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Indulge and Experience Bantayan Island Tour

As of the year 2010, Philippines continually establish little tourist spots that make this country a well-known one.  Bantayan Island is one of the places in the Philippines if you need to unwind and make tracks in the opposite direction from the urban life for a short time. The clear waters of the sea, the beautiful white sand, the laid back condition, and friendly locals to make this island a vast and tranquil summer escape goal.

To get there, land travel from City of Cebu to the port takes more than 3 hours and another hour and a half ferry ride gets you to Bantayan. The long trip is worth it, I can say. Based on my experience, I can share the following tips to make your stay worthwhile, and more comfortable.

1. It’s the beaches is the main reason why people travel to Bantayan. Even though a top goal in Cebu, it is not as crowded compared to other islands like Boracay, however despite everything it has its island vibes. The shores of Bantayan are fixed with these shorelines with resorts, particularly in Santa Fe. Hence, most shorelines convey the name of the hotels. Famous Beaches in Bantayan are Sugar Beach, Alice Beach, Beach Placid, and Kota Beach.

  1.  Being an island, visitors can appreciate either dawn or dusk, whichever they favor more. While most islands have staggering sunset, Bantayan Island being one of them, the island has post-card flawless dawns. Turn on the alarm and start your day with a beautiful sunrise along the beachfront of the island’s eastern side. It’s the golden hues until the magical blue hour- appreciate the serenity and calm as another beautiful day in Bantayan is ending.

 

  1.  See the island at your very own pace by renting a bicycle for a couple of hours or a day. For those who want to explore and feel the adventure of  the back-roads of the aisle, motorcycles or scooters can also be rented out. See what most tourists never get the chance to see like swamplands, coconut- lined soil streets, rice paddies, and sleepy villages.

 

 

  1. Based on research, the island was one of the first to be evangelized in the Philippines by the Spanish.  Bantayan’s St. Peter & Paul parish is a colonial heritage church built from coral stones. This congregation likewise filled in as a stronghold against slave attacking more pirates.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Although an island itself, on its eastern coast is smaller islands that rouse the curiosity of some travelers, Silion Island or Virgin Island is exclusive with a fish haven. Enjoy the famous snorkeling and fish feeding while on Virgin Island.

 

 

 

For all these reasons and ideas as mentioned above, Bantayan will remain a fantasy if you will not try either one of these things. You better check it out yourself as to how beautiful the island is and what is the effect of the scenery to you. You will never know unless you try anyway.

 

 

 

An Enchanted Home in Bantayan Island

 

Bantayan Island. No matter how much will be the pressure you feel at work or school, if you could find ways to relax, you will be more productive. An ocean breeze puts a mind at ease so try to take a few moments to stop and feel the breeze as you inhale deeply and exhale slowly away from the complex world we are living in. Bantayan Island of Cebu might be the right place for instant peace and relaxation. Bantayan Island is situated off the coast of northern Cebu. It is divided into three municipalities: Santa Fe, Bantayan, and Madridejos. Its white sand beaches and crystal waters became its asset that tourists can relax to. Bantayan Island is indeed a touch of paradise here on earth so ready that swimwear, take as many selfies that you want, soak into the ocean and of course, relax.

To get to the island, you first have to ride a bus from the north bus terminal going to the Hagnaya Port which costs P160 (tip: if you are a student, don’t forget to bring your student ID to avail some discounts on the fares).  After 4-6 hours of long bus ride, you will now arrive at the Hagnaya Port. From there, you would have to pay a terminal fee of P10 and ride a ferry to the Bantayan Island which costs P170. Once you step out of the boat, you will arrive at the municipality of Santa Fe. From there, you will be greeted by tricycle drivers who would offer you a ride to the nearby hotels. There are many beaches to choose from once you land on the island.

 

 

The Paradise beach is a hidden stretch in Santa Fe that you can dive into if you wish to stay away from the crowd. It has an entrance fee of P50 and is open from 9 am to 5 pm. You can also take a dip located at the Ogtong Cave which is a small cave sheltering a natural pool situated at the Santa Fe Beach Club. Entrance fee costs P120 inclusive of the access to the resort’s pools. You might also want to check out the other beaches in Santa Fe such as Sugar Beach, and Alice Beach.  If you’re going to try kayaking, you can go to Obo-ob Mangrove Eco Park. It is a mangrove forest which tourists can explore by boat, kayak, or on foot. Entrance fee costs P50. Kayaks are for rent for P150 and small ships for P350. If you pass by Sts, Peter and Paul Church, you can take a stop to explore the place for it is the oldest parish church in Visayas and Mindanao built in 1580.

