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CARBIN REEF TRAVEL GUIDE 2018: How to Get There, DIY Itinerary, Budget, Expenses, and More!

CARBIN REEF SAGAY NEGROS OCCIDENTAL How to Get There, DIY Itinerary, Budget, Expenses, and More!
Carbin Reef in Sagay Negros Occidental

Carbin Reef is a huge sand bar in the middle of a 200-hectares marine reserve off the coast of the municipality of Sagay in Negros Occidental - just 1.5 to 2 hours away north of Bacolod City. Established in 1983, it is part of the 32,000 hectare protected area of what is called Sagay Marine Reserve. Carbin Reef has clear, pristine and turquoise water that is ideal for swimming, snorkeling, and a perfect spot to get some tan.

The area also has several cottages that guests and visitors could rent for day trips. Just make sure to bring all you need - such as food and water - because there are no stores or restaurants in Carbin Reef. Wondering how to get to Carbin Reef? Let me help you.

Travel Guide to Carbin Reef in Sagay Negros Occidental



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Your Travel Guide: Carbin and Panal Reef

HOW TO GET TO CARBIN REEF?


  • If you’re coming from Manila or other parts of the country, take a flight to Bacolod, the capital city of Negros Occidental. Flights land at Bacolod-Silay International Airport which is about 30 minutes away from Bacolod City.
  • Make your way to Silay main road and take a Ceres bus bound for Sagay. Alternatively, you can take a taxi or shuttle van from the airport going to Bacolod City and tell the driver to drop you to the North Bus Terminal. READ: How to get in and out of Bacolod-Silay Airport.
  • From the North Bus Terminal, you can take a bus or van to the City of Sagay. Travel time is about 2 - 2.5 hours and fare is around 100-170 pesos.
  • Upon reaching Sagay City Bus Terminal, hire a tricycle that will bring you to the Old Sagay Port or Wharf. Tricycle rental is from 70-100 pesos good for 5 persons.
  • Upon reaching the port, proceed to the tourism information center at the wharf to register and hire a boat to Carbin Reef.
  • For a boat that could accommodate 1-10 persons, the boat fee is 1,200 to Carbin Reef. For the the other expenses and rates, see details below.
  • Travel time from the port to Carbin Reef is 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the sea condition.
  • Enjoy the sand, the sun, and the clear waters of Carbin Reef!

THINGS TO DO AT CARBIN REEF


Swimming, snorkeling, sun bathing, picnicking, and other water and beach activities.

NOTE: Bring your own snorkeling gears. There are no available snorkeling gear rentals at Carbin Reef. You can also rent snorkeling gears from Buhay Dagat Snorkeling Guides of Sagay Association for PHP 250.00 per day. Ask the staff at the tourism information center where to rent.

ALSO READ: Top Things to Do, Tourist Spots and Attractions in Bacolod City

Carbin Reef is a huge, tongue-shaped, white sandbar 15km within Sagay City limits and is bounded on the north by Asuncion Pass

WHAT TO BRING?


  • Food and drinks. There are no stores or restaurants in Carbin Reef. You can also order food for your group in advance. Contact SIETAS Secretary and Kitchen Committee at 0907-396-2199.
  • It so hot in Carbin Reef, make sure to bring coral-friendly sun block and sunglasses.
  • Bring your own snorkeling gears. There are no available rentals at the site. You can also rent snorkeling gears from Buhay Dagat Snorkeling Guides of Sagay Association for PHP 250.00 per day. Ask the staff at the tourism information center where to rent.
  • Water proof your things by securing them in a dry bag.
  • Garbage bag. Organize your garbage and bring them back to the main island. Dispose it properly.

CARBIN REEF RATES 2018 (IN PHP)


ENTRANCE FEES:


General Admission- 50.00 (tourists) / Free (residents)
SMR Environmental Fee - 40.00 (tourists) / 20.00 (residents)
Port Fee - 10.00 (tourists and residents)
TOTAL - 100.00 (tourists) / 30.00 (residents)

PWD/Senior Citizen - 82.00 (tourists) / 10.00 (residents)
Children (12 years old and below) 40.00 (tourists) / 10.00 (residents)

BOAT RENTAL RATES:


1 - 10 persons - 1,200
11 - 15 persons - 1,500

Note: Additional 300-500 pesos if you wish to visit the other islands such as Panal Reef, Maca Reef and Suyac Mangrove Island.

