SIPALAY TRAVEL GUIDE BLOG

Sipalay City in Negros Occidental will surely leave you in awe with its sundry topography.  This chilled-out city remains an underrated gem for travelers.  Lavished by natural resources, there is much to like in Sipalay such as hidden caves and neck-swiveling cliff rising above emerald green beaches, which for the most part are deserted. Easy-going travelers can enjoy the laid-back pursuits here.

Here’s a travel guide to help you plan your trip to the underrated Sipalay City.

 

HOW TO GO TO SIPALAY FROM DUMAGUETE

 

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Option 1

 

Dumaguete to Sipalay

 

Take a flight to Dumaguete from Manila.  At Dumaguete City proper, take a tricycle to Ceres Bus Terminal and ride the bus bound for Sipalay. Bus fare is Php 290.  Travel time is approximately 4-5 hours. I was told there is only one direct bus to Sipalay from Dumaguete daily and it leaves at 1:00 PM.  Will verify this schedule when I get to visit Dumaguete again soon.

 

 

Option 2

 

Dumaguete – Hinobaan – Sipalay

 

Alternatively, if you miss the direct bus to Sipalay, just ride a bus to Hinobaan. Fare is Php 189 and travel time is 2.5 – 3 hours.  At Hinobaan, transfer to a bus bound for Sipalay. Fare is Php 33, travel time is approximately 30-45 minutes.

 

 

Option 3

 

Dumaguete – Bayawan – Sipalay

 

Another option is, take a bus bound for Bayawan from Dumaguete.  Bus fare to Bayawan from Dumaguete is Php 200 (AC bus) and Php 125 (ordinary bus), travel time is roughly 2.5 hours.

In Bayawan, transfer to a bus en route to Hinobaan, fare is Php 80 and travel time is approximately 1.5 hours.

Finally, in Hinobaan, transfer to a bus bound for Sipalay, fare is Php 33 and travel time is about 45 minutes.  Total travel time is about 4.5 – 5 hours, total fare is about Php 238 to Php 313.

 


 

 HOW TO GO TO SIPALAY FROM BACOLOD

 

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Option 1

 

From Manila, you can fly to Bacolod via Cebu Pacific or Philippine Airlines.  From Bacolod City proper, take a taxi or multi-cab with North Bound signage to Ceres Bus Terminal.  Then board a bus en route to Sipalay. Bus fare to Sipalay from Bacolod is Php 180 (ordinary bus) and travel time is 4-5 hours.

 

Click here for Ceres Bus Schedule to Sipalay and Hinobaan

 

 

Option 2

 

If you miss the bus directly to Sipalay, don’t fret as you can ride a bus bound for Hinobaan and tell the conductor you are getting off at Sipalay. Fare is Php 180. See Hinobaan’s bus schedule on the link above.


ALSO READ: HOW TO GET TO SIPALAY FROM CEBU

 


 

 

GETTING AROUND IN SIPALAY

 

From Ceres Bus stop in Sipalay City, you can charter a tricycle to take you to your resort.  Fare is Php 150 per person.

 

 


SIPALAY DAY TOUR

 

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SIPALAY TRICYCLE TOUR

 

You can also charter a tricycle to tour your around Sipalay.  We paid Php 1, 500 for a whole day tour (good for 4 persons).  The Sipalay tricycle tour includes: Sugar Beach (boat ride fare not included), Sipalay Municipal Hall, Tinagong Dagat, Pert Paradise Resort, Punta Ballo and caving.

 

SIPALAY ISLAND HOPPING TOUR

 

Tourists can also charter a boat for island hopping in Sipalay for about Php 1, 500 (good for 4 pax).  Island hopping tour in Sipalay includes: Punta Ballo, Perth Resort, Tinagong Dagat and Campomanes Bay.

