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Lakawon: The Hidden Sanctuary of Negros

If you’re looking for a paradise, then Lakawon Island Resort and Spa is definitely a must-visit destination in Negros. It is a 13-hectare banana-shaped island off the coast of Cadiz; 48 kilometers away from the city of Bacolod which is only an hour and a half drive away.

The term “Lakawon” came from the Cebuano root word “lakaw” which means “to walk”. Thus, during low tide season, a sand bar appears that gives its people a nice long walk on a white sand beach. Lakawon is considered to be a world-class beach resort dubbed as the Boracay of Negros because of its pristine white sand and spectacular view. Indeed a well-preserved remote island with modern amenities that it’s visitors need.

Lakawon offers several activities such as snorkeling, kayaking, jet skiing, and banana boat ride. If you’re not much of a thrill-seeker, you can just laze around while reading a good book as there are plenty of bean bags by the seaside. The island provides a calming view of a crystal-clear beach perfect for people trying to relax and take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Another thing the island is known about is the TawHai Floating Restaurant. It is the biggest of its kind in Asia. The word “TawHai” came from its local dialect meaning “relaxed”. So if you’re a food buddy, you can relax aboard the Floating restaurant while enjoying their delicious meals.

Lakawon Island Accommodation:

Last year, Lakawon made a major renovation and add more facilities for its visitors. Unlike before that have only few non-aircon cottages, the resort now offers aircon suits which are truly convenient for their overnight guests. Prices of their rooms varies depending on its size and the number of people it can accommodate.

How to get there:

Getting to Lakawon is easy. From the Silay Airport, you can head on to Bacolod’s Northbound Ceres Bus terminal at Baranggay Bata near Pepsi Building and take a bus going to Cadiz. Fare is around Php60 (non-aircon bus) – Php100 (aircon bus). Ride a tricycle from Cadiz Viejo and ask them to take you to the coast of the island where the motorboats of Lakawon Resort are waiting. The boat fee is Php150 per person only.

For more information, you can visit: https://lakawon.com.ph/

/// Written by Arra Trisha Nicole Papica, The Philippines