If you wish to heal from a break-up or want to bond with your friends and loved ones, you can spend your vacation in Kota Beach, also known as Camp Sawi. It is a famous beach in Santa Fe where the movie “Camp Sawi” was filmed. It has white sand, crystal waters, beautiful view of the blue horizon, and a not so crowded place perfect for soothing your broken heart.

Bantayan Island is a peaceful getaway for solemnity and relaxation. So book a trip now to the Philippines’ touch of paradise.

 

 

 

Spend an outstanding adventure through Mactan Island Hopping

Mactan Island Hopping. The Mactan Island of Cebu, Philippines is the first to accommodate you on your Cebu visit upon landing on the Mactan-Cebu International Airport. Mactan Island has been known for its history known as the frequently told story of the Battle of Mactan wherein 1521, a Portuguese explorer named Ferdinand Magellan arrived onshore but was killed by the Mactan Chief Lapu Lapu.

Mactan is located off the coast of the island of Cebu where it is a home of Cebu’s high-class resorts and restaurants. The island also showcases white sand beaches, and Mactan is best known for its island hopping experience that tourists surely don’t want to miss.

One of te best significant islands of Mactan is Pandanon Island, which is one of the many islands in the Visayas known for its sandbars, white sand beaches, and clear waters. Big boat rentals and medium-sized boat rentals are available at different rates. The island is 120 minutes away from Mactan Island and on the way to Pandanon, you will see different islands that surround Cebu, and you will be able to have a peek of Bohol. Another island worth visiting is the Hilutungan/ GIlutungan Island Marine Sanctuary. The island is one of the best places for beginners in snorkeling and diving. It is the oldest marine life protected area where conservation efforts have been consistently exerted to experience the best collection of aquatic species in the island. However, despite the conservation done on the island, the local government still allowed tourism in the area. Nalusuan Island of Mactan is a human-made haven located between the province of Bohol and Mactan Island. Nalusuan is part of the group that forms the Olango group of Islands. The island is a marine sanctuary. The guests can stay on the island depending on the availability of the amenities for their stay.

You also don’t want to miss the Caohagan Island. Caohagan is famous for its long stretch of white-sand beach. Aside from the beautiful waters of the island, it is also known for its fresh seafood such as clam, fish, lobster, seashell, etc.You might also have heard about Olango Island. Olango is not just a single island but a group of 7 islands namely: Olango, Sulpa, Guilotongan, Nalusuan, Caohagan, Camungi, and Pangan-an. Olango’s 920 hectare Island wildlife sanctuary is a good visit during the winter months falling from November to December when 48 migratory birds coming from Siberia, Japan, and Northern China make stops. It is not the usual best-visit-during-summer-months, unlike the other islands. You can also join planting Mangrove trees at the Payag sa Asinan Eco Tourism Park. Olango also offers scuba diving on its three major dive sites: Mabini Point, Baring, and Santa Rosa.

Mactan Island is indeed a beautiful island to discover and explore. Its rich history which matches the rich marine diversity and excessive efforts on conservation allowed tourists to see the best version of the island, making Mactan one of the leading tourist spot destinations not only in the Philippines but also internationally.

 

MOALBOAL PESCADOR ISLAND HOPPING – THE BEST ISLAND HOPPING IN CEBU SOUTH

MOALBOAL ISLAND HOPPING

Just when you thought you have seen everything Cebu has to offer, wait until you experience the Moalboal Island hopping.Moalboal Island hopping has become one of the most sought after tourist activities in Cebu. It is beginning to catch up with the famous whale shark watching activity of Oslob. The serene municipality of Moalboal is located in the southwestern part of the island. It is roughly 3 hours away from Cebu City, depending on the traffic from Carcar. Despite its distance, its prime location makes it one of the best island hopping destination in Cebu.

THE PESCADOR ISLAND

The Moalboal Island hopping starts off the tour by visiting the isolated but lovely Pescador Island. The seemingly lonely island is of one the main highlights of the island hopping activity. Pescador Island is located just a few miles off the coast of Moalboal town. It is considered as one of Cebu’s world-class dive sites due to its varied and mesmerizing species of corals and marine life underneath the deep blue waters. Beneath Pescador Island lies an entirely different world of majestic and colorful sea flora and fauna. Frist time divers and professional ones will surely have a remarkable experience.

