Bacolod DIY Guide Itinerary – It’s the beginning of a new year, and we’re pretty sure you’re up to something. Whether you’re up to taking care more of yourself by starting eating healthier food, getting back to the gym to keep in shape, picking up a useful skill, or a new hobby. As well as quitting some of your vices, start saving money, traveling the world, becoming more active and responsible, or perhaps just being positive, learning to smile often and just be contented with life.
Speaking of smiles, we visited Bacolod also known as the “City of Smiles” earlier in 2020. We were able to witness some of their popular tourist destinations, tasted their famous chicken inasal, traveled to Lakawon Island in Cadiz, and experience what it feels like to travel again to a new city because it’s been a while since our last travel. So if you’re planning to travel and explore the city anytime soon, here’s our Bacolod DIY guide itinerary that may help you in your future travel.
How do I get to Bacolod?
Bacolod is situated on the northwest coast of Negros Island, Philippines and if you’re visiting the city to celebrate the Masskara festival in October, witness the famous ancestral home mansion of Talisay at night – The Ruins or take a dip on the clear waters of Lakawon Island in Cadiz, etc. Traveling to the city of smiles is only about an hour plane ride from the capital city of the Philippines – Manila. Then from the airport, about a 15-30 minutes ride will be needed to get you to the heart of Bacolod. Regular/Grab taxis and vans (shuttle service) is just available in front of the airport’s arrival area.
For Van (shuttle service), the rate starts at 150/person, and from what has been told to us, drop-off will be in SM City Bacolod. While on regular/grab taxis, which we definitely recommend especially if you have lots of bags and luggage plus it will take you directly to your hotel, it will cost you around 250-600 pesos depending on whether they use the meter or not.
In our case, we paid 500 pesos for a non-metered taxi for 2 adults (250 each) direct to our accommodation in RedDoorz near New Government Center.
If you want more convenient and hassle-free transportation to the city you can book your transfers via Klook below:
Aside from Manila, local and foreign tourists in Bacolod also comes from Iloilo, Guimaras Island, Dumaguete, Davao, Clark, and Cebu (where we came from). You can refer here for Roro’s daily schedule if you’ll be coming from Ilo-Ilo or Cebu or check out domestic flights for daily schedules such as Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific. In our case, we bought our ticket via Cebu Pacific two months before our travel date for only 756 pesos (15USD) one-way.
Where should you stay in Bacolod?
RedDoorz near New Government Center, Bacolod (Negros Occidental), Philippines
If you’re on budget travel like us, choosing the best value for money in your Bacolod accommodation would be possible. In our case, we stayed for one night in RedDoorz near New Government Center (near Caltex – the Campuestohan bus pick-up) via Agoda App for only 700+ good for 2 people but the room can fit for 3 people. You can check the link above for your preferred Bacolod accommodation that fits your budget.
Travel tip: For convenience and to maximize your time in the city, when you book your hotel online ask them in advance if you can early check-in/late-checkout or at least leave your things for a while and if they have a charge for this.
What is our 2D/1N Bacolod DIY Guide Itinerary?
06:00 am – ETA in the airport, Check-in: Hostel/Hotel, Breakfast, Leave luggage/bags
Campuestohan Bus Pick-up/Drop-off in Caltex Government Center
08:00 am – Campuestohan Highland Resort Tour, Bus pick-up at NGC Caltex, Lunch
01:00 pm – Bantug Lake Ranch: Boating, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Swimming, etc.
Note if you’re commuting going Bantug Lake Ranch: From Campuestohan Highland Resort going to Bantug Lake Ranch, simply take their bus transportation (Fare: 70/person) and just tell the driver to drop you off at Bantug Lake Ranch. Then after your activities and picture-taking, take a commute via tricycle ride just in front of the ranch (Tricycle Fare: 10/person) to Granada Terminal) and then from the terminal, regular jeepney going to the NGC are already available.
