SIGHTS OF NEGROS - PHOTO OF THE DAY - Locally caught fish at National Highway in Dauin

Photo of the Day for April 2, 2024 – Locally caught fish at the National Highway in Dauin

In the coastal towns of Bacong and Dauin, Negros Oriental, nestled along the National Highway, lies a culinary treasure trove that seafood enthusiasts cannot afford to miss—the bustling fish stalls. These stalls, brimming with an array of freshly caught seafood, offer a glimpse into the region’s rich marine bounty and vibrant culinary culture.     Each morning, as the sun begins to rise, local fishermen return from their nightly expeditions, hauling in their catch of the day. From succulent prawns to plump squids, and from delectable fish varieties to exotic shellfish, the stalls boast a diverse selection of seafood, freshly harvested from the surrounding waters. The atmosphere at these fish stalls is nothing short of lively, with vendors energetically touting their prized catches and engaging in animated banter with customers. Visitors can expect to be greeted by the sights and sounds of bustling activity as they navigate through the rows of stalls, each one offering its own unique assortment of seafood delights. For many locals, a trip to the fish stalls is not just about purchasing seafood; it’s a cherished ritual—a chance to connect with the coastal heritage of their region and savor the flavors of the sea. Whether it’s a family gathering, a special occasion, or simply a craving for fresh seafood, the fish stalls of Bacong and Dauin provide the perfect destination for seafood aficionados. Moreover, the experience goes beyond just buying seafood; it offers an opportunity to interact with the friendly vendors, learn about the different varieties of fish, and even pick up some cooking tips and recipes. Many stalls also offer cleaning and preparation services, ensuring that customers can enjoy their seafood hassle-free. As visitors peruse the stalls, they’ll also encounter an assortment of local delicacies and condiments, such as tangy vinegar dips and spicy sauces, adding an extra dimension to their culinary adventure. And for those who prefer to dine on the spot, several stalls offer grilling services, allowing patrons to enjoy their seafood fresh off the grill, accompanied by scenic views of the surrounding coastal landscape. In addition to its gastronomic offerings, the fish stalls also play a vital role in supporting the local economy, providing livelihood opportunities for fishermen and vendors alike. By patronizing these stalls, visitors not only indulge in delicious seafood but also contribute to the sustainable development of the local fishing industry. In conclusion, a visit to the fish stalls of Bacong and Dauin is an experience that promises to tantalize the taste buds, ignite the senses, and leave a lasting impression. Whether you’re a seafood enthusiast, a culinary explorer, or simply a lover of authentic local experiences, these vibrant stalls offer an unforgettable journey into the heart of Negros Oriental’s coastal culinary heritage.

SIGHTS OF NEGROS - PHOTO OF THE DAY - Bizarre sunrise in Dauin

Photo of the Day for March 05, 2024 – Bizarre sunrise in Dauin

As dawn breaks over Masaplod Sur beach in Dauin, Negros Oriental, the tranquil scene transforms into a breathtaking display of nature’s grandeur. The beachfront house stands in quiet anticipation, framed against the emerging brilliance of the morning sky.     Above, bizarre cloud formations dance across the horizon, their shapes twisted and sculpted by unseen forces. Bathed in the soft glow of the rising sun, these clouds take on surreal hues of pink, orange, and lavender, casting an ethereal light over the landscape. In the distance, small showers of rain descend gracefully over the calm sea, their delicate droplets glistening like diamonds in the early morning light. Despite the rain, the sea remains serene, its surface shimmering with reflections of the sky above. Amidst this spectacle, the silhouettes of palm trees stand sentinel along the shoreline, their graceful fronds swaying gently in the breeze. As the sun climbs higher in the sky, casting its warm embrace over the land, the beauty of the sunrise at Masaplod Sur beach fills the air with a sense of wonder and tranquility, reminding us of the magic that lies within the natural world.

