Complementing the three major industries in the municipality are the town’s beach resorts, which are major contributor to the local government’s coffers and economic activity.  These beach resorts, which are frequented by domestic tourists, are the La Boca Beach Resort and summer Beach Resort in barangay Jugno, Ponterosa Inn, Paradise Inn and Escosas Bar and Restaurant in barangay Tandayag, and Rock and Mountain Resort in barangay Jantianon.

Tourism development in the municipality is very promising.  The municipality has several scenic areas having potentials of attracting tourists.  These attractions include beaches, coral reef formations, marine sanctuaries and waterfalls.

If the local government of Amlan would give a good attention to the town’s superb natural attractions it might yet become its major industry.

is a leisurely 15-minute cruise from Dumaguete City, the capital city of the province of Negros Oriental.

Land Area: 111.85 km²
Population: 22,206
Barangays: 8

A Brief History

Nineteenth-century chronicler Licinio Ruiz mentions “Amblan”, a settlement said to have been named after a superior kind of guava. The town was made a parish independent of Tanjay in 1848, was renamed New Ayuquitan in 1912, became Amlan after World War II.

The People

Majority of the people in the town speak the Cebuano dialect.

Commerce and Industry

Amlan’s economy is anchored on fishing, copra and sugarcane, and its bustling Tandayag wharf, which is the seaport-of-call for Tañon Strait crossers from the province of Cebu.

The province’s fuel and LPG supply is stored in depots nearby.

Cottage industries produce mats, baskets, bamboo furniture, and buri-craft.

Getting There and Away

Buses and jeepneys, from neighbouring cities and towns, pass through Amlan several times daily.

Fastcrafts from Liloan town of the island province of Cebu depart for Amlan daily.

Other Information

Its Church of St. Andrew the Apostle, completed in 1853, and said to have take 50 years to built, is the centerpiece of the town’s tourism picture while providing photo-opportunists with a colonial period backdrop.

The ruins of watchtowers against the Moro depradations of old can still be seen in Buswang and near the mouth of the Amlan River; and two others near the school building of Ayuquitan and the barrio of Calo.

Amlan’s unique crowd-drawer is the Budyas Festival which begins on the Tandayag pier with a traditional ritual blessing of fishing implements and the elaborately-decorated fleet which then ferries the patron’s image in a fluvial procession to the chapel in Tandayag North.

For nature attractions, there is the serene Tambojangin River for freshwater swims and the splashy three-tiered Naibid Falls in Jantianon.