Adventure, Philippines, Travel

Bantayan Island in Cebu, June 2016

Our last hurrah for the summer was a short but very fulfilling trip to Cebu! It was my first time here and I am glad to report that I was able to pack in our 2.5 days with the good stuff. I thought I’d make a video 🙂 Hope you enjoy.

Our flights were booked way back April 2015 during a promo (what else) – 600/head, round trip 🙂 It was only for two days because back then I thought I wouldn’t know what my circumstances would be like 14+ months on so I’d have to reduce the risk of this trip not happening – ergo, we must fit it into a “regular weekend.” And that’s what we did 🙂

We spent 24 hours in Bantayan Island, which is about 4 hours away from the North Terminal / Port Area by bus and ferry. In lieu of island-hopping, we walked the stretch of the quiet, bright beach and enjoyed a midday dip. Then in the afternoon, we rented bikes with the intention of biking all the way to the bayan in the island – but after a good 45 minutes of enjoying the rolling scenery we realized it was farther than we thought (also, it had started to rain!) We made a detour to the mangroves instead. For dinner, we walked to the plaza for a delicious (albeit slightly overpriced) seafood spread and a nightcap.

Before our departure the next day, we visited the beach again for a sunrise walk and the water was filled with jellyfish! We caught some of them on video. Apparently June is jellyfish season in Bantayan. I have no idea if they’re poisonous (I didn’t touch ’em) but they were so cute!

In Cebu City, we had less than 18 hours, so we made the most of it by visiting a few landmarks (Magellan’s Cross and Fort San Pedro, Sto. Niño). Of course, we just had to eat crispy lechon with our dear friend Angel.

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Travel notes:

  • Bantayan Island is approximately 4 hours away from Cebu City. Take the first Ceres Bus to the Island, which leaves North Terminal at 3:30 am. This bus takes the RORO.
  • In the island, must-do’s are: bike around the city proper, buy fish from the market and have it cooked at your accomodations (ideal if you’re with a big group), visit Ogtong cave, wake up early to catch the jellyfishes
  • We recommend the Sunday Flower. It’s farther down the shore than the more popular Kota and Blue Marlin, but aside from being affordable, the rooms are nice (with its own kitchen and patio!) and the staff are super helpful and warm.
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