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Road Trip To Sipalay, The Unspoiled Jewel Of Negros

Road Trip To Sipalay, The Unspoiled Jewel Of Negros

Speeding up at 80 kilometers per hour with my right foot set on the gas pedal, I can already envisage the white powdery sand and dazzling emerald green water of the renowned paradise of Sipalay in the province of Negros Occidental.

Sipalay City is a popular destination for both local and foreign tourists of the Sugar Island because of its natural beauty and quaint charm. It also boasts beautiful resorts and beaches making it a perfect place to be in for a relaxing retreat.

Road Trip To Sipalay, The Unspoiled Jewel Of Negros

How To Get There

This jewel in the coast of Negros is about 177 kilometers away from Bacolod City and 161 kilometers from Dumaguete City which can be driven for almost 4 hours from any of these starting points.

Since we are traveling with kids and infant, we prefer a journey with comfort so we rented a 7-seater MPV for PHP 1,500 (USD 30) per day with no mileage restriction but exclusive of the driver and gasoline. I don’t mind not having a driver since I prefer to drive the unfamiliar roads of Negros by myself and I only spent another PHP 1,500 (USD 30) for the fuel to cover our entire trip from Bacolod.

If you are coming from Manila, you can either fly to Bacolod or Dumaguete. From Bacolod, you can take a Ceres Bus from their southbound terminal with options of boarding on an ordinary, air-conditioned or tourist bus. Bus fares range from PHP 180 to PHP 253 (USD 3.50 to USD 5) with travel time of 5 to 6 hours.

From Dumaguete, there is only 1 direct trip daily to Sipalay from Ceres Terminal which departs between 12pm to 1pm for PHP 280 (USD 5.50) with travel time of 4 to 5 hours. If ever you missed this bus, you can also hop on the bus to Hinobaan then transfer to a bus to Sipalay for PHP 222 (USD 4.50) all in all. Once you’ve arrived in Sipalay bus terminal, you can take a tricycle to your hotel for PHP 100 (USD 2) per passenger.

For travelers who are not tight in their budget, there is now a new and faster option to reach Sipalay City. Air Juan offers four flights weekly to Sipalay from Cebu every Wednesday and Sunday and from Iloilo every Monday and Thursday. Coming from Puerto Princesa, Air Juan flies to Sipalay as well with 2 stopovers via Cuyo Island and Iloilo every Monday and Thursday.

Where Did We Stay

Sipalay has a lot of fascinating resorts but what attracted me the most is Perth Paradise Island Resort which became popular because of its infinity pool with an awe-inspiring and picturesque view at the background perfect for Instagram photos.

Perth Paradise Resort

From the main road to the resort, you have to traverse almost a kilometer long of gravelly road which nearly made me think twice if this place is worth to stay. When we reached the entrance, I never expected that behind the resort’s gate is an astounding work of art of Mother Nature.

Perth Paradise Resort

Perth Paradise Resort

We opted to take the Family Room for a night and we were not disappointed with our chosen accommodation. It’s clean, fresh and comfortable to stay. It also has a dirty kitchen equipped with refrigerator and gas stove where you can cook and prepare your own food. The room has a cool air-conditioning unit and LED TV with a satellite dish to access local and cable channels.

The location of the rooms and the infinity pool is quite challenging to reach as you have to climb over 100 stair-steps. However, there are benches in between the steps to rest and catch your breath.

Perth Paradise Resort

Perth Paradise itself is not a huge resort but it offers one of the best views in Sipalay. The infinity pool is not as big as I expected but it is good enough to spend several hours of relaxation and take instagrammable photos to share. Though this resort has no beachfront, it has a lagoon with emerald green water where you can swim and definitely enjoy nature at its best.

Perth Paradise Resort Pool

Perth Paradise Resort Lagoon

Perth Paradise Room and Services Rates

Family Room (for 6-8 pax) – PHP 4,000 (USD 80)

  • 2 Matrimonial beds, 2 extra beds
  • Air-conditioned
  • PHP 200 (USD 4) for additional bed per pax

Standard Room (for 4-6 pax) – PHP 2,500 (USD 50)

  • 2 single beds or 1 Matrimonial bed
  • Air-conditioned
  • PHP 200 (USD 4) for additional bed per pax

Cabana Room (for 1-2 pax) – PHP 1,300 (USD 26)

  • With fan only

Entrance Fee for Walk-in – PHP 80 (USD 1.60)

Cottages for Walk-in – PHP 500 (USD 10)

  • With Electricity

Infinity Pool – PHP 100 (USD 2)

Kayak – PHP 250/pax (USD 5) (walk-in – 1 hour, check-in – unlimited)

Island Hopping – PHP 1,500 (USD 30) for 3 hours (max of 6 pax, additional PHP 150 per head)

Jetski – PHP 4,500/hr (USD 90) max of 2 pax

Snorkeling – PHP 250 (USD 5) for 1 hour

Floating Cottage – PHP 700 (USD 14)

After settling down in our room and resting for a while, we headed back on the road for a 10-minute drive to Punta Ballo Beach. Unfortunately, the beach was not swimmable on that afternoon due to low tide so we decided to go for island hopping instead. We were able to rent a boat for over 10 people at PHP 1,000 (USD 20) only. However, it is still best to do the island hopping in the morning as the sea is not so friendly in the afternoon.

