Boracay is not the only island in the Philippines with white sandy beaches. In fact, I saw lots of these islands a couple of times while on the plane. I've been to Boracay and Panglao Island in Bohol. Lately, I discovered this little piece of heaven in Sipalay City, Negros Occidental.
From Hinigaran, we rode a private van to Sipalay City which took us around 2 hours travel time. We stayed at Robinson Cruse Beach Resort which was way better than Canonoy Beach Resort! For only Php 1,500 per airconditioned room, we were able to sleep comfortably in 2 double-sized beds. Even without TV and the lack of cellphone signal, everything was worth the price.
We were told that the waters in that area of Sipalay City were declared to be a protected marine sanctuary. Thus, colorful fishes, starfishes, and jellyfish swam with us in the water. It reminded me of my first visit of Boracay in the early 90s. Resorts in the area also provide diving gear so enthusiasts can see its unspoiled coral reefs. Easy Diving Beach Resort operates a Dive Center that offers diving trips guided by PADI instructors or local dive masters.
There are only a handful of resorts in the area. Most of the houses that line up the beachfront are owned by locals who offer rooms at a lower price than the resorts. There are also the sari-sari stores and canteens where we were able to buy more affordable food.
Sipalay City's white sandy beaches have a lot of promise. The place still needs a lot more improvement when it comes to facilities. Nevertheless, it provided us with our much needed vacation away from our cellular phones and our laptops. I like it better that way, if you ask me.
Robinson Cruse is located at Punta Ballo, Barangay 4, Sipalay City. Sipalay is around 3 hours drive from Bacolod City. One can ride a bus or a public airconditioned van to go there from the capital.
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