Looking for best beaches this summer? This list of best beaches from 6 cities and municipalities in Negros Occidental might interest you.
The province of Negros Occidental is not only known for its sugar plantations, heritage sites and culturally rich history. It is also known for its pristine white sand beaches and magnificent sand bars. According to GMA NEWS survey last 2017 Negros Occidental is second most visited province next to National Capital Region (NCR). The province outrank the provinces of Cavite, Batangas, Pangasinan, Palawan, Bohol and Cebu to name few.
In this blog post I would like to share and recommend the best beaches in Negros Occidental. This list of white sand beaches is only a few hours drive from Bacolod. There are also resorts near Bacolod if you don’t want to travel far from the city.
hope this detailed travel guide will help you plan and maximize your next vacation in Negros.
Top 6 Cities and Municipalities in Negros Occidental with Best Beaches
- Sagay City
- Sipalay City
- Cadiz City
- Escalante City
The city of Sagay is located at the northern most of Negros Occidental. Known for its marine reserve sanctuaries and crystal clear waters. The name “sagay” was derived from a bright, univalve-shelled mollusk that was once plentiful on the city’s sandy shore. Locally known as “sigay.”
Below were places you can visit if you drop by Sagay City.
Carbin Reef is part of 32,000 hectare marine sanctuary of Sagay. This 200 hectare tongue shape sandbar offers crystal clear waters You can check my blog post about Carbin Reef day tour.
Molocaboc Island is still part of SMR. But what’s unique with this island is there residents residing in this island. It is home to fisher folk of Sagay, mangrove conservation and miracle hole “amatong” fishing are found. Molocaboc island is still closed at the moment because it is still in process of rehabilitation. But if you happen to have friends living in the island you open to experience this beautiful place.
Panal Reef and Macaholom Reef were another part of Sagay Marine Reserve (SMR). They are known for their colorful and abundant marine life, and the presence of migratory birds.
Suyac Island is a mangrove sanctuary and it is just a 30 minutes boat ride from Old Sagay. It is home of the century old mangroves and the oldest in Negros Occidental. There are several mangrove species can be found here. During low tide you can soak and enjoy the water.
How to get to Sagay:
- Sagay is approximately 2 hours drive of via PUV and private car. From Bacolod Northbound terminal look for Sagay, San Carlos and Minapasok bound bus.
- Bus bound to this places would stop at the Sagay terminal just tell the conductor to drop you or tell you if you are already at the Sagay terminal.
- From Sagay terminal look for yellow tricycle and tell the driver to drop you at Old Sagay Tourism office the pantalan is just a few steps away.
- Register at the tourism office and pay for your entrance, boat and cottage.
2. Sipalay City
Sipalay City is one of the most visited place during summer because of its white sand and wide selection of best beaches. Thus it is a perfect hideaway for nature lovers, beachcombers, divers and also adventurers. Sipalay is indeed a perfect beach destination.
Campomanes Bay is a perfect place for nature lover and adventure traveler. Several water sports can be done at Campomanes including artistic diving, easy diving, kayaking, snorkeling, jet skiing, boating and island hopping. The bay has an eco-port which can cater small to medium size sea craft. What makes Campomanes interesting is that shipwrecks are just around the bay. It is one of the favorite tourist attractions in the city.
Sugar Beach – A 20 minute boat ride is a long stretch sugary light brown sand beach. It was formerly called Langub Beach. Several resorts can be found along the stretch like Taka tuka Beach and Diving Resort, Bermuda Beach Resort, Driftwood Village Resort, Sulu Sunset Resort, and Langub Beach Resort. Sugar beach is one of the best beaches you should visit in Sipalay.
Punta Ballo Beach
This white sand beach would look ordinary at first sight but it is home of world-class diving sites. Located at Brgy. IV which is a 30 minutes ride from the city proper. Punta Ballo is one of the frequently visited tourist attraction in Sipalay.
If you are adventurous this place is perfect for you. There are several beach and resorts offering diving packages. You can check Easy Diving Beach and Resort, Nataasan Beach Resort and Dive Center, Artistic Diving.
TINAGONG DAGAT and LATASAN ISLAND RESORT
Tinagong dagat is a local term which means “hidden sea” which is surrounded by islets and green hills. Naturally formed corals were its main attraction. The place is accessible during dry season.
How to get to Sipalay:
Commuters from Bacolod:
- Ride a bus going to Hinoba-an or Sipalay.Tell the driver or the conductor that you’ll be heading to Sipalay.
