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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