Punta Ballo is in Sipalay and is right on the Sulu Sea, with a one kilometer long white sand beach, rugged limestone cliffs with great ocean views, and some of the most amazing sunsets you will ever see.

There are a few foreign owned Dive Resorts in this area that have comfortable accommodation, and great food with the beach being ideal from swimming and snorkeling and of course, scuba diving.

Although there are a few foreign tourists around this area, it still remains very much “undiscovered” and really is one of the Philippines hidden gems. Hopefully, it will be a long time before people catch on and take away what makes this place so amazing.

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Punta Ballo beach looking down from Nataasan Resort which is perched on the top of a cliff. It is very difficult to get tired of this view, no matter how hard I try!

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Punta Ballo beach with its pristine white sand knocked me off my feet when I first saw it. I remember thinking to myself “why isn’t this place crawling with tourists?!”

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Punta Ballo beach, a glorious view looking south out the front of Artistic Dive Resort, a Swiss managed Resort where decent rooms are available for around P2,000 per night.

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Punta Ballo beach at sunset – absolutely jaw dropping experience whilst quietly sipping a few cocktails. This isn’t even an island – this is still the Negros mainland!

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.

Punta Ballo is in Sipalay which is approximately 175kms from Bacolod (four hours via car) and 170kms from Dumaguete (3.5 hours via car).

Ceres Bus Lines depart from Bacolod and Dumaguete and pass through Sipalay City, departing hourly. Fare one way is less then P300 and takes about 5 hours from Bacolod and Dumaguete, as Sipalay is almost exactly in between these two cities.

From Sipalay town centre, a local tricycle or “habal habal” (motorbike), is the best option and will take approximately 15-20 minutes to get to Punta Balo. Cost around P100.

Dezza´s Tip

You can hire a boat from Punta Ballo to take you boating anywhere around the area. My recommendation is to hire a boat from Punta Ballo, go up to Poblacion in Sipalay City through all limestone islets in the cove, then back down past Punta Ballo to Campomones Bay, then down further to Balanban Point. Cost is about P1500 for a full day good for about 8 people. Make sure you take an ice box for drinks and food (usually the boat or resort can provide).