Have you ever felt frustrations and was surprisingly turned into an aberrant journey? You’re expecting too much and you merely get a dot portion of too much? But the moment you are about to shut down the possibilities of enjoying the journey, you were eventually brought to the genuine beauty of a real travel journey.
Landing along a different trail of expectations during our travel to Sipalay city made our trip interesting and awe-inspiring.
Sipalay City is known for its tourist destinations. It boasts a beautiful pristine beaches, natural fascinations that one can feel and was even dubbed as the New Boracay. Foreign and local tourist flock its beaches the whole year round not only for swimming, but also the natural terrains and underwater dive sites that are waiting to be explored.The secluded town of Sipalay is blessed with beautiful islets similar in Pangasinan, the Hundred Islands.
Since we’re all working and base in Cebu City, our tryst was set at South Bus Terminal. I was invited by a good friend of mine masterryo on their Sipalay Escapade. I’m a joiner on this travel, I haven’t met our travel mate, and my excitement of finally running across a new travel mates is knocking the window of my heart. The minute I arrived at South bus terminal I was welcomed by a long line of passengers. Ryo introduced me to his friend , named Miss Reggie, and Reggie’s friend Miss Caroline. I immediately feel that both of them would surely rhyme on my little space of craziness. If sugar melted in a hot water without stirring, I have surely melted too without staring at them by just simply listening to their stimulating sense of wit. We exchanged jokes and share happiness while making our way to our destination.
It was a long hour of travel before we could finally arrived at the “City of the Gentle People” or commonly known as Dumaguete City. A good friend of Ryo invited us to rest at their house because we still need to catch the first trip going to Bayawan City at 3:00am. (Thanking Ryo’s friend for letting us stay at their house for a short period of time).
We’re all tired and we still have a long way to get to Sipalay City. We slept in a bus until we arrived in Bayawan City Bus terminal around 6:00am. We had our first meal, a glutinous rice served on a small plate. We suffer to wait another bus going to Hinoba-an and another bus from Hinoba-an going to Sipalay City. It got us 14 hours of land travel before we can reach the City of Sipalay.
Our real goal, why we visit Sipalay City is because of the crowd-pleasing Resort in social media named Perth Paradise Resort, which is truly indeed a heaven. The moment we got down from the bus, we were looking for a food station to feed our hungry stomachs. Good thing that there’s a food place nearby. Shortly after breakfast, we had to look for a tricycle to bring us to Perth Paradise Resort. Then we talked to the drivers nearby and of course we haggled the price, but I guess our ability to haggle was not enough so we ended up agreeing to their given price.
Our excitement is beyond compare, I myself can never explain how I felt as we acted upon our way to the said Resort. It has been my long dream to drench myself to the infinity pool and enjoy the stunning vista. The view from the pool is facing the islets which looks like a chocolate kisses floating on a water. Viewing the photos spreading online left me breathless, how much more experiencing it in a real life. The Resort is sited in the mountain part of the city and an estimated 3 kilometers smooth road and 1 kilometer rough road. But there are things in life that are not meant to experience no matter how you beg it to just let it occur. As we about to set foot on the said Resort, we were welcomed by this idiom “The resort is exclusive today”.
I was really having a difficult time to make myself calm, good thing masterryo (Ram), is a man of positivity. We then decided to do some other activity which is an Island Hopping.
Our driver told us about the island hopping offered by Tinagong Dagat Island Resort at the very affordable price, while on our way to the Resort, I slowly convince myself that there’s a way better than staying inside the barred cell of my skeptical thoughts that kept looming overhead. And finally our journey led us to the unfolding innate beauty of Sipalay City.
TINAGONG DAGAT ISLAND RESORT
The breathtaking view of this Resort is what creates it out of an ordinary, there is the bridge connecting the two islets as if they unite together with the same goal, and that is to let the visitors and travelers to enjoy the beauty of Tinagong Dagat.
It took as a while to decide since we all seem frustrating about Perth Paradise Resort, but we can’t just leave Sipalay without experiencing what this place can provide. I didn’t know Sipalay itself has all the Gem to boast.
The beauty of Sipalay slowly revealed to us, my eyes were tardily moving across the surface by turning over and over at the stunning views. The islets are resting on their throne, telling us to never stop gazing at their stunning beauty. I saw secluded white beaches from afar, the leaves of trees are waving themselves to us, I couldn’t afford to blink my eyes so I won’t miss watching the tropical paradise of Sipalay.
The coastal cliffs are one of those views to behold the moment you got closer to Campomames Bay. The place is a protected area mandated by National Government to dwell itself in its innate state. I saw some adventure seeker from afar who fearlessly jumping from a medium size sea vessel to a deep water. It must be something you should try when you visit Campomanes Bay.
Soon enough our boat dock off in the not so long stretch of clean sand beach Resort. The moment we got down, we all noticed the small table stores lining horizontally, we bought some food to nibble and water as well. After almost an hour of rest, we then decided to visit the Pulo Cave, located on the other side of the Island.
A cave within the island, carved-out by the strong waves over the million of years. What makes it fascinating is the unique features that it offers to every adventure seeker. It was formed naturally by the sea, and the small hole that opens from end to end will surely entice you to get a lot of pictures of it.
