Beach Day in Lakawon Island
During our last full day in Negros Occidental, my friend and I went to Lakawon Island in Cadiz City. From our hotel, we rode a jeep to the Ceres North Bus Terminal and rode a bus bound for Cadiz. It took about an hour and a half for us to reach our destination. When we arrived, we rode a tricycle that took us to the port for the island.
There's only one resort in the island and if you plan to go, you can pay the entrance and boat fee in their tiny office in the port when you arrive. But I don't think that's a good idea when you're thinking of going there during the peak season, which is usually the summer months and probably during the holidays (like Christmas and New Year) too.
Anyway, we paid the entrance and the round trip boat fee which was 320 PHP per person. The boat ride was a tough. The waves were huge and the wind was strong. I don't usually get sea sick but that ride made me dizzy as heck. I wanted to throw up so bad. The weather was so weird because at one point it was super sunny, the kind that burns your skin in a matter of minutes. Then the next, it was drizzling.
When we finally reached the island, we opted not to rent cottages. Instead, we ate lunch in their restaurant and lounged in a shaded area after. To be honest, we were disappointed with the food selection that they had. It was our first time to be in an island without any seafood in their menu. Unbelievable, I know. Maybe it was bad timing but whatever the reason was, the island experience wouldn't be complete without seafood. Well at least for me.
Lakawon Island has the famous TawHai Floating Bar but we decided not to go there anymore. It costs around 250 PHP per person. We had to go back to Bacolod City within the day so for us, it wasn't worth going anymore. We were good with just lounging near the beach, making friends with an island dog, taking photos, listening to good music, laying back and relaxing. It was exactly what my friend and I needed after weeks of hustling at work.
The boat men told us that we needed to get back to the main land before 3PM because of the weather. When it was time to leave, we packed up quick. We took the second to the last boat out of the island and the waves were so much stronger. The skies were gloomy and when I looked around, it was already raining on the other parts of the sea.
All in all, this trip to Lakawon Island was a good break from the city life. If you need a quick trip to the beach to just relax and maybe sip a couple of margaritas, and you happen to be in Bacolod City, Lakawon is a good place to go. I mean, it's only an hour and a half away from Bacolod and the day trip prices are okay.
If you have more time and a big budget, there are actually more beautiful beaches and resorts in Negros Occidental. Our Grab driver (that took us from Bacolod to the airport on our last day) recommended we should go to Sipalay City the next time we visit.