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Tawhai Floating Bar On Lakawon Island – A Complete Guide

Tawhai Floating Bar is a must if you’re ever in Bacolod and certainly if you’re visiting Lakawon Island. Here’s all the info you need for visiting.

How To Get To Tawhai Floating Bar

Tawhai Floating Bar is only accessible via boat transfers from Lakawon Island.

You can purchase a return ticket from Lakawon Island to Tawhai Floating Bar for 285 Pesos.

How To Get To Lakawon Island

Lakawon Island in 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.

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The speed boat transfer from Lakawon Island to Tawhai Floating Bar

Tawhai Floating Bar Entrance Fee

The return boat transfer from Lakawon Island to Tawhai Floating Bar costs 285 Pesos.

This price includes unlimited boat service to and from Lakawon Island, as well as a complimentary soft drink.

You can buy the ticket from Cadiz Viejo Port before you arrive at Lakawon Island, or at the reception desk directly once on Lakawon.

Tawhai Floating Bar Opening Times

Weekdays: 10am to 5pm.

Weekends: 10am to 6pm.

Although changes may apply depending on weather conditions.

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Lauren checking out the view from the top deck

Best Time To Visit Tawhai Floating Bar

During the dry season from November to May is the when you will get the best of the weather and you really do want a nice sunny day to go out on this floating bar.

If you are looking to avoid too many people steer clear of weekends if possible.

A trip aboard Tawhai Floating Bar is the perfect way to unwind and enjoy some sunshine.

What To Pack

Photography Camera


Day Bag

Power Bank

Reusable Water Bottle


Lightweight Rain Jacket

Quick Dry Towel


Lifeproof Phone Case

Dry Bag

What To Expect At Tawhai Floating Bar

Tawhai Floating Bar is the largest floating bar in Asia and for its uniqueness, has to be one of the best things to do in the Philippines.

Tawhai is actually a local dialect that translates to ‘relaxed’, and it certainly lives up to its name.

Although if you’ve already done enough relaxing on Lakawon Island then Tawhai Floating Bar also has the option to liven things up! Before you enter, you must sign a waiver for insurance purposes.

Aboard the Tawhai Floating Bar you can take your adventure to the next level and jump from the 1st deck or even 2nd deck.

Music is pumping and drinks are flowing, so this really is the place to sit back, relax and take in the incredible views of the turquoise waters surrounding you.

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Girls will be girls!
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Tawhai Floating Bar is the perfect place to spend the afternoon
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You can even jump on the inflatables if you have enough energy!

Where To Stay In Bacolod


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.


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.


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

Planning Your Trip

Book Your Flight

Use Skyscanner to find a cheap flight. 

They search websites and airlines around the globe to find you the best possible routes and prices.

Book Your Accommodation

Use to find the best accommodation deals.

They consistently return the cheapest rates on everything from guesthouses to hotels for all of your budget needs.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

Use SafetyWing to find the best travel insurance for you.

They provide travel and medical incident insurance built specifically for digital nomads.

Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations.

Book Your Tours & Activities

Use GetYourGuide to book your activities in advance.

They sell the best tours, excursions and activities to attractions around the world.

Conveniently book, download and access your tickets on the move all from your mobile. 

Book Your Rental Car

Use to find the best deals on rental cars in the area.

They compare all major car rental companies and allow you to easily book the perfect vehicle for your trip.

Buy Those Last Minute Bits

Use Amazon to buy everything you need for your adventure.

They offer next day delivery and you can use my travel packing checklist to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.

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