Here’s a short shitty story; I went to Negros from Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. I landed at Iloilo International Airport as I was supposed go to work the next morning in Boracay. Pick up my work clothes and head straight to the Island. (at least that’s the plan) Prior 10 hours before my flight, I was on my way back to Puerto Princesa from a long great week in Coron, I texted (SMS) my boss that he might want to consider getting a back up shooter (I’m a wedding photographer) as I might not get it in there in time. (I noted: I’ll really make it up to you next time.) But of course I would have gotten there in time. I have estimated my time well and organized it thoroughly. Yet, being the boss that he is and being the way that I am, he replied: there might be no next time. Hence the, Lakawon Island – the Journey Continues was born. LOL
Lakawon, also called Llacaon, is a 13-hectare, banana-shaped island off the coast of Cadiz in the northern portion of Negros Occidental, a province in the Negros Island Region of the Philippines.
Area: 13 ha
Barangay: Cadiz Viejo
Island group: Visayas
Province: Negros Occidental
WHAT TO DO / ACTIVITIES
WHERE TO EAT
If there’s a so-so lunch, there should be a so-so food!
There’s an array to choose from. Just turo (point) your fingers! Haha
We weren’t really hungry so our so-so food was composed of a couple of beers, shakes, a little bit of steamed rice and menudo (a traditional stew from the Philippines; unlike the Mexican dish of the same name, it is not made with tripe and red chili sauce but rather with sliced pork and calf’s liver in tomato sauce)
We paid a good sum of around Php 900 /$18 for a group of 5 that is.
HOW TO GET THERE
Negros Occidental is 1 hour and 15 mins away from Manila via Cebu Pacific/ Pal (Daily flights)
♦ You can choose from 2Go, OceanJet and Weesam 😆
♦ Schedules of trips are almost the same – 8 trips in a day. First trip is at 6am and last trip is 5pm (VV for Iloilo-Bacolod)
♦ 45 mins- 1.5 hours travel time
♦ If you are in a private car it takes less) Fare is Php 53 per person (based on non-aircon buses)
♦ Entrance Fee: P100
♦ Terminal Fee: P20
♦ Pump Boat Fee: P150 per head (minimum of 10 persons and above).. but seriously pag baba mo ng tricycle (when you alight from the tricycle), prepare Php 270. Pay at the window. Magic!
WHERE TO STAY
LAKAWON ISLAND ACCOMMODATION
♦ Rates: 2 pax: P5,850.00 | 3 pax: P7,400.00 | 4 pax: P8,950.00 (Taxes included)
♦ Room size: 68 sq. m. | Max Occupancy: 4
⇒ Complementary breakfast for up to 4 persons
⇒ Lakawon Island entrance fee.
♥ 4 yrs. old and below children are free to stay in a room accompanied by a paying adult
Garden View Suites
♦ Rates: P4,500.00 | Sea View Suites: P5,000.00 (P750.00 per head per night for extra person) .Taxes are included
⇒ 2 Double Beds and Breakfast for 2
⇒ Lakawon Island entrance fee
♦ 4 yrs. old and below children are free to stay in a room accompanied by a paying adult
♦ Rates: P3,500.00 | Extra Person Fee: P500.00 per head per night
⇒ Good for 4-6 people
⇒ 2 Single Beds & 2 Pullout Beds
⇒ Common Bathroom
ITINERARY (SAMPLE DAY TRIP)
0800H – Wake up call
0830H – EARLY LUNCH
0930H – ETD taxi going to North Bus Terminal (leaves every 15 mins)
1100H – ETA Tricycle Terminal to Lakawon Island
1130H – ETA in Lakawon Island
1200H – Lunch
1300H – Siesta; Photo Ops
1530H – Tawhai Floating Bar, Drinks; some more drinks and when you’re finally sober go and jump off the deck; try the blob; pose for more pictures!
Sunset Viewing!!! Ooops- sorry you’re just here for day. It’s time to take a shower!
1700H – Catch the last boat heading to the Mainland
1730H – Tricycle to Bus Terminal (where you came from) Take the first bus to Bacolod City.
1815H – ETA Bacolod City! Just in time for Dinner
⛱ So, just for a heads up, the Island gets really hot during summer and it gets too crowded on weekends. So don’t forget to bring your sunblock and avoid coming on weekends! 😂
⛱ Corkage fee applies @P50.00 I suggest just get your food at the Resto, price is pretty reasonable. Saves you the hassle.
⛱Boat Schedule starts at 7am & ends at 5pm! So if you don’t wanna stay the night, better catch the 5pm trip dude!
If there’s anything I missed (which Marjorie doesn’t normally like to happen🙊) know more about Lakawon Island, head on over their Facebook Page and see the wonders of the Boracay of Negros Occidental!!!
DIY TOUR (GROUP OF 5)
Bacolod City to North Bus Terminal- Php100
Bus going to Cadiz – Php53
Tricycle going to Lakawon Port – Php24
Boat going to Lakawon Island – Php150/each (minimum of 10 roundtrip)
Terminal fee – Php20
Resort Entrance Fee – Php100
Floating Bar Entrance (optional) – Php200
Food at the Restaurant – Php500
Tricycle back to Terminal- Php24
Bus back to Bacolod – Php55
TOTAL: Php 646.00 per person
I’m still waiting for the day to regret my choices but I guess there’s nothing to regret to if in the first place, you have none. We make the best out of our worst circumstances. That’s what we do. The journey continues..
Love and some more,