Captivating Cagbalete

Since my favorite season (among the two choices, haha) has ended, I’m gonna share to you my summer-ender for 2016. Too sad that it ended that quick but I’m still looking forward for the remaining of the year as I have at least four trips planned, yaay! Beach season never ends if you’re here in the Philippines! :)

We went to the most talked about place in my father’s hometown, the island of Cagbalete.

It’s a 5 hour drive from the Metro and 30-45 minutes boat ride from the port to the island. We had an agency to fix everything for us. Budget each pax was 2,500Php inclusive of land & boat transfers, environmental fees, accommodation and food. :) You can also try to have a DIY trip, and bring a private car. Now, don’t worry where to park your car as there are many parking lots near the port. All you have to do is to bring your food and book a resort in advance. :)

So let’s get this started. :)

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We arrived at the island at the best weather condition. :) The first in our itinerary was to visit the famous sandbar. Just ate our breakfast and left our things in the resort then…

Off we go! :)

And ta-daaaaaa! Sandbar! On a High Tide! Hahahaha! Yep, major epic fail :P Don’t even start imagining how disappointed we were when we saw the outstretched sea instead of the sand. Haha!

So tip # 1, check first if it’s high or low tide before going to the sandbar. :P The sandbar is about a 30 minute boat ride (from our resort) so better be sure before going there. It takes some time and money of course to rent a boat again.

Since we have no choice, we just enjoyed the sun, the sea and the sand underneath. :)

The super fine sand… under the water. :P

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After swimming and burning our skin, we head back to the resort.

Had our lunch and got some rest since we really got tired from the morning’s travel. Note that there is no electricity in the whole island from 6am to 6pm so bring some powerbanks and extension cords. :)

And after a few hours of getting rest, time to check the whole place! :)

We woke up with the place on a gloomy weather and low tide. When it’s high tide, boats can usually ‘park’ up to this point. :) You could see how low or even close to no water at all compared to the first picture I posted.

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Photoshoots will never be excluded in our agenda! Especially having bestfriends like them? Na-ah! :P Thinking of posting another blogpost featuring my pagemote in the island, hmmmm :P

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When it’s low tide, you could easily roam in the island, hassle free! :) You could go to the other resorts freely and enjoy what’s in store of the place.

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And that’s what we do for the rest of the day. :)

We had some dinner, drinks, games, stories to share the whole night and got some sleep in preparation to more exciting day tomorrow. :)

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Since our stay wouldn’t make sense if we don’t get to see the ‘actual’ sandbar, we decided to give it a shot on our second day. Of course, I have assessed the sea level first if it’s on a low or on a high tide. Thank God, it is! So here we gooooo! :)

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It was indeed beautiful. They call this place, “The Boracay of the South” and I guess it is living its name. It may even be better than Boracay as this is not as famous as the said place, which meant that this is more preserved than what’s in Boracay. :)

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Luckily, we have witnessed a well saturated rainbow. Ahhhhhh, so nice!!

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What else should we do? With this set of group, we took photos on every angle of the sandbar, haha!

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Mangroves are very visible in this area as well, so without a doubt, another photoshoot session has started. :P

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And jumpshot photos were taken as well. :)

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Time to go home! But before that, my brother and I have to manually push the boat until we reach the resort, haha! Just kidding! :)

After all these photos taken and memories created with this group, it’s time to go home now.

Our stay was really worthwhile. :) Hope you could all visit Cagbalete and enjoy this as much as we enjoyed our short vacation here. :)

kat

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