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.
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.
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!
Santa Fe Beach with the CeBohol Gang. :) Clear water and mind you, really REALLY fine sand.
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? :)
Thumbs up for the experience! :)
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
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. ♥
The Virgin Island and the toasted me. Haha!
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!
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. :)
Seizing the moment while we are in this beautiful island. :)
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! :)