Lakawon is a banana-shaped island located off the coast of Cadiz in the Northern part of Negros Occidental. Its pristine white sand and accommodations are perfect for people wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle in the city and just relax by the beach. It is actually dubbed as the Maldives in the Philippines and is a home to the largest floating bar in Asia.
How to Get there
Lakawon is approximately an hour and a half away from Bacolod City. Head on to Bacolod’s Northbound Ceres Bus terminal at Brgy. Bata near Pepsi Building and hop on a bus going to Cadiz for around 80-95 php. We got lost during the bus ride and ended up at Cadiz City bus terminal. So make sure to tell the driver to drop you off at Martisan crossing going to lakawon Island. It’ll save you more time!
You will then ride a tricycle for a short trip going to the port of lakawon for 120 php each. Once you get to the port, you have to pay 280 php and that already includes your entrance fee to the island and boat fare back and forth. As for the boat ride though, it’s only 280 php per person IF you are a group of 10. If less than ten, you’re gonna have to pay more than that. So I suggest you go by groups or join another group for the ride to avoid going over your budget. The boat ride from the port to the actual island will take more or less 20 minutes. Boats are available from 8 am to 5 pm. Also, the famous tawhai floating bar has an entrance fee of 150 each just in case you want to swing by the said bar.
There are tons of accommodations available in the island. The cheapest rooms are bamboo huts for 2500 php. If you don’t mind splurging though, they have premiere suites around 4000 php per night. However, if this is too pricey for you, you can go on a day tour instead and spend around 700 php each like what we did! There are tons of cheap but good hotels around Bacolod City anyway so that won’t be a problem. Check out agoda.com for good ones! And besides it’s just an hour and a half from Cadiz so no sweat!
But if you really want to stay in the island for a night or so. You can check their site for available rooms. Here’s the link : lakawon.com.ph
They also have restos and cottages ranging from 600 php and up depending on your preference. As for us, since we opted for the day tour and spent only 700-800 each, the whole trip cost us around 3000 php each (for two days) and that already includes the hotel, a bit of tour around Bacolod on our first day, lakawon Island Day Tour and our meals. Wouldn’t hurt to budget your expenses while still having a blast!
Enjoy your trip to the island and don’t forget to take tons of photos while you’re at it!