SIGHTS OF NEGROS - PHOTO OF THE DAY - A dream story about the bamboo tower at Basley Highland Brew Coffee in Dauin

Photo of the Day for March 1, 2024 – a dream story about the bamboo tower at Basley Highland Brew Coffee in Dauin

In the heart of Basley Highland, nestled amidst the quaint streets and cozy corners, stood a coffee shop unlike any other. Basley Highland Coffee Brew wasn’t just a place to sip your morning brew; it was a haven for dreamers, a sanctuary for those seeking solace in the aroma of freshly ground beans and the warmth of community. At the heart of this bustling café stood a towering structure made entirely of bamboo. It rose gracefully towards the ceiling, a testament to craftsmanship and creativity. The Bamboo Tower, as it was affectionately called, wasn’t just a piece of décor; it was a symbol of the coffee shop’s commitment to sustainability and innovation. As the morning sun cast its golden rays through the windows, illuminating the café with a gentle glow, patrons gathered around the Bamboo Tower, marveling at its intricate design. Some whispered tales of its origin, speculating that it was crafted by a mysterious artisan from a distant land, while others simply admired its beauty, running their fingers along the smooth bamboo surface.     Among the regulars of Basley Highland Coffee Brew was Emily, a young artist with a penchant for capturing life’s moments on canvas. She found inspiration in the vibrant energy of the café, often sketching the bustling scene around her as she sipped her favorite brew. One crisp autumn morning, as Emily sat by the Bamboo Tower, lost in the swirls of steam rising from her cup, she noticed a peculiar sight. A tiny bird, its feathers shimmering with iridescence, had perched itself atop the tower. It chirped melodically, as if beckoning Emily to follow. Intrigued, Emily rose from her seat and followed the bird’s lead, weaving her way through the maze of tables and chairs until she stood before the Bamboo Tower. With a sense of anticipation coursing through her veins, she reached out and touched the smooth bamboo surface. To her astonishment, the tower began to glow with a soft, ethereal light, illuminating the café with a warm and inviting aura. Emily watched in awe as intricate patterns danced across the bamboo, weaving tales of ancient wisdom and hidden wonders. As the morning sun reached its zenith, bathing the café in a kaleidoscope of colors, Emily felt a surge of creativity wash over her. Inspired by the magic of the Bamboo Tower, she returned to her easel with renewed vigor, capturing the essence of Basley Highland Coffee Brew in vibrant strokes of paint. From that day forward, the Bamboo Tower became more than just a centerpiece; it became a beacon of inspiration for all who crossed its path. And as the aroma of freshly brewed coffee mingled with the whispers of dreams taking flight, Basley Highland Coffee Brew continued to be a place where magic and imagination flourished, one cup at a time.

SIGHTS OF NEGROS - PHOTO OF THE DAY - At the costline of Dauin

Photo of the Day for February 27, 2024 – At the coastline of Dauin

Dauin, situated on Negros Island’s southern coast, is renowned as a prime spot for critter diving in the Philippines. Here, divers can encounter a diverse array of fascinating creatures. Let’s explore some highlights:     Ambon Scorpionfish (Pteroidichthys amboinensis): This tiny predator, reaching only 12cm in length, boasts intricate camouflage and venomous appendages, making it a master of ambush hunting. Wonderpus Octopus (Wunderpus photogenicus): Exclusive to certain sites along the Dauin coast, the Wonderpus Octopus is a strikingly photogenic creature, distinguishable from its mimic octopus cousin by its distinct markings and unchanging behavior. Warty Frogfish (Antennarius maculatus): Charismatic and small enough to fit in one’s palm, the Warty Frogfish blends seamlessly into its surroundings, utilizing jet propulsion for movement and ambush hunting tactics. Nudibranchs: ‘Shaun Sheep’ Nudibranch (Costasiella kuroshimae): Recognized for its diminutive size and association with algae, this nudibranch employs kleptoplasty to supplement its diet through photosynthesis. Blue Dragon Nudibranch (Pteraeolidia ianthina): Carnivorous and ‘solar-powered’, this nudibranch feeds on hydroids containing zooxanthellae, which continue to photosynthesize within its tissues. Peacock Mantis Shrimp (Odontodactylus scyllarus): With stunning colors and lightning-fast strikes, this mantis shrimp is a formidable predator equipped with trinocular vision and an array of photoreceptors for detecting prey. Whip Coral Shrimp (Dasycaris zanzibarica): Perfectly camouflaged within whip corals, these shrimp are ideal subjects for macro photography, often found in pairs with females being larger than males. Mototi Octopus (Amphioctopus siamensis): Sporting dramatic color changes and false-eye spots for defense, this octopus preys on shellfish and crabs with its paralytic saliva. Dauin’s underwater realm offers a treasure trove of unique critters, making it a paradise for macro photographers and critter enthusiasts alike.

