Laid back atmosphere
Sugary white sands
are the best description as I stepped my feet in the picturesque island of Bantayan.
We spent the whole day of beach hopping around Bantayan Island. Exploring different beaches of this beautiful gem is one of a kind experience. Most of the beaches in the island have white powdery sands, crystal-clear turquoise sea water and carefree environment, which makes you want to lull all day. Frolicking under the scorching heat of the sun, kayaking and snorkeling are among the activities we did as we hopped from one beach to another. What caught my attention is the Sugar Beach Resort, as its sands are creamy that can be compared to those of Boracay, though not so fine as it is but it would not be left behind.
This was one of the most unforgettable moments in my life as we opt for island hopping that turns out to be an almost disaster. Before I tell you the story, let me share to you the stunning view of the Virgin Island.
Its cool lucid waters makes Virgin Island an ideal place to visit plus the very sleepy ambiance of the place is great to laze around and feast your eyes with the panoramic view of serene sea waters. After spending some time in the island, it is time to bid goodbye. We did not have the time to visit another island during our failed island hopping as the waves were getting bigger and bigger. This was the scary scenario begun. On our way home to the resort on where we stayed, monstrous waves were starting to hit the boat that we were riding and it felt like sooner or later it will turn upside down. We got scared as there were no enough life jackets available. Good thing I secured one for myself (LOL) even though I know how to swim but the sight of the waves makes me a chicken. We just had a relief when we started to see beach resorts and somewhat greenish waters on our way back to our accommodation. I praised the Lord above that nothing bad happens to us. It might be an upsetting experience but a memorable one that is worth to remember.
We went home with so much enjoyable experiences, full of laughters and never to trade moments of our life.
See you again Bantayan Island!
Kota Beach Resort
Non-aircon – Php500.00 – Php700.00/night
Air-conditioned – Php1000.00 – Php1,300.00/night *depending on the room location e.g. beach front room
Costs of room rates are subject to change especially during peak season as fees will go higher from the normal charges.
How to get there?
By bus– ride a bus in North Bus Terminal located in M. Logarta Avenue, Mandaue City, a kilometer away from SM Department Store. Ride a Cebu City- Hagnaya Port route via Ceres Bus or Autobus. Schedule of rides starts as early as 2:00AM. There will be trips to Hagnaya Port after every 30 minutes according to some locals in there.
Bus Fare: Php80.00 – non-airconditioned
Php135.00 – non-airconditioned (rate during peak season based on experience)
Php150.00 – air-conditioned
Hagnaya Port to Bantayan Island Rates
Php10.00 – Terminal fee
Php120.00 – non air-condition
Php150.00 – non air-condition (peak season rate)
Php170.00 – air-conditioned
By plane– this is the newest means of transportation in going to Bantayan Island.
Check out Mid Sea Express, the official carrier to Bantayan Island for more details.
DISCLAIMER: Photos are my property.