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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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Cagbalete Island: Tips, Itinerary and Expenses

I know you’ve been waiting for this post. ūüôā


Day 1
Time Activity Cost (per person)
11:00 PM Assembly at JAC Liner Kamias 25
11:30 PM Departure to Lucena 218
3:30 AM Arrival at Lucena Grand Central Terminal
4:30 AM Ride bus going to Mauban 54
5:45 AM Arrival at Mauban
6:00 AM Ride trike going to Pantalan/port 10
6:15 AM Arrival at Pantalan/port
bought water & other supplies 28
Environmental fee 50
7:00 AM Ride private boat to Cagbalete 300
Tip for porters 8
8:30 AM Arrival at Villa Noe 400
squid & fish for lunch 38
other groceries 200
Subtotal: 1331
Day 2
Time Activity Cost (per person)
8:00 AM Rise & Shine
9:00 AM Breakfast
Prepare to go back to MNL
12 noon boat from Cagbalete to Pantalan/port
1:30 PM trike to JAC liner (going to Cubao) 20
1:50 PM trike to van going to Lucena Grand Central Terminal 10
2:15 PM Van ride going to Lucena Grand Central Terminal 60
3:15 PM Arrival at Lucena Grand Central Terminal
5:00 PM bus left for Cubao 218
8:30 PM Arrival at Cubao
taxi going home 35
Subtotal: 343

GRAND TOTAL: Php1,674 (excluding pasalubong)

Around Php2,000 will be spent including pasalubong and some taho (Php10 each) and balot (Php20 each).



1. Use the Cubao – Lucena Grand Central route to maximize your time and for a stress-free travel.

2. The non-AC bus from Lucena Grand Central going to Mauban is full of mosquitoes! -_- Bring mosquito repellant!

3. Take the private boat from the port to Cagbalete. You’ll have more free time and you’ll get to the island earlier rather than wait for the passenger boat.

4. You may opt to buy food at the island instead of bringing food with you – that is if you like eating fish. There are several vendors selling fish round the clock.

5. Take the van going back to Lucena Grand Central instead of the non-AC bus. It’s more comfortable and the price difference is just around Php6.

6. The more, the merrier, the cheaper! ūüôā

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4D/3N Davao: Planned Itinerary

After scouring through different travel blogs* on how to go do-it-yourself in Davao, I finally came up with the Itinerary below:

Day1: Oct.14 Activities Expenses per head
5am MNL to DAVAO    
6:45am Davao    
7-7:15am Sta. Ana Wharf taxi to wharf  
¬† Breakfast; buy lunch ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† A.First trip 9am ” PALBROS2 ” then back to Davao at 3pm.B. Second trip 12noon ” BIG PALBROS ” then back to Davao at 7am following day

C. Third Trip 3pm ” GRACE” then back to Davao 8am following day.

D. Fourth Trip 4pm ” HOFF GORIE” then back to Davao 8:30am following day.

9:00am Sta. Ana Wharf to Kaputian ferry


10:00 Captain Hook’s Red Parrot Inn accommodation


10-2 or 3pm Talicud Island Hopping package tour


3pm onwards FREE TIME dinner  


Day2: Oct.15 Activities Expenses per head
¬† Check out Captain Hook’s Inn breakfast ¬†
8am-1pm Pearl Farm ride to Pearl Farm  
    Day Tour + Lunch


1-3pm Giant Clam Kuya Robert

334 (1k/boat)

    EF+snorkel etc


3-5pm Hagimit Falls habalhabal fr Adecor to Babak Wharf


    EF+environmental fee


5pm onwards Samal Island Huts (SIH) ride fr Hagimit to Babak/SIH (bus/habalhabal)  
  FREE TIME accommodation w/bfast




Day3: Oct.16 Activities Expenses per head
6am Breakfast at SIH    
7-7:15 Walk to Monfort Bat Colony    
7:15-8:15 Monfort Bat Colony Entrance


8:15-8:30 Walk back to SIH    
8:30-10:30 Vanishing Island RT ferry to and fromVanishing Is

167 (500/boat)

10:30-10:45 ferry back to SIH    
10:45-11am check out SIH    
  Babak Wharf to Sasa Wharf ferry