SIGHTS OF NEGROS - BLOG - Discovering Tranquility at Dauin NIA Dam: A Hidden Gem in Negros Oriental

Discovering Tranquility at Dauin NIA Dam: A Hidden Gem in Negros Oriental

Nestled just a brief 15-minute drive from the bustling main highway lies the serene oasis of Dauin NIA Dam, situated in Barangay Magsaysay, Dauin, Negros Oriental. Serving as a vital lifeline for local farmers, this dam not only sustains agricultural endeavors but also doubles as a captivating tourist attraction. And the best part? There’s no entrance fee to experience its tranquil allure. As you approach the dam, the majestic silhouette of mystical Mt. Talinis sets the backdrop against the vast expanse of the ocean, with Apo Island visible in the distance. It’s a sight to behold, offering a panoramic vista that captivates the soul.       Venturing to Dauin NIA Dam with my friends was a delightful escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. The air was crisp, the surroundings pristine, and the ambiance peaceful. The azure skies mirrored perfectly on the dam’s serene waters, creating a picturesque scene that begged to be captured in countless photographs. We spent our time leisurely strolling along the dam, taking in the beauty of our surroundings and reveling in the simple joys of nature. Whether it was lounging by the water’s edge or admiring the scenic vistas, every moment was a reminder of the tranquility that can be found in the embrace of Mother Nature.       In addition to its natural beauty, Dauin NIA Dam holds significance as a vital resource for local agriculture, showcasing the harmonious relationship between humans and the environment. It’s a testament to the importance of sustainable practices and community collaboration in preserving our natural resources for future generations to enjoy. So, if you find yourself in Negros Oriental seeking a respite from the ordinary, make sure to carve out some time to visit Dauin NIA Dam. Trust me, the tranquil beauty and serene ambiance are worth every moment spent. And with no entrance fee required, it’s an adventure that promises both relaxation and rejuvenation for the soul.

SIGHTS OF NEGROS - PHOTO - Fish stall along the highway in Dauin

Photo of the Day for February 09, 2024 – Fish stall along the highway in Dauin

This captivating photograph captures the vibrant atmosphere of the roadside markets in Bacong and Dauin. In the foreground, a colorful stall offer a variety of freshly caught fish, providing a glimpse into the local fishing industry. The sunlight bathes the scene in a warm glow, accentuating the hustle and bustle of vendors and buyers. The image exudes the authentic charm of coastal life, with the freshly caught fish sourced directly from local fishermen.  

SIGHTS OF NEGROS - PHOTO OF THE DAY - Private mooring for visitors in Dauin

Photo of the Day for January 22, 2024 – Private mooring for visitors in Dauin

Dauin is situated approximately 22 km south of Dumaguete City, offering a quaint municipality adorned with an abundance of resorts catering to the nearby diving havens of Apo Island and the acclaimed marine sanctuary. Widely recognized as one of the top ten scuba diving destinations globally, these resorts span a spectrum of luxury levels. From no-frills options at a modest $30 per day to more opulent choices reaching up to $350 per day, there’s a diverse range to suit different preferences. Notably, Dauin is a favored residence for many expats who have found solace in secluded compounds, homes, and apartments lining the picturesque seaside. Upon arrival, one can’t help but notice the consistent ocean breeze that graces the area, providing a refreshing atmosphere to complement the tranquil surroundings.  

