Lakawon is 48 kilometres (30 mi) north of Bacolod City. The provincial capital. The islet is reachable from the coast of Barangay Cadiz Viejo via a 20-minute boat ride. Lakawon's white sand beach is claimed to rival that of Boracay, a popular island resort off the coast of Aklan and Panay. In stark difference to its more famous counterpart, however, Lakawon has a smaller influx of tourists, and the island is not commercially developed.
The island is more akin to a sandbar. The white sand beaches are largely on the part of the island facing the island of Negros. The opposite portion, facing the open sea, is more rugged. There is a small fishing village on one side of the island. The inhabitants there earn their living from harvesting the sea's bounty.