COTTAGE RENTAL RATES:


Single Cottage (good for 5-10 persons) - 300.00
Double Cottage (good for 11-20 persons) - 500.00
Panal Tower - 300.00

CARBIN REEF TRAVEL GUIDE BLOG BUDGET DIY ITINERARY

CARBIN REEF SAMPLE DIY ITINERARY


Here's a sample Carbin Reef DIY Itinerary. You can adjust it depending on how long you want to stay there, how many are you in the group, and on your preferences of activities you want to do.

  • 08:00 am - arrive in Bocolod City
  • 08:30 am - take a bus or van to Sagay City
  • 10:30 am - arrive in Sagay, take a tricycle to the port/wharf
  • 11:00 am - arrive at the port, register, book a boat to Carbin Reef
  • 12:00 nn - depart for Carbin Reef
  • 12:20 pm - arrive on Carbin Reef, enjoy!
  • 05:00 pm - go back to the port
  • 05:20 pm - arrive at the port
  • 05:30 pm - take a tricycle to Sagay Bus Terminal
  • 06:00 pm - take a bus or van to Bacolod City
  • 08:00 pm - arrive in Bacolod City

CARBIN REEF BUDGET AND EXPENSES


  • Bacolod to Sagay (Van) - PHP 100.00 per person
  • Sagay to Port (Tricycle) - PHP 70.00 for 5 pax
  • Boat rental to Carbin Reef (roundtrip) - PHP 1,200.00 for up to 10 pax
  • Entrance Fee - PHP 100.00 per person
  • Cottage Rental (small) - PHP 300.00
  • Port to Sagay Terminal (tricycle) - PHP 70.00 good for 5 pax
  • Sagay to Bacolod (Van) - PHP 100.00 per person

This is just a list of the common expenses. You can adjust it depending on where you're coming from, how many are you in the group, and the activities you want to do.

CARBIN REEF TRAVEL GUIDE BLOG BUDGET DIY ITINERARY

TIPID TIPS AND IMPORTANT REMINDERS


  • There is a limit on tourists that could visit Carbin reef. They only allow 70 reserved slots and 30 for walk-ins. If you plan to visit Carbin Reef, it is best if you call them and reserve in advance. Please refer to the contact details below.
  • Boat rental to Carbin Reef is 1,200 pesos good for 1-10 persons.
  • For an additional 300-500 pesos you can also go to Panal Reef, Maca Reef and Suyac Mangrove Island. Just ask the staff at the tourism information center for details.
  • Entrance fee to Carbin Reef is 100 pesos per person for non-residents and 30 pesos for residents.
  • Cottage rental is 300 pesos for a small cottage. If no cottage is available, or if you don't want to get a cottage, you can stay at your boat.
  • The boat will not leave and will wait for your until you go back to the main island. Which means, you could also leave your things at the boat while enjoying Carbin Reef.
  • Bring all you need. There are no stores or restaurants in Carbin Reef.
  • There’s no toilet or shower area in Carbin Reef, but there’s a small changing area where you could change your clothes. You can use the toilet at the tourist information center before boarding the boat or when you come back from Carbin Reef.
  • Manage your garbage and bring it back to the main island.
  • Always practice “leave no trace principle.”

CONTACT DETAILS


For bookings, contact Sagay City Information and Tourism Office during office hours at (034) 488-0649, or the Sagay Marine Reserve Office at (034) 488-0101 local 117. You could also send an email to sagaycityinfo@yahoo.com.

CARBIN REEF TRAVEL GUIDE BLOG BUDGET DIY ITINERARY

I hope this Carbin Reef Budget Travel Guide will help you plan your trip and you'll include it in your itinerary on your next adventure in Negros Occidental! Invite your friends and enjoy the sand, the sun, the clear waters and the awesome underwater treasures of Carbin Reef!


Thanks to our friends Pinoy Travel Freak, The Pinay Solo Backpacker, and Lakwatsero for letting us join them on their Carbin Reef adventure!

ALSO READ: A Local's Travel Guide to Bacolod City

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