Road trip: Bacolod (Negros Occidental) to Dumaguete (Negros Oriental)

coastal view along Sibulan national road, on the way to Dumaguete City, Negros OrientalWe recently had a road trip to the “City of Gentle People”, Dumaguete, in the south-eastern part of the Negros Island. It’s my first time ever to visit this capital city of Negros Oriental and so I really didn’t know what to expect. I was thinking that Dumaguete is just like Bacolod or Iloilo or some of the capital cities in the Visayan region.

We had to attend a community event in the afternoon so we left Bacolod City at about 5:00AM. We’re thankful that we started out early as we didn’t encounter any traffic delays despite some of the roads being repaired along Bago City. Over all, the road trip was great, especially with well-paved roads going to Dumaguete, even as we passed by the winding and mountainous roads along the municipality of Mabinay. We were also treated to refreshing sights along the way as we passed by tree-lined roads, beautiful mountain scenery along Mabinay and the coastal views of Sibulan.

coastal view along Sibulan national road, on the way to Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental
Coastal view along Sibulan national highway, few more kilometers to go before we reach Dumaguete City

coastal view along Sibulan national road, on the way to Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental
Look at the coconut trees by the roadside, they serve as good advertisement spots for the upcoming national and local elections

coastal view along Sibulan national road, on the way to Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental
That’s the island of Cebu…looking so close, yet so far.


Bacolod to Dumaguete via Mabinay route

We followed the Mabinay route, as this is the shortest route from Bacolod to Dumaguete crossing through the mountains from the north-western part to the south-eastern part of the Negros Island:

Bacolod City (capital of Negros Occidental)
Bago City
Valladolid
San Enrique
Pontevedra
Hinigaran
Binalbagan
Himamaylan City
Kabankalan City
—–
Mabinay
Bais City
Tanjay City
Amlan
San Jose
Sibulan
Dumaguete City (capital of Negros Oriental)

The cities and municipalities from Bacolod to Kabankalan belong to the province of Negros Occidental, while those from Mabinay until Dumaguete are part of Negros Oriental.

intersection at Sibulan national road, on the way to Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental

Travel time is about 2 hours from Bacolod to Kabankalan, and 3 hours from Kabankalan to Dumaguete, a total travel time of approximately 5 hours if you’re driving your own vehicle or taking the Ceres Bus liner. Some of the event participants took the air-conditioned Ceres bus from Bacolod to Dumaguete which left the terminal at about 5:20AM and arrived in Dumaguete at 10:30AM. Not bad for a bus trip which would usually stop along the way to pick up passengers.

Tip: You can have a stopover in Kabankalan City at the Petron Gasoline Station to gas up and check your vehicle before proceeding with the long trip. They have a convenience store and there’s a Jollibee branch across the street as well.

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