The island of Negros is the second largest in the Visayas. Negros Island is divided into Occidental in the western part and Oriental in the eastern. It´s mountainous and volcanic origin makes the land fertile and was given the nickname “sugar-island”, as more than half of the agricultural land is used for sugar cane plantations.
Due to its volcanic origin several waterfalls, fresh water lakes, hot springs, craters and rivers are found on the Island of Negros. Beside the sugar plantations there are mini rice terraces which you can visit. In general Negros has a good climate, as mountain breeze moves down bringing cooler air in the town and along the shoreline. Dumaguete is the city closest to Dauin where Vida Homes is located. It offers a huge variety of restaurants, bars, shopping possibilities and more. Dumaguete and Sibulan ports are an easy access to neighboring islands like Cebu, Bohol and Siquior. The Sibulan airport has domestic flights to Manila, Cebu, Davao and Cagayan de Oro.
One of the most common and best activities around Dauin is scuba diving. It is widely known for muck diving, macro diving and beautiful corals. The caramel brown sand is perfect home for a huge variety of bizarre underwater creatures such as frogfishes, pipefishes, octopuses, shrimps, crabs, squid, seahorses, nudibranch, etc. There are several marine sanctuaries in Dauin and nearby places, making it so diverse that it becomes one of the most sought after diving spots in the Philippines.
A daytrip to Apo Island, a 45 minute boatride shows the huge contrast between the different dive locations. At Apo huge hard and soft corals can be found, which are staple foods for turtles, the reason why so many can be spotted around that island. Another great variety can be found in Siquior, where mostly great wall dives show the divers why it is worth to come over. Schools of jacks and barracudas are very common on these dive sites. But the main highlight is the trip to Oslob, a place where the biggest fish of the planet, the whaleshark can be spotted on a regular daily base. It is good to snorkel or dive over there with the gentle giant of the world´s ocean.