Hinoba-an is classified as a first class municipality and was my first real introduction to Negros Occidental, and left me craving for more. This is the place in which my love of Negros was born and it if wasn’t for my work, I would possibly have never discovered. My first thoughts, as I stood there gazing out to the Sulu Sea, breathing in the fresh air was “why isn’t this place crawling with tourists?”

Hinoba-an is a small town and aside from the hustle and bustle of the town centre, there isn’t much to the place, and only a handful of local style resorts. However, what Hinoba-an lacks in infrastructure, it more than makes up for with the natural beauty this place has been adorned with.

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A postcard perfect beach – swaying palms trees, golden sand and the beautiful blue waters of the Sulu Sea. Once again, where are all the bloody tourists?

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Rice terraces are a fairly common site just about anywhere there are mountainous areas. This one is on the way up to the mountains in Nabulao.

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Cameras never do justice to these types of photos. Mountain after mountain after mountain as far as the eye can see, unfortunately, just not in this photo

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Sunset at about 500 metres above sea level, way up in the mountains of Nabulao, looking back towards the Sulu Sea.

How to get there

Philippine Airlines (PAL) fly to Bacolod from Manila daily five times a day with the flight taking approximately one hour, and they also fly to Dumaguete from Manila twice daily with the flight taking just over one hour.

Hinoba-an is approximately 200kms from Bacolod (4.5 hours via car) and 145kms from Dumaguete (3.5 hours via car).

Ceres Bus Lines depart from Bacolod and Dumaguete and pass through Hinoba-an, departing hourly. Fare one way is less then P300 and takes about 5 hours from Sipalay and about 4 hours from Dumaguete.

Dezza´s Tip

My recommendation would be to go from Bacolod to Sipalay, stay in Sipalay for a few nights, and then head to Hinoba-an for a night or two as it is only about 30kms (45 mins drive in a car). This would also allow you to stopover in Kabankalan and Cauayan on the way through.