Dizzy after an hour of ferry ride, seeing the white sand beach of Bantayan Island in Cebu served as our medication.
After being soaked and wet during our stay in Malapascua, luckily, the skies now turned for the better.
As soon as the ferry docked at the harbor we were picked up by our driver. We were bound to stay at the reasonable priced and very accommodating resort, Sta. Fe beach club.
Finally, the second leg of our Cebu adventure began.
For our first destination, we went straight to Ogtong caves. Situated at Ogtong beach resort, hidden under the pool frequented by people, the caves can be a perfect hideaway for lovers.
Our group opted to stay at the pool. I don’t even know why I swam there since white sand beaches were only a minute away, but I think the fresh water coming from the spring was a good alternative from the salty seawaters of the shore.
We stayed for about an hour but as the sun neared the horizon, we stepped out of the pool and had dinner at a restaurant nearby.
We went back to our resort, rested and loosened up for the last day of our Cebu trip.
The next day was a simple morning of Island hopping, snorkeling over coral reefs and chilling at the beaches.
The weather was so friendly it was so hard for us to get off the waters.
We swam for a couple of hours and then went back to Bantayan Island.
After a morning of traveling, we spent the last hours of our stay at the beach of the resort itself. Even though the harbor was nearby, the water was still crystal clear.
I instinctively wished Manila Bay be like Bantayan - ships roaming around but still, the cleanliness of the water preserved so one could take a dip.
We rested on the beach while watching the children jump and dive from platforms. With the little time that was left, we took as much pictures that we could.
While taking photos at the seaside, I suddenly started to ponder on what real charm Bantayan has to offer. And considering it from all of Cebu, i had to say that this little Island is the most hospitable and most tourist friendly.
They offer help for everyone, they cater to your needs and they give you a very bright smile afterwards.
We were even invited to join their town fiesta ball without paying a single cent. We didn't even know that dancing may result to payments but the friendly townsfolks decided not to charge us with anything.
Adding it all up, the time we spent in Cebu was one of a kind. Against all the odds, we were able to push through with this trip.
This adventure was a good escape from the hustle and bustle of the city – a splendid vacation indeed. But still, I hope to come back here someday to experience Bantayan as a whole.
On the other hand however, considering the time I had here, I have to say it was time well spent.
06:00 - wake up, breakfast
09:00 - depart from Malapascua to Maya port
10:00 - depart from Maya to Bogo (take Cebu city bus)
11:00 - arrival at Bogo, rent tricycle to Hagnaya port, lunch
12:30 - depart from Hagnaya to Bantayan
14:00 - arrival at Bantayan, check in rooms,
14:30 - Ogtong beach resort
17:30 - Dinner
18:00 - back at resort, Socials
23:00 - town fiesta
03:00 lights out
05:00 - wake up, breakfast
06:00 - depart from Main Island, Island hop
10:00 - back at sta. fe, rest
11:30 - check out, lunch
13:30 - depart from Bantayan to Hagnaya
14:00 - depart from Hagnaya to Cebu city
17:00 - Cebu city, Dinner, tramp the city
20:00 - check in airport
21:00 - departure from Mactan to Manila
22:00 - arrival at Manila
Checkout our Malapascua island article
How to get to Bantayan Island
From Cebu City, proceed to North Bus Terminal. Board a Hagnaya Bound Bus. Take Roro from Haganay Port to Bantayan.
*we would like to thank Agnes Navales for organizing the trip and for all the photos in this post