Dauin – Negros Oriental

“Dauin’s Underwater Wonderland: A Coastal Paradise for Nature Enthusiasts” Dauin’s Marine Sanctuaries: Dive into the crystal-clear waters of Dauin to explore its vibrant marine sanctuaries. Discover the town’s rich biodiversity, including colorful coral reefs, diverse fish species, and fascinating macro marine life. A Haven for Divers and Snorkelers: Uncover the world-class diving spots and snorkeling sites that make Dauin a mecca for underwater enthusiasts. From the famous Apo Island to the unique muck diving experiences, learn how Dauin offers an unparalleled aquatic adventure. Dauin’s Eco-Tourism Initiatives: Explore the town’s commitment to sustainable tourism through eco-friendly practices and community-led conservation efforts. Learn about projects that aim to protect the marine ecosystem, promote responsible tourism, and ensure the long-term health of Dauin’s coastal environment.              

SIGHTS OF NEGROS ORIENTAL - PHOTO OF THE DAY - Dive boat preparation in Dauin

Photo of the Day for January 10, 2024 – Dive boat preparation in Dauin

The coastal marine sanctuaries along the Dauin coastline host a plethora of rare marine species, creating a captivating underwater haven for photographers, whether they are beginners or seasoned divers. The dive sites abound with a diverse array of marine life, including triggerfish, parrotfish, pennant fish, moray eels, surgeonfish, snappers, groupers, Moorish idols, lizardfish, gobies, batfish, lionfish, trumpet fish, pufferfish, filefish, emperors, wrasses, fusiliers, and trevallies, to name just a few.     From the smallest transparent shrimp and neon-colored nudibranchs to large basket sponges adorned with numerous multi-colored crinoids, anemones, sea cucumbers, starfish, and worms, an abundance of invertebrates thrives alongside vast numbers of hard and soft corals and gorgonian sea fans. Occasional appearances by turtles, octopus, cuttlefish, manta rays, eagle rays, and sharks add to the enchantment of these underwater ecosystems. A short boat ride away lies Apo Island, a gem in the Philippine Sea. Designated as a marine protected area since 1982, Apo Island is renowned as one of the Philippines’ premier dive locations. The walls and reefs surrounding the island are densely covered with a remarkable variety of hard and soft corals, providing a habitat for an astonishing abundance of marine life. The dive experiences range from exhilarating roller coaster drifts to gentle, relaxed explorations, ensuring there’s something for every diver.  

SIGHTS OF NEGROS ORIENTAL - BLOG - Christmas-lights-on in Dauin

Christmas-lights-on in Dauin

❣️Witness the enchanting lights on ceremony on December 8, 2023 at 6PM and celebrate the spirit of the holidays with us. Bring your family and friends for an. unforgettable magical evening at Dauin Municipal Plaza as we illuminate the town with the joy and warmth of the Christmas season ????????????????????‍???????????????? Galicano Truita.     This invitation from the mayor of Dauin, Negros Oriental, was accepted by a large number of residents and tourists from the nearby diving resorts. They had a great spectacle as the mayor drove up to the town hall for the event and was escorted to the place of honor. A prayer was said, the national anthem was sung together with the population, an amateur group performed a beautiful, modern nativity play, a singer performed and shortly afterwards the barangay captains were able to switch on the lights together for this year’s Christmas season. What a fantastic evening for young and old. [siteorigin_widget class=”WP_Widget_Media_Gallery”][/siteorigin_widget] If you haven’t seen it yet, you can watch the accompanying video here