Cauayan is an unassuming little place in between Kabankalan and Sipalay. Having driven through it on numerous occasions, and seeing a sign with “Punta Bulata Resort and Spa” each time, one day I decided to actually take a look. As we drove down the rough and narrow dirt road, following the signs, I couldn’t believe it when we first stumbled across Calat-an Beach. This beach was as good as anything I had seen and aside from a couple of local fishermen; the place was completely secluded with hardly any form of habitation.

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Imagine sitting here with a deck chair and a few beers? It doesn’t get much better than this.

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Pristine white sand and almost total seclusion in this tranquil setting, off the beaten track.

Although I wasn’t able to spend too much time at Calat-an Beach, I would consider this is an ideal place to take a picnic lunch, an esky (ice box) with several beers and your swimming gear, and just chill out and relax on the powdery sand and in the calming waters for a day.

As astonished as I was to stumble across the little hidden gem in Calat-an Beach, nothing could’ve prepared me for what I was about to experience next. Several minutes further along the dirt track, we came across a very big brick wall with a very big iron gate. It didn’t look like anything flash, but it had a Punta Bulata sign there, so considering we had come this far, it was time to take a look inside.

My jaw hit the floor at what I saw before me. Literally in the middle of nowhere, stood this amazing resort overlooking the Sulu Sea. Restaurant, swimming pool, beauty salon – it has it all! And of course, a white sand beach below the pool overlooking the sea.

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Exclusive beach front which you get to have all to yourself without the hustle and bustle of more popular places like Boracay.

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Fantastic and relaxing swimming pool facing out over the Sulu Sea.

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It’s a pity I didn’t get to stay here, but it really is an ideal setting for relaxing with a few beers and soaking up some rays.

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.

Cauayan is approximately 140kms from Bacolod (3.5 hours via car) and 160kms from Dumaguete (almost four hours via car).

 

Ceres Bus Lines depart from Bacolod and Dumaguete and pass through Cauayan, departing hourly. Fare one way is less then P300 and takes just over 4 hours from Bacolod. Bacolod is closer to Cauayan than Dumaguete.

From the main highway, you could take a local tricycle or “habal habal” (motorbike), and will take approximately 15-20 minutes to get to Punta Bulata Resort and Spa (look for Bulata National High School).

Dezza´s Tip

If you were to stay at Punta Bulata Resort, then Calat-an Beach is only 5-10mins away and it would be well worth going over to Calat-an Beach with a picnic lunch and chill out there for the day. There are no facilities so you would be to BYO everything. Having said that, Punta Balata has its own white sand beach, swimming pool, beauty salon etc, so there might not be a need to move at all!