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Published: March 30th 2014
Aka Langub Beach, also the reason for the exhausting 6h+ journey across Negros. Not sure if it's called Sugar Beach cos of the coarse, brown sand, or because of Negros' history as a sugarcane producing region. Either way, certainly the journey itself was an adventure in its own right. And the beach, well not too bad either I must say!
I guess I shouldn't have remarked that I hadn't taken much land transportation yet in the Visayas.
Having made a somewhat last minute decision to make a long detour to a somewhat remote beach on the Southwestern coast of Negros, it was an exhausting 6h+ journey from Bais to my next destination, Sugar Beach, just a few kilometres north of the closest town of Sipalay.
And when I say exhausting, I mean 2h standing-room alone Ceres bus ride (Bais-Kabankalan), 2x jeepney (Kabankalan-Inayauan-Montilla), tricycle ride (Montilla-Nauhang) and finally paddle boat ride across a tidal river to Sugar Beach, then 10 min hike with all my gear on the sandy beach-exhausting!
Ok, I've taken longer and worse journeys before (the 16h train ride from Mandalay to Katha in Myanmar and 18h trans-Sumatran bus ride from Bukittingi to Parapet in Indonesia ) come to my immediately), but I guess this one stands out for the sheer variety of mode and number of transfers.
And it really was kind of a split-second decision too that I made to come here. I figured I probably had time to visit one more place before my last stop in Negros, so I thought,
why not this beach that LP raved so much about?
And it was worth it. I guess it's quite not as remote these days, but the total number of people on this roughly 2km stretch of sand was probably just a few dozen the few days I was here, which means that at any given time there were only a handful of people in the water.
So the coarse, brown sand that might have given rise to the beach's name isn't quite as pretty as San Juan in Siquijor, and the abundance of driftwood on the beach, natural as they are, might annoy picky photographers. But I guess that mattered little to me. Journey as Destination gave me yet another lesson this time, one that I'd almost forgotten, and was now happy to be reminded of again.
Stayed at Driftwood Village Resort.
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