If you’re backpacking around Bacolod City and a certified beach bum, one of the highly suggested day trip for you to take is a day trip to Lakawon Island. Its a short bus ride from the Bacolod City northern bus terminal and I assure you the 1 hour and half travel time will highly satisfy your thirst for a white sand beach, sapphire-hued clear waters and a sandbar all to yourself.
Much has been written about travel guides and about Lakawon Island Resort but let me focus on the awesome experiences I had after walking around the island for a day.
Once I came back to where I was after I decided to take a walk encircling the island, I discovered there are 2 sides to this banana-shaped island. One side is touristy, crowded, where the party is usually is and of course where the hot bods are, and the other side is the quiet one, where you can be alone, sit and idly watch the sea, jump off an improvised bamboo raft and be lulled by the rhythm of the waves.
You can walk around and encircle the island in a matter of minutes but if you find a solitaire spot, like I found mine, you can choose to make it your pitstop, doze off and proceed to walk again.
There is also a secret sand bar that emerges during low tide and of course hidden by the high tide. This is one of the amazing spots to spend some time when walking around the island. While all the tourist are having fun and partying on the other side, you can have this quiet spot all to yourself. All the more perfect spot for recharging for introverts like me!
From Bacolod North Terminal, catch the bus headed to Cadiz City. The bus drive will take you about an hour and half and will cost about PHP100.00. Tell the bus conductor to drop you off at the city bus and tricycle terminal. Don’t worry, almost all bus conductors know most tourists will want to reach Lakawon Island so they’re pretty familiar with our i-need-to-go-to-lakawon-island look.
From the tricycle terminal, tell the tricycle guy that you want to reach the port where pump boats head off to Lakawon Island. Upon reaching the port, pay the island entrance fee of PHP100.00 per person, PHP20.00 terminal fee per person and if you do want to rent the cottages the rates are posted at the ticket booth and at the island.
Remember not to bring any packed food or drinks to the island or you will be charged with corkage fee. This is part of their policy in keeping the island clean of garbage and plastic bottles.
Tawhai Floating Bar
After you’ve soaked up some sun and a few beer at the restaurant in the island, I advise you to spend more time at Tawhai Floating Bar which is just 5 minute boat ride from the shore. The Tawhai Floating Bar is under a different management and is the only floating bar in Asia.
I had so much more fun at the floating bar than being sunkissed in the shores of Lakawon Island. If you’re into cliff jumping into the open sea, then this is the place for you. Don’t worry if you’re not a good swimmer because life vest are available at the deck and has sizes for kids too. I grabbed one vest and went up to the second floor deck and jumped into the open sea with my GoPro. I was one of the guys that was so umped by this jumping thing that I came back up again, and again, and again.
The Tawhai Floating Bar will set you back another PHP250.00 per person and gets you one complimentary drink. You can stay up and jump to your hearts desire up to 5PM when the bar closes. To me, the adrenaline rush I got from jumping from the second floor deck was worth more than the entrance fee. I had so much fun!
You can spend a day trip here in Lakawon Island and be back to Bacolod City by late afternoon or evening, or if you prefer to stay for the night, there are cottages available for rent for families or groups on the other side of the island. For cheaper options, you or your group can rent out tents and just camp out on the beach.
So if you’re in Negros Island or around Bacolod City and can afford to squeeze in a day trip to your itinerary, try to visit Lakawon Island. Soak up some sun, get umped by jumping from the Tawhai Floating Bar tirelessly, stroll along the mini sand bar during low tide, grab a cold beer and people watch to your hearts desire.
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