Once in a while, we need to step back and see a bigger picture of our life. In doing so we can validate that we are still alive and we are freemen nothing close to a corporate slave we somehow think we are.
Life can be so busy that we can be easily caught-up to the wake-work-sleep routine. Once in a while, we need to step back and see a bigger picture of our life. In doing so we can validate that we are still alive and we are freemen nothing close to a corporate slave we somehow think we are.
Lakawon Island Resort is an ideal place to spend a holiday. Relax, unwind and savor the beauty of the sea. Located in Cadiz Viejo, Negros Occidental it is accessible via Bacolod New Silay Domestic Airport from Manila. The local transport system is easy to use that a first-time visitor will never be lost.
My flight took off at 4:25 am and reached Bacolod at 5:40 am. It is a mixed feeling of emotions; my mind feels sad as it is raining and there is almost a storm brewing at the distance, my heart still fights its resolve to go whatever comes ahead, and my spirit ever so still determined to enjoy every second I have to stay.
From the airport, I took a quick hot chocolate fix to warm myself against the coldness of the rain. I then rode a taxi bound for Bacolod North Terminal heading to Cadiz City. Lakawon is a prime destination spot so don’t be surprised to meet fellow travelers as soon as you board the bus. The bus conductors are courteous enough to assist you as to where the hop off location for the tricycle terminal going to the wharf. It will take 10 minutes winding through narrow roads some are cemented some are not which are surrounded by 10-foot high sugarcanes. It is a good experience that it makes me feel I’m inside a huge maze.
Lakawon Island Resort Reservation Process
Shortly after arriving at the wharf one must register for admission to the resort. The process is easy and organized.
- Obtain your priority ticket.
- Proceed to the reservation room.
- Actual reservation from their system and print queuing number.
- Wait in the waiting area for your turn for payment.
- Proceed to the cashier for payment or any modifications to the reservation.
- Wait for the information regarding the assigned boat for your transfer to the island.
- Present your tickets and board your assigned boat.
From the wharf, it will take you 15 minutes boat ride before the banana-shaped island welcomes you.
The sea is rough, the waves break with a punch on the beach yet it still calms my soul from the turmoil and stress of the world outside. Later in the day, the sun showed and like heaven’s blessing the occasional blows of wind calmed down making the beach more suitable for swimming and dipping.
One thing that makes Lakawon special is that it is quiet, it relaxing and a perfect spot to somehow get away with problems and recover your strength to face them again. Indeed, Lakawon is rejuvenating!
Lunch on the Island
Bringing food to the island is not allowed but there is a restaurant within the resort. The selections are fresh and tasty. The ambiance is soothing and the staffs are nice.
It is highly recommendable to have freshly caught fish and a fruit shake. Since the price of every order is a little bit expensive, it is wise to be in a group and everyone should order different items and share it with each other.
Tawhai Floating Bar
Tawhai means relaxed in the local dialect and as for me, it is certainly living up to the name it claims!
Getting to Tawhai requires signing a waiver and entrance fee of 250 Php and does require a boat transfer that usually takes under 5 minutes.
This floating bar is believed to be the largest of its kind in Asia.
With all said just relax and chill, jump off the board to the water or just simply admire the clean view of the sea while having a cocktail.
All things come to an end and my stay in Lakawon does as well. As for now, this remains to be my favorite spot in the province of Negros Occidental. The last boat out of the island calls at 5:00 pm and that signals that I have to move forward again. Lakawon is a place where I left a piece of my heart, in which I will return as soon as the next opportunity comes.
Tips and Expenses
Get cottage number 22, it is nearest to the stilts and the swing.
Accommodations are available on the island. There are premium rooms and huts ideal for groups and budget travelers.
Be informed that the resort is not yet fully developed and construction here and there are ongoing, nonetheless, it doesn’t affect my overall experience
Taxi from airport to Bacolod North Terminal costs 150 Php.
The bus going to Cadiz City costs 99 Php.
Tricycle going to the wharf costs 150 Php which is good for 5 persons.
A terminal fee of 20 Php at the wharf.
Boat transfer fee of 150 Php good for both ways.
Lakawon Island entrance fee for 130 Php.
Umbrella cottages cost 600 Php.
Tawhai entrance fee is 250 Php.
A safe budget for lunch is 400 Php.
Total Expenses- 1829.00 Php
A day in Paradise it is! Am I mad to go to the beach rather an island amidst an impending storm? you tell, but as for me, it is one of the best places I’ve been to.