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Lakawon Island

Aerial view of Lakawon Island

Located 48 kilometers north of Bacolod City, Lakawon Island is a 16-hectare island that was previously a fishermen’s village. In 2013, it was devastated by the typhoon Yolanda, and the residents were forced to relocate. The island was developed into a resort, giving job opportunities to its former residents. 


The beaches of Lakawon are said to rival Boracay’s with their cream-colored sand, clear waters, and tall coconut trees. The island is home to a resort and one of the biggest floating bars in Asia, allowing its guests to just relax and take in the island vibe. There are many activities to do on the island, including snorkeling, kayaking, and swimming, or if you’re feeling more sporty, you can play beach volleyball or beach football.


Tickets and entry 

You can register and pay the entrance fee at the Cadiz Viejo Port in Negros Occidental. The total fee is PhP350 per person, which already includes the entrance fee to the island, the terminal fee, and the roundtrip boat ticket. Note that there is an additional fee if you want to visit the floating bar.


Best time to visit

The best time to visit Lakawon Island is during the dry season, which is roughly from November to May. If you want fewer crowds, avoid traveling during long weekends and holidays.



What is Lakawon Island known for?

Lakawon Island is known for its white-sand beaches, clear turquoise waters, and relaxing atmosphere. It is also less crowded than the more popular beaches in the Philippines, giving visitors a quieter visit. 


Why is it called Lakawon Island?

The name is from the Bisaya word “lakaw,” which means to walk. During low tide, a long sandbar appears, which allows visitors to stroll further out near the water.

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