nature, travel

Breathtaking View : Tinagong Dagat, Sipalay City, Negros Occidental

Chill Rating : ☺☺☺☻☻

Place : Tinagong Dagat, Sipalay City, Negros Occidental — 5 hours travel from Bacolod if you ride a bus. It’s better if you have your own SUV so that you’ll have time to stop over in Cauayan and in other parts of Sipalay to have your picture taken. The view is really nice. They used to call it La Isla Bonita but it’s now actually known as Tinagong Dagat. The place is also few minutes away from Sipalay’s private beach resorts and diving centers.Image

Highlights of the Place :

  • Breathtaking view
  • Clean hotel rooms
  • Exclusive use of the swimming pool for guests
  • Hot or cold shower

Low lights:

  • No Wi-fi access (I almost die! lol)
  • Poor customer service
  • Limited cable TV channels
  • No electricity on the other side of the islets


  • Heater on all rooms
  • Kayaking or boating around the islet
  • Develop the whole islet to attract more tourists
  • Accommodating staffs that cater on needs of the guests promptly


The rooms are affordable ranging from 1200php – 1650php. I can say, it’s clean and offers a good view, overlooking the sea and the islets. The room that we got is good for 4 – 6 persons.


The room is spacious that even 10 -12 people can fit in it.

I must say, one thing I loved the most about the place aside from the breathtaking view is the bridge connecting the two islets. I really find it romantic as well at night if there are colored bulbs swinging on the bridge just like in the movies and it’s also a perfect aisle for weddings — yeah I’m imagining wedding stuffs again. It sucks, I really want to be a wedding planner. Anyways, the bridge reminds me of kids who wants to cool off the summer heat. They’ll just jump into the waters not caring at all. I wished I was able to jump into the clear waters, the only problem was that it was low tide when we came and when the tide was up, I’m all dressed up to go home  (Oh well). During high tide, the pool on the other side of the islet seems to be an infinity pool. It’s really scenic as it overlooks the open sea.


The swimming pool besides the Resort’s bar is exclusive for guests use only. I think we spent most of our time swimming here.


I am a sucker for sunset and cloud shots. During low tide, I walked a few meters away from the resort hoping to capture the sunset on cam but unfortunately the rain stopped me from my ultimate plan. I was drenched and sad because I was not able to capture it due to cumulus – nimbus clouds hovering the skies. Oh well, not my lucky day but still I enjoyed cloud watching though.


I live to chill and wander to places I’ve never been to. I must say, Sipalay is the best place to unwind and destress your mind. People need a vacation to recharge and be in one with ourselves again. Who wouldn’t spend a quiet time in the afternoon enjoying the clear waters?


Again, who wouldn’t?


I’m so excited to go back to Sipalay next summer. 🙂

PS: Room rates as of September 2014

Good for 4
Extra bed: 200/head
Can accomodate 9/7/5 persons respectively.

Contact Information: 09209022300 and look for Ms. Dahlia.

84 thoughts on “Breathtaking View : Tinagong Dagat, Sipalay City, Negros Occidental”

  1. thank you so much for this. we will take the low lights possitively.this was only shared by my neice. i would never have a chance to see this if not because of her.thank you also for the suggestions. wish we could have a budget for those.:) i enjoyed reading your post!

    1. Ms. Campillanos,
      I’ve been a recurring visitor to Tinagong Dagat since 2002 when you had a floating bamboo restaurant (did I remember right?). I must say it is my favorite haunt in Sipalay where I escape to when I run out of creative juice (I’m a travel writer). I’m from Valladolid so it’s just a few hours away if the Ceres buses don’t act up (like they do now). I love Tinagong Dagat the way it is – and even back then when there was no structure to cater to tourists – for the simple reason that it lets let me reconnect with my primal need (which is a dose of undiluted nature). For that, I am ever thankful that you allow the public to revel in this place (as opposed to certain beaches up in Punta Ballo that I understand are off-limits).
      When I’m in the city, I stay at Manna Pension House which I have been doing for the last 6 or so years. I met your relatives Ma’am Nena and Miss Karen, and they treated the pension house staff like family. From here, Tinagong Dagat is within striking distance, so no need to splurge my limited budget.
      In response to Chillerspot’s ‘lowlights’, I’d say:
      >I bring a Tattoo plug it with me and the 3G signal reaches even the viewdeck that is currently under construction. I communicated with my clients and with my writer contractors last week from up there.
      >The staff are rather friendly – Cheche and Nong Bong in particular – and could benefit from coaching if they do not live up to lofty expectations.
      >Personally, I prefer not to have connection to the outside world – save from the much-needed Internet. The TV you can always have at home; such beautiful spread facing the Sulu Sea you cannot.
      >No electricity means Tinagong Dagat has a ‘dark sky reserve’ of some sort. It’s nice to gaze at the stars un-polluted by artificial lights.
      >Kayaking you can do if you rent from them. Php150 an hour I think if you book a cottage.
      >The islands exude a certain charm even without modern structures. Depending of course on your expectations, a place such as Tinagong Dagat kept in its nearly natural state can be as beautiful, if not more.

      1. Hello Bic.just read this and if only i could thank you personally for a very heartwarming words about tinagong dagat.
        thank you so much.

