Balicaocao: A Perfect Place to Unwind in Negros Occidental
Belle Piccio | February 01, 2016
Balicacao Highland Resort, simply known as Balicacao, is located in Brgy. Orong, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental.
Balicacao is more than 500 feet above sea level giving you a panoramic view of the coastal towns of southern Negros. It is also a perfect place to watch the beautiful sunset of the island on top of a hill while relaxing or having a picnic with family or friends.
A minimal fee of about PhP 25 per head is collected upon entrance. You can just sit at one of the benches or pitch a tent at the camp site or rent a small open cottage for day trippers.
For big occasions, there’s a pavilion that can accommodate 200 persons. Those who would like to stay for a night, there are also cottages that can lodge the whole family.
Other facilities of the resort include a swimming pool, there’s a zip line (not sure if its operational though) and an area for cooking or grilling your meals. There’s also a convenience store nearby, more likely a sari-sari store, where you can buy ice, chips and drinks.
You can reach Balicaocao by riding a habal-habal (motorcycle) at the junction where you’ll go down from the highway. It will take about 30-45 minutes of bumpy ride up to the mountains leading to Balicaocao Highland Resort.
For inquiries or booking, contact the Kabankalan Tourism Affairs Office at (034) 471-2291 or 471-2507 Loc. 114.
How to Get There
From Manila, you can fly to Bacolod (Php2500++, round trip, 45 minutes). From Bacolod-Silay Airport, you can take a shuttle (Php75-100 per head), or hail a cab and ask to be taken to the Bacolod South Bus Terminal.
From Bacolod, ride a bus at the city's south terminal (estimated cost is Php90++, one way). Kabankalan City is strategically located in the southern part of the Negros Occidental province. It is 92.6 kilometers away and a 2-hour drive south of Bacolod City.
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