Bantayan 2012 – Another Day at the Beach

Posted: June 21, 2012 in Photos, Travel, Visayas
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the group @ Ogtong Cave Entrance

Since the supports arrived in Cebu, we have been planning to go out of town and spend a weekend in Bantayan. Several dates had been confirmed but it was not until the final email was sent on their scheduled return to Manila and my resignation is finalized that we decided to push through with the trip.

We left Cebu City in two batches. The 1st batch left coming from La Guardia flats and the second batch left from Insular Building.

How did we get there:

  1. Riding a cab, we asked manong to take us to North Bound Bus Terminal. The terminal also caters passengers who opt to transport via shuttle or vans.
  2. We got in a bus going to Hagnaya.
  3. From Hagnaya Port, we traveled by boat to Sta. Fe Port, Bantayan Island.

Since batch is already in Bantayan, we are already aware that Sta. Fe Beach Club is offering free transfer from port to the resort via shuttle. We didn’t have to wait for the shuttle, it is already parked and waiting for passengers.

On our way to the resort, I was reacting and telling batch 2 that I am not sure if we are headed to the right resort. I told them that Sta. Fe Beach Club is no where near the port and it seems that we are headed to a resort just meters away from it.  We we taken to Sta. Fe Beach Club and yes, it is near the port and the resort that I was talking about is its sister resort that has a cave.

huts by the beach

This resort is way cheaper than the one I had in mind but good enough. We are allowed to use the facilities of the other resort too, for free. One more thing, we had a discount on rooms since batch 1 was able to meet the owners of the resort on their way to the island.

We rented two rooms for the night. Batch 1 went ahead and visited the market in the town proper for our food while batch 2, decided to rent a motorbike to get some snacks. So imagine Yosh driving the motorbike with Cherries as backride with 13 bowls of halo-halo, ice, drinks, puso, and roasted chicken. I guess, we didn’t plan to have it that way but since we are matatakaw, Yosh and Cherries did the right thing — talk about being proactive!

very relaxing place…

we thought we’d fit…

After settling and eating, we decided to visit the other resort. We have two options, wait for the shuttle or ride habal-habal. Cherries and I decided to ride with Yosh while the rest enjoyed the habal-habal ride. When we arrived in the resort, the owners greeted batch 1. We were introduce to them and to our surprise, the owners informed the staff the we are allowed to use the Honeymooner’s area and the newly renovated places in the resort. That is what we call – Ganda Card usage!

We went around the resort, goofing and taking pictures. We enjoyed the pool and the view.  Just before 7pm, we decided to back to the other resort and had dinner. We had a couple of bottles for the night and slept away.

si inday at si enteng.. lol

while waiting…

The following day, we were divided in two groups again. First is the island hopping group and the second group decided to just enjoy the beach and facilities the resort and  Ogtong Cave. Group 1 had they fair share of ocean moment, when Yosh fell into the sea while group 2 enjoyed our walk and pictorial.

Just in time for lunch, both groups are back in the resort. We had crabs and rice for lunch. Before we head off back to Cebu City, we gain took pictures and enjoyed coconut juice.

i’d be back soon…

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