Sipalay City Travel Guide, Itinerary and Budget
Sipalay is located about 200 kilometers both from Bacolod and Dumaguete City. Travel time is 3-4 hours. The remote town of Sipalay is surrounded by islets reminiscent that in Pangasinan, the Hundred Islands.
The main attraction here is diving because of its rich marine life. No wonder why most resorts here offer diving activities. Aside from diving, the major draw of tourist in Sipalay are the beaches. The beach has to be one of Negros best-kept secrets. Unlike other beaches, the sand is sugary white in appearance, hence got its name.
What are the things that you can see and do in Sipalay? There is really nothing much to do and see in the city except for its Poblacion Beach which offers a long stretch of superfine golden sand, perfect for those early morning or twilight walks or jogs and of course sunset viewing. Aside from the Poblacion Beach, here are some attractions in Sipalay that draws most of the tourist.
There is not much information one can see on the internet about Sipalay except the fact that this is the best diving spot in Negros Occidental. The city also became known to many because of Sugar beach. Unlike Philippine famous beaches like Boracay, Calaguas, Caramoan which offers tourist a powdery white sand, in Sugar beach the sand is not powdery-fine and white. Sugar beach is located just north of Sipalay proper. To get there, you must get off the bus at barangay Montilla and get a trike going to Nauhang. Your drop off point would be the bridge where you can hire a small boat going to Sugar beach. What I like about this beach is that it gets very little visitors. A perfect place if you are looking for a quiet beach.
A few minutes from Sugar Beach is La Isla Bonita or more popularly known as Tinagong Dagat. This place is known for its foot bridges that connected the islets together.
Another must-visit destination in Sipalay is the Campoquino Bay Beach Resort. This is where we spent overnight and paid 150 pesos as camping fee. We pitched our hammocks instead of tents, as shown in the picture below. This is a recommended place if planning to stay overnight in Sipalay. The staffs are genuinely accommodating. Highlight: climb to their tower and witness the aerial view of Sipalay's vast shoreline. Breathtaking view on top!
White sandy beach in Sipalay is located in Punta Ballo Beach. This is also the ideal place for snorekeling and diving because of its rich marine life. Approximately 20 minutes from the Punta Ballo Beach is Campomanes Bay where a spectacular natural harbour was built.
A breathtaking view of the islets of Sipalay can be seen from the Perth Paradise Beach Resort (topmost photo). The place is reminiscent of Hundred Islands in Pangasinan. If you want to go nearer the islets, you can try their bamboo rafts and jet-skies. There is a pool in the resort where you can take photo with the islets as your backdrop. Perfect selfie moment!
Head to South Bus Terminal. Ceres buses at the south bus terminal leaves the terminal almost on an hourly basis. Take the earliest trip as much as possible because the travel time from the terminal to Liloan Port is approximately 3hours and 30minutes. Fare is 180 pesos for air-conditioned buses. At liloan port, you need to pay 62 pesos for the terminal fee and ferry ticket to Sibulan, Negros Oriental. Because of the proximity, travel time will only take less than 30 minutes.
From Sibulan port, ride a jeep or trike bound for Dumaguete City, then transfer another trike that will take you to Ceres Bus Terminal. I am not sure if there are regular trips from Sibulan Port to Ceres Terminal. A direct trip from Dumaguete to Sipalay only serve once a day (1:00PM). Other option if cannot take the sole trip is to ride buses bound for Hinoba-an then take another bus to Sipalay. Fare for direct trip is 278 pesos. If coming from Bacolod, hop on a Ceres bus going to Hinoba-an, which will pass by Sipalay.