The azure blue waters of Carbin Reef makes it an amazing summer destination.
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If your concept of rest and relaxation involves the sun and the sea, then the white sand beaches of Negros Island are your ideal vacation spots. You can grab a dose of some invigorating “vitamin sea” at the many islands in Negros Occidental, one of which is Carbin Reef
Why go: Carbin Reef is a 200-ha. marine sanctuary in the center of the 32,000-ha. Sagay Marine Reserve. It is a vast, tongue-shaped, white sandbar where you can enjoy swimming, snorkeling, or simply frolicking in the sand. The reef looks like your typical virgin island, but underneath the waters, you can witness breathtaking coral formations and colorful fishes.
How to get there: Sagay City is approximately 82 km northeast of Bacolod City. Tourists coming in by plane can take a shuttle (Php75 to 100 per head) or a taxi upon arriving at Bacolod-Silay International Airport. Ask to be dropped off at the Bacolod North Bus Terminal where Bacolod-Sagay buses are waiting.
For tourists traveling by boat, you can take a taxi from the Bacolod Real Estate Development Corporation (Bredco) Port to the Bacolod North Bus Terminal. Bus fare from Bacolod to Sagay is at PhP170. Travel time is around two to three hours.
Upon arriving at Sagay City Bus Terminal, take a tricycle to Old Sagay Port and ask to be dropped off at Sagay Tourism Office. Fare is at PhP25 to PhP30. You will need to register at the tourism office to take a ferry going to Carbin Reef. The fare is PhP1,200 for 10 people. Other fees include entrance fee (PhP100), snorkeling fee (PhP250), and cottage fee (PhP300 to PhP500).