You might hear that voice in your head that says, “Summer is almost over!” and you might be dying a little inside because you either: a) need some dosage of vitamin sea, b) you never had sand on your toes and salt in your hair this summer, or c) both a and b.
Here in ShoppersGuide, we don’t want you to feed your fear of missing out (#FOMO) as you look at your Facebook friends having the time of their lives at the beach.
Why don‘t you go to a unique summer destination for that well-deserved last hurrah (or the first for those who have yet to go on summer break)? Start with checking out these resorts in southern Negros Occidental, the home of Bacolod City.
Driftwood Village Resort
If hammocks and bamboo beds are a few of your favorite things, Driftwood Village Resort is the place for you. As a bonus, you can chase sunsets here. Aside from local guests, Driftwood has also catered to tourists from Slovenia, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States of America, and Germany, among others.
The golden hour at Driftwood Village Resort (Photo courtesy of Driftwood Village)
Driftwood also has an in-house restaurant that serves food for as low as PhP100. They serve Thai dishes and European food like fondue, aside from serving local favorites like sinugba nga isda (grilled fish).
As for the room rates, price ranges from PhP750 to PhP1,500, depending on the season.
Sun, sea, and sand at Driftwood Village (Photos courtesy of Driftwood Village)
Driftwood Village Resort is in Sugar Beach, Brgy. Nauhang, Sipalay City. You may text or call them at (+63920) 900-3663 or check out their Facebook page (www.facebook.com/driftwoodvillage).
Bugana Beach and Dive Resort
For those long, intimate walks with your loved one, Bugana Beach and Dive Resort might be the place you are looking for. With less than five years since its operation, Bugana has gained a reputation of being a romantic place—no wonder some guests go home engaged after a stay here.
Bugana also prides itself with their transparent kayaks which can be rented at PhP400 for one hour.
Kayaking amidst the sunset at Bugana (Photo courtesy of Bugana Beach and Dive Resort)
Their terrace rooms are at PhP2,000 per night for double occupancy while their villas with four-feet deep dipping pools are at PhP3,500 per night. They currently have a diver’s package for four guests at PhP40,000. The package is inclusive of twin-sharing room accommodation for three days and two nights, four diving sessions, and equipment. It is also inclusive of breakfast and sanctuary fees.
Bugana also has a package for two guests at PhP8,500 which is inclusive of accommodation for two days and one night, breakfast, and one discovery dive session which is ideal for new divers.
Guests can choose between the pool or the beach at Bugana (Photos courtesy of Bugana Beach and Dive Resort).
Bugana Beach and Dive Resort is in Campomanes Bay, Brgy. Maricalum, Sipalay City. You may contact them at (+6334) 713-0062 or at (+63917) 797-7671. You may also send your inquiries in their Facebook page (www.facebook.com/divingsipalay). Check out their website, www.buganaresorts.com for more information.
Nataasan Beach Resort & Dive Center
For an alternative to the first two travel destinations in the south, you might want to consider Nataasan Beach Resort and Dive Center. Nataasan has a white sand beach, sunset patio, outdoor dining space, a swimming pool, and a parking lot.
In Ilonggo, “nataasan” means the highest part of a place. (Photo courtesy of Nataasan Beach Resort and Diving Center)
They have 20 private rooms and two air-conditioned bungalows. They also have a family villa for a maximum of eightguests. Check in time is 2:00 PM and check out time is 12:00 noon.
Like Driftwood Village Resort, Nataasan Beach Resort and Dive Center also has an in-house restaurant which opens at 8:00 AM. You can visit their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/NataasanBeachResortAndDivingCeter).
Nataasan sits on a hill overlooking Punta Ballo white sand beach. (Photos from Nataasan BeachResort)
Nabulao Beach Resort
At high season which runs from October to June, romm rates at Nabulao Beach Resorts range from PhP3,000 to PhP7,000. This is a fairly reasonable price for families or individuals who want to take a break from the city.