 


 

SIPALAY TOURIST SPOTS

 

Tinagong Dagat

 

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Perth Paradise Resort

 

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Campomanes Bay

 ALSO READ: INSTAGRAM-WORTHY SPOTS IN SIPALAY

Punta Ballo

 

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Matlag Cave

 

Sugar Beach

 

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WHERE TO STAY IN SIPALAY

 
 

Takatuka Lodge – Beach and Dive Resort

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Sugar Beach, Brgy. Nauhang, Sipalay City, Sipalay City
Check room rates here  

 

Punta Bulata Resort & Spa

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Barangay Elihan, Sipalay City, Sipalay City
Check room rates here

 

Sugar Beach House

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Sugar Beach, Sipalay

Check room rates here 

 

 

Jamont Hotel

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Mercedez Boulevard, Barangay 1, Sipalay City

Check room rates here



 

 SIPALAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

 

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TIMEACTIVITIES
Day 0 
10:00 AMBus  to Toledo
12:00 PMETA Toledo Port.  Buy tickets for fast craft to San Carlos.
12:20 PMLunch
01:00 PMETD fast craft  to San Carlos
02:00 PMETA San Carlos. Ride Bus to Bacolod via Don Salvador.
05:00 PMETA Bacolod
05:30 PMDinner
06:00 PMBacolod to The Ruins in Talisay
06:30 PMETA The Ruins
08:30 PMETD The Ruins to  Ceres Bus Terminal
10:30 PMETD to Sipalay (Hinobaan-bound bus)
Day 01
04:00 AMETA Sipalay. Trike to Resort
04:30 AMCheck-in to Resort
08:00 AMStar of Sipalay Tricycle Tour. Punta Ballo Beach.
08:30 AMSugar Beach
09:00 AMBrunch and Beach bumming
11:00 AMTinagong Dagat
12:00 PMLunch
01:00 PMPerth Paradise Resort
03:30 PMETD to Sipalay Ceres Bus Stop


 

 

SIPALAY SAMPLE BUDGET

 
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ACTIVITIESEXPENSES
Bus fare (Cebu to Toledo)PHP 83 per person
Toledo Port to San Carlos fast craftPhp 180 per person
San Carlos to BacolodPhp 180 per person
Bacolod to SipalayPhp 118 per person
Tricycle to Resort in SipalayPhp 150 per person
Sipalay ResortPhp 1,500 per room (good for 2 pax)
DinnerPhp 200 per person
Sipalay Tricycle TourPhp 1,500 (whole tricycle/ good for 3 pax)
Chartered boat to Sugar BeachPhp 500 (roundtrip/ good for 3-4 pax)
BrunchPhp 250 per person
Tinagong Dagat entrance feePhp 30 per person
Perth Resort entrance fee + Pool usePhp 180 per head (Php 80 Entrance Fee + Php 100 Pool use)
Sipalay to Hinobaan bus farePhp 33
Hinobaan to Dumaguete bus farePhp 189
TOTALPhp 5,033

 

*This sample Sipalay trip budget is good for 1 person only, you can save more if you have travel buddies.

 


 

SIPALAY TRAVEL TIPS

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♦  Expect to pay around Php 200 up per meal in Sipalay resorts.

♦  If you want affordable beach-front accommodation, head to Sugar Beach.

♦  The beach is perfect for swimming  not to mention it so laid-back.

♦  There are beach-front accommodations in Punta Ballo, but they are pricey compared to Sugar Beach.

♦  Better include a side trip to Bacolod or Dumaguete during your visit since they are the entry points to Sipalay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments

  1. beautiful shots of Sipalay!

  2. Hi.thanks a lot for your informations.I want to ask you can we stay in Perth resort or just book tour for visit this resort as you said?

  3. if you’re a tourist and your location is in Bacolod, you have to be more careful in Addressing where terminal you will be drop off, because there has 3 terminals in bacolod, (North Ceres Terminal is For Victorias, CAdiz, Sagay, Escalante, San Carlos ) South Ceres terminal is For San carlos Via Don salvador Benedicto, Bago City, La Carlota, La Castellana, Canlaon, pulupandan, San Enrique, Himamaylan, Binalbagan, Kabankalan, pontevedra, hinigaran, Dumaguete, Sipalay and etc.) and third is the terminal For Cebro lines or known as Double tire, is Located in Libertad bound to Murcia and is bound to South also, fare is cheaper than the Ceres Bus. Hence, this Travel is from Bacolod to Sipalay you must choose to be drop off in South Ceres terminal and ride a bus bound to sipalay, then off you go. Travel time is around 4-5 hours, indeed. fare is around 265 (aircon) if you happened to rode a regular bus then it must be cheaper than the other one.

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