During my first month working at Virlanie, I embarked on a little adventure to reach a remote backpackers beach paradise: Sugar Beach in Sipalay.
From Bacolod, it takes a little more than three hours to reach Montilla by van, just before Sipalay. From there, you take a dirt road by tricycle to reach the river. And no, after crossing the river by paddle-bangka you’ve not yet arrived at your destination. Hopefully you decided for a backpack or other easy carry bag before leaving the house this day. Because you’ll walk along the beach to reach your hotel – and depending on your lodging, that may mean calf muscle training for between five to thirty minutes because you’ll walk through fine sand.
But this trip is so worth it. I’m a defender of backpacker travelling and I could fully enjoy the calmful view when arriving at Driftwood Village, a place in the middle of Sugar Beach that I definitely recommend.
The first two days of my long weekend, the sea was quite rough. It’s rainy season and the short but frequent showers often roughen the sea. But that doesn’t really harm the view and tranquility of this place. And as I, you’ll probably also meet some other nice travelers there to share your enthusiasm about Sunny Beach.
Next time, I’ll try to come after the rainy season and do some island hopping to enjoy the multiple snorkeling and diving opportunities around this place. For now, I’m back to my base in Bacolod preparing the kick-off of Virlanie’s Open Day Center for street children (read more here).