wife, Maria Braga after her death. This is the reason why it is known as the Taj Mahal of the Philippines. It was burned down by the United States Armed Forces in the Far East when the World War II broke out since rumors has it that Japanese forces might use it as headquarters. The building is still amazing and was made of Italianate architecture with neo-Romanesque twin columns. Outside the mansion is a fountain with a beautiful garden.
📍 The Ruins is located in Talisay City, Negros Occidental. Read the touching love story and heartbreaking tragedy behind the grandeur of this mansion, The Ruins.
2. Danjugan Island
Danjugan Island is one of the best island destinations in Negros Occidental. It is a 43-hectare island with lush vegetation and is a home of many wildlife species. Its coasts are teeming with marine lifeforms a perfect getaway for nature lovers. The island is a marine reserve and wildlife sanctuary, an ecotourism destination for students, researchers and of course, tourists. There are plenty of things to do here like snorkeling, kayaking, trekking, bird watching, sailing and scuba diving.
📍 Danjugan Island falls under the jurisdiction of Cauayan, Negros Occidental.