Hike to Lat-asan and Discover Tinagong Dagat of Sipalay City

Lat-asan is located at Sitio Matlag, Brgy. 4, Sipalay City. It’s after Matlag Cave if you’re going to the city proper. There are islets here and the water is very clear and very inviting for swimming.  Mark, our guide, pointed out that the corals we see through the clear water are already dead due to mine tailings. It’s disheartening since it will probably take several decades for the corals to grow. If it’s any consolation, the mines in Sipalay already ceased operation so hopefully the corals will be left alone to grow back.

Scenic Lat-asan. Photo by Bang Agustin
NITI Tour Guides having fun. Photo by Bang Agustin

You can have a picnic in one of the cottages at Lat-asan or go boating around the cove. The nice view is ideal for people like us who can’t get enough of ourselves in front of the camera.

Tinagong Dagat at Matlag

There’s no shortage of Tinagong Dagat (hidden sea) here in Sipalay. According to Mark, they have three sites called Tinagong Dagat. Just a short trek from Lat-asan is the Tinagong Dagat here in Matlag. It’s a lake with several holes connected to the sea. It’s located in a private lot but if you course through a visit to the Sipalay tourism office, they can surely accommodate you. You can have privacy here and it’s a good area for fishing and for picnic.

Exhausted from the hike, we were all looking forward to our lunch. We had a luncheon meeting with our gracious hosts, the Sipalay City government officials, at Dagat-Dagatan Restaurant. As expected, we were served with different dishes of fish abundant in Sipalay.  Isn’t it obvious with our smiles that we had a great meal?

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  • dimple

    how long will we hike to reach tinagong dagat?

    • Glady

      It’s just around 15 minutes from the main road.

  • Allen John N. Jamito, M.D.

    Is there a resthouse at Lat-asan where we can stay overnight? Thanks!

    • Glady

      I’m not sure if the cottages there are designed for overnight stay. Kindly contact the Sipalay Tourism Information Office to be sure at (034) 473-2101

  • http://philippinetravelogue.com Brenna

    OMG.
    we were just here a few years back! i never even thought that there would be places like these sa negros! super regret!

    • Glady

      Sayang but then you can always go back to Negros. :D