Lakawon Island Bacolod is an absolute paradise, located just a short trip outside of the city. Here’s all you need to know for visiting.
Lakawon Island Bacolod is located just above the Negros Island and the boats depart from Cadiz Viejo Port in the North.
Most people choose to stay in Bacolod, which is the closest big city and is only a 90 minute drive to Cadiz Viejo Port.
We recommend taking a Grab taxi from Bacolod to Cadiz for the convenience of this trip which will cost no more than 1000 Pesos ($20).
For a cheaper way, you can ride a jeepney to the New Bacolod Ceres Northbound Terminal. From here you can catch a bus to Cadiz City, costing 200 Pesos. Then ride a trike to the port, which should be no more than 120 Pesos.
From Cadiz Viejo, you take a shared catamaran boat to Lakawon Island Bacolod for a total price of 350 Pesos (which includes entrance to the island and return boat costs). The boat ride is around 20 minutes.
For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.
Boats run from Cadiz Veijo Port to Lakawon Island every 2 hours.
Morning – 7am, 9am, 11am
Afternoon – 1pm, 3pm, 5pm
The last boat back from Lakawon Island to Cadiz Viejo Port is 5pm. So don’t miss it!
Standard entrance is 350 Pesos per person. This breaks down into the following:
180 Pesos Entrance
20 Pesos Terminal Fee
150 Pesos Return Boat Ticket
This excludes the Lakawon Floating Bar which is an additional 285 Pesos if you’d like to visit it.
Food is available on the island and a little more pricey than usual of course. We ordered chopsuey for 210 Pesos and noodles for 230 Pesos.
Best Time To Visit Lakawon Island + Tips
During the dry season from November to May is the when you will get the best of the weather.
If you are looking to avoid too many people steer clear of weekends and school holidays if possible.
A trip to this paradise island is worth every pesos!
What To Pack
Lakawon Island is a 13 hectare (32 acre) banana shaped island off the coast of Cadiz. It consists of pristine white sand, turquoise waters and a family run beach resort. Not forgetting Asia’s largest floating bar.
Having travelled from the hustle and bustle of Bacolod, this hint of paradise is the contrast that everybody needs to take a break from their busy lifestyle.
Although it’s a popular destination for locals, it attracts some foreign tourists too.
After visiting many beaches in the Philippines, including those of Palawan and Cebu, we can honestly say that Lakawon Island is one of the most beautiful places we’ve ever seen.
The fact that it’s not so mainstream or well known by tourists makes it extra special.
If you’re planning a trip to Negros or Bantayan, you have to stop by Lakawon Island. It’s definitely one of the best things to do in the Philippines.
Tawhai Floating Bar, also known as Lakawon Floating Bar, is just a couple of minutes away from Lakawon Island and is only accessible via boat.
Lakawon Floating Bar is the biggest floating bar in Asia where you can enjoy spectacular views of the beach whilst partying or chilling.
You can grab a return ticket from Lakawon Island to the floating bar for 285 Pesos.
If you’re looking to stay for more than a day, Lakawon Island Resort and Spa provides beachfront accommodation on the island itself.
With rooms starting as low as $60 a night why not stay over and wake up in your own private paradise?
Simple bamboo cabins come with fans. Down-to-earth rooms offer air-conditioning, flat-screens and sofabeds. Suites offer en suite facilities and terraces and some even add sea views.
Boasting room service, Lakawon Island Resort and Spa also has a restaurant and a terrace on site. Guests can enjoy regular live music, cabanas, a BBQ area and a beach volleyball court.
Kayak and snorkelling gear rentals are available, massages can be arranged and a resort fee covers boat transfers.
Luxury – Seda Capitol Central
Located 1 miles from SM City Bacolod, Seda Capitol Central offers modern accommodation in Bacolod.
The property features an onsite restaurant and a bar. Free private parking is available for guests who ride and free WiFi is available in the public areas.
The rooms come with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV and an iPod dock. A shower, a hairdryer and free toiletries are provided in the en suite bathroom.
Guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant or grab a drink at the bar. Plenty of dining options are available within a 5-minute walk from the property.
Mid-Budget – Stonehill Suites
Situated in Bacolod, 0.9 miles from Negros Museum, Stonehill Suites features accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a fitness centre and a bar.
Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi throughout the property.
The rooms in the hotel come with a kettle. At Stonehill Suites rooms come with a wardrobe, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom.
The accommodation offers a à la carte or Asian breakfast.
Budget – LOC Residences Inn
Located in Bacolod, 0.7 miles from Negros Museum, LOC Residences Inn features views of the city.
This 3-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk, room service and free WiFi. Private parking is available at an extra charge.
All units at the hotel include air conditioning and a desk.
Panaad Stadium is 5 miles from LOC Residences Inn, while Mambukal Zipline is 18 miles away. The nearest airport is New Bacolod-Silay Airport, 3.7 miles from the accommodation.
For more places to stay in Bacolod, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.