Saturday, 29 May 2010

Sipaway Island: Escape to San Carlos

      When I was still with my previous company, we always planned to go to Sipaway but never had the chance cause of the changing schedule of our work. So when my colleagues decided to have our team building there, everyone agreed.
     Sipaway is a small island on the east of San Carlos City. If your coming from Bacolod, it is an hour and a half drive via Don Salvador and 15 minutes ride on a motorize boat. The island is roughly seven (7) kilometers long and 3.5 kilometers wide.
     We stayed in La Basilia Resort which is a few meters away from the port we docked.The resort have several rooms for overnight stay and can accommodate up to 10 persons. Electricity on the island is available from 5-11:00 pm only so be sure to bring emergency lights with you.
     The water is clear crystal blue and clean teaming with different kinds of marine life like starfish, sea grass, and colorful fishes to name some.Not only that, the resort has white sandy beach and plenty of green vegetations around the resort.
  

                                     San Carlos City taken from Sipaway Island


With my team mates, having fun under the super hot sun 




Posing for more pictures =)



     We had a great time during our one night stay on the island. We hadn't the chance to go around the island but the bonding moments and the memories we had is enough to savor the totality of the place.
     Best place to getaway from the hurly-burly city life.

Thursday, 20 May 2010

Lakawon Island: Cadiz Pride

If you're looking for a white sandy beach not too far away from Bacolod city, then this sand bar is the answer. Located off the coast of Cadiz Viejo, this thirteen (13) hectare island is popularly called Lakawon Island.


Getting There.
From Bacolod City,you can get there by taking a bus on Ceres north terminal in Shopping. Going to Kaduhaan would take you approximately 1 hour then you get down on crossing Martisan. Take a tricycle to Cadiz Viejo port where a motor boat owned by the resort awaits to take you to the island.


The Island.
This is my first time to set foot on the island that rises a few meters above sea level.. Pretty much excited cause the say it can be compared to Boracay.
The sand is white. Only that it is made of coarse corals unlike the sands of Boracay which is powdery white. The resort is roughly three (3) hectares in area, with plenty of coconut, talisay trees and some trees that grows on the sea shore. 
It was October when we went there so I'm not expecting a lot of visitors on the island. We're the only guest on the resort (hahaha). Not much of recreational activities as well so we spent the whole day sleeping under the shade of the trees, picture taking, and swimming. The marine life found around the island makes it perfect for snorkeling.
They have their own restaurant as well. Prices of the food on the menu is quite high if you're on a tight budget cause fresh ingredients came from the mainland but the taste of the food is still homey.
A generator provided the electricity on the resort and starts from 5:00 to 9:30 pm. The resort has no bar so don't expect any nightlife because the owner decided to keep it that way to preserve the island. If you're looking for a peaceful, quiet, perfect relaxation and a romantic getaway then come to Lakawon island.


Budget:

  • Bus fare (Bacolod to Cadiz Viejo)      around P60
  • tricycle fare to the boat port               P100
  • Boat fare (provided by the resort)       round trip  P600
  • Aircon rooms ( 2-8 pax)                    ranges from P1,800 - P2,500
  • Non aircon rooms                             from P700 - P1,400


    
Lakawon Island from afar

   


   


   
Panay island on the other side of the island


Lakawon Island Beach Resort
Location: Cadiz Viejo, Cadiz City, Negros Occidental
Contact Nos. Tel: (034) 433-0808 / 434-7737

Friday, 14 May 2010

First ever ever ever post

Hurray! Finally my ever first post on my blog. Just started my blog after years of convincing myself of having a blog. I don't have any specific niche to concentrate with but I will try if I can survive since my English grammar and composition is not that good (laughing out loud) Thanks for my friend Audrey Rose, owner of lagawan.info, for always nagging me (kidding!) for putting my own weblog.
So here it is, the beginning of a hopeful journey. =) Ciao!