Basay is south of Hinoba-an and is another place that if it wasn’t for my employment, and our company having a project in the area, I would not have discovered.

Whilst not as diverse nor big as neighboring Sipalay, it is more peaceful and does have some beautiful scenery. There is a nice resort in Basay called Funtasea, owned and operated by a lovely and very interesting lady named Bebien. This is certainly no Boracay or Palawan, but it is still a beautiful local area and well worth a visit.

The resort has mostly local guests, but there is the odd foreigner to be seen from time to time. The scene itself is very unique, as you have Funtasea Resort on the beach side of the highway (30 metres from the ocean), and on the inland side of the highway, you have rice fields at the foothills of yet more amazing limestone rock formations.

If you wanted a place to really just chill out and not do much at all, then Basay is the place. It’s not a party place so depending on what you want, this may or may not fit the bill.

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Beachfront at Funtasea Resort is a little hidden gem with a good dose of privacy. Once again, it amazes me there are hardly any foreign tourists around this area!

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An elevated view looking at the restaurant and bar of Funtasea Resort. You can see how green and lush the area is around the resort.

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An unfiltered sunset shot overlooking the Sulu Sea from the beachfront of Funtasea Resort.

How to get there

Philippine Airlines (PAL) fly to Bacolod from Manila daily five times a day with the flight taking approximately one hour, and they also fly to Dumaguete from Manila twice daily with the flight taking just over one hour.

Basay is approximately 30kms south of Sipalay and takes approximately forty five minutes via car. However, if you wanted to just visit Basay, the best way to get there is to come from Dumaguete, which is approximately 120kms (2.5 hours drive by car).

Ceres Bus Lines depart from Dumaguete and passes through Basay, departing hourly. Fare one way is less then P200 and takes about 3 hours.

 

Dezza´s Tip

Funtasea Resort is where I stayed and I would totally recommend it. They have a good mix of deluxe and standard rooms, a good bar, the food is good, they have wi-fi, and it is right next to the beach. It’s the perfect place to go when you don’t want to be swamped with tourists and want some peace and quiet to chill out. Rooms there are available from about P1,000/night.