Sagay City's Pride: The Breathtaking Carbin Reef

Carbin reef is a huge white sandbar in the midst of a marine reserve in Sagay City, Negros Occidental. Sagay Marine Reserve is the largest sanctuary in the Philippines with an area of 32,000 hectares.

Although Carbin Reef is part of a protected area, it has become a major attraction in the city of Sagay. It seems like a simple stretch of white sand beach, but beneath the sandbar boasts an abundant marine life.

A number of fish and coral species can be found around Carbin Reef. However, diving is not allowed because of the shallow water. The clear and pristine water is perfect for swimming, while the reef is a nice picture-taking spot.

Snorkeling is allowed but you need to bring your own gears since there are no equipment available for rentals. You may also opt to rent a glass bottom boat to see the beauty that lies beneath.

There are tents available for dayuse only. It's best to secure a tent for your group, or you may suffer from the scorching heat of the sun. Water and food is not available in the reef, so you need to bring your own.

How to get to Carbin Reef:

From Bacolod City, take a Ceres bus bound for Sagay City at Ceres  Northbound Terminal at Barangay Bata. The travel time is about 2-3 hours. From the City proper, travel to Old Sagay Port, the jump off point for Carbin Reef.

Where to Stay:

For safety reasons, the tourism office is not allowing overnight stays in the reef.  Tourists are only allowed to stay in the sandbar until 4:00 pm. There are inns, pension houses, and hotels at the mainland where you can stay.


Entrance Fee- 20.00
Kayak- 100.00
Tents- 300-600.00

Pumpboat Rates (roundtrip):

1-5 persons- 1,000
6-10 persons- 1,200
10-15 persons- 1,500
15-20 persons- 1,700


It is advisable to book the place prior to your visit to secure your entrance at the reef. The tourism office will provide the permit, boat transfers and will reserve the cottage.

Rates are subject to change without prior notice. Confirm the rates at the tourism office before booking.

For bookings, contact this following information:

Sagay City Information and Tourism Office: 488-0649
Sagay Marine Reserve Office: 488-0101
Email address:

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