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Address: Sagay City, Negros Occidental, Philippines
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White Sand, Sea, and Sun

Located within the Sagay Marine Sanctuary, Carbin Reef is a huge tongue shaped white sand bar in the middle of the sea some 10-15 minutes boat ride from the port of Old Sagay... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 13, 2014
Manila, Philippines
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New Delhi, India
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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

Trip to Carbin Reef ( Philippines ) - A tiny Island, just 200 meter long in length and 20 meter wide approximately, It is in the middle of the deep sea, A Virgin Island, not a single tree on this island, only 5-6 tents where you can sit and have your drinks and food etc.. It takes about 45 minutes... More 

10 Thank gcp5
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

This is not a resort. So if you're looking for comfort and relaxing accommodations, go find something else. However, if you're the type of person who loves adventure and wants to experience nature but with not enough time and resource, this is the place to be! White sand and clear blue waters away from the hustle and bustle of Bacolod... More 

1 Thank Kenneth B
Makati, Philippines
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37 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

There are no trees just tents and changing rooms. Shower is in the Port. Yes, you'll get dark. No overnight camps, just a day trip. It was worth the trip. I went there with a liter of water and no change of clothes. I know I might not be able to go here because I did not make any reservations,... More 

6 Thank crazeee
Manila, Philippines
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368 reviews
217 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 459 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Located within the Sagay Marine Sanctuary, Carbin Reef is a huge tongue shaped white sand bar in the middle of the sea some 10-15 minutes boat ride from the port of Old Sagay. Like the White Island of Camiguin, Carbin Reef is all but sand bar without vegetation. The surrounding water is cool, clear and clean very inviting for swimming... More 

17 Thank TravelBug1469
Quezon City, Philippines
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27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

Willing to brave an hour's bus ride (from Bacolod City), a short tricycle ride and a 15-20 minute boat ride? Then come to Carbin Reef and spend a lazy day there doing nothing but looking at the white sand beach, swimming in the cool, clear water and snorkeling. Ask the boatman to bring you to where the giant clams are,... More 

16 Thank Bea_Jera
San Juan, Philippines
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70 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

A sand bar in the middle of nowhere...at least one that doesn't disappear during high tide... took a small boat out to snorkel and admire the marine life...gigantic clams in 6 feet of water! where else can you see that! some corals, sea urchins, fishes that swim to you with no fear... need to reserve ahead...for boat transport and food

7 Thank yokolok
New York City, New York
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

Just went last May after election.....way to go......had a great time swimming...no other things to do except swimming,snorkeling and eat...It's a sand bar I'm not sure if they even had a toilet just in case,luckily for the whole day my body coordinates with me.As soon as you get off the pump boat you need to be registered and been given... More 

4 Thank lovely10038
Sagay City, Philippines
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115 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

I'm a native of Sagay City so I am very proud of Carbin Reef. It's not a resort so don't expect a lot of progress here. It's just piece of sand bar in the middle of the sea. Believe it or not, we stayed here overnight 12 years ago and it felt like hell because there were not a lot... More 

4 Thank Ferdinand L
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

This place has low biodiversity and advertised as a marine reserve. Better people who want to observe a marine reserve that is truly functional is to go to Dive Hub MPA - this is what I call a well-protected area, alive with schools of fish.

7 Thank JessBatangas
Cebu City, Cebu City, Philippines
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35 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

Went there with my co-employees for a team building. I'm amazed by this sandbar since that was my first. Not my activities to do there though. All you can do is swim :)

2 Thank Perry H

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