If you are traveling to Negros this 2021, see why this countryside city should be on your itinerary!
Images: Fish Tank Seafood Restaurant Facebook page
There are many wonderful and travel-worthy places to visit in the Philippines, but Sipalay in Negros Occidental is genuinely one of the more underrated destinations that must be seen. Located just a few hours from Bacolod City, this small city is slowly recognized because of its tourism offers. It might be small, but it claims numerous marine reserves, pristine shores, and mangrove gardens.
With all the activities you can do in Sipalay, the city deserves a spot on your travel itinerary, especially if you want to experience a laid-back yet adventurous trip. Find out what activities you can do in Sipalay by reading on!
Location:Bugana Beach and Dive Resort, Barangay Maricalum, Campomanes Bay, Sipalay City, Negros Occidental
Kayaking in Sipalay is a great way to enjoy a good view while working your muscles.
For a peaceful and relaxing way to enjoy Sipalay waters, try kayaking at Bugana Beach and Dive Resort. Whether you’re a beginner or are already a skilled kayaker, gliding through the calm waters with the resort’s glass bottom fiberglass kayaks will take your experience to a new level. You can paddle and see underwater creatures and coral reefs below you and peacefully row your way to another island.
Kayak at the resort would cost you PhP400 for the first hour and PhP350 for the following hours. Packages are also available.
The infinity pool in Perth Paradise Resort is luxurious and visually appealing.
Image: Perth Paradise Facebook Page
Perth Paradise Resort is one of the most photographed and visited resorts in Sipalay because of its picture-perfect scenery and unspoiled islets. The resort is nestled on top of a cliff overlooking the blue-green waters, making the location serene and perfect for a day of pampering. If you are a sunset chaser, you will surely love the view from this resort in the afternoon as you have a glass of your favorite cocktail.
The resort is open daily from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. It also offers kayaking, island hopping, speed boats, snorkeling, and scuba diving activities.
Location:Easy Diving and Beach Resort, Punta Ballo, Sipalay City, Negros Occidental
Easy Diving and Beach Resort runs by Swiss management with extensive knowledge in diving and nearby dive sites.
Image: Sipalay Easy Diving & Beach Resort Website
Sipalay is just a short boat ride from 42 dive sites, including the shipwreck of SS Panay that sank during World War II. Since the countryside is a haven for divers, Easy Diving and Beach Resort offers scuba diving lessons for beginners and experienced swimmers. After completing the tasks, you can dive with a team of PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) divers and marvel at the wonders of marine life.
One dive with equipment would cost you PhP1,600. Dive packages are also available.
Location:Tinagong Dagat Island Resort, Sitio Latasan, Barangay 4, Sipalay City, Negros Occidental
At Sipalay, island hopping should be on top of your itinerary!
Image: Tinagong Dagat Island Resort Facebook page
When visiting Sipalay, island hopping is one of the things to do at the beach that one should not miss. Tinagong Dagat Island Resort offers island hopping to diving sites, Campomanes Island, and more. For one whole day, you could swim, discover, and bask under the sun in the many islands Sipalay hides.
To get a table close to the river, arrive early at the restaurant.
Image: Fish Tank Seafood Restaurant Facebook page
Complete your trip to Sipalay by getting close to nature while having a seafood feast at Fish Tank Seafood Restaurant. The restaurant is an absolute tourist magnet and a place to go to located beside a river with lush scenery. It also becomes soulful and romantic at night as hanging lights and a serene ambiance fills the atmosphere.
The restaurant is open daily from 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM and offers delivery service in the area.
This hidden paradise in Negros Occidental has already found its way to the hearts of locals. If you’re a tourist, make this year count and discover why it is called the Jewel of Sugar Island by doing these exciting activities during your visit!
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Stay safe as you travel! Make sure to follow social distancing protocols and observe health precautions wherever you go. Have a great trip!
This article was originally published in Yoorekka on January 01, 2021.
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