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Day 4 in Cebu: Going Home…

15 Apr

When my boyfriend and I woke up, it just stopped drizzling in Bantayan so we decided to check out the sea. There was still too much sand, but it was okay beacuse we had no plans of swimming. We did not want to bring home wet clothes anyway. 😛

Good Morning, Bantayan Island! 🙂

Beautiful Bantayan

After taking some pictures, we decided to have breakfast in a different restaurant. Since we had already tried Marisquiera and CouCou, we wanted to try the food at D’Jungle. However, there was no one in the restaurant so we decided to have breakfast at Le Petit Bonheur. If you have read my previous post, Le Petit Bonheur is a desserts place, but they do serve breakfast, too. 🙂

Le Petit Bonheur offers a ROYAL BREAKFAST (Filipino or Continental). For only Php125, you get 1 rice, 1 egg (sunny side up or scrambled), 2 hotdogs, 2-3 longganisa (I could not remember the exact number), 2 lumpiang shanghai, 4-6 pieces of danggit (I also could not remember the exact number), and coffee for the Filipino breakfast. 🙂

Yum! 🙂

After breakfast, we immediately headed back to our room to get ready for our check-out. Kota Beach Resort’s driver was already waiting for us since we told him the day before that we would catch the 9:30AM ferry back to Hagnaya.

Bye, Kota Beach Resort! Check out time...

The 9:30AM ferry was quite fast. It took us an hour to get to Hagnaya port from Sta. Fe port. And this ferry had a first class area. Too bad we only paid for a non-air conditioned fare. 😦

ferry back to Hagnaya

There were buses already waiting at Hagnaya port so we did not wait that long. The bus trip was around 3 hours and 30 minutes. It was already past 2PM when the driver dropped us off at SM Cebu where we were supposed to have our late lunch. But since we were pressed for time, we decided to just buy take out food from Jollibee. We also bought some pasalubongs since we still have some money left for shopping.

boarding area of Mactan Airport

view of the sunset from our plane window

Here’s our ITIN for the last leg of our Cebu trip:

07:30AM     Wake up time
08:00AM     Breakfast
                         Check-out
09:00AM     Sta. Fe port
10:30AM     Bus to SM Cebu
01:30PM     Late lunch in SM Cebu — this was our supposed ETA, but we were wrong 😛
02:10PM     SM Cebu — bought take-out food and pasalubongs
02:45PM     Head to Mactan Airport (ate our food while in the cab and at the boarding area)
05:35PM     Departure — our flight was delayed for 30 minutes so we ended leaving at 6PM
07:00PM    Arrival

Our Cebu trip was truly wonderful. 🙂 It was our first domestic flight and it was our first time in Visayas. We’re definitely going back! 🙂

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Day 3 in Cebu: Bantayan Island

9 Apr

We started our third day very early. We woke up hours before the sunrise to take a bath and to fix our things for our check out. We then went to Orange Brutus, a local fast food resto in Cebu, at Fuente Circle to buy breakfast and then hailed a cab to drive us to the North Bus Terminal (to be able to take a bus going to Bantayan). It was such an Herculean effort for us since my boyfriend and I are sssooo not morning persons. 😦

When we got to the North Bus Terminal, a bus headed to Hagnaya port was already waiting. And it was an air conditioned bus. Yey!  🙂 (fare is only Php110 per head)

inside the air conditioned bus

Our bus left the terminal at 5:35AM and we got to Hagnaya at around 9:00AM. We slept almost all throughout the bus ride. Hehehe… When we got to Hagnaya, porters swarmed as soon as our bus door opened .

TIP: If your bag/s is/are not heavy and you can manage to carry them to the port on your own, I suggest not to let any porters take your bag/s because they would really ask money from you. But please, turn down the porters nicely. 🙂

Anyway, our ferry tickets cost Php150/head and the terminal fee cost Php10/head. The ferry going to Sta. Fe was scheduled to leave at 9:30AM so we had some time to kill. I took a photo of the ferry schedules going to Sta. Fe and Hagnaya ports:

ferry schedule

The ferry was nothing fancy. It’s not even air conditioned. And if you forgot to bring your own snacks, there are a few vendors on board. I did not check the prices though. We were also asleep during the ferry ride! Hahaha!

After 2 hours and 15 minutes, we finally reached Sta. Fe port. Porters will again ask if you needed their help, turn them down nicely if you could carry your own stuff. Good thing, Kota Beach Resort’s driver was already waiting for us at Sta. Fe port so we were not “harassed” by the porters.

You may be wondering why I chose Kota Beach Resort even if there were a lot of negative feedback about the said resort’s staff. Well, Kota has the cheapest air conditioned beachfront room, that’s why. And they have free transfers to and from the port. 🙂

Our room cost Php1,260/night. It’s air conditioned with private toilet and bathroom (no hot shower though). There were no towels, no soaps, and no tissue provided, too.  😦 It was a good thing we brought our own towels and toiletries with us. The room looked old and it seemed like it’s not really that maintained. The bathroom’s pail and dipper (timba and tabo) looked old and dirty, too, so we did not use them. Also, the cabinet and sofa were a bit dusty. My boyfriend even told me that the resort beside Kota, Budyong Beach Resort, looked new and cleaner. I can tell that my boyfriend did not like our room! Hahaha!

I did not take pictures of the room because I did not want to remember how it looked like. 😛 But I must admit, the people working for Kota Beach Resort were not as bad as what I’ve read. They were actually accommodating, especially the driver and the receptionist.  🙂

Here are the pictures of Kota Beach Resort’s shores:

Kota Beach Resort's beautiful beach

sand bar

Bantayan Island is beautiful. It’s really really really photogenic. But I honestly did not like swimming in its waters because there’s just TOO MUCH sand! 😦 I don’t know if it was only because of the time of the day we swam, but we just did not enjoy swimming.

Too much sand!!! 😦

However, what we loved most in Bantayan Island was food tripping! 🙂

lunch at Marisqueira O Portuguese Resto

desserts at Le Petit Bonheur

our desserts

dinner at CouCou Bar and Restaurant

my choco-peanut-banana shake from Le Petit Bonheur

my boyfriend's ice cream (we went back to Le Petit after eating dinner)

TIP: On weekends, D’Jungle Restaurant and Marisqueira Portuguese Restaurant have affordable buffets. I think it’s only more or less Php300 per head!!! 🙂 Too bad, we went to Bantayan on a weekday. 😦

Here’s our ITIN for our 3rd day in Cebu:

04:30AM     Wake up time
Check-out of Verbena Pension House
                         Bought breakfast from Orange Brutus Fuente Circle (24 hours)
Took a cab to North Bus Terminal (Php90)
05:35AM     Bus departure to Hagnaya Port — Fare: aircon bus – Php110/head
09:30AM     Ferry to Sta. Fe — Fare: Php150/pax; Terminal fee: Php10/pax
11:30AM      Check-in at Kota Beach Resort
12:00NN      Lunch at Marisqueira O Portuguese Resto
Desserts at Le Petit Bonheur
01:15PM       Back to Kota Beach
07:00PM     Dinner at CouCou Bar and Restaurant
Desserts at Le Petit Bonheur