Top things to do

Top Choice Nature Reserve in Sugar Beach

Danjugan Island Marine Reserve & Sanctuary

This 42-hectare island is a model of intelligent ecotourism. Well-maintained paths provide access through thick forest to idyllic deserted beaches, sea-eagle nests and a screeching bat cave where pythons feed at the…
Top Choice Seafood in Dumaguete

Lab-as Seafood Restaurant

Loud and lively, this Dumaguete institution has expanded from a small seafood restaurant in 1988 to a diverse culinary, drinking and entertainment complex that includes Hayahay and Taco Surf (you can order from any …
Top Choice Street in Dumaguete

Rizal Boulevard

While Filipino cities aren't generally known for their beauty or charm, Dumaguete's waterfront promenade along Rizal Blvd is an exception to the rule. Constructed in 1916, this scenic quarter-mile lined with old-fas…
Top Choice German in Bacolod

Tyrol

Authentically Austrian and a welcome change of pace, Tyrol is a favourite among foreign visitors. The blonde-wood beer hall and beer garden has the odd deer antler thrown into the mix. The schnitzel is excellent and…
Top Choice International in Dauin

Finbar

This is expatriate central in Dauin for good reason. All the food is homemade, even the halloumi and mozzarella cheese, bread, pizza dough and pasta. Burgers and fries are favourites and specials change daily based …
Top Choice Seafood in Bacolod

Pala Pala

Shrimps, crabs, squid, fish and scallops, fresh from the sea, are displayed at this large market-like shed. After buying your catch, head to one of the next-door eateries, such as D' New Hyksos Tulahan, who will the…
Top Choice Historic Building in Silay

Hofileña Heritage House

This stately house contains an astonishing private art collection, as well as antiques belonging to one of Silay's principal families. The house is owned by the charismatic and loquacious Ramon Hofileña, a tireless …
Top Choice Cafe in Silay

Mansion

A terrific place to imagine colonial Silay is this partly renovated regal home, an architectural landmark with colonnades marking the entryway. Enjoy coffee drinks, pastries, sandwiches and a few Filipino dishes sur…
Top Choice Cafe in Dumaguete

Coffee & Books

You could while away several hours at this student hang-out lined with bookshelves and mini alcoves (inaccessible to anyone over 6ft). Espresso drinks, Filipino snacks and beer help pass the time while playing board…
Top Choice Bar in Dumaguete

Hayahay Treehouse Bar

Cosy up to the bar or grab a plastic chair at this two-storey pavilion made of driftwood and nipa roof, part of a complex of bars and restaurants on the waterfront 2km north of the town centre. Known for delicious f…