Slip away from the seemingly crowded city streets of Metro Cebu for a leisurely day tour at Bantayan Island where life is much simpler than the bustling regional center of the island.
|Sugar Beach, Bantayan Island|
Bantayan Island is located west off the northern tip of the island of Cebu and is politically part of the Province of Cebu. It is roughly 16 kilometers long and 11 kilometers wide, much bigger compared to its counterpart, Malapascua Island. It is also the main and largest island of the Bantayan Island Group that is roughly the geographical center of the Philippines.
To get there, one must ride a bus to Hagnaya Port, which is approximately three to four hours away from Cebu City depending on the traffic. And from the port, one will ride a barge to Santa Fe port of Bantayan Island. It would take at least 45 minutes to 1 hour before reaching the Municipality of Sante Fe.
But in our case, we rode a pump boat from Malapascua to Bantayan Island. It took us two and a half hours before reaching our destination.
Halfway to our final destination, the rain cloud started to chase us. Run Forrest, run!
|The weather was fine when we left Malapascua Island!|
|And this is how the weather greeted us in Bantayan Island. RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!!|
After we settled our things in our small yet clean rented cottage at Sugar Beach, the rain started to pour. Plus there was lightning. And the wind got stronger. And the coconuts started to fall from the sky. Shet lang.
When the storm slowly subsided, Edcel, Mica, Andrew and I decided to swim. The rain was still moderately strong but we didn't care and braved the cold. We were shivering while swimming! Wwwweee wwweere lllll-ike t-t-t-ttalking lll-like thhhi-ssss. Aaaandd weee weereeeebrrrghhh la-la-laugh-fffff-ing llll-ike thhhis: Bu-hhhhuwaaa-hhhaaaahhhaaa! Sssshhettt hanng lamig!
The following morning was even more exciting. The fine weather forced us to do our favorite activity - photoshoot!
|Robbie taught us the principles of jump shots. Brenna failed the test, apparently. LOL!|
|Borrowed Robbie's uber cute hat!|
I applied sunblock to my face, stomach and chest area but didn't give extra attention to my back before hitting the beach. The result? Two hours after swimming under the scorching heat of the sun, my back hurt and was so red. I looked like a skinny lechon biik!!!
Right after the swim, Mica and I were craving for a BJ.
As in Buko Juice! :-p
For only Php 20, one can enjoy the juice and the meat straight from the coconut fruit. It was my first time to do such and I was a bit overwhelmed with the volume of the juice and meat. Everyone was full after that healthy snack.
Before we left the island, we had our group shots taken. Fun overload!
Like our Malapascua experience, our overnight stay at Bantayan Island was soooo bitin. It felt like we were always in a hurry, as if we were contestants of The Amazing Race. Don't get me wrong, though. We DID enjoy our overnight stay at the island although should we stayed longer, we might have explored some underrated places in the island and our friendship would have grown stronger.
Yuck ang cheesy ko lang.
Bantayan Island is a must-visit place in the island of Cebu. Clean and picturesque white sand beaches surround the island.
Leaving Bantayan was really sad. Like Hachiko-died-while-waiting-for-his-master sad.
|Riding a trisikad to the port. Love the scenery.|
|Haggard level one million. Happiness level infinity.|
"What was your favorite part of the trip?", Dora once asked me while her big bulging eyes blinked at me.
I answered, "Bitch, you better asked Mica or Robbie for an answer."
"Oh, I like that too!"
And her reply caught me off guard.
2011 Year-end Trip Series:
Day 1: Start the Year-end Trip at Malapascua Island
Day 2: Island Hopping at Malapascua
Day 3: Sojourn in Bantayan Island
Day 4: Where to Eat at IT Park, Cebu City
Day 5: Conquering Mount Samat of Bataan
Day 6: The Giant Lanterns of Pampanga