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Sipalay

Overview

Destination Sipalay

Lying due west of Cebu Island, Negros is one of the Philippine largest islands. It has a well deserved reputation as being a beautiful tropical and incredibly friendly destination. Negros is a long narrow island which is dominated by a mountain range along the spine running North to South which is flanked by lush fertile coastal plains. Historically the island has long, sometimes complicated, ties to the Sugar industry which continue to this day. Old Haciendas and sugar estates can still be seen in the North where miles of cane fields dominate the landscape. Elsewhere the fast growing University Cities of Dumaguete and Bacolod are becoming important economic and service hubs attracting investment from both local and overseas sources.

Sipalay is small town located on the most Westerly tip of Negros overlooking the Sulu Sea. It is almost equidistant from both Bacolod and Dumaguete. The town itself probably has little to attract overseas guests but the immediate area around Sipalay is home to some really excellent diving, beautiful quiet beaches and coves and a lovely relaxing pace of life. Sipalay does require a little more effort to reach than some other more mainstream destinations but continues to attract increasing numbers of visitors looking for a low key tourism approach.

With few organized activities and little in the way of nightlife and entertainment Sipalay is ideal for those who wish to dive or snorkel and do some exploring of the surrounding rural countryside. There are wonderful sandy beaches both to the north (Sugar Beach) and to the south (Punta Ballo) of Sipalay and these can easily reached on 'island hopping' trips. The backdrop to Sipalay are high jungle and forest covered hills with hidden caves and waterfalls that are ideal for short walks and treks.

Our Resorts are located on Punta Ballo Beach which is a fabulous strip of glittering white sand banked by steep green hillside and clear blue sea. With just a handful of Resorts in the area it is a peaceful and serene place to both dive and relax.

Featured Hotels and Resorts

  • Atmosphere Resort & Spa
  • Pura Vida Dumaguete
  • Liquid Dive Resort

Getting There

Sipalay is easily accessible by both air and land crossing. We generally recommend coming from Manila as there are up to 12 daily direct flights into either Bacolod and Dumaguete. From either of these two Cities there follows a 4-4.5 hour road journey along the western Negros coastline to Sipalay. If coming from Cebu there is one daily flight into Dumaguete or a longer boat and road journey can be arranged.

Weather

Sipalay is a year round diving destination however November to June is generally the best time to visit.

The Diving

With more than thirty dive sites in the surrounding area encompassing reefs, walls, sunken islands and even wrecks the diving here has something for all levels of experience.

Directly in front of Punta Ballo the House Reef has excellent corals and is a great place for training dives and fun dives. Night dives here are very popular because of the large variety of marine species available.

Da-West, Ayers Rock and Sunken Island are three of the most requested sites. These sunken mounts can get deep and depending on conditions are often best for more experienced divers but the corals are beautiful and the deeper waters often attract passing pelagics.

There are some very good wall dives around Sipalay and when the currents are running these can often turn into first rate drift dives. Eva's Point and Villamor are well known for the thrills and an often spectacular amount of fish life on view.

There are several wrecks within easy reach of the Dive Center's; these include Ms Jojo a freighter sunk in the 1980s and in excellent condition, the Coca-Cola Wreck and SS Panay which was a warship sunk by torpedoes in 1942. Further afield, day trips are run to Turtle Island which has both wall diving and beautiful reefs to offer and the protected Danjugan Island where guests can dive or explore on foot or by kayak this beautiful little tropical landscape fringed by white sands.

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