If you relish the sand and the sea without the noise and the socials of Boracay, Sipalay is for you. Touted as the Jewel of the Sugar Island, Sipalay is actually Negros’ best-kept summer destination.
The people from Western Visayas almost always speak highly of the white sand beaches of this seaside town but when a friend (not from there and a foreigner to boot) raved about it, it was time to go. To satisfy our curiosity, what better time to explore this much talked about but (except for people from Bacolod and perhaps Dumaguete) hardly explored island? It was a long holiday, it was at the height of summer and we were all in need of a break from the urban jungle.
After sweating it out at the foothills of Kanlaon (some even got to the top) and after stuffing ourselves with not only the goodies but also of the cultural schtuff, it was time to chill. The drive to Sipalay took between 3-4 hours, and it builds up to a more scenic drive as the town nears.
I had no expectations really but Nataasan Resort was pretty charming. It was the only one perched up on a cliff without any beach to boast. To get to the beach, one must climb down these stairs
but the view, the view makes going up and down a non issue.
My brother’s family, on the other hand, stayed at Artistic Diving so we can use their dive facilities and where there’s a pool for the kids.
With a lot of dive resorts scattered around the island, we figured that diving must be a big thing here and it was… in a macro kind a way. There were no pelagics but with a good dive master (to spot), there were some never seen before stuff and without a camera, you’ll just have to take my word for it. There was one really huge cuttlefish, some seahorses, and some really strange but fascinating stuff down there. And the corals were just amazing, sadly though we saw huge amounts of Crown Of Thorns (COTS). 😦
Snorkeling, I heard was a bit disappointing for the discriminating. Some enjoyed it though, especially the kids. There are 2 stretches of beach, Sugar (or Langub in their native tougue) Beach, known for its sugary fine beach and Punta Ballo (where we stayed) has at least a kilometer of stretched white sandy (also fine) beach, both supposedly boasts of good snorkeling.
The 3 days that we were there got us to explore some attractions such as Tinagong Dagat, a hidden sea sprinkled with a dozen islets covered with lush vegetation.
They said it was near Sugar Beach but the banca (boat) we took was not big enough (or so we thought and felt) to fight the swells of the ocean. It was one scary ride and coming from some of us who had experienced a lot of scary stuff, it was scary! I guess, it was scarier because we had 2 kids, ages 4 and 8 with us. And so it was the longest short ride we ever had! 😯
Quite disappointing was Campomanes Bay especially after a nice memory of it some 7 years ago when we visited from Danjugan Island. It was noted to be an excellent spot for snorkeling and diving but again from the discriminating bunch, it was middle of the road.
The best of this piece of heaven, in my opinion, are the incredible sunsets (and the sunrise caught one early morning before our dive).
The sunset for me made the whole Sipalay trip worthwhile.
Many including this set of foreigners took pleasure in just enjoying the sunset.
And during this time in Punta Ballo, the beach was brimming with activities… mostly of children playing.
Sunsets and children playing make for beautiful shots.
As I said, if you are looking for a place to party, Sipalay is not for you. It’s a remote seaside town surrounded by spectacular white sand beaches, secluded coves, scattered islets, dive reefs and waters teeming with unique marine life. A perfect place to unwind and recharge.
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Nataasan Beach Resort Brgy. 4 Sitio Punta Ballo Sipalay City email: email@example.com http://www.nataasan.com Artistic Diving Punta Ballo White Beach 6113 Sipalay City email: firstname.lastname@example.org Cell: 0063919-409-5594 http://www.artisticdiving.com
20 thoughts on “Sipalay: Jewel of the Sugar Island”
the sand indeed look like sugar.
great views in here. congratulations!!!
really beautiful place. not surprising that foreigners go there in flocks.
My world is here
Fantastic selection of photos. I must also commend you on your header photo, its outstanding.
Have a great week!
Regina In Pictures
your series of photos are awesome…i liked especially the fog lifting and the reflection of the clouds on the water…beautiful.
have a lovely week.
ahhh you could take me away to stay there forever
Your beaches are amazing!! You always make me want to come for a visit – and a long one too! 🙂
Warm greetings from Zinder,
Fabulous photos! And what a terrific place! Thanks for sharing “your world”! and thanks for visiting my blog and your comment! Hope to see you again and I’ll definitely be returning here! Have a great week!
That looks like a wonderful place to get away. Thanks for sharing this wonderful set of photographs.
Such beautiful scenery…I would love to be able to take advantege of it.
How I long to be there… running around there in the beaches! Fantabulous shots!
That was a beautiful paradise. akes me want to visit. Great pictures too!
love the morning pics! this looks like a nice destination. I too dont like beaches like Boracay
A very informative post and lots of photography. What a way to end the series with a sunset shot. Amazing!
Very nice location! This is a perfect getaway especially those who wants their peace and quiet. For some, Boracay, though beautiful, can be sometimes tiring too especially with its night life. But with this, I think one can have the ultimate rest and relaxation away from the stressful life.
Looks like a holiday paradise ! beautiful pictures !
Wonderful series of photos, all very beautiful. Thank you for stopping by my blog and have a great weekend.
What a paradise, thanks for introducing this new vacation spot to us. Loved your photos, the one with the golden sunset is so breathtaking. Ganda talaga ng Pinas!
wow, that looks amazing! i’ve never been there before. must go! 😉
My Beautiful place…i coming home sipalay..i miss u so much…