Punta Ballo Beach

For only PHP50 (USD 1), we got our snorkeling gear from our helmsman and experienced some underwater fun in Turtle island and Campomanes. For experienced divers who are looking for a deeper adventure, there are plenty of diving resorts as well in Sipalay along Punta Ballo Beach that you can also check out.

Turtle Island Sipalay

After that exhausting yet fun afternoon, we returned to Perth Paradise Resort to enjoy the rest of the night. We cooked and grilled our own food for dinner and spent the evening in the pool. The resort has a restaurant and a bar that serve food and drinks. The bar is located just beside the pool so you can actually sip your favorite drink and splash into the water.

The following day, we woke up really early to capture the beautiful sunrise as the sun touches the sea. We maximized our morning soaking in the infinity pool and swimming with the fishes in the green lagoon before we check out.

Bridge to Floating Cottage Perth Paradise Resort

The bridge to the floating cottage and to the lagoon

Floating Cottage Perth Paradise Sipalay

The Floating Cottage

Perth Paradise Lagoon Swimming

Swimming the calm water of the lagoon

Perth Paradise Resort Sipalay

The entire gang enjoying the pool and the breathtaking view

Perth Paradise Resort Infinity Pool

Our priceless family photo

We planned to visit the nearby resort ‘Tinagong Dagat’ but decided not to proceed since it almost has a similar view to Perth Paradise Resort aside from their wooden and hanging bridge connecting to their island resort which is one of their highlights. So we ended up doing a side trip to Canlaon City in Negros Oriental to see the Century Tree before heading back to Bacolod.


Sipalay has various natural attractions that one can see and experience. It is blessed with natural terrains and underwater dive sites to explore. This trip to Sipalay will definitely not be the last one and we want to come back here again during summer time when the beach is as beautiful as Eden and the water is vaporously exhaling its mist and gently drenching the fine white sand to satisfy our need for a perfect summer holiday experience.

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Road Trip To Sipalay, The Unspoiled Jewel Of Negros

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  • Reply
    March 31, 2018 at 3:18 PM

    I’ve been reading good reviews of this resort. Hope I can visit thi beautiful place soon.

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    February 25, 2018 at 4:57 PM

    I am completely in awe of your vacation pictures. I would LOVE to visit. Your family seem like they had a great time. thank you for sharing.

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    Sanne Grieten
    February 2, 2018 at 10:44 PM

    Seems really beautiful over there! I had a chance to visit the Philippines some years ago, however I didn’t say yes to this opportunity. This place does seem worth it.

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    Malith Fernando
    January 29, 2018 at 2:47 PM

    I haven’t heard of this place in Philippines. Good that you brought this up among the other travel blogs. I’m impressed about the lake and I can’ imagine it will be truly an off the beaten destination there. Great photos with natural colors. Happy Travels.

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    Paula - Gone with the Wine
    January 28, 2018 at 10:26 PM

    That pool is to die for! I love it! Looks like a beautiful place and that you guys had a lot of fun. Coulnd’t ask much more for a holiday.

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    January 28, 2018 at 1:11 PM

    Sipalay is definitely a tropical paradise. Look at those green beauties scattered in the sea. And your infinity pool is really very inviting. This is exactly the kind of place which is perfect for a relaxing vacation. Would love to visit sometimes.

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    January 28, 2018 at 8:59 AM

    Wow! That pool! We also had to go down a long gravelly bumpy road for a trip one time and were also worried. Totally worth it. The room rates seem very reasonable. Also seems like a great family destination.

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    Sự Đinh
    January 27, 2018 at 9:30 PM

    Wow, so beautiful. I haven’t heard about that before, Thanks for sharing, I’ll go there one day.

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    January 24, 2018 at 10:05 PM

    100 steps to the infinity is definitely worth it! The price of the stay is so affordable too! Thank you for sharing!

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    January 23, 2018 at 1:08 PM

    very nice location! would love to go there soon!love the view from the pool.

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    January 22, 2018 at 10:36 PM

    That lagoon more than makes up for the fact that the hotel is not beachfront! The view from that pool is absolutely stunning. I hadn’t heard of Sipalay before, but it’s definitely on my list of places to visit in the Philippines if I make it there one day.

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    January 22, 2018 at 6:17 PM

    it looks so amazing and surprisingly very affordable. the water looks so blue and clear. i think i need vacations.

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    November 16, 2017 at 12:49 AM

    This looks heavenly. Great photos

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    Miracle Offorma
    November 14, 2017 at 10:23 PM

    Wow this sounds great… I just love to travel.

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    Hey, I'm Debbie.
    November 6, 2017 at 11:30 PM

    I really want to go back to the Philippines and explore Negros. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    blog and blogger
    October 28, 2017 at 4:57 PM

    Thanks helped me for planning the trip.

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    October 27, 2017 at 3:23 PM

    This sounds and looks absolutely amazing, you’re living the dream my friend lol

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    Kevin Del Prado
    October 17, 2017 at 7:44 PM

    It must have been a happy trip with your family. Great photos!

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