Just when you thought that you’d had enough of all the beautiful things that Negros has to offer, wait, there’s more.
With its not so close distance from the city center, its remoteness served as an advantage since it had become a secluded, unexplored, and reserved haven. Aside from the distance factor, the strict rules being implemented by the local tourism of the place facilitated a much reserved and better environment. With its total covered area of 32,000 hectares, a lot of places or spots here are worthy of one’s visit. Recently, as more and more people get to know about the hidden gems, the place is beginning to establish its name as a tourist destination, most importantly for those who are beach enthusiasts.
Carbin Reef, Panal Reef, and Suyac Island are just some of the most visited places here. Though these are all highly recommended by the local tourism department, they still share a fair share of differences as to the aspect of beauty and natural resources.
The most visited of all is the Carbin reef, and when it has become more so full of visitors, they then recommend to people to go to Panal Reef as an alternative. Thus, visiting other places or island is also possible for as long as you inform your local guide and you pay the minimal necessary fee.
Panal reef is consist of a long stretch of the white sand bar which highlights the clear water of the reef. During low tide, the beach is still submerged in water but only in a minimal depth. As a coralline island, the sand may not be very powdery and white, but brittles of corrals are evident as you walk. Thus, it is highly recommended that you visit during the low tide season so that you could all the more appreciate its beauty. Also, another activity that you can enjoy here is snorkeling for there are little marine creatures underwater. Being submerged in the water can give you a better perspective of what real beauty is all about. Walking towards the end of the sand stretch, you will be greeted with a watch tower which allows you to stay for the entire day for a minimal fee only. Go upstairs, and have a fantastic view of the whole island! Chairs and tables are also available in the area for your convenience.
Carbin reef on the other hand, though being visited by a lot of visitors, is also beautiful in its ways. The white sand, the natural beauty of the environment, the clear water, everything is simply perfect! Visitors are limited to 70 pax per day, so if you happen to arrive late afternoon, it is possible that the guide will lead you to the nearby reefs. Activities such as snorkeling are also available here. So, if you want to meet those tiny and cute marine creatures, you’re in the right place.
Suyac Island is a mangrove forest, so it is in a way different from Panal and Carbin reefs. Located here is the oldest and at the same time, biggest sonneratia in the entire province. Thus, being in this place is much on appreciating the beauty of the natural environment and being aware of the ecosystem in general. If I may say, visiting this place during high tide is highly recommended for a lot of other mangroves are much visible by then.
Ready to experience an adventure of a lifetime? Come and visit Panal Reef, Carbin Reef, and Suyac Island! Have a Happy Trip!
Fees for Panal Reef or Carbin Reef
- Non-Residents – PHP 100.00 ( General Admission – PHP 50.00 , SMR Environmental Fee – PHP 40.00 , Port Fee – PHP 10.00)
- Non-Resident PWD/ Senior Citizen (20% Discount) – PhP 82.00
- Children (12 years and below) – PhP 40.00
- Residents (must present Community Tax Certificate) – PHP 30.00 ( SMR Environmental Fee – PHP 20.00, Port Fee – PHP 10.00, free entrance)
- Resident PWD/Senior Citizen and Children are Free except for the Port Fee
- Shed- Single Cottage – PhP 300.00
- Shed – Double Cottage – PhP 500.00
- Panal Tower – PHP 300/ Floor
Pumpboat Rates ( Carbin Reef Only)
- 1-10 persons – PHP 1,200.00
- 11-15 persons – PHP 1,500 (bigger boat)
- Additional Fee if you wish to have a side trip to Suyac Island – PHP 300.00
You may contact Sagay Kabinga-bingahan Community Catering Assn – 0929-1235055 (Marlin Baloco)
Fees for Suyac Island
- Terminal Fee – PHP 10.00
- Entrance Fee – PHP 70.00
- Cottage – PHP 500.00
- Paddle Tour – PHP 300.00/person (with a guide and personal flotation device )
- Pre-Nuptial Photo Shoot/Filming – PHP 500.00/day
- Corkage Fee – PHP 150.00/cottage
- Mangrove Guide – PHP 200.00
- Pumpboat for 1-10 persons – PHP 500.00
- Pumpboat for 11- 15 persons – PHP 700.00
If you wish to order food for your Suyac Tour, please make a reservation at least 2 days in advance. You may call: Noli Burlan – 0909-6176657 | Vangie Arceo – 0907-3962199
Book your Trip
For your Carbin Reef, Panal Reef and Suyac Island Trip, please contact Sagay City Information and Tourism Office: 034-488-0649
Lakawon Island, Cadiz City
Lakawon Island in Cadiz City is one of the popular attractions in the Province of Negros. The small island which was developed into a beautiful tourist destination is now being visited by various tourist from all over the country. Located in the City of Cadiz which is very close to Sagay City. Cadiz City can be accessed easily by bus from Bacolod and even Cebu City.
For more, read: Lakawon Island Travel Guide
Travel Tips When Visiting Sagay City Attractions
- Garbage-in, Garbage out policy is strictly implemented in these attractions. It would be best, therefore, to bring your garbage bags for your trash especially if you are visiting as a group.
- Alcoholic beverages are not allowed in the areas.
- Loud music and other sounds are not allowed especially in the mangroves areas so as not to disturb the birds and other wildlife.
- Don’t vandalize structures in the area.
- A two-piece bathing suit is not allowed in Suyac Island.
- So as not to damage the mangroves, shampoos and soaps are not allowed at Suyac Island.
- Don’t pick any wild plants in the area nor bring home any shells, corals, etc.
- Burning on the sand and other undesignated areas is strictly prohibited.
- Never go on snorkeling without a guide.
- Don’t go without your sunscreen, you will surely get a sunburn.
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