DIY Cebu: Day 3 Bantayan Island

city to bantayan

The map shows how far the travel is from Gran Tierra Suites to Bantayan Island where we’ll be spending 2 nights at Kota Beach Resort.

How to go to Bantayan Island:

  1. From Gran Tierra Suites, go to the North Bus Terminal in Cebu city near SM mall. In our case, we just took a taxi. It took around 15-20 minutes.
  2. From the North Bus Terminal, we took a Ceres bus going to Hagnaya port. Travel time is 2.5 to 3 hours.
  3. From Hagnaya port, we rode a ferry going to Sta. Fe, Bantayan Island. Travel time is 30-45 minutes.

From Bantayan Island, we were supposed to be picked up by the resort driver but while we were on the ferry, they informed me that they can’t pick us up and instead asked us to take a tricycle and they will pay for the ride.

All in all, the travel time from Gran Tierra Suites to Kota Beach was around 4 hours. Kinda long but we were asleep most of the time as we left the hotel at 4:45AM. We just bought some snacks that we could munch on while traveling. So imagine how hungry we were when we arrived at Kota Beach Resort. Our first meal cost us Php420! Haha!

We chilled/beach bummed at Kota Beach for 2 nights! We didn’t have to go island hopping, kayaking, etc. coz just staring at the long stretch of white sand with the sun rising or setting was more than enough to keep us where we were.

We also didn’t bother to go looking for another place to eat coz the resort’s resto serve good food at reasonable price. ūüôā If you’re looking for late night partying, this isn’t the place for that – that’s why I liked it here. Peace and quiet for 2 days. ^_^

The rooms/cottages were spacious enough and were air-conditioned. They don’t have a hot shower though (at least for the room that we booked) but there are certain rooms with hot shower in the resort. Apart from the amenities, the rooms are priced based on how near they are to the beach but don’t worry, it wouldn’t matter that much coz somehow you are still near the beach even if you get the room at the 4th row.

We left early on our last day to catch the earliest ferry going to Hagnaya port. Our flight was at 5:55PM so we had a lot of time to go around SM Cebu.

Itinerary and Expenses:

4:45AM-5AM          taxi from Gran Tierra to North Bus Terminal          Php120

5:35 Р8:55AM          travel to Hagnaya Port                                                    Php160/person

9:30AM                      ferry to Sta. Fe                                                                  Php170/person

                                      terminal fee                                                                      Php10/person

                                      Kota Beach Resort (Php2500/night)                         Php5000

Total: Php2900/person (excluding food)

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DIY Cebu: Day 2 Sumilon Island

I could have just included this in my other Day2 whaleshark watching post but this place is really beautiful that it deserves a solo post.

After whaleshark watching, we took a trike (thanks to the couple we met during the whaleshark watching, they offered to give us a free ride with their rented trike) going to the pick up point going to Sumilon Island (Bancogon). It’s a just 10-15 minutes away from the whaleshark watching site (Oslob).

We were given welcome drinks and informed us that the next boat to Sumilon Island will be coming shortly. The waiting area has a nice view of Sumilon island from afar. We waited for less 1 hour¬†then the boat arrived. Before we rode the boat, we were given a short orientation of the island’s geography so we’ll know where to find what and what activities we could do in a particular area of Sumilon.

The Day Tour costs Php2000/person inclusive of lunch buffet, roundtrip boat ride to and from the island, and other activities. You don’t have to pay for anything else when you get to the island except for the locker (Php100) if you want to avail of it.

Here are some pictures of Sumilon Island that would take your breath away:

The Php2000 was really worth the day tour in this island! It’s like the Pearl Farm of Cebu!

We took the 3:30PM ferry schedule from Sumilon to Bancogon.¬†¬†We didn’t want to stay too late as our bus from Bancogon to Cebu city (Gran Tierra Suites) will take around 4 hours. Good thing that buses pass by Bancogon but we stood up (and eventually sat on the floor) for¬†the whole trip as it was already full. We should’ve thought of riding at the bus terminal (which may be just near Bancogon as well) instead of waiting for the passing buses.

We had dinner at Larsian’s. It’s our last night in the city then we’re off to Bnatayn Island early the next morning.


From Oslob (whaleshark watching),

9am Р9:15            trike from Oslob to Bancogon                                          FREE

10am Р10:30         boat ride to Sumilon Island

10:30 Р3:00pm     swimming, kayaking, beach bumming, trekking           Php2000/person

3pm Р3:30pm       clean up and get ready to leave

3:30pm Р4pm       boat ride back to Bancogon

4:20 Р8:43pm        bus ride from Bancogon to South bus terminal              Php156

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2014 in review

I’m lucky to have been to different places this year, both local and international. Downside are the backlogs of posts waiting to be shared.

It is in this year that I decided to share my food experience as well since travelling usually goes together with the food experience.

Again, thank you to all the readers!

Here is the annual report prepared by WordPress for my blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 13,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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2013 in Review

THANK YOU to my followers, commenters, and readers! I know I only had 2 major trips this year. My bf and I decided to cut down on out of town trips due to conflicts in schedules (he’s taking classes). It’s fine with me coz we got to save more! ūüôā Our goal for our 2014 travels is at least 1 out of town (thru plane) and the rest would just be travelled by land. So less stress with waiting for those zero fares. ūüôā

Let’s all have a great year of travels!!!

Below is WordPress’s summary of my blog for 2013. It was a great year, I must say even with just 2 travels! Thanks again!

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 9,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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My 1st year of Blogging

It’s great that WordPress.com came up with a summary on how my blog performed for the year 2012. Thank you to all those who dropped by and followed my blog! It’s my first year of blogging and although sometimes I don’t feel like blogging, I feel that it’s my responsibility to inform the netizens of some info that I’ve gathered from wherever I came from. Thanks again!

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 5,400 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 9 years to get that many views.

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Trying it Out

This is a test post for my blog.  ^_^
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