Nabulao also caters to groups who wish to have their team building activities here. They currently have a team building package which includes accommodations for three days and two nights for 35 to 40 persons. This package is inclusive of two sets of breakfast, lunch, and dinner, free snacks, and unlimited coffee or juice.
Photo courtesy of Nabulao Bay Beach Resort
Water activities at the beach resort include jet ski, banana boat, flying fish, and paddle board. They also offer island hopping tours for guests.
Nabulao also has an in-house restaurant which serves pizza, kinilaw (ceviche), and fried seafood, among others. They also serve halo-halo which is good for beating the summer heat.
Local and Spanish architecture at Nabulao Beach Resort (above); Obong Cave at Hinoba-an (below) (Photos courtesy of Nabulao Bay Beach Resort)
Nabulao Beach Resort is in Purok Sampaguita, Sitio Totong, Brgy. Talagacay, Hinoba-an, Negros Occidental. For inquiries on how to get there, the resort can be reached at (+6334) 476-2620. Check out their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Nabulao-Bay-Beach-Resort for more information.
Danjugan Island is a project of The Philippine Reef and Rainforest Conservation Foundation, Inc. (PRRCFI). The island has two sides—the Moray Lagoon Camp and the Typhoon Beach facing Sulu Sea. Only one side, the Moray Lagoon Camp, has mobile service.
As stressed by the foundation, the 43-hectare island and marine conservation site in Cauayan is primarily a marine reserve and wildlife, and secondarily, a travel destination.
Among the activities you can do here are bird watching, kayaking, sailing, trekking, scuba diving, and snorkelling.
Typhoon Beach facing Sulu Sea (Photo by Writer)
Their eco-tour (PhP950) offering includes a three-hour guided tour and boat transfers from the mainland and back. Day trip (PhP1,950), overnight stay at Moray Lagoon Camp (PhP2,950), and overnight stay at Typhoon Beach (PhP3950) are all inclusive of meals, boat transfers to and from the mainland, trekking and snorkeling guide, unlimited use of kayaks and free use of snorkeling gear (both on first come, first serve basis), and conservation fees to support PRRCFI projects.
Overnight stay at Moray Lagoon Camp and overnight stay at Typhoon beach are both inclusive of accident insurance. Note that the island is run on solar power so energy conservation is observed in the island.
(Above) One of Danjugan Island’s private rooms with en suite toilet; (Below) One of the beds at a mud house at Typhoon Beach (Photos by Writer)
Danjugan Island does not take walk-in visitors. You may book personally at the PRRCFI Bacolod office at Door 7, Teresa Building, Mandalagan, which is a shortwalk from Sonia Interiors near the Bacolod Circumferential Road flyover. You may also text or call them at (+63915) 234-7145 or (+63908) 525-4108 or contact them thru their landline at (+6334) 441-6010.
Check out their website www.danjuganisland.ph for more information.
How to get there (plus some notes)
To get to the south of Negros Occidental by public transport, head to the southbound bus terminal in Bacolod.
From the Northbound Terminal in Bata, take the Northbound-Libertad jeepney, then alight at what the locals call bangga (corner) patio. You will know you are near bangga patio when you see a cemetery in the middle of the street. This is about a block before West Negros University – STI Campus. Next, cross the street and ride a jeepney plying the Shopping-San Agustin route. Travel time from the Northbound Terminal should take you about 20 to 30 minutes, depending on traffic.
Flat rate for regular passengers is at PhP6.50 while senior citizens and students with a valid ID are charged PhP5 per ride.
Find a bus that will take you to your route be it Cauayan, the nearest of all mentioned destinations; Sipalay, where three out of five beach resorts in this list are situated; and Hinoba-an, the southernmost municipality of Negros Occidental.
The trip to Cauayan takes about three to four hours while the trip to Sipalay and Hinoba-an takes five to six hours.
Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific both have at least five flights to and from Bacolod daily.
Note: Prices mentioned are subject to change without prior notice.