Breathtaking Bantayan Island

If watching travel diaries or reading travel blogs is a thing you enjoy doing, Bantayan would always be on the top list of the to-go-places in Cebu. What I love about watching and reading articles relating to travelling is that they always feature those untouched and not-so-famous islands – which meant having clearer water, cleaner surroundings, more serene ambiance and of course, fewer people.

Again, our Cebu trip is a DIY one. From our Oslob trip, we went back to Cebu City for us to take a rest and be ready for tomorrow’s adventure. Bantayan Island is at the north part of Cebu, and like Oslob, travel time is 3 hours as well. We took the van going to the Hagnaya Port, though you have the choice to take the bus. The island is an hour and a half away from the port so a ferry ride is a must.

Upon arriving, our first agenda was to find a place to stay. We opted to find a place near the market since we have to buy and cook for ourselves during our stay there.

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Luckily, we found this Seven Star Inn in Bantayan. We only paid 900 good for four pax a night and it’s just across the beach. Aaand our adventure begins! :)

First stop, Santa Fe Beach Resort. Here, you can enjoy their amenities such as a swim in the Ogtong Cave, the beach and their swimming pool . You need not to check in here but you have to pay for their entrance fee for 100Php.

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Ogtong Cave.

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Mandatory underwater pictures. How can others smile normally while in the water?? We had a gazillion test shots for this and this is the best shot we got, haha!

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Santa Fe Beach with the CeBohol Gang. :) Clear water and mind you, really REALLY fine sand.

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Other than the use of their amenities, you can also roam around the vicinity. We maximized our stay there as much as we can. Anyway, who could resist with this kind of view? :)

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Thumbs up for the experience! :)

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And here comes my favorite part of the day. The relaxing sound of the water, the sand and good company. As I have mentioned, we got a place near the beach so we spent the rest of the afternoon by the beach. Imagine having friends for almost 2 decades, friends that you have known most of your life and now talking about the future. How we wanted to get out of our parents’ house to play outside and now we wanted to have our own houses. Imagine that! Ugghh, good times, I’m getting emotional here, haha! If the water level haven’t reached us, most probably we’re gonna stay the night here. :P

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This group deserves a place in my post because of their kindness and overwhelming hospitality to us. :) They allowed us to use their kitchen and Videoke for free, and they even allowed us to join them! :) Loving Cebuanos even more!

We had to sleep earlier than usual as we have to wake up early the next morning. And of course, considering the sleeping time in the province, hehe.

Next and our last day at the Queen City of the South was our visit to the Virgin Island.

But of course, we won’t miss taking pictures during sunrise. ♥

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The Virgin Island and the toasted me. Haha!

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The view was really superb! All shades of blue, fine white sand and the best part is… we are the only people in the island. In short, we OWN the island!! So we get to emote-all-we-can to get the best pictures, haha!

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Yes, everything here would take your breath away. :) :)

 And our favorite part, a well deserved Vitamin Sea.

To our surprise, well, we shouldn’t be surprise in the first place, this island is living its name – Virgin Island. We can’t walk far from the shoreline as there were many rocks underneath. But, we didn’t have to walk far just to enjoy the place. Why? Because these little fishes will greet you even just a few steps away from the shore. So amazing!

We also get to feed them up with the bread we have. It’s really a nice experience. :)

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Seizing the moment while we are in this beautiful island. :)

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Aaand, we’ll see you again, Bantayan Island ♥

To end my CeBohol story, let me share you our adventure ender. :) This was taken obviously in the airplane after running and saving ourselves from rebooking to another flight. This adrenaline rush experience happened because we overlooked our flight details. Haha! We were bravely eating our dinner (Yummy lechon, of course) when Cebu Pac started paging all our names and they would close their doors in any moment. So I’ll confirm your imagination – us rushing to the plane, carrying our dinner while chewing the last pieces of food in our mouth. Hahaha! So embarassing but we just laughed it all out after settling ourselves. Super loved our adventures, from the start till the end. :)

Also, sharing with you the mini video I made for this trip. Enjoy! :)

Overly stunning Oslob

When I travel, I make sure that I’ll maximize the place I am going to. So after our Bohol trip, we went straight to Cebu as this is only an hour away from Bohol. Cebu has been a part of my to-go places cause I have heard so much about the province, especially during the Sinulog festival. Oh, how I wish to be in Cebu during that time. But then, Cebu has many places to offer. Two of those are Oslob (South of Cebu) and Bantayan Island (North of Cebu).

We personally chose the place as these are some of the famous islands in Cebu. So basically, our Cebu trip is a DIY one. :) My tip when making your own tour is to do a LOT of research. From the travel time, accomodations, to where the terminals are, and of course your budget. Stressful at first but super fulfilling when you get to follow your planned itinerary. :)

Remember that you should still be wise even if in you’re a place you don’t know. Honestly, it’s like Manila, you just know it’s not because of the dialect they’re speaking. We arrived in Cebu City at around 7 to 8pm and went straight to the South Terminal. Travel time is 3 hours from the city to Oslob, and took advantage of the rest we could have. Stayed and spent the night in MBs Sunrise View, waited for Mr. Sun aaaand, we’re excited to experience what Oslob is famous for… Whale Shark Watching!! Woot woot!

Readddy! Haha! This is us going to a mandatory seminar regarding the whale shark watching and snorkeling. The do’s and dont’s when encountering them and things you should know about the whale sharks. After attending the seminar, we are now ready to go the main site. Yesss, finallyyy! Haha!

Love at first sight! If I would describe my feelings then, the right word would be starstruck! :)

Fully prepped before we go down under! :) Though we have to remove them after a few minutes cause we can’t swim properly. Haha!

And they are lovelier when you see them this close. :) :)

Our Oslob trip wouldn’t be fulfilling without having a photo with the gentle giants! :) This, of course, requires an effort. Effort not to be swallowed by the whale sharks. Haha! There was this moment when one of the whale shark literally passed by my left shoulder. And I tell you, they are freakingly heavy! I really got nervous and never closed my eyes as I may be in two different places. I may be still in the sea, or I may end up inside their stomach. Alert mode on! Haha! Got a scar but the good news is, I’m alive. Haha!

All smiles after our 30 minutes of swimming with them! :) So unforgettable!

**Whale shark watching can only be done from 9:00 am to 12:00nn, so you have to get up early! :) **

Our next stop was in Tumalog Falls. This is just a 10-15 minutes ride from the site. The only way to go there is to ride on what they call a Habal-habal. It’s mainly a motorcycle with someone who drives for you. :)

After the ride, we have to walk for I guess 10-15 minutes more. Habal-habal are allowed, but it’s hard to get to and from the falls as the road going there is too steep.

See the Tumalog Falls from where were we standing? :)

And we’re here… This photo can’t give justice as to how beautiful the Tumalog Falls is. I honestly didn’t expect much as this is not a famous destination. But I strongly suggest to visit this place. And I’m placing my bet, you’ll never stop saying WOW for the first five seconds of staring at this amazing view. :)

Amazed with how God perfectly made all of these. ♥

Our next and last place to visit isn’t really in our itinerary. We just wanted to maximize our stay there and the people there were so persistent to make us visit the sandbar here in Oslob.

Imagine, we rode this really big boat with only the four us! High class feels over here, hahaha!

And they were right. Super clean and super nice place. :) How I wish this is the view I wake up to every day. :) :)

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That’s it for our Oslob trip. :) I hope you enjoyed my post the same way we enjoyed our tour here. :)

And again, I hope I can visit this place again. This time, with my family. :)

kat