Lakawon resort, considered Boracay of Negros for its fine white-sand beach, is located at the Lakawon island off Cadiz City, Negros Occidental province in the northern parth of the Philippine island of Negros.
Barangay Viejo, Cadiz City
The location is abour 12 minutes away from the main road.
How to get there:
Local flights from Manila to Bacolod City’s Bacolod-Silay International Airport
From Bacolod City
Take a 1 ½ hour drive from Bacolod City to Cadiz City. Take a jeepney from Bacolod City to Bata and tell driver to drop you off at Ceres Northbound Terminal.
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You may hire private transport from airport to Bacolod City.
From Bacolod City to Cadiz City (P95 per person on airconditioned bus), you can take the Ceres bus at North Terminal. You should be able to see a sign pointing towards the direction to Lakawon. Buses will drop you off at the Martesan bus and tricycle terminal. You can then negotiate with local tricycle drivers at Barangay Viejo to get to the venue (P50 per person). Once there, take a tricycle to Barangay Cadiz Viejo and head on to the port.
There are also vans and cars for hire to bring you to the area or you can bring your own vehicle. A paid parking facility is available at the port area.
At the port, you can take a 15-minute boat trip to Lakawon island for P270 ($5.40) round trip price inclusive of P20 terminal fee after registration. Day boat trips are available from 6am to 5pm, while you can negotiate special trips for the 5pm to 9pm night trip.
What to expect
Accommodation. There are cottages, tent spaces and bamboo huts available for rent during your stay in Lakawon island. Cottages are located close to the beachfront so you can easily leave your things safely in a rented cottage while you take a swim. For those who wish to stay overnight, you can also book reservations in advance.
Family Cottage P1,200 (10 persons)
Umbrella Huts P600 (6 persons)
Canopy Tent P600 (6 persons) – P100 for every additional person
Tent space P300 (10 persons)
Bamboo huts P3,500 (4 persons) – P300 for every additional person
Tent space P300 per person
Food P100 per person
Drinks P500 per case of 24 bottles
Alcoholic drinks P1,000 per bottle
The beach has fine white sand and crystal-clear water. It has relatively shallow depth near the shore so parents can bring younger children with supervision.
Canoe or jetski options are available. With absence of other water sports activities, indulging in the light breeze or taking a dip is still worth the entire stay.
To those who wish to stay in canopy tent or cottage, comfy tables and chairs are provided. On the ther hand, bamboo huts for overnighters only come with an electric fan and no air-conditioning units indoors.
Price of commodities.
One big drawback at Lakawon island is that price of food and drinks are expensive by local standards.
1.5 liter softdrinks P100
Bottled water P35
Fruit shake P60
Ice up to P200 per bucket
The distance between the island and source of provision probably jacked up prices at extortionate rates, and explains the excessive corkage rate above, which can only be waived if you take a minimum order of P1,000 for food, P500 for softdrinks or P1,000 for alcoholic drinks in their restaurants.
Travelers have made comments not only about the expensive price range of food and accommodation but how the resort was operated. Some complained of long wait for food service, serving incorrect orders or low level of customer service. Even expensive Pearl’s place rooms don’t have private toilets nor hooks to place clothes and towels. There are improvements needed in managing the resort, coordinating with boat ride schedules and training of staff.
Tawhai Floating Bar. This is a floating bar (P250 entry fee that comes with a free drink) that is run under a different management. Before boarding the floating bar, each guest must sign a waiver; guests can be denied entry for safety and security purposes. Also, outside food is not allowed in there so be prepared to spend extra for food and drinks.
Additional information for travelers to Lakawon island
- It makes sense to wear slippers on beachfront especially when it gets dark as starfish and other thorny creatures can sting your feet.
- Don’t expect a steady wifi nor data signal from local telecoms provider.
- Considering the time of travel and amount of effort, certain travelers advise this place is not worth an overnight stay and is best suited for day trips only.
- There are signages that say “Lakawon Island Resort and Spa” but it appears that the spa part is non-existent.