2020 SIPALAY CITY TRAVEL GUIDE

SIPALAY CITY TRAVEL GUIDE | ATTRACTIONS, BEACH RESORTS, BUDGET

Sipalay City Travel Guide 

SIPALAY CITY TRAVEL GUIDE | ATTRACTIONS, BEACH RESORTS, BUDGET

Understanding Sipalay City

Sipalay City is located south of Negros Occidental. It can be reached by bus for approximately 4-5 hours and private vehicles for about 3-4 hours. The name Sipalay was coined from the words “si palay” which means there is rice. It was during the Spanish era where Chinese merchants came to barter their wares with staple food particularly rice which was commonly called by the settlers as “paray.” Due to the difficulty of pronouncing the letter “R,” it was the changed ti “palay” and later on called as SIPALAY.

The original inhabitants of the place were the “tumandoks,” perhaps with Malay or Bornean roots. Immigrants from Panay Island joined them later. These were families who ventured out to the sea to escape the oppressive Spanish feudal system and found a new home in the paradise that is today Sipalay.

Sipalay is also known for its rich in Minerals specifically Copper and Gold. Agriculture and Fishing industries only come second. Now, the city is in full thrust in promoting the City’s Tourism which can make a ripple effect on its community by increasing employment for every Sipalaynons.

 SIPALAY CITY TRAVEL GUIDE | ATTRACTIONS, BEACH RESORTS

 PASAWAY SA SIPALAY FESTIVAL. The festival name was coined from the word “SAWAY” which means copper, is celebrated every 20th day of December marking the highlight of the Handuraw Festival. It features street dancing with costumes accentuated by copper and gold. Dancers dance along the street with upbeat music and perform in the arena for the final judging. This event shows how creative and talented Sipalaynons are.

Sipalay is also blessed with beautiful white sand beaches, dive sites, and caves. It is a lovely experience for THE HAPPY TRIPPERS to be able to have a glimpse of these hidden treasures of Negros Island.

Now, I will give you a tour of the place’s famous beaches that will soon make its name in the Global Market as one of the Top Tourist Destinations in the Country.

SIPALAY CITY TRAVEL GUIDE | ATTRACTIONS, BEACH RESORTS, BUDGET

Sipalay City Attractions

Tinagong Dagat

This place is hidden, that’s why it is called as “Tinagong Dagat.” It is 5 minutes away from the City proper and motorcycle is the only means of transportation going there. This resort is indeed a sight to behold. You’ll be awed by the islets covered with lush trees and its crystal clear water.

SIPALAY CITY TRAVEL GUIDE | ATTRACTIONS, BEACH RESORTS, BUDGET

Campomanes Bay, Sipalay City

The Bay is considered one of the best beaches in the city. Though not developed by the private sector, still it boasts clean and clear water with coral sand and also serves as an asylum to medium-sized vessels during a typhoon or lousy weather. This place is under the management of the Sipalay Tourism Office. One can visit the site upon permission from the Provincial or City Tourism.

SIPALAY CITY TRAVEL GUIDE | ATTRACTIONS, BEACH RESORTS, BUDGET

Punta Ballo, Sipalay City

More than a kilometer of white sand beach, Punta Ballo is the home of some famous beaches often visited by foreigners. It has a shallow, sandy and coralline bottom that stretches for 100 meters ideal for snorkeling.

SIPALAY CITY TRAVEL GUIDE | ATTRACTIONS, BEACH RESORTS, BUDGET

Nataasan, Sipalay City

Nataasan is located on an elevated part of the place which offers a great view of the Punta Ballo Beach. It has a swimming pool and other amenities.

SIPALAY CITY TRAVEL GUIDE | ATTRACTIONS, BEACH RESORTS, BUDGET

The Sugar Beach, Sipalay City

Not so popular among the tourists visiting the place is Sugar Beach. This spot in Sipalay is one of my favorites as it is entirely not so populated and while the sand is not so white, it is beautiful.

Must read: Sugar Beach 

Other Beaches and Resorts in Sipalay City

Nataasan Beach Resort

Perth Paradise Beach Resort

SIPALAY CITY TRAVEL GUIDE | ATTRACTIONS, BEACH RESORTS, BUDGET

Things to do in Sipalay, City

Beach Hopping

You can ask your resort for a boat to get you around the area and see the beautiful beaches of the place.

Snorkeling

Don’t forget to bring your underwater camera when visiting the place. Ask your resort the best place to go to see beautiful marine life.

Scuba Diving

Sipalay has 42 Diving Spots, which attracts divers from various places around the globe.

Relaxation at the Beach

Sipalay Beaches are not crowded. Hence you can enjoy the beach thoroughly along with your loved ones.

Experience the Culture of Sipalay City

Sipalay has this beautiful public beach in the Poblacion area. Fronting this beach is a food park which opens during night time. Locals and tourists visit this place to dine and to have some fun.

Nearby Places to Visiting Sipalay City

If you are coming from Bacolod City

Listed below are some possible places, you can also visit if you plan to visit Sipalay City. These places are located on your way to your main destination. You can pick among our suggested places below.

Bacolod City

Bacolod City

Bacolod City is the gateway to the province of Negros Occidental. It has a seaport servicing passengers from Manila and Iloilo City. You can stay in the city for a while and explore before heading to Sipalay City.

Click below our Bacolod City Travel Guides

Bago City

Bago City

Bago City is another place to see on your way to Sipalay City. It offers various destinations which will surely make your Negros Occidental visit worthwhile.

Click here for Bago City Travel Guide 

Hinigaran

Hinigaran

For a quick stop, you might want to consider Hinigaran. You can try their Talaba or the Milas potato cake. Just along the highway, you can also have a quick visit in a century-old Church the Maria Magdalena Parish Church.