03:30 pm – Back to the hotel for check-in, rest, change clothes, Snacks
05:00 pm – The Ruins, San Sebastian Cathedral, Bacolod Public Plaza/Negros Museum
07:30 pm – Dinner at Manokan Country, Buy souvenirs in SM City Bacolod, Back to Hotel
Note: For Campuestohan bus schedule you can check out here: Campuestohan Transportation or you can contact them as posted in their website FOR SPECIAL TRIPS OR OTHER SERVICE ARRANGEMENTS: 0977 804 0808 | Rate: ₱70.00/Person | Entrance Fee: ₱200.00/Person
Day 2: LAKAWON ISLAND DAY TRIP IN CADIZ
06:30 am – Breakfast, Ready for departure, Early check-out (just leave belongings to the hotel), jeep from NGC Caltex to Bus Terminal
09:00 am – ETA from Bacolod Ceres Terminal to Cadiz (Lakawon Island Drop-off), Lunch
03:30 pm – Second trip schedule departure from Lakawon island, Bus to Terminal then back to the hotel
06:30 pm – ETA in hotel, dinner, then head to Bredco Port then to Ilo-Ilo/Dumangas
See details below for Lakawon Island Daily Trip Schedule
Morning Schedule: Afternoon Schedule:
First Trip – 7:30 AM First Trip – 1:30 PM
Second Trip – 9:30 AM Second Trip – 3:30 PM
Third Trip – 11:30 AM Last Trip: 5:30 PM
Note: Best to arrive and depart from the port for the first trip to Lakawon Island and then the first or second trip back to the city in case you still have plans roaming around Bacolod or depart to Ilo-Ilo/Dumangas just like what we did.
BUDGET: TRAVEL EXPENSES
PLANE TICKET: ₱756 (One-way ticket)
ACCOMMODATION: ₱740/2 – ₱370 each
* Taxi fare from Bacolod Airport to hotel: ₱500/2 – ₱250 each
* Campuestohan bus fare transportation B/F: ₱140 – ₱70 per trip
* Tricycle fare to The Ruins: ₱150/2 – ₱75 each
* Van fare from the Ruins to Robinson Place – ₱100 per person
* Bus fare to Cadiz City (Brgy. Burgos Stop-Over Terminal -Lakawon Bus Drop-off) – ₱118 per person
* Tricycle fare to Lakawon Port – ₱150/2 – ₱75 each
* Van transfer from Lakawon Port direct to Hotel: ₱300 per person
* Other jeep and tricycle transfers – ₱142
CITY ACTIVITIES/ENTRANCES: ₱850
* The Ruins Entrance Fee: ₱100
* Campuestohan Highland Resort Entrance Fee: ₱200
* Bantug Lake Ranch Entrance Fee & Activities: ₱200
* Lakawon Island Entrance + Terminal Fee – ₱350
2D/1N Bacolod DIY Guide Itinerary: Other Friendly Tips and Information
* Both Lakawon Island and Campuestohan Highland resort have a restaurant serving lunch/snacks. But if you’re on a budget and doing DIY travel to Campuestohan or Lakawon just like us, it’s best to eat a full breakfast and just bring a few snacks and enough water for your day tour. (In Campuestohan, guests are free to bring their food but in Lakawon they also allow guests to bring their food and drinks to the island, provided that you pay the corkage fee of P50. 00 per head.)
* Do not bring jewelry or other expensive accessories when you go swimming or just roaming around the city and always be mindful of your belongings. Better safe than sorry.
* Bring extra cash if you want to try rides such as zipline, sky bicycle, hamster wheel, etc. in Campuestohan Highland Resort.
* Though it’s a year-round travel destination, I would say the best time to visit the Bacolod is in summer (March-May) as its the perfect way to enjoy the beach as well as swimming/snorkeling or in October if you want to witness and be part of their biggest event of the city – Masskara Festival. #ResponsibleTourism #LeaveOnlyFootprints
Here’s a short video summary of our 2D/1N Bacolod experience: #ResponsibleTourism #LeaveOnlyFootprints
Note: We cannot guarantee the information written here is correct and accurate all the time. If you want to add information or you spot something that needs correcting, please let us know in the comment section below.
– Last Update: January 12, 2020 –