- You may also ride a private van for a faster trip.
Commuters from Dumaguete:
- Ride a bus going to Hinobaan via Bayawan. Upon arriving in Hinoba-an transfer to a bus going to Bacolod and tell the conductor to drop you off in Sipalay.
- You may also ride a bus going to Kabankalan. Upon arriving in Kabankalan transfer to a bus bound to Hinobaan and tell the conductor to drop you off in Sipalay.
- Drop by Sipalay Public Market. Look for a habal habal and ride your way to this beautiful place.
3. Cadiz City
Lakawon Island Resort and Spa
Lakawon Island Resorts and Spa is a 16-hectare banana-shaped island off the coast of Cadiz in Negros Occidental. It’s a world-class, luxury beach resort famous for its pristine white sand, crystal clear waters, and the famous TawHai–Asia’s largest floating bar.
How to get to there (Lakawon Island):
- From Bacolod Northbound Terminal, ride a bus going to Cadiz and tell the conductor to drop you at Cadiz Viejo Terminal.
- Ride a tricycle going to the port and upon arrival, sign up and pay for the boat fee and for the rates of your choice. Note: Ask the locals if you are confused. They are approachable and much willing to help.
Last boat trip is 5:00PM but be ready at 4:30PM to avoid rush and inconvenience. Just do the same thing: ride a boat, rent a tricycle, and wait for a bus going to Bacolod.
Punta Bulata Resort and Spa
Punta Bulata Resort and Spa is known to have one of the finest and whitest beaches in Negros Occidental comparable to that of Boracay, Cebu and Bohol. It is a perfect place to relax and get rid from the hustle and bustle of the metro.
Danjugan Island Paradise and Beach Resort
Danjugan Island A marine reserve and wildlife sanctuary off the cost of Brgy. Bulata, Cauyan, Negros Occidental. Danjugan is also fringed with turtle-nestling beaches and surrounded by diverse coral reefs. It has five lagoons, three landlocks and two flooded at hightide and colonised by coral and reef fish species. Awarded as Best Managed Reef on 2001. This underrated place by Spot PH is a worth visit. For more info you can visit Danjugan Island website.
How to get to Punta Bulata
- First, from Bacolod South Ceris Terminal take a bus going to Hinoba-an or Sipalay bound.
- Then, ask the conductor to drop you to brgy. Cartagena in Cauyan. Or simply tell the conductor you’ll be heading to Punta Bulata. They are very familiar with that place.
- From brgy. Cartagena look for a habal habal going to Punta Bulata. The resort also offer island hopping to Danjugan Island. Enjoy!
5. Escalante City
Jomabo Island Paradise and Beach Resort Jomabo Island presents a variety of water sports and rides to entertain its visitors while under the sun like parasailing, trampoline, ocean kayak, aqua cycle, water wheel, island hopper and banana boat ride. What was unique about them is they have a solar-powered cell that gives power supply to all its cottages, guesthouses, cabanas, bar/restaurant and its hotel.
How to get to Jomabo Island:
- From Bacolod North Ceres Bus Terminal look for Escalante bound bus.
- Then, tell the conductor to drop you to Old Escalante.
- From Old Escalante take a tricycle going to Barcelona Port.
- Lastly, look for a boat going to Jomabo Island.
Nabulao Beach and Dive Resort
Nabulao Beach and Dive Resort is another perfect summer destination. Aside from the beach they also have pools, beach bar, spa and etc. Their accommodations is simply amazing with different choices according to your taste and budget. Babulao also offers water activities like snorkelling, scuba diving, paddleboarding, island hopping, sunset sailing, jet skiing and many more.
How to get to Nabulao Beach and Dive Resort:
- To catch the Ceres Bus to Sipalay, first you will need to take a taxi cab from the Silay-Bacolod airport terminal to the Ceres Southbound terminal, this should only approximately a 15min taxi ride.
- From the Ceres South Terminal, you can catch the bus to Hinoba-an terminal which is a 4-5hour bus ride depending on traffic and the time of day.
- Once you are or close to the Hinoba-an bus terminal you can contact the resort and they will fetch you with their private vehicle.
Take note: There are two Ceres Terminals in Bacolod City. Northbound and Southbound. Research ahead of the places you want to visit and the terminal location. This will give you ease of travel and save more time and to avoid getting lost.
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