Of all the beaches we can go to, Bantayan Island stood out for me. I’m sure Malapascua, Oslob, Panglao and Mactan beaches are incredible too but I am ecstatic about visiting Bantayan island because I rarely hear anyone within my circle that has visited the island. So I did my usual research in getting to know the island more prior to our actual trip, (google images) the island is amazing and I was thrilled! It’s more fun in the Philippines indeed.
How to get there
- Book a flight bound for Mactan-Cebu International Airport
- Proceed to North Bus Terminal (in our case, we took a cab and paid around Php200.00)
- Take the bus bound for Hagnaya (Ceres Tours, air-con bus at P150.00 each)
- Take the ferry going to Santa Fe Port , Bantayan Island (Tickets cost P180 one way, inclusive of the terminal fee of P5.00)
- There are pedicabs waiting in the port. We found the resort’s pedicab and paid P50 to bring us to Cou Cou Bar, Hotel and Restaurant.
What struck me most is that there were more Europeans than American tourists in the island. I don’t have to swear but I was glad that we made the right decision of exploring this awesome paradise. Imagine being in a restaurant bar with full of people speaking simlish (default language of the sims game). I felt like we were in Hawaii or somewere far.
Being a certified wanderlust and travel bug, I was truly mesmerized. The early morning sun illuminating the water and the 360 degree magnificent view of the ocean is just…. just wow. I knew we were in our own little utopia.
The restaurant and bar
To top it off, the food is fantastic. For its price and taste, who wouldn’t say no to rice. Our excuse: we’re going to down all the seafood in this island as much as we can and savor Lechon Cebu when we get back to the city.
The wet market
Guess what bilins and pasalubong we were asked to bring back home aside from Lechon cebu? Sirit na? Yes! Danggit! We went to the town proper and visited the wet market. much to my surprise it didn’t look wet market at all (the ones I’m used to is literally wet and makalat) it was so clean and green. Its rare to see , I mean let me rephrase that, you wont find a candy wrapper or plastic lying around the side walk.
City of Cebu
With our very tight schedule my travel buddy/beau, Toppet and I decided to go around Cebu on our last day before we head back to Manila. We didn’t get to visit the Magellan’s Cross, the churches around the city and the Edge coaster ride in the Crown Regency Hotel (everyones’ itinerary) but we were able to savor the Lechon cebu and Kamias Shake in Zubuchon, yes! food matters!