Day 10: Bacolod – Sugar Beach (Sipalay)

     Running out of time to meet our flight from Cebu to Palawan, and with a busier road ahead of us we decided to hop on a bus to Sipalay and head to the secluded Sugar Beach for the night - a sweet stretch of golden sand only accessible by boat. This cool section of road took us through rice paddies and out to the coast where we left the bikes leaning against a tree and hopped in a bangka.

Running out of time to meet our flight from Cebu to Palawan, and with a busier road ahead of us we decided to hop on a bus to Sipalay and head to the secluded Sugar Beach for the night - a sweet stretch of golden sand only accessible by boat. This cool section of road took us through rice paddies and out to the coast where we left the bikes leaning against a tree and hopped in a bangka.

Catching the boat out to Sugar Beach

Heading out to Sugar Beach.

Aye aye Captain.

Aye aye Captain.

Sugar Beach, Sipalay. Paradise for the afternoon.

Sugar Beach, Sipalay. Paradise for the afternoon.

Pretty sweet place to chill out! We went for a snorkel soon after we got there, didn't see many fish but i did, literally, bump into to sea sanke that seemed to be busy trying to kill something else. Saw some sweet limestone crags too.

There's a few mid-range resorts right on the beach and it makes a pretty sweet place to chill out. We went for a snorkel soon after we got there - didn't see many fish but i did, literally, bump into to sea snake that seemed to be busy trying to kill something else. Saw some sweet limestone crags too.

Filipino fishermen at dusk, Sugar Beach.

Filipino fishermen at dusk, Sugar Beach.

Fishermen.

After being quiet all day, at dusk the locals all either waded into the sea or hopped into boats and resumed their daily fishing tasks.

Banka.

Banka.

The sunset was pumping.

The sunset was pumping.

Hauling in a fishing net.

These guys spent an hour our two hauling in hundreds of metres of rope attached to a fishing net. It got dark long before we got a chance to scope out their catch.

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3 Responses to “Day 10: Bacolod – Sugar Beach (Sipalay)”


  1. 1 bonn March 30, 2011 at 1:43 am

    i have to congratulate you for a successful enjoying bike tour. one of my dreams is to engage on a bike tour in the Philippines. I am a Filipino but i have not tried touring around the country. your 21 day tour inspired me a lot. it gave a boost of morale to make an exhilarating adventure. I am planning to do it this summer. again, thank you for sharing your experiences. Mabuhay.

  2. 2 Idohna June 28, 2012 at 12:13 am

    Hi there. I am Idohna Buendia from the WorldFish Center-Philippines. I saw you pictures and they are all wonderful. But the picture of the fishermen struck me the most and would like to use this picture for our on-going project here in the country. Would like to ask you then if it is okay. Thank you very much.

  3. 3 Joshua Amahit August 7, 2014 at 6:49 am

    Your adventure is pretty awesome! congratulations!


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