I consider myself lucky to live (I’m still a resident at heart) in Bacolod City for various reasons: fresh supply of seafood, almost-non-existent traffic and—in close proximity to paradise. Paradise like Punta Bulata. For only three hours drive, I find myself sipping mojito in this relaxing and intimate oasis. Getting there:
(If traveling from Manila take a flight to Bacolod City and from there you have two choices)
From the city center (provincial Capitol Building) of Bacolod, travel southwards, taking the national highway. The resort has two access road point that you choose to take.
1.) A few meters after the 154 kilometer marker by the road, make a right turn into a side road called Barangay Road, Cartagena. Travel 4 km. down this road until you reach Punta Bulata Resort.
*Please note that the 4 km. side road is unpaved. Small cars are capable of taking this road but it is still recommended that you take an AUV, Van, or SUV vehicles for a more comfortable ride.
2.) Upon reaching the Municipality proper of Cauayan, the travel will take about 30 minutes – 40 minutes to reach the resort. On the right side of the national highway, you will see a small store called “Quadro D’ King”, 500 meter onwards you will reach the Bangga Salamat Po access road, from there take a right turn and travel down to Punta Bulata by 2.5 kilometers.
Note: You may also arrange your pick up and drop off transportation with the resort.By Bus:
Ceres Liner has several trips throughout the day that may take you southbound towards Punta Bulata. From Ceres Liner’s Southbound Terminal (Lopez-Jaena Street, Shopping, Bacolod), take the bus headed to Hinobaan or Bayawan. Busses depart every 30 minutes from 6:00 am to 7:30 pm from the Ceres Liner Bus Terminal in Bacolod City. It takes about 4 – 5 hours to get to Punta Bulata Resort by bus.
There are only two air-conditioned bus everyday that departs at 12:00 pm and at 2:00 pm. You must get off at Barangay Road. Cartagena or Bangga Salamat Po since the bus cannot take you directly to the resort. Board a tricycle and ask the tricycle driver to take you to Punta Bulata Resort.
It is advisable to call the Ceres Liner Bus Terminal for schedule changes (+63 34 4342386 to 87)
With a splendid shoreline and rooms showcasing Filipino flair, this resort is an obvious standout. Aside from their welcoming staff and breathtaking sunsets, their food won me over, too. What can I say? A way to my heart is definitely through my stomach.
Accomodations: (Photos taken from Punta Bulata’s website)
Seaview with Terrace (4,400-6,100php/night)Beach Cabana (5,700-7,900php/night) Seaview with Balcony (4,600-6,400php/night)Hill Cottage (3,000-4200php/night)Beach Casita (7,100-9,000php/night)Note: All rates vary by low, high and peak seasons. Head to www.puntabulata.com to see details.
Don’t miss Danjugan island, a marine sanctuary 10 minutes away by boat from the resort. The day trip package is worth 1,950php /person and includes boat transfers, lunch and snacks, trekking and snorkeling guide and the use of kayak and snorkeling gear. Or do an eco-tour for 950php /person which includes a 3-hour guided tour and boat transfers.It was a fun day exploring the mangroves, bat caves and lagoons. Danjugan is so serene and surreal!Check out www.danjuganisland.ph to know more about this marvelous marine reserve and wildlife sanctuary, or for donations to Philippine Reef and Rainforest Conservation Foundation, Inc.Like I said, breathtaking.
Allow me to savor this sweet moment while I casually and comfortably lie on this coconut tree. Ahh, bliss.
Punta Bulata Beach Resort And Spa
+63 34 713 4888 / +63 917 848 3558