Explore the Beauty of Sipaway Island in San Carlos City

Sipaway Island in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental is one of the few islands in the Negros Island Region that boasts stunning white sand beaches and diving spots. It's geographically known as Refugio and accessible via a 15-minute boat ride from the mainland.

Most of the resorts aren't fully much developed in the island which makes the experience more memorable. There are no bars and loud parties so you get to enjoy the simple and relaxing life in the island.

Sipaway Island is only seven kilometers from tip to tip so it's impossible to explore the whole island in just one day. There are tricycles around that you can rent to circle the island. You can rent them for as low as 200.00 for half-day tour. There are no standard prices, so that may depend on your haggling skills.

The electricity runs only at certain hours at night, depending on the resort where are you staying at. Water is also limited that's why you are advised to use only what you need.

The white sand beaches are not comparable to Boracay, but they are clean and not crowded. There are days when you can have the beach to yourself. If you want to be away from the stressful life in the city, Sipaway is the best choice.

Sipaway island is also famous for its century-old balete tree, one of the must-see attractions in the island.

Where to stay in Sipaway Island

Whispering Palm Resorts

Whispering Palm Resorts is the most popular resort in the island. They have their own generator and a restaurant. Local and foreign divers head to this resort because they offer diving packages.


La Basilia White Beach Resort

La Basilia's electricity runs at night only so be sure to charge everything you need for the next day. It is  much cheaper than Whispering Palms.


Crystal Beach and Pension House

For overnight stay, Crystal Beach offers comfortable rooms for a reasonable price. Cottages for dayus are also available at the resort.


There are still a lot of resorts and since the island is small, you can search for better accommodation during your tour.

Aerial view of Whispering Palms

How to get to Sipaway Island:

From Bacolod City, take a Ceres Liner bus routing San Carlos at the Northbound Terminal at Barangay Bata. You can also ride a bus going to San Carlos via Don Salvador Benedicto at the Southbound Terminal. 

From Dumaguete, take a Ceres Liner bus bound to San Carlos at the terminal.

From San Carlos bus terminal, hire a tricycle that will lead you to the pier. From there, ride a boat and tell the boat men where you are going to stay and they will dock at the nearest wharf.

If you've been to Sipaway already, feel free to share your photos with us. Send us a message on Facebook or email us at travelnegrosph@gmail.com

Photos from Symon Mercado, Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental Facebook Page, Yuzzu Ki

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