1pm Sasa Wharf to Domicilio/Lachi’s lunch ¬†
¬† Lachi’s fare from wharf to Lachi’s


   Blugre Coffee from Abreeza durian coffee


¬† ¬† fare from Lachi’s to Phil. Eagle ¬†
  Phil. Eagle EF+environmental fee




  Back to Domicilio dinner  




Day4: Oct.17 Activities Expenses per head
  Breakfast at TAPS breakfast  
  Bangkerohan Shopping souvenirs  
  Aldevinco Shopping    


leave for airport fare to airport  


DVO РMNL lunch  

3:00 PM


Estimated Grand Total: Php6,307 (exclusive of food, fare, and pasalubong)

We planned to start with the farthest destination first, Talicud, Samal Island, then spend the last day in the city. We were to check in at 3 different hotels/inns to facilitate our activities in Samal Island and to be able to explore the island as well.

But, of course, things didn’t turn out the way we planned. A few days before our trip, we decided to take the Sasa wharf route instead of Sta. Ana wharf so we could start with our Talicud Island tour early. The boat ride from Sta. Ana wharf starts at around 9am or 10am which means that we’ll be at the Red Parrot Inn by 10am or 11am – too late for the tour according to our contact at Red Parrot who helped book our tour.

We also had to drop some activities because we were too tired from our tricycle (mis)adventures to and from Pearl Farm. This carried on til our last night in Davao thus, no city tour for us. -_-

Actual Itinerary and Summary of Expenses on my succeeding posts.


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Day 4 in Bohol: Summary of Activities and Expenses

Our last day in Bohol was just about going back to Manila. Our flight was at9:45AM so there wasn’t room for any activity before we leave. Kuya JC picked us up from the resort, dropped by Kuya Johnny’s house, then to the airport. We were really happy with their service. Kuya Johnny even checked if we arrived safely in Manila.

Anyway, I just want to mention that when it comes to food, there weren’t really much choices in Dumaluan. The restaurant of Dumaluan2 itself was kind of pricey. Their buffet we’re good enough to fill your tummies. I’m, satisfied with their breakfast buffet. We’ve been eating at DBR Grill since their food is cheaper compared with the resto. Their cooking is good but the quantity is kind of small. If it wasn’t for our friend, Rai, who was a Boholana and was also visiting there, we wouldn’t have tasted seafood. She, along with her driver, brought us to the city for dinner on our last night in Bohol and ate at Crab House.

Summary of Activities:

Day 1: Arrival;  Stayed at Dumaluan2 Beach Resort

Day 2: Countryside and Panglao Tour

Day 3: Dolphin Watching and Island Hopping

Day 4: Back to Manila


Summary of Expenses (per person):

Airfare: Php1216.07

Packaged Tour (rooms and tours): Php5250

Small Boat: Php200

Total: Php6,666*

*Does not include food, tips, and pasalubongs. Food may be estimated at around Php100-150/person/meal. Good thing we had free breakfasts.



Before I forget, here’s Kuya Johnny’s contact numbers: 09177031664, 09999906216, 09228213055

You may also email him at


Here’s one of the last pics we took early in the morning before heading back to Manila:


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Bohol Tour 2013

It’s been a week since my Bohol getaway. My boyfriend, my sisters and I were able to purchase seats on sale from Zest Air¬†last August 2012. Round trip to and from Tagbilaran were at Php978.40. We were only able to purchase 3 though. 1 ticket was priced at Php1929.07. We just divided the total of the 4 tickets among us.

I started to research for places to go in Bohol and Dumaluan Resort was highly recommended by friends and relatives. My sisters stayed there last 2011 and now they’re going back there with me and my boyfriend. Now my problem was whether to take their package tours or research on do-it-yourself (DIY) activities. My first instinct was to research on DIY Bohol tour. Most DIY entails hiring a car since public transportations are scarce in Bohol. It would take you hours waiting for a public transpo. Rent-a-car starts at Php2000 for 8 hours of tour and there are additional payments for every excess hour. Price varies on the kind of car that will be used. Vans are more expensive and are used for passengers of 5 or more.

