Tinagong Dagat, formerly called as the Isla Bonita, is located in Sitio Latasan, Sipalay City, Negros Occidental. Sipalay is one of the most visited places in Negros Occidental due to its tourist spots. Sipalay boasts its pristine beaches and attractive diving spots like Nataasan Beach Resort, Perth Paradise Resort, etc. These spots continue to fascinate the tourists that flocked the secluded town all year round.
Tinagong Dagat is one of the tourist spots in Sipalay that draws tourist every now and then. Burrowed on a picturesque setting, a resort surrounded by islets is really an amazing vista. You will definitely love the panoramic islets and the peaceful seclusion that this place has to offer to its guests. Tinagong dagat has islets similar in structure to that of the hundred islands in Pangasinan.
Tinagong dagat islets are connected by bridges wherein you can just walk from one islet to another. I really love bridges, so the excitement of walking and playing on all those bridges was heightened when we arrived at the resort.
The bridges are made of wood and bamboo except for the longest one. The longest bridge is made of wood but with a concrete support at the middle.
Among its islets is a viewing deck. To reach the viewing deck you need to cross those bridges first. The Viewing Deck is located on top of the third islet with the highest elevation.
Let’s cross the bridge when we get there!
“I really love it when it rains and walks under it coz it’s the only time that I can cry without anyone noticing my tears.”
Despite the heavy rains, our adventure continues. Yes, during our visit, we were blessed with rain. But that doesn’t stop us from exploring the islets. We were literally walking under the rain and enjoyed every bit of it like the child that we used to be.
It is quite a challenge for us in crossing those bridges under the rain because the pathway was a bit slippery. But it really was fun!
Most of the islets have cottages built on it. There are few open cottages that are built right above the waters. Some cottages have rooms for the guests too. The resort has an infinity pool too. One of the pools is located right below the pathway going to the Viewing Deck. Unfortunately, they were doing maintenance tasks thus the pool was emptied.
The jaunt to the viewing Deck
The viewing deck is the highest point among the surrounding islets in the resort. In going to the viewing deck, you will have to endure walking in a concrete path going up. Note that the viewing deck is just a few steps like less than a hundred steps from the base of the islet but it can be tiring to those who are not used to an ascent walk.
On the shoulder of the islet is a mini viewing spot to the islets on the other side. It has benches installed in the viewing spots too. So if you’re tired of walking upstairs, you can have a quick stop and pretend to take pictures or videos. It’s a good alibi to have a quick rest, right? LOL
The View on Top:
The view on top is just simply breath-taking. That view has made this ordinary-looking place into an extraordinary one. It’s really mind-blowing to see those bridges connecting each of the islets. It made me realized that without those bridges, I may have a hard time paddling my canoe just to reach the islets including the islet where I currently stand.
The impeccable scene made me realized and ponder the relevance of “build bridges, not burn them”.
We spent few minutes on top, living the moment and taking few pictures for keepsake errr for blog purposes. LOL. What I really loved about the place is its being well-maintained. The place is clean, no trashes lying around the area. It’s really heart-warming to know that responsible tourism may have been practiced in this magnificent tourist spot.
There are few houses on the islets that I can see of. I’m not really sure if they use it as residences, though.
After the rainy exploration of Tinagong dagat, we continued with our trip to Sipalay City to catch the last bus going to Dumaguete. Too bad, we do not have much time to try their amenities like bamboo rafting, kayaking and island hopping. Well, at least I have reasons to go back.
Have you been to Tinagong Dagat? How was your experience? Is it worth a revisit? Leave your thoughts in the comment box below.
30 pesos per head (Sight-seeing only)
Tinagong Dagat Amenities:
1,650 – Good for 4 (Maximum of 9)
1,350 – Good for 4 (Maximum of 7)
1,200 – Good for 4 (Maximum of 5)
Extra heads (in excess of 4) – 200/head
*Free use of Pool
*Hot and Cold Shower
Val Campillanos – 0920-902-2300
Dahlia Campillanos – 0920-947-3036
How to get there?
From Sipalay Public Market, hire a trike going to Tinagong Dagat Island Resort. Tinagong Dagat is located just along the way going to Perth Paradise Resort. The travel time is around 15 minutes and the fare is 300 pesos per tricycle one-way. In our case, our starting point was at Nataasan Beach Resort when we were on our way back to Sipalay Public Market.
- There are a lot of trike drivers who will offer to fetch you to any resort and diving spot. So finding a transport is not a problem in Sipalay. But make sure to have an agreement with the trike driver to fetch you back to the Market as transportation from the resort going back is quite a challenge.
- The rate is somewhat standard to all trike drivers. The fare is per trike (300-450) depending on which resort you would go. One trike is good for 3. So expect to have 100-150 pesos fare one way per person if you’re in a group of three.
- Be prepared for a bumpy ride ahead as the road to some resorts might be very rough like the one going to Perth Paradise. Note that trikes are not allowed to go up near the gate of Tinagong Dagat, only private vehicles are allowed.
- To maximize the places in your list, be mindful of the time spent in each spot as they can be far from each other. Taking travel time into consideration would be of great help in your fun-filled adventure.