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Choosy Ka Ba: 5 Reasons to Choose Sagay City (Tongue-Shaped Sandbar + Marine Sanctuaries + More)

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Belle Piccio
Belle Piccio | May 27, 2015

1. Islets

Molocaboc Island is home to Sagay’s fisher folks. If you’re planning to do a mangrove planting activity, this is one of the best sites and to help the community maintain its mangrove reforestation. This is where you’ll also find the miracle hole “amatong” fishing.

The mangroves of Molocaboc Island; photo from I Love Sagay FB page

Suyac Island is the newest island attraction of Sagay City. It’s a mangrove eco-park located near Carbin Reef.

Approaching Suyac Island

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2. Reefs

Carbin Reef is part of city’s 4000-hectare marine sanctuary. This tongue-shaped white sandbar is one of the known summer destination in Sagay. You can spend the entire day swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving and boating in its clear bluish-green waters.

Carbin Reef; photo by Dustin Mijares

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Macahulom Reef is the home of migratory birds in Sagay. Its crystal clear waters and fresh sea air makes your boating experience worthwhile.

Panal Reef is also part of the marine sanctuary. It is abundant and marine life and is perfect for snorkeling.

The captivating crystal clear waters of Sagay; photo by Dustin Mijares


3. Buildings

The Museo Sang Bata sa Negros is the first museum outside Metro Manila that children can do interactive and hands-on activities.

Museo sang Bata sa Negros; photo by Dustin Mijares

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Balay Kauswagan, also known as House of Progress, is a convention center in Northern Negros. It’s a place to stay during your island tour package in Sagay. It is also ideal for out of town event receptions like trade fairs, exhibits, trainings and seminars.

Swimming pool of Balay Kauswagan; photo by Dustin Mijares

The Eusebio Lopez Elementary School Building is said to serve as prison during World War II of captured American pilots and soldiers.


4. Church

The Vito Church is located in Brgy. Vito, Sagay City. It is also known as the Shrine of San Vicente de Ferrer which was established in the mid 1850’s during the religious administration of Recollect Friars.

Vito Church; photo from tourism.negros-occ.gov.ph


5. Products

For a one-stop-shop for “pasalubong” or souvenir, you can go to Produkto Sagaynon Center. Aside from seafood and fresh cow’s milk, one of the best pasalubongs from Sagay is their squid rings.

Crispy squid rings of Sagay

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Don’t miss Sagay City’s Festival too! They celebrate it every month of March, the Sinigayan Festival.

During one of the highlights of Sinigayan Festival; photo by Dustin Mijares

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For inquiries or bookings, contact the Sagay City Tourism Office at (034) 488-0649, 488-0649 or 435-8571 and look for Ms. Helen Cutillar.


How to Get There

Sagay is at the northernmost tip of Negros. It's approximately 82 kilometers northeast of Bacolod City (2-hour drive), the provincial capital of Negros Occidental.

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 a cab and ask to be dropped off at the nearest bus station for Bacolod-Sagay.

Or you can also go to Bacolod via ferry (estimated cost of Php2700++ with meal, round trip, 20-22 hours) from Manila. From the port you can hail a cab and ask to be dropped off at the north terminal bus station for Bacolod-Sagay. Going to Sagay City, buses and vans for hire regularly ply the northbound route of the Negros highway. Sagay is approximately a two-hour drive by private car from Bacolod city.

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