We spent a week with friends exploring the Bacolod tourist spots and surrounding area. So here’s a list of our top things to do in Bacolod.
1. The Ruins
The Ruins Bacolod is definitely the most well known of the Bacolod tourist spots, come day or night. Even more so on a special occasion.
The Ruins are beautifully decorated and have lanes, gardens and arches making it a popular venue for weddings. There is also a restaurant where you can grab drinks, food and snacks.
We recommend visiting around sunset to see The Ruins Bacolod in it’s true beauty.
It’s one of the most famous and photographed destinations in Talisay/ Bacolod and formally known as the Taj Mahal of the Philippines.
For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.
2. Lakawon Island
Lakawon Island is an absolute paradise and just a short trip outside of the city. It consists of pristine white sand, turquoise waters and a family run beach resort.
It’s the perfect day out for basking in the sun and soaking up the island life, with a cocktail in your hand.
After visiting many beaches in the Philippines, including those of Palawan and Cebu, we can honestly say that Lakawon Island is one of the most beautiful places we’ve ever seen.
The fact that it’s not so mainstream or known by tourists makes it extra special.
3. Tawhai Floating Bar
Tawhai Floating Bar is the largest floating bar in Asia and a must if you’re ever in Bacolod. It is only accessible via boat transfers from Lakawon Island.
Here you can enjoy spectacular views of the Lakawon Island and much more, whilst partying or chilling. If you’re feeling adventurous you can even jump into the ocean from the top deck.
4. Eat Healthy
We were searching for some healthy vegan food in the city and came across two amazing restaurants – Wholly Grounds and Fresh Start.
We chose to alternate between these places every day for a week, they were that good!
In the Philippines, it’s hard to find nutritious, organic food, especially amongst the Bacolod tourist spots. So we were in our element when we found these two gems in the city centre.
Although ‘rice is life’ in the Philippines, it was nice to splash out on a good eggplant and hummus burger with sweet potato fries!
5. Volunteer At Pawssion Project
Not quite one of the Bacolod tourist spots but something we’re very passionate about.
Pawssion Project was actually the reason we decided to visit Bacolod. Our friend who is the founder of this incredible organisation is so selfless and has such a passion for making the Philippines a better place for dogs.
She believes that dogs are voiceless so we have to be their voice and let them fulfil a happy, loving life. She works hard to spread the word across the whole nation and set an example of how dogs should be treated.
Because of that, we fell in love with her passion and had to pay the dogs at the shelter a visit.
We wanted to spread some love and raise awareness of this new establishment that really deserves all the exposure it can get.
Even during the week we spent in Bacolod, we saw a drastic change in the life of some of the dogs. So if you’re ever thinking about paying a visit to Bacolod, you should definitely find Malou and the shelter.
To get in contact regarding helping out you can DM her on Instagram.
6. Duyan Cafe
Duyan Cafe was one of our favourite spots on our tour of Bacolod. It’s perfect for foodies, photographers and nature lovers.
‘Duyan’ translates to cradle or hammock in English, from the native Filipino language Tagalog. And what better setting than to sit in a hammock and watch over the surrounding mountains whilst enjoying your breakfast.
Serving up fresh cakes, sandwiches and of course local rice dishes, Duyan Cafe is a definite hot spot amongst both locals and tourists.
Where To Stay In Bacolod
Luxury – Seda Capitol Central
Located 1 miles from SM City Bacolod, Seda Capitol Central offers modern accommodation in Bacolod.
The property features an onsite restaurant and a bar. Free private parking is available for guests who ride and free WiFi is available in the public areas.
The rooms come with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV and an iPod dock. A shower, a hairdryer and free toiletries are provided in the en suite bathroom.
Guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant or grab a drink at the bar. Plenty of dining options are available within a 5-minute walk from the property.
Mid-Budget – Stonehill Suites
Situated in Bacolod, 0.9 miles from Negros Museum, Stonehill Suites features accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a fitness centre and a bar.
Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi throughout the property.
The rooms in the hotel come with a kettle. At Stonehill Suites rooms come with a wardrobe, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom.
The accommodation offers a à la carte or Asian breakfast.
Budget – LOC Residences Inn
Located in Bacolod, 0.7 miles from Negros Museum, LOC Residences Inn features views of the city.
This 3-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk, room service and free WiFi. Private parking is available at an extra charge.
All units at the hotel include air conditioning and a desk.
Panaad Stadium is 5 miles from LOC Residences Inn, while Mambukal Zipline is 18 miles away. The nearest airport is New Bacolod-Silay Airport, 3.7 miles from the accommodation.
For more places to stay in Bacolod, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.
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