Lakawon Island in Negros Occidental, 701km southeast of Manila, should be the next item to tick off your bucket list. Its main draw is its recently opened floating bar called TawHai, said to be the biggest in Asia. It's an open-air bar, with one level offering a shaded area for lounging, furnished with cushioned mats and pillows. From the deck, you could just jump straight into the water for a swim. The top floor has more open space for partying and at its center is a thatched hut bar. The views out to sea are unbeatable, a perfect place for chilling out with cold beer or cocktail in hand. TawHai forms part of the party scene of Lakawon, a 13-hectare banana-shaped island in the coast of Cadiz City, known for its white-sand beach and party island vibe.
The entrance fee to TawHai is P200 (US$4). Kids 12 years and older are allowed onboard as long as they’re accompanied by an adult guardian.
How to get there
Take a Cebu Pacific Air flight from Manila to Bacolod City. From Bacolod City, go to the Ceres North Bus Terminal and board a bus to Cadiz , and from Cadiz city center, take a jeep or tricycle to the port of Barangay Cadiz Viejo, where there are boats for hire to take you to Lakawon Island.
Where to stay
Lakawon Island Beach Resort and Spa has bamboo huts for hire, with rates from P1,500 per night for two, valid this August only. Standard rate is from P2,500.
By Monica De Leon. Cover photos were screengrabbed from @claralimtan
Published August 2016