Bais City

The city has its main fiesta, the Sipong Festival, every 7 September but also enters contestants in the Sinulog Festival held in Cebu in the latter part of each January. Even the smallest and poorest barangay loves dressing up and practising elaborate dance routines even in the absence of a suitable stage

Bais City is one of the cleanest and safest cities of the Philippines in Negros Oriental province. The main tourist draw is whale and dolphin watching in the Tañon Strait between Bais and the neighbouring island of Cebu.

The whole municipal area has a population of more than 80,000 and the major economic activity is sugar cane growing with a few wealthy families dominating both the local politics and economy. The central market has just been re-built as a large two-storey building of unusual design but pedicabs still ply the streets as a legacy of a Dutch NGO's project to alleviate rural poverty.

Get in

The City of Bais is famed throughout the Visayas for its Christmas Decorations. In 2014 the "tree" was impressive from an engineering point of view, being composed of separately rotating and illuminated sections, but some questioned the aesthetics of this 100 foot tower

The most common route to Bais is by bus from Dumaguete, though it is also possible to reach it directly from either Cebu City or Bacolod.

By boat

Into Dumaguete from Manila, Cebu, Tagbilaran, Dapitan or Cagayan de Oro and then by Ceres Bus every half hour to Bais.

By bus

Bais is on the main long distance bus route between Bacolod, Kabankalan City and Dumaguete. One can also take a Ceres Bus from Cebu that travels directly to Bais via a 35 min roll-on, roll-off (Ro-Ro} ferry between the Southern tip of Cebu island at Bato and Amlan just south of Tanjay. Other Ceres buses set passengers down at Lilo-An so they can take the faster passenger-only boat and shorter 15 min crossing to Sibulan just north of Dumaguete.

Get around

Moto-Tricycles are cheap and plentiful

Moto-tricycles are rather confusingly termed pedicabs in Negros Oriental, and are usually underpowered by 200cc motorcycles considering that they often carry in excess of 8 persons and sometimes up to 15! The cycle rickshaws are certainly quieter on Bais's flat streets and the commercial centre is very compact.


Narrow gauge steam locomotive manufactured by Baldwin in the US on display opposite the sugar mill Central Azucarera de Bais and formerly used for hauling wagons loaded with sugar cane throughout the fields of the City of Bais





Carabao are often seen on the streets of Bais pulling carts



Mounds of shrimp paste can be seen in the wet market

Bais Tourism Office +63 35 541-5161 / 402-8174 Fax: +63 35 402-8181


Go next

From Bais City you can ride a tricycle going to Polo. The minimum fare of tricycle is ₱7 and it is only 5 minutes' travel.

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