Don Salvador Benedicto – Getting There & Tourist Spots

Welcome to Don Salvador Benedicto
By Mclovin’tosh [CC BY-SA 4.0] from Wikimedia Commons

Don Salvador Benedicto or Don Salvador, as what locals would usually call it, is a town located between Bacolod city and San Carlos city of Negros Occidental. It is the municipality after Murcia if you are coming from Bacolod. The roads leading to Don Salvador Benedicto are covered in asphalt and cement so for those who are asking if it’s rocky, for the most part, it isn’t.

However, the roads aren’t always straight so expect a few zigzag turns. So why go to Don Salvador? Well, for one thing, it has quite a number of tourist spots and attractions.

Lion's Statue & View Deck
By Mclovin’tosh [CC BY-SA 4.0] from Wikimedia Commons


Here are the tourist attractions in Don Salvador Benedicto:

  • Lion Statue & View Deck
  • Maranatha Camp Site
  • Malatan-og Falls
  • La Guada Cafe
  • Terraza Cafe
  • Don Salvador Pine Trees
  • Don Salvador Rice Terraces
  • Mudhouses of Indigenous People

Sounds exciting huh! But hold on, first you need to know how to get to Don Salvador. As I said, the town is situated between San Carlos city, Bacolod city, and the town of Murcia. If you’re coming from Bacolod, then you will still pass by Murcia. And if you’re coming from Cebu, you will have to pass by San Carlos city.


From Bacolod

To get from Bacolod to Don Salvador, you will need to head to the Bacolod South Bus Terminal first. When you get there, look for Ceres buses bound for San Carlos city. The total fare will not reach ₱100 as you will just be disembarking at Don Salvador Benedicto.

The buses are not air-conditioned so feel free to bring a fan or paypay with you. The total travel time from Bacolod to Don Salvador is 1 hour to 1 hour and 30 minutes.

From Cebu or San Carlos

To get from Cebu to Don Salvador, you will need to head to the San Carlos city bus terminal where you will ride the bus bound for Bacolod. The total fare will be less than ₱50 as Don Salvador isn’t that far. Now to get to San Carlos, you must ride the ferry from Toledo city.

Toledo City Port
Toledo City Port

The ferries that will travel from Toledo to San Carlos:

  • Lite Ferry
  • FastCat
  • E.B. Aznar (passengers only)

For Lite Ferry, check out the Cebu to Bacolod ferry schedule and fare so that you can choose which time you wish to travel and how much it cost.

Bus alternative from Cebu City

If you are from Cebu city and would rather head to Don Salvador directly in an air-conditioned bus, there are Ceres buses at the Cebu North Bus Terminal which will travel from Cebu to Bacolod via Don Salvador. Make sure to tell the bus conductor to drop you off at Don Salvador Benedicto.

Cebu to Bacolod via Don Salvador bus
Cebu to Bacolod via Don Salvador bus

So that was my quick guide on how to get to Don Salvador. I hope that you have found this useful and best wishes for your trip!

Elmer Balbin

Web developer from Bacolod, Steam Sale hunter, and casual DotA 2 player.

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Hi,Elmer! Thank you for all the information provided in your blog. I am a first time traveller in the Negros Provinces. Your blog posts served as my guide! Keep on!

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