The spot is a promontory of different mass of rocks forming a cliff and not so high peak that provides a good spot for picture taking. There’s an iconic big rock on the other ends that have caused me to climb and trying to find a good photo of myself.
C VIEW RESORT
The kindness you always render to people are always being kept within, and safe in mind it will always have its way back. We supposed to visit one island, simply because of time constraints, we weren’t able to make it. Our boat man was kind enough to have granted our plea, we asked him to take us again to Perth Paradise Resort. The moment our boat kissed the edge of the shore, we asked the guard to let us go up and dedicate us a chance to just take a glimpse of the resort, but our skills of inducing plea weren’t enough, the guard didn’t allow us because the resort was exclusive that day.
We then made our way back and from afar I saw another Resort that would finally give us the panoramic view of Sipalay, we asked our boat man again to bring us there and he undoubtedly said yes. Shortly enough, we have finally seen the views that we are really longing for, and it was one of the best way to end our short jaunt in Sipalay.
The C View Resort was kind enough to have let us entered and allow us to experience the iconic vista of a floating islets on their throne. The Resort has a small swimming pool and a good lofty portion where every visitor and travelers can feed their eyes with the nature’s beauty laid before their eyes.
HOW TO GET TO SIPALAY
The cities of Bacolod and Dumaguete are the two entry points to Sipalay City. It is 4 to 5 hour ride by bus and a 3-hour drive by a private car from Bacolod City or from Dumaguete City.
Take a bus from Cebu South Bus Terminal. Ceres Buses leaves on an early basis, consider the earliest trip as much as possible because the travel time from the terminal to Liloan Port is approximately 3hours and 30minutes. The fare is PHP180 pesos for air-conditioned buses. At the Liloan port, you need to pay PHP62 for the Terminal fee and ferry ticket to Sibulan, Negros Oriental. Travel time will only get less than 30 minutes.
From Sibulan port, ride a Public Utility Jeepney (PUV), bound for Dumaguete City, from the City proper, ride a tricycle going to the Ceres Bus Terminal. There’s a direct trip from Dumaguete to Sipalay only serve once a day at (1:00PM), the fare is (PHP290). If you can’t catch it, you can ride buses bound to Bayawan, the fare is (PHP125), and ride another another bus going to Hinoba-an, the fare is (PHP80), then take another bus to Sipalay, the fare is (PHP36).
FROM MANILA AND BACOLOD
There is a daily flight from Manila to Bacolod–Silay International Airport via major airline companies, Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific Air.
From the airport, ride a taxi or van going to Bacolod Bus Terminal, travel time is around 30 minutes. The moment you get there in Bacolod Bus Terminal, look for a Bus bound to Sipalay, travel time is around 4-5 hours. But if you’re traveling with a group of friends, I suggest to better just rent a van, it’ll be more convenient and faster. Travel time will only take you 3-4 hours via private Van or Car.
- Please notify your contacts if you have some important transaction outside because the place has a poor signal reception and sometimes no mobile signal at all.
- If you’re projecting to go there with any of the resort that you wish to visit, please have your reservation before hand to avoid unseen circumstances.
- If your entry point is in Dumaguete City, do have your side trip to Bacolod and have a glimpse of Bacolod’s beauty.
- If you’re planning to visit with a group of friends, I suggest you’ll rent a private van to save some of your time.
- Please always bring extra money with you just for in case of emergency because you can’t find any ATM machine when you arrived at the mountainous tropical paradise of Sipalay.
- Always be good for locals and always ask them whenever you wish to experience more about Sipalay.
- There are still places to visit in Sipalay, if you have leisure time, you can opt to stay longer like 2-3 days.
- Crowded month is during January to May.
- Please visit Perth Paradise Resort when you’re in Sipalay, make sure to have your reservation before going there.
ESTIMATED TRAVEL EXPENSES FOR THIS TRIP
Note: This is a back and forth computation From Cebu going to Sipalay and Sipalay going back to Cebu.
From Cebu to Sibulan: PHP250 (aircon Ceres with terminal fee and barge fare)
From the Port of Sibulan to Dumaguete City: PHP13 via Jeepney
From Dumaguete to Bayawan: PHP125 (Aircon bus), and PHP100 (Non aircon bus)
From Bayawan to Hinoba-an: PHP80
From Hinoba-an to Sipalay: PHP 36
Sipalay Ceres bus stop to Tinagong Dagat: PHP 100.00 via tricycle.
TOTAL FARE: PHP1,208.00
Note: You can always choose to either travel to Bacolod or Dumaguete after your Sipalay escapade. Bus going to Bacolod City from Sipalay is PHP200. You can also choose to ride a Van located near the market area of Sipalay, the fare is (PHP300).
B.) TOUR PACKAGE (ISLAND HOPPING)
A boat good for 6-10 person is PHP1,500.00. ( Boat shared by 4 people)
PHP1,500 ÷ 4 = PHP375.00
TIP for boatman : PHP25.00
Breakfast, Lunch and Snacks PHP400.00
OVER ALL TOTAL: PHP2,008.00
PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.THIS QUOTATION IS A TRAVEL EXPENSES SHARED BY A GROUP OF 4 PEOPLE.