Attractions

Mount Kanlaon

Written by Patrick

With an elevation of 2,465 meters above sea level, Mount Kanlaon is the highest peak not only in Negros but the whole Visayas.

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Mount Kanlaon peak in Negros Island.

Caption: Mount Kanlaon peak in Negros Island.

Mount Kanlaon stands in the middle of Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental and is considered the most imposing formation on the island.

Mount Kanlaon is the largest and third most active volcano in the country with a record of 30 eruptions since 1819.  Most of its eruptions produce minor ash falls except in 1902 when it erupted with lava and gas fumes.  Being the highest in the region, Kanlaon attracts mountain climbers and hikers who are up for a new challenge.  Reaching the base camp takes about a day while the descent can last for two days.

Kanlaon is declared a natural park which features two main craters and several hiking trails with difficulty levels ranging from easy to difficult.  It also boasts of three hot springs – Bucalan Hot Spring, Bungol Hot Spring, and Mambucal Hot Springs which, along with Mambukal Mountain Resort, is managed by the provincial government of Negros Occidental.

The rich and lush environment of Kanlaon is home to various species of flora and fauna including the giant golden-crowned flying fox, Philippine tube-nosed fruit bat, Visayas warty pig, and the Negros bleeding heart pigeon, all are found in the Philippines only. 

Fast Facts

Attraction:
Mount Kanlaon
Type of Attraction:
Address:
Phone:
+63 999 734 9398 | +63 948 963 1591
Hours:
Monday to Sunday
Closed:
Tourism activities are limited or prohibited depending on the weather and alert level issued by PHIVOLCS (Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology).
Best Time to Visit:
March to May and October to December
Food & Drink:
YES
FREE WiFi:
NO
Cost:
Cost per Person:  $15+
Payment Type:
Cash
Fees:
Permit Fee
P300 ($6 USD) – Local
P500 ($10 USD) – Foreign
P200 ($4 USD) – Student

P200 ($4 USD) – Permit processing fee per group
P700 ($14 USD) – Guide fee per day
P500 ($10 USD) – Porter fee per day

Transportation Fee
P100 ($2 USD) – Local (per person one way only)
P150 ($3 USD) – Foreign (per person one way only)

Camping Gear Rentals
P500 ($10 USD) – Tent
P300 ($6 USD) – Sleeping bag
P300 ($6 USD) – Stove with cookset
P200 ($4 USD) – Kitchen tarp
P90 ($1.8 USD) – Butane gas canister
Notes:
Since this is a protected area and an active volcano, make sure to coordinate with the authorities prior to the hike.

Obey the rules and policies set by the authorities to ensure everyone’s safety.

Mount Kanlaon is not advisable for beginners so make sure to prepare physically and mentally before the hike.

MAP

This attraction is located on Negros Island near Canlaon City.

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How to Get to Mount Kanlaon?

By Air

Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines have multiple direct flights everyday to Bacolod-Silay Airport from Manila and Cebu.

Alternatively, you can also get in Negros Island via Sibulan Airport (popularly known as Dumaguete-Sibulan Airport).

By Sea

2GO Travel has regular trips to Bacolod from Manila every week.  Travel time is approximately 16 hours and the fare ranges from P1,400 to 1,736 depending on the type of accommodation.

From BREDCO Pier, ride a taxi or tricycle to Bacolod City South Bus Terminal.

By Land

From Bacolod
From Bacolod-Silay Airport, take a van to Bacolod City South Bus Terminal.  Travel time is about 30 to 45 minutes and the fare is between P150 to P200.  Another option is to ride a taxi to the bus terminal.  While the fare can cost higher, the travel time is shorter.

At the terminal, ride a Ceres bus bound for Canlaon City, the jumpoff point to Mount Kanlaon.  A bus leaves for Canlaon every 30 minutes from 4:00 AM to 7:00 PM daily.  Travel time takes around 3 hours and the fare range from P150 to P200.

Upon arriving in Canlaon City, get off at Canlaon City Jeepney and Bus Terminal and head to the tourism office for instruction on what to prepare for the hike.

From Dumaguete
Coming from Dumaguete Airport, take a short tricycle ride to Dumaguete City North Bus Terminal where you will find buses bound for Canlaon City.  A Ceres Liner bus leaves Dumaguete every hour from 3:45 AM to 5:00 PM everyday.  Travel time is between four to five hours and the fare is around P250.

Upon arriving in Canlaon City, get off at Canlaon City Jeepney and Bus Terminal and head to the tourism office for instruction on what to prepare for the hike.

The airport closest to Mount Kanlaon

Bacolod-Silay Airport (BCD), the airport closest to Mount Kanlaon, is approximately 100 kilometers away and is about two and a half hours away by car.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit this attraction to avoid crowds is early in the morning usually before 10:00 AM.

Closures

This attraction is always open except when the weather is bad or there is an alert level issued by PHIVOLCS (Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology).

Fees

Fees require payment in cash.  Credit cards are not accepted at this attraction. 

Food & Drink

Food and drinks from outside the attraction are allowed at this attraction.

Alcohol

Consuming alcohol is not allowed at this attraction.

Pets

Pets are not allowed at this attraction.

Smoking

Smoking is not allowed at this attraction.

Trash

Please dispose of your trash properly or take it with you.  Don’t Trash the Philippines!  

The Philippines are beautiful islands … let’s all ensure they remain this way. 

WHERE TO STAY

Hotels and resorts near Mount Kanlaon:

  • Guintubdan Mountain Resort
  • Kanlaon Inland Resort
  • Buenos Aires Mountain Resort

TIPS & HACKS

The following are recommended items for this experience: 

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Adventure Camera

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Photos

The following are some photos of this attraction.

Videos

The following is a video of this attraction.

NEARBY

The following are other points of interest are nearby:

  • Mount Kanlaon Natural Park
  • Asao-Asao Hot Waterfalls
  • Mandayao Falls
  • Guintubdan Mountain Resort 
  • Buenos Aires Mountain Resort
  • Mambukal Mountain Resort

READ MORE: Negros Island Visitors Guide

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About the Author

Patrick

Patrick is an entrepreneur, digital nomad, explorer, and photographer. Patrick is always in search of fun and adventure. He is well travelled throughout the world, and although location independent, his home base is Phoenix, Arizona in the USA. Patrick loves island lifestyle which is no wonder why he is so interested in spending time in the Philippines with it’s over 7,000 islands. Patrick created this site to share his knowledge of and experiences in the Philippines with Filipinos as well as other foreigners.

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