There are many different day trips to do around Dumaguete Here at Liquid we want you to experience it all. We know the diving is awesome and that is probably the main reason you are here, but there are also lots of other things to do in Negros. To make it easy for you we have selected what we feel are the best day trips and will happily organize a tour for you.
Nestled into the surrounding hills of Valencia are the stunning Casaroro Falls. These falls are renowned as the most photographed in all of Negros. A steep gorge, that admittedly is not for the weak or faint hearted, will take you through plush mountain foliage filled with an array of wild life to the 100ft/30mtrs falls! That’s right, this narrow waterfall that is nestled within a rocky cliff face that drops abruptly into a swimming hole, where if you don’t mind cold mountain water it is possible to go for a swim.
Since the storm of Christmas 2011, the 365 steps that were constructed to make the trek a little easier have unfortunately been washed away. There are plans to rebuild but no set date as of this time. It is still possible to reach the falls and the climb down and up can be both fun and challenging. We recommend foot wear a bit sturdier than flip flops!
Our driver will collect you from Liquid and drive you up through the idyllic mountain town of Valencia until the road ends. At this point you can either rent a motor bike taxi or walk the 40minutes to the start of the trail. There is a Php20 entrance fee for each person. Our driver will wait for you at the road and bring you back to Liquid.
The second largest city in Negros Oriental is Valencia, which also has a weird and wonderful array of sights for those looking for something different. Located on the slopes of Mount Talinis, Valencia is a tropical hub of color and greenery.
Forest Camp which is a privately owned 2.3 hectare estate that just happens to be located on the side of a tropical forested mountain with a lovely natural fresh water river running through it! Nice! The lucky local family who own this entire property decided instead of keeping it to themselves they would open it to the public. And we are very happy they did as it is great place to spend a day jumping in the pools, eating BBQ and generally chilling out!
In Valencia town proper you can see the Spanish Fountain, which is located in the town plaza which like so many Spanish towns is situated in the very center. The fountain was created by an Augustinian Fria to channel water from an upland spring based within the slopes of Mt. Talinis and provide the entire town with a continuous water supply. Today the fountain still works, which is remarkable in itself, however is no longer the main water provider to the locals. Instead the fountain set within the picturesque plaza is a reminder to all of the strong influence Spain had on the region back in the old days.
The Filippino-American-Japanese War Memorial is situated high on top of the hilly ranges of Valencia Town, this 3 sided monument looks down towards the ocean and Dumaguete City. The 3 sides represent the 3 nations of Philippines, Japan and America that fought in a viscous battle during World War II on that very site. The monument was created to provide closure to a sad era and to mark the beginning of peace and friendship between the three nations. Shortly after being erected the Philippine Government declared it a National Historical Monument.
These stunning lakes are found 12 kilometers or 40minutes west of Sibulan which in itself is about 45minutes from Liquid. It may seem like a long drive to go look at some water, but trust us it is worth it. One of the biggest tourist attractions in Negros the Twin lakes of Balinsasayao and Danao are set in a lush tropical green natural park that is officially protected and is home to an expansive ecosystem harboring many rare plants, animals and bird species.
The main road leading to the lakes has been partly washed away, so the van can no longer drive you to the entrance. Instead the van will drop you at the junction to the highway from here you will need to rent a motor bike taxi for Php200/person to take you along the bumpy road to the ‘registration hut’, which is a rather pleasant natural stone and bamboo building with a lovely picnic area and nice views of the surrounding mountain ranges. From here a short hike takes you to the nearest edge of the first lake. A beautiful sight awaits you, tranquil waters surrounded by tropical greenery. You can opt to hike around the lake or paddle your way over using a kayak to reach the second lake. Swimming is encouraged if you don’t mind cold fish infested waters! And there are plenty of places to set up for a picnic.
The second highest peak in the Visayan Region, Mt Talinis dominates the landscape of Negros and actually creates the back drop of Liquid Dive Resort! The mountain reaches 1864mts above sea level and is fondly referred to as Cuerenos de Negros – the Horns of Negros.
This is a very challenging yet satisfying trek, of around eight hours up in the best case and another eight back down. For those of you energetic enough to go on this day trip, you will be rewarded with lush tropical forests, interesting wildlife and fauna, two beautiful fresh water lakes, sulphur springs and an amazing view of Negros from the summit.
It is possible as a day trip, but unless you’re army special forces or in training for a future climb up Mt Kilimanjaro, we really recommend packing up our camping gear and heading out for 1 or 2 nights under the stars at the summit! That way you can take your time and actually get to enjoy the amazing views! Our local guide will take care of you and show the way. Just email us for more information about our camping trips. All excursions including transport, food, water and local guide. Please keep in mind that climbing a mountain after diving is comparable to flying after diving, so getting an early morning dive in
During the months of March – October the Tanon Strait is awash with cetaceans – that’s dolphins and whales for most of us! This protected marine sanctuary is home to 9 of the 23 different marine mammals that have been spotted throughout the whole of the Philippines.
The trip starts with a 1.30 hour drive from Liquid to Bais City, from here a banka boat with local guide will sail you the 45minutes through Bais Bay out to Tanon Straight where you simply wait for the ‘cetaceans’ to come to you. After a pleasurable time chilling out with the local marine mammals it is off to the glorious Manjuyod white sand bar for lunch. This pristine sand bar is only accessible by boat at low tide – do not forget your cameras trust us!!
After lunch it is possible to visit the Bais Mangrove Bird Sanctuary. Another protected area that consists of 400 hectares of mangroves with a bamboo walkway that takes you to the inner heart of the grove where different wildlife and especially birds can be seen. It is a long day out, but well worth the adventure!
About 10 minutes south from Liquid is the small town of Malatapay. Each Wednesday the famous Malatapay market opens early in the morning. The market is a hive of activity where locals from all over Negros travel to sell the wares. You can find everything here from livestock to fish, plastic to clothes, toys to furniture, fruit and vegetables to the strange local dishes of puso (you have to see it to believe it)
The actual market is located along a road that stems from the main highway to the beach where there are always plenty of activities to participate in. Local restaurants can be found all along the road and the beach selling an array of fresh seafood dishes and of course the most impressive of Philippine dishes ‘lechon baboy’ followed by plenty of cold beer!
For more information on the day trips we can arrange please email