Click below for our guides:

Kabankalan City

Kabankalan City

Another place to see if you are coming from Bacolod City to Sipalay City is Kabankalan. One of the most progressive cities in Negros Occidental, Kabankalan offers quite a number of places to visit.

Click here for our guides:

If you are coming from Dumaguete City

Dumaguete City

Dumaguete City

If you are coming to Negros Occidental via Dumaguete City, you might as well explore the place in a day or 2 before heading for Sipalay City.

Here are the links that you can use if you wish to explore Dumaguete City:

Mabinay Spring

Mabinay City

On your way to Sipalay City from Dumaguete, you will surely pass by Mabinay City. Ceres Buses always stopped in Mabinay. You can have a day to explore this place to see its famous attractions.

Please click below for our Mabinay guides:

 

 SIPALAY CITY TRAVEL GUIDE | ATTRACTIONS, BEACH RESORTS, BUDGET

List of Sipalay City Resorts and Pension Houses  

Here’s a list of resorts and accommodations found in Sipalay City. You can book your room in Sipalay by clicking any of the links provided below.

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Artistic Diving
Address: Punta Ballo, Brgy. IV, Sipalay City, Negros Occidental
Driftwood Village Resort
Address: Sugar Beach, Brgy. Nauhang
Easy Diving Beach Resort
Address: Punta Ballo, Brgy. IV, Sipalay City, Negros Occidental

Fiesta Cove
Address: Sugar Beach, Brgy. Nauhang

Langub Beach Resort
Address: Sugar Beach, Brgy. Nauhang, Sipalay City, Negros Occidental
Nataasan Beach Resort
Address: Punta Ballo, Brgy. IV

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Robinson Cruse Beach Resort
Address: Punta Ballo, Brgy. IV
Sulu Sunset
Address: Sugar Beach, Brgy. Nauhang, Sipalay City, Negros Occidental
Takatuka Lodge and Dive Resort
Address: Beach Beach, Brgy. Nauhang, Sipalay City, Negros Occidental
Perth Beach Resort 
Address: Brgy. 4, Sitio Sambulawan

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PENSION HOUSES

Langub Pension
Address: Brgy. 1, Sipalay City, Negros Occidental
Manna Pension
Address: Brgy. 1

Matlag Farm House
Address: Brgy. IV, Sipalay City, Negros Occidental
Sipalay Suites
Address: Mercedez Blvd. , Brgy. 1
 SIPALAY CITY TRAVEL GUIDE | ATTRACTIONS, BEACH RESORTS, BUDGET

How to get to Sipalay City

Sipalay City can be reached through Bacolod-Silay Airport or Dumaguete Airport.

From Dumaguete, you can take a Ceres Bus going to Sipalay via Mabinay.

From Bacolod City, take the Ceres Bus going to Hinobaan. The bus will pass through Sipalay City.

The moment you arrive in Sipalay proper, take a tricycle to bring you to your destination.

Please check the Schedule of Ceres Bus here.

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Sipalay City Trip Budget

Bacolod to Sipalay Bus: PhP180 / 360 (2 way)
Tricycle to Resort – PhPO 100 /200 (2 way)
Accommodation  – You can between PHP 1,000 to 2500 (you can save if you are traveling with a friend or as a group)
Island Hopping: PHP 1500  for six pax

island Hopping

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23 Comments

  1. a beautiful place to visit.

  2. Looks like Paradise City, where the beaches are clear and sun is aplenty! Wonderful!

  3. Again, so thorough with so much information and details. I really appreciate the info you provide, especially because I’m not a super experienced traveler and I’m always looking for extra help. You the best!

  4. The costumes speak of a colorful history. Was the costuming donned in preparation part of some cultural performance. Sipalay seems as an interesting place to visit

  5. Awesome post and great places to visit. On my list:)

  6. No doubt this is a cool place to visit. Lovely pictures.

  7. Oh wow, what a gorgeous place to visit! I have utterly no idea where it is though, my geography is terrible!

  8. Really awesome post with amazing pictures! Youve awakened my urge to go there…

  9. These beaches look insanely beautiful! I love staying right on the beach!

  10. This look really beautiful. I would love to visit one day. xx

  11. Interesting history you shared with us here esp with how the place got its name. I would love to visit Sipalay – I am in love with the beaches. I like that it’s not so tourist-y yet.

  12. Wow, this place is new to me but can’t deny myself in going there and already added on my summer escapade list. I wonder if the travel is easy from Manila.

  13. Wow those beaches look amazing. I really miss living on that side of the world. The waters are so clear and beautiful there. So much fantastic culture to explore too. I love your pictures 🙂

  14. Wow, such lovely views. I think the best places tend to be hidden gems for tourists to find.

  15. Never heard of this city before but this sounds wonderful. The beach looks exactly like the one here on the island I live in. And kudos to whoever named it sipalay cus Yes I love rice

  16. Wow, there is so much to see and do and looks like a great adventure! This is lovely. Another great place I have gotten to know.

  17. Great photos! I’ve never heard of Sipalay, but it looks like a lovely beach town. =)

  18. Elizabeth O.

    Looks like there’s plenty of things to do there in Sipalay. I’ve never heard of the city but it sounds beautiful. I am curious about that last beach. I wonder why it’s called Sugar Beach.

  19. Wendy Polisi

    The main attraction here is diving because of its rich marine life. No wonder why most resorts here offer diving activities. Aside from diving, the major draw of tourist in Sipalay are the beaches

  20. It looks like paradise – the water looks so clear and the sand looks so white – id love to see the fisherman bringing in their catches!

  21. This looks so beautiful! I’ve only been to the Manila airport, but I want to see more of the Philippines, since I’m part Filipino and my family is from there!

  22. Jocelyn, thank you!

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