We always enjoy a fun and wholesome family trip to discover new things and just to bond with each other. One of the closest places to us in Bacolod City is Bantug Lake Ranch.
About Bantug Lake Ranch
BANTUG LAKE RANCH is a vibrant organic destination farm resort located in Brgy. Alangilan, 13 kilometeres east of Bacolod City, in the province of Negros Occidental, southern Philippines. They are part of the province’s effort to succesfully become the organic food bowl of Asia.
The seven-hectare verdant property had long been a ranch and fruit orchard owned by the Bantug family. Eventually, they opened the place as a daytime destination resort, complete with exciting activities for the entire family or a group of friends. And our family just loves going there for a day trip.
Bantug Lake Ranch Attractions
There are many things you can do at Bantug Lake Ranch. You can easily spend a whole day there without getting bored. There’s something for young and old alike.
Primarily, Bantug Lake Ranch has a big man-made lake made. That lake was planned long before the resort was set up and is the center of attraction of the resort. You can go fish feeding, fishing, and boating.
Meanwhile, guests at Bantug Lake Ranch can experience horseback and carriage riding at the ranch area. Horseback riding is usually for individuals or a young kid with guardian tandem. The carriage riding is usually done by groups because it’s more fun to go around when there are more people on it.
Our kids really love horseback riding. Here’s a video of their horseback riding time at Bantug Lake Ranch.
Kids and the young at heart may also enjoy animal feedings around Bantug Lake Ranch. Around the resort, there are fishes, peacocks, and turkeys. Kids, especially those who grew up in the city, would certainly enjoy feeding the animals, as its a different experience. Different kinds of animal feeds are available at the resort office.
Guests may opt to have a cool and breezy picnic at Bantug Lake Ranch, as the resort has many shady mango trees around the picnic area. They can cook their own food or they can just conveniently order delicious meals prepared at their rustic restaurant. In the afternoons, you may want to take a nap under the protective covering of the lush trees.
A couple of years ago, Bantug Lake Ranch added a big as well as a kiddie pool among their amenities. These pools are overlooking the lake and gives you a nice view of the resort. The swimming fee is separate from the entrance fee, so the entrance is kept to a minimum. You don’t have to pay a full fee if you don’t want to swim.
The kids can play in the playground near the picnic area. These amenities give the parents some down time because the kids are occupied. Though, of course, in our case, we don’t take our eyes off the children. We are there near the playground area if they are playing there.
Aside from the fruit trees, the family-run Bantug Lake Ranch also has an organic garden where they grow culinary herbs and vegetables. At present, the resort produces its own organic fertilizer and they are subsequently looking to make their operations integrated and sustainable while keeping everything environmentally sound.
Among their future plans is to serve their organic produce as main ingredients in their exciting dishes to complete a farm to table setting. You can have a garden tour arranged at their office, if you like. It’s nice for big groups of students for an exposure trip.
Aside from being just a place to unwind, Bantug Lake Ranch is fast becoming a favorite venue for weddings and pre-nuptial photo shoots. The natural garden setting is just the perfect romantic backdrop for every couple’s dream garden wedding. Pre-birthday photo shoots may also held here.
Bantug Lake Ranch offers a verdant respite from the busyness of city life, wherever you come from. Being very near the city, Bacolod locals enjoy coming here just to take a break and soak in nature like you would in a farm or mountain resort without having to go on an out of town journey.
Bantug Lake Ranch Rates
Here are the rates at Bantug Lake Ranch (as of April 2018):
Regular Entrance: P60/head
Students | Seniors: P50/head
Boating (2 rounds): P50/head
Fishing: P250/kilo of fish caught from the lake
Fishing rod rental: P30/rod (with free bait)
Horseback riding: P150/head (15 minutes)
Calesa riding: P50/head (2 rounds)
Fish cleaning: P50/kilo
Photo shoot: P1,800 with free entrance for 5 and a shed
Bantug Lake Ranch is a family enterprise. Aside from how nicely they have developed the place, I was able to talk to the boatman, Laurencio, who said he had served the Bantug family for decades. He once worked in the family’s sugar plantation under the patriarch Abelardo Palanca Bantug, and eventually, the resort.
He said that he never understood why the big boss put a big lake in the middle of the plantation. But he is happy to have lived through the plans getting completed. He never knew that Mr. Bantug was planning to build a resort here. He said that although the father passed away already, he is happy with his current employers (the children) because they are so kind. He is already 65 years old and he still happily working at Bantug LakeRanch while enjoying his pension.
Maria Sigrid D. Lo is a multi-awarded Bacolod lifestyle blogger and social media advocate. It is her desire to make the city known to the world through her online presence. She promotes Bacolod restaurants, food tourism, social media etiquette, breastfeeding, and a greener Bacolod City in her blogs and talks. She loves taking photos, mostly of her children and of food. She is a proud member of the Negrense Blogging Society Inc. (NBSI) or the #NegrosBloggers.