I listed all the places we wanted to visit in Bohol taking into consideration my sisters who already had the Countryside Tour from Dumaluan last 2011. We all agreed to skip the churches, Blood Compact Site, and the Butterfly farm. Crossing out places we don’t really want to see maximizes our time (and use of the rented car, if ever) and money as well (less entrance fees). Below are the places we wanted to see:

Chocolate Hills

Man-made Forest

Hanging bridge

Bohol Bee Farm

Loboc River Cruise



Firefly Watching


Dolphin Watching

Island Hopping (Balicasag and Virgin islands)

Hinagdanan Cave

That seemed a lot of places and we actually just had 2 whole days in Bohol. The package tours from Dumaluan didn’t seem to accommodate such customized itinerary. I asked about it thru email but they didn’t answer my question. So I went ahead and texted rental cars in Bohol but their itineraries were pretty much fixed too. Good thing I came across Kuya Johnny. He was very entertaining. He was even the one who kept on calling me to ask about the details of our tour. I said I wanted to stay in Dumaluan but their package does not fit our itinerary. I told him the places we wanted to see and he gave us a good price which included the rooms for Dumaluan2 (the Dumaluan Resort with swimming pool). It wasn’t an easy decision to take his package tour coz I was really weighing Dumaluan’s package tour, DIY, and Kuya Johnny’s. But according to my computation, Kuya Johnny’s offer was cheaper.

Kuya Johnny’s tour included the stay in Dumaluan which included free breakfasts, roundtrip transfer to and from the airport and resort, and all entrance fees in our itineraries. The package tour cost us Php5,250/person. Please take note that our “customized” tour from Kuya Johnny is like a combination of 2 to 3 standard package tours (Panglao Tour, Countryside Tour, and Island Hopping).

Please read the succeeding posts for our fun tour in Bohol! ^_^ Here’s a sneak peek of our tour:

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Other Bohol Posts:

Day 2: Countryside and Panglao Tour

Day 3: Dolphin Watching and Island Hopping

Day 4: Back to Manila

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DIY Honda Bay Tour for less than 1k

I decided to have a DIY Honda Bay Tour simply because it’s cheaper. We’ve been offered the tour for Php1000plus per head. But, according to my research, we could get it for around Php650 per head.

We asked a tricycle driver to pick us up at the hotel at 6:30am. We had to pay him Php500 to bring us to the market to buy food for our lunch and pick us up back from the port after our tour. He brought useful items for us to bring during our tour like cooked rice, cooler, paper plates, utensils, etc.

We dropped by the public market and bought the following:

1k tuna for Php90

1k liempo for Php180

other ingredients Php32

ice, match, cups, etc Php 80

After going to the market, we went to the wharf and registered and paid for all the fees.

Boat ride Php1300 (good for 6-8 people; boatmen will cook your lunch and bring you to all the islands you wanted to include in the tour)

Environmental fee Php40/person

Terminal Fee Php27/5persons

Entrance Fee to Pandan Island Php100/person

When we’re all set, we were accompanied to the boat that will take us to the Honda Bay Tour. We were told that Snake Island was not open (much to my disappointed as I planned to stay more time there after reading that it was a sandbar) so we told the boatmen that we intended to go to Pandan Island mainly and if we have time to spare, we’d go to Starfish or Luli Islands. I was not so much in to Pambato Reef since I don’t like to snorkel.

It took a while (almost 2 hours) before our boat sailed since several boatmen were not allowed to sail by the coastguard because they forgot to sign out the day before. Good thing the delay did not affect the time we spent enjoying the islands.

We spent a lot of time in Pandan island. We took a wooden table beachfront! It costs Php300. Cottage costs Php500. We stayed there for 3 hours and decided to go to Luli island (and skip Starfish Island too) when the waters became rough ¬†since it’s closer to the wharf.

The entrance fee for Luli island is Php50. There’s an area where you could dive and my friends quite enjoyed the thrill it gave them. The name Luli Island came from “Lulubog, Lilitaw” since part of the island is submerged in water at certain times of the day.

Our DIY Honda Bay Tour cost us Php713.8/person – still cheaper than the package tour of php1000plus per head.



Other Puerto Princesa Posts:


GoHotel Puerto Princesa


DIY Puerto Princesa City Tour


Puerto Princesa 3D/2N Itinerary

Puerto Princesa Underground River Tour

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