Lakawon Island is a hidden paradise that should be on your radar
Enjoy the white sand, balmy breezes, and beautiful sunsets.
(SPOT.ph) There are too many beautiful destinations in the Philippines and sometimes, when you’re feeling land-locked in the city, choosing a place for that perfect beach holiday can be a bit overwhelming. But if you’ve had enough of the usual beaches and you’re looking for something unique and secluded with the perfect mix of quiet and fun, we found just the right place.
Lakawon Island Resorts and Spa only used to be frequented by locals for a quick weekend getaway. While some seasoned travelers have visited before, the banana-shaped island has remained a secret among good-time seekers who want to keep the sublime beach all to themselves—at least until recently.
The view from above
The island launched a new face under new management so if you’ve been here before, expect a couple of changes. It’s still as lovely, but it’s currently undergoing improvements to make every guest’s vacation more fun and convenient. We’re talking more rooms, more restaurants, and a cool hangout area at the end of the bridge, among others. For now, though, the surprises it offers are already enough to wow anyone.
Upon arrival, the island will welcome you with its stunning white sand beach and clear emerald-colored waters. Seeing the colorful beanbags on the shore will instantly tempt you to just have a good read and take a nap, but don’t give in just yet. While it’s an awesome place to let loose, make sure to also check out other activities.
You can try jet skiing or snorkeling, or get your adrenaline pumped with a game of beach football or volleyball. You can even take a short walk to the more remote part of the island and enjoy the spectacular view of Gigantes Islands, Iloilo. There’s also a sand bar on the west side of the island during low tide.
The island lets you embrace the carefree beach life.
Nipa cottages and umbrella huts are available for rent.
One of the Instagram-worthy parts of the island
For those who are traveling on a budget, you can either pitch a tent (P300/night) or rent one of the bamboo houses (P2,500/night, good for two). It’s clean and convenient as it comes with its own toilet. You can even choose one that sits on the beachfront so you can wake up to the soft sound of the waves.
Air-conditioned rooms are also available but it’s best to get the Junior Suite which comes with its own toilet. Better to ask for the one that has a sea view. If you don’t mind splurging, though, book the Premiere Suite as it’s the closest one to the restaurant and all the activities.
Bamboo houses facing the other side of the island
The view from the Premiere Suite
The centerpiece of the island, the Tawhai Floating Bar, is noted as the largest floating bar in Asia. It offers an experience of its own with its Ibiza vibe—complete with hammocks and cozy daybeds where you can watch a glorious sunset with your favorite drinks in hand.
The chill ambiance is complemented with music that goes perfectly with the tropical mood in the afternoon. By the evening though, the beats get a bit faster—a perfect warm-up for your big night out.
The floating bar is open from Monday to Friday (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.).
The Tawhai Floating Bar
The floating bar has its own kitchen and a second floor where adrenaline junkies can jump.
Bean bags and hammocks perfect for a relaxing day
Enjoy the gust of the salty air while enjoying the view.
The second floor
The best way to enjoy your drinks
At the moment, Lakawon Island is probably your best choice if you want a place where you can slow down while having the option to have an adrenaline-filled break. This island promises you one thing—you’ll definitely leave stoked.
To get to Lakawon Island, fly to Bacolod City and take an hour-long bus ride to Barangay Cadiz Viejo. From there, take a 10 to 15 minute boat ride to the island. For inquiries, contact 0917-558-4231, 0939-969-7574, 0917-555-6979, or log on to Lakawon Island’s Facebook page.