Here’s the tale of our trip to Langub Beach in Sipalay, Negros Occidental last weekend. We stayed at Takatuka Lodge, which is a very interesting place. A separate blog post is needed to give justice to the resort, so more on that later.

We wanted adventure on our Negros trip, and adventure poured – literally! Our beach trip was rained out, hence the quotation marks in the post title. But that wasn’t really the start of the adventure (and MISadventures!). Here’s a clue: in just half a day, we were able to ride a plane, a car, a bus, a tricycle and finally, a boat – in that particular order.

The plane ride. The night before, Tin found out that her friend’s flight to Dumaguete that day had been cancelled.  That was already one hint of bad weather.  But we had been planning this trip since the beginning of the year so there was no going back.  Our 4.40am Cebu Pacific flight took off as scheduled.  There was some turbulence as we neared Negros, and we were in the clouds for most of the flight. Another hint of bad weather.

The taxi ride. There are no regular metered taxis at the new Bacolod-Silay airport. Passengers have two options: hired taxis/cars at a fixed rate depending on the destination, or the shuttle to Bacolod City for P100/passenger. We took the taxi (P400 to the Ceres South Terminal in Bacolod City) since there were 3 of us anyway and we wanted to pass by McDonald’s to get breakfast first.

The bus trip. To get to Langub Beach, you should take the bus going to Hinoba-an and get off at the Sipalay bus terminal.  According to the information from Cebu Pacific’s in-flight magazine, where we found out about Takatuka and Langub Beach, the aircon bus service starts at 8am. It turned out that it actually starts at 2pm! We took the first flight in so we were already at Ceres South Bus Terminal at around 7.30am. We had no choice but to take the non-aircon bus. It was one long, bumpy, crowded bus ride with PLENTY of stops. It took a little over 5 hours to get to the Sipalay bus terminal. Judging by the distance, it would have taken only around 3 hours by private vehicle. We could have chosen to take a car service, but it was quite expensive and we wanted the adventure of a bus ride. Well, we certainly got more than we bargained for.

The bus left Bacolod at around 8.30am and arrived at the Sipalay terminal around 1.30pm. We walked down to the beach toward Driftwood City Restaurant, where Takatuka’s boat was supposed to pick us up. Well, there was no boat because the waves were high and so huge. I would still be afraid of going out into the ocean with those waves even in a SuperFerry!

The tricycle ride. After finding no one at the designated meeting place, we called Takatuka and they directed us to take a tricycle to Nauhang, several miles back down the highway and into the fields. There was a river there parallel to the sea, where we can get on a boat to the resort. It drizzled when we were on the tricycle and the portion of our bodies that were partially outside the tricycle (it was TINY tricycle) got a bit wet. At the end of the road, we crossed a broken foot bridge, which was repaired using four bamboo poles tied together, then had to do some sort of limbo rock to get under the railing and into the boat.  It’s good that some of the boatmen helped us by taking our backpacks and loading them on the boat then assisting us aboard.

The boat ride. We rode a tiny pump boat, about 2 1/2 persons wide. It was a nice river, lined with thick mangroves on both sides. I think it would have been prettier in the sunshine with green water (pretty much like the Loboc River in Bohol). Instead, it was a murky brown due to the rains. Anyway, the boat ride lasted for about 10-15 minutes. We docked at a residential area, climbed up and went down a mini-rock formation; then walked along the beach for 10 minutes to finally reach the resort. There was a Lonely Planet/Survivor feel in the air. We were the only people in that stretch of the beach, which was littered with driftwood, coconut husks and other storm debris.

We were finally at the doorstep of Takatuka Lodge at past 2pm. Whew! By then, we were so tired, hungry and thirsty – and a little damp from both sweat and the weather. We ate lunch-cum-merienda, which also turned out to be dinner. Once we were settled in our room, we no longer had the energy to venture out again. Plus, it was raining quite hard so we still couldn’t go out even if we wanted to. Rebs and Tin were asleep even before darkness set it. I stayed awake due to the coffee I drank with our meal. Rebs woke up after a couple of hours and we just chatted away until we fell asleep again. And that was Day One.

To be continued…

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