    2. I’m from Sipalay, We will be having our vacation on December. I would like to have a room reservation for 5 days in Tinagong dagat (Decem 29, 2014 -Jan 3, 2015. Can this be serve as my reservation?

    3. Hello there Dhalia … I’m May and I would really love to book a room in your place but your site is not complete yet … How could we book through internet then ?
      If you can communicate with me through FB Messenger, WhatsApp or even FB – that would help us a lot … Planning to visit Philippines soon after 37 yrs out of the root place … So maybe you can add to my experience to visit you soon … xxx

    1. Actually the place is formerly known as La Isla Bonita but there was a problem at the DTI’s registration, the business name already exist, so we decided to change it to Tinagong Dagat Island Resort.

      1. I guess I’ll edit this post again. Isla Bonista is also a resort in Boracay though if I’m not mistaken. Thanks for clarifying. I really appreciate it. 🙂

  2. I am from Dubai and I would like to bring my family here. Please email me your contact details. Thank you so much. (

      1. Some guests usually prefer that the resort has wifi for them to check on urgent emails or reports. I don’t know why that certain Dorothy is so irate with my review.

  3. i love the place…our family is planning to go there…Yes i agree sipalay is a nice place. they have beautiful beaches. i usually go to sipalay twice a month…

  4. Hi Chiller! Nice spot you have here. Thanks for sharing it. Just wondering how deep the water is around it. I’m not really a good swimmer so i want to know if i would have to a floater or not.

  5. Hello..pwede po ba kami magpabook ng room reservation for MAY 10, 2015 (sunday) one night only. We are 12-15 people.. Pleasee!! Thanks.

  6. hi! jhilon here from manila, i was born in manila but raised in cayhagan sipalay city… its been 23 years since the last time i was in cayhagan… and its my pleasure again to visit my beloved hometown and decided to stay at tinagong dagat resort no may 29-30, 2015…

    is cayhagan near in tinagong dagat or can you tell me how to get there from cayhagan… thank you very much and im so excited …

      1. thank you so much for the wonderful experienced and very 9 out of 10 wonderful service of your staff, i promise ill be back over and over again….

      1. i made it! after 8hrs of land and air travel! touchdown Tinagong dagat… breathtaking view, serene and so majestic…. ms dhalia thank you very much…..

    1. As far as Campomanes bay……..
      Sorry i’m not familiar with the names of the neighboring islands.

  7. maraming salamat ms. dahlia kahit hindi tayo nagkita during my stay in your resort ay. masasabing hindi ako nakaramdam ng pagkainip sa loob ng 2 gabi at 3 araw, nagulat nga ang mga staf mo kasi solo lang daw ako and nung nalaman pa nila i came all the way from manila after 8 hrs of travel by land and and air, the memory and the experinced by thepy majestic and serene island, this i promise babalik ako at kailan man hindi ako. magsasawang babalik balik. ang tinagong dagat….

    1. Wow… I hope my blog was able to help you guys out! I haven’t been back to Tinagong Dagat but I heard it’s much better that it was since I wrote this blog site. I would love to go back and write about it again. 🙂

  8. Where is Tinagong Dagat, Sipalay City, Negros Occidental are you located? I am coming from Bayawan City Neg.Or.

  9. Hi, is there a beach at tinagong dagat or just a swimming pool? If we stay for 2 nights, are we allowed to cook? If not, where can we get food? Thank you.

    1. Hi Hope, there’s a beach where you can swim to but there’s no shoreline where you can lounge. The pool is yours to enjoy and you are allowed to cook. You can also order it from the resort or you can buy from the nearby market.

  10. Hi! I and my friends are planning to visit Tinagong Dagat. What activities other than island hopping can we do during a 2-day stay. Thanks!

  11. Hello Dahlia,
    Me and my cousins are going to Sipalay at the back end of March 2016… and we have in mind Tinagong Dagat as one of our destinations.

    I live in the UK and is the one responsible for organizing this holiday for us all… I have just a few questions regarding accommodation and food.

    Are we allowed to do barbecue and cook at the resort or is it strictly resort catering for the guests?

    There are more than 15 of us and might need two big rooms.

    Thanks to chillerspot for this post ….. this has been very helpful.


  12. Hello Chillerspot! Thank you 😊
    I showed my cousins photos of Tinagong Dagat and they love it ….. I pinched your photos of which I hope you don’t mind. We’ve heard a lot about this but never got the chance to visit.

    I got Dahlia’s number through your very helpful blog…. Cheers!

    Have a nice day!


  13. Just one more question Chillerspot if you can indulge me…… is there somewhere safe to leave or park the car?

    A million thanks.

  14. Hello,
    How private is the place? How far is it from the ceres bus terminal in sipalay city proper?
    The latest room rates please. planning to go there on January 24. thanks much 🙂

  15. Thanks for the info sharing. I’m planning to visit Sipalay within the year and Tinagong Dagat, definitely will be in the itinerary.

  16. good evening Miss Gina. Yes outside food is allowed and you can cook as well.corkage is inly Php100( all food per room)

  17. hi ms dahlia, do u still carry this no.? 09209022300, we are planning a family getaway to Sipalay this May 2016 and Tinagong Dagat is included in our itinerary. can i reach you through this no.?
    i have one question though, do u have a safe parking area for cars to park for a few days?

    thanks a lot !

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