Moray Lagoon, Danjugan Island: Important Tips

More detailed travel guide here: Danjugan Island Budget Travel Guide and Itinerary

Danjugan Island in the province of Negros Occidental has five lagoons — two are accessible to visitors while the other three are closed to the public for conservation. One of the two accessible lagoons is the Third Lagoon or Moray Lagoon, named after the numerous moray eels residing in its waters. The lagoon is the jumping-off point for the Danjugan Island tour.

How to Get There

Nearest Airport: Bacolod-Silay Airport (Negros Occidental)

By Air

  1. This is the fastest and the most convenient way. Check your preferred airline company for the flight schedules and airfare from Manila to Bacolod-Silay Airport. Travel time is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  2. From the airport, take a cab to the South Ceres Bus Terminal (around P260). You can also take a van just across the airport’s arrival area exit (P150/head, one way). Taking a cab is a little bit expensive, but it is recommended if you have many pieces of luggage. You can always split the fare if you are traveling with a friend or two.
  3. From South Ceres Bus Terminal, board a bus bound for Hinoba-an (P210-300, 4-5 hours). Tell the driver or conductor to drop you off at Crossing Remollos-Quadro de King (in Barangay Bulata) in the municipality of Cauayan.
  4. From Crossing Remollos, you can walk to the beach where the boat to Danjugan usually docks. Make sure you book the tour in advance.
  5. The boatmen/island tour guide will be waiting for you at the beach. The Danjugan Island Tour package covers the fare for the boat transfers (roundtrip). Travel duration is 30 minutes from mainland to the island.

 

 

Entrance Fee and Other Charges

Danjugan Island Full Day Tour: P1950/head
This covers boat transfers (roundtrip), conservation fee, lunch and snacks (morning and afternoon), tour guide, snorkeling gear, unlimited use of kayak, and drinking water.
 
Danjugan Island Overnight Stay at Moray Lagoon: P2950/head
This is inclusive of boat transfers and tours, conservation fee, 3 main meals and 2 snacks per day, island guide, snorkeling gear, unlimited use of kayak, drinking water, and accident insurance.
 
Danjugan Island Overnight Stay at Typhoon Beach: P3950/head
This is inclusive of boat transfers and tours, conservation fee, 3 main meals and 2 snacks per day, island guide, snorkeling gear, unlimited use of kayak, drinking water, and accident insurance.
 
Danjugan Island Eco-Tour (3 Hours): P950/head
This includes boat transfers (roundtrip for a minimum of 7 passengers), conservation fee, and tour guide.
Note: Additional P600 for boat transfer if head count is less than 7 people.

Always check package inclusions, pick-up point, time, and rates before booking.

 

Don’t Miss

  • Moray Lagoon, where the Learning Center is located, serves as the base or administrative center of Danjugan Island. Visitors will have orientation and briefing about the rules and the itinerary at the Learning Center. Also, lunch and snacks are served here.
  • Moray Lagoon is surrounded by the three other (protected) lagoons — Second Lagoon, Fourth Lagoon, and Fifth Lagoon. It also sits beside/adjacent the East Beach. Guests can also do kayaking here, but the North Lagoon is the usual location for that activity.
  • A few minutes trek from the lagoon, guests can view other nearby islands from the Watch Tower. Another nearby attraction is the bat cave.
  • Several meters away from where the boats dock, guests can enjoy the beautiful underwater scene and be amazed at the giant clams while they snorkel.
  • For divers, the nearest dive sites are the Convention Reef and Doug’s Ridge.
  • For those who want to stay overnight on the island, you can arrange your accommodation/lodging at either Moray Lagoon or Typhoon Beach.

Don’t Forget

  • Book and reserve your Danjugan Island tour slot in advance. The management does not allow walk-in guests. Make sure everything is clear: date, time, pick up point or meeting place.
  • No freshwater on the island but the management will provide your drinking water. The island also has decent shower and changing area. Conserve water, especially if you are a big group.
  • Always follow the rules. Before you start the tour, you will be oriented about the island, your activities, and the rules and regulations. And oh, Moray eels do bite. You will see a lot of them in the shallow waters of the lagoon. Do not disturb them.
  • Leave nothing but footprints. The management has shore cleanup operation every Saturday.

If You Have More Time and Budget

  • After Danjugan Island, you can explore the city of Sipalay — enjoy the laid back “city” life and watch the sunset while trying some of the food from one of the stalls/eateries at Poblacion Beach.
  • Also in Sipalay, you can view and take photos of the islets of Tinagong Dagat from one of the resorts or go to Sugar Beach and Punta Ballo Beach.
  • Explore Bacolod before heading back to Manila.

Related topic: Danjugan Island Important Tips

 

Where to Stay

You can stay overnight on the island, but if you don’t want to rough it, there are other resorts on the mainland. If you are planning to explore the southern part of Negros Occidental, here are some of the recommended resorts in Sipalay City according to Agoda users (as of September 2017).

Easy Diving and Beach Resort
Location: Punta Ballo, Brgy. 4, Sipalay, Negros Oc.

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Sugar Beach House
Location: Sipalay City, Negros Oc.

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Artistic Diving Resort
Location: Punta Ballo, Brgy. 4, Sipalay, Negros Oc.

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Punta Bulata Resort and Spa
Location: Brgy. Elihan, Sipalay, Negros Oc.

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For more options, search here: Sipalay Hotels


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