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Friday, August 22, 2014

Exploring Sipaway Island of San Carlos City in Negros Occidental


Sipaway is an island just about 10-minute boat ride from mainland city of San Carlos. The boat leaves each time ten persons are on board and the fare is P15 each. One can also hire a boat to circle the island but what we did was hire a tricycle to ferry us to all possible beaches there is (P350 for about 5 hours). The driver brought us to this first destination to seize the high tide as it is almost lunchtime.

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Our first destination if my memory serves me well... is called Crystal Beach. 
The funny thing is that this property is not fenced and have no benches and just a few huts. 
The caretaker asked for P20/pax for the maintenance when all we did was take a few photos for less than ten minutes. Anyway, it is just kind of help for them considering it is low season for beaches during typoon months like August. But then, this is the area that is great for swimming.

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Then we stopped by Paraiso De Antonio which is closed for rehabilitation as the beach is lined with mangroves which were rehabilitated after the typhoon that destroyed them. The caretaker was not around so we just took photos from outside the fence. Luckily, no entrance fee needed.

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Paraiso De Antonio is lined with coconut trees. As in all over the island, coconut trees are sprouting and evidently cocolisap is not invading here. Thank goodness then because we  were able to buy Bucayo or sweetened shredded coconut meat on our way home.

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Then, we stopped at the age-old Balete, or locally known as Lunok. The breadth of the Balete is unbelievably stretched and it is not that tall as I expected it to be. 
This is located in San Juan Elementary School.

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If we let the tree speak!

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We then headed to a long stretch of beach dried out because of the low tide. 
The mangroves are also admirable as they still stood on the shore.
This is Paraiso, according to the trike driver.

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A little centerpiece in a fenced shoreline where swimmers can dip and swim on high tide.
This is in a place called Parana as it is owned by Parana-Yulo couple. 
I also saw an inscription that they call their beach North Blue Beach.
Entrance: P20

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A view from the Parana beach.

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The centerpiece of the Parana Beach.

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The finale of the island tour is this lone property which is well-maintained. 
This is called, the Whispering Palms. Since this is the only place where one can stay longer for a whole day because they serve lunch. We paid entrance plus lunch for P300.

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Lined huts on the beach shore.

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A view from the huts of Whispering palms.
That structure is the take off of the Sipaway Dives.

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The lined hut where one can peacefully watch the shore!
Please see more of Whispering Palms in another post.

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