April 22, 2014 § 4 Comments
Travel post! Yay!
I pretty much suck at uploading pictures in Facebook and Instagram and I haven’t been blogging about places I go to too. I will try to change that and be more diligent with posting. It takes time but I’ve come to realize it is necessary so I remember the good times I’ve had and the people I was with.
So Bantayan! I’ve been to more than once and thankfully, it hasn’t changed… much. It is still the beautiful place Cebuanos love no matter what storm ravages it. Bantayan is actually a group of islands west of the northern end of Cebu. It takes about 3 hours from Cebu City North Bus Terminal to Hagnaya, San Remigio by bus and another hour or so from Hagnaya to Santa Fe, Bantayan by ferry. It is a must to spend the night on the island because of the long travel times.
Bantayan Island is the largest island and has several beautiful beach resorts. There are popular resorts on the island however it doesn’t really matter where you stay at. All of them has the same gorgeous shorelines and blue, sparkling waters. Food is no problem as there are easily accessible restaurants around and there are even locals who offer to cook for tourists. If you prefer to cook your own food, affordable produce (seafood is a must!) is available in markets and most if not all of the resorts allow guests to use their cooking areas.
As for rates, Cebu beach resorts have the lowest (dare I say cheapest?) rates for locals and tourists. Except for the Holy week (this week, in fact) when a lot of Filipinos go for vacations. Rates double during this week however it still is cheap really. We got an air conditioned family room for 8 people (4 double beds) for only $100 a night ($50 = regular rate).
For this trip, I went with close friends and a couple new ones from Manila. We ate, drank and swam to our hearts’ content for three days and two nights. Fun memories!
Dates: April 15 to 17, 2014
Resort: Mayet’s Beach Resort, Bantayan Island
***Photos courtesy of Aldrich Villamala, Jed Dacanay and my trusty iPhone5***
I’ll have more pics when my friends decide to upload more, lol.
For more information on Bantayan, please click here.