 

SEA TURTLE HUNTING

The next in the island hopping itinerary is the Turtle Bay. The famous Turtle Bay is known as one of the best diving resorts in Moalboal. It is obviously known for and named after the presence of sea turtles in the area. Turtle Bay offers dive packages complete with skilled local dive masters who will guide you around the reefs, show you around the amazing marine life in the area, and help you catch a glimpse of the elusive but amazing sea turtles. The resort call this activity the Turtle Bay Hunting where guests swim for minutes to get a sight of the turtles. Do not miss the chance to take a selfie with these friendly sea creatures.

 

MILLION SARDINES

Finally, the most awaited and most Instagram-worthy part of the Moalboal Island hopping is the Million Sardines Run. The boat will take you to the deep waters of Moalboal where they say that up to ten million sardines swim together in the sea. This breathtaking activity literally takes you to swim with these fish which move perfectly together as if dancing in the sea. The activity is literally breathtaking as one has to be quick and agile in water to follow the sardines around.

One last part of the island hopping is the Dolphin Watching. However, it is never a guarantee to find a dolphin every day as their appearances depend on the weather and many other factors. But if you are lucky enough, you will be mesmerized as they greet you by jumping and swimming around in the ocean. It is surely the best way to cap off a long day of island hopping.

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Kawasan Falls, Badian

Kawasan Falls

Kawasan Falls is probably the most popular and most instagrammed waterfalls in Cebu. We wouldn’t be surprised as Kawasan has truly lived up to its fame. Tourists have never been disappointed with their long travel to Cebu just to see this natural wonder of magnificently tiered turquoise waters.

The famous Kawasan Falls located in the municipality of Badian which is three hours south of Cebu City. For most tourists, they avail of the canyoneering activity in Badian which will eventually lead them to jump off the cliffs of Kawasan Falls.

 

Things To Do In Kawasan Falls,

The canyoneering activity is supervised by well-trained guides in the area. They also serve as the photographer of the group. If the weather is not good or the waters seem unfit for canyoneering, the guides will advise for a different or safer route. Tourists are always asked to wear a helmet and life vest for protection. Shoes or sandals fit for canyoneering are very much recommended. The actual starting point of the canyoneering activity is at Canlaob, Alegria. From Badian, a habal-habal ride will take you to Alegria. You will stop at the Alegria Tourism Center for registration before finally heading to your starting point. And as mentioned earlier, the end of the canyoneering trail is at Kawasan Falls.

 

Adventure In Kawasan Falls

Kawasan has many level of waterfalls. The first one is the largest of the three but is not allowed for jumping for safety reasons. It is usually the most crowded area also as many people try to experience the waterfalls through renting bamboo rafts. Life vests are also available for rent.

A few minutes of hike will take you to the second falls where the canyoneering trail. The activity usually ends with a jump on the waterfall cliff. There is also a swing nearby if the cliff jump is still not enough fun.

The third tier is more of a collection of small cascading bodies of water. There is a cliff nearby where canyoneering participants run and jump into the waters.

There are restaurants in Kawasan so you won’t worry about bringing any food. However, prices are not cheap since the poblacion is quite far and these areas can be very crowded. Resources spike up when there is a decrease in supply. Make sure to ask first the prices so you won’t get too surprised upon paying the bill. There are also cottages or rooms in the area which range up to 1,500-2,500php and tables for rent which are around 500php.

Kawasan may be quite pricey now but the experience is definitely worth your time and money. Try visiting them on weekdays on ono-holidays where you can enjoy the place with less people.

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Sumilon Island, Oslob

Sumilon Island Oslob

Oslob has become one of Cebu’s most sought after tourist destinations, thanks to its popular whale shark encounter activities in the area. But this is not the only reason why the small municipality attracts almost hundreds of tourists every day. Oslob is also known to have been blessed by many natural wonders and beauty. One of them is the famous Sumilon Island.

To get to Sumilon, you must hop on a boat from one of Oslob’s many seaside resorts or drop off points. The boatman will take you to Sumilon Island. Best if you are with a group or you find others who are going so that the cost will be shared. The boat ride will be approximately 15 – 20 minutes. On usual days, they waves are calm and quiet.

The Sumilon Sand Bar

Since it is not such a far travel, you will immediately know if you are near the island once you the sparkling white sand bar that stretches out into the ocean greets you. Once you arrive in the island, you can’t help but be mesmerized at its pristine beaches and beautiful azure waters. The island’s white sandbar is arguably one of the most perfect sandbars in the country. The stretch of white sand expands out into the sea.  During high tide, the sandbar would be submerged in the crystal waters but will remain visible at all time.

Sumilon Island is mostly managed and maintained by the Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort. They offer overnight stays and day tour packages at reasonable rates. The resort is also famous for its glamping (glamorous camping) tents that are surprisingly spacious and well furnished. They have various island life activities such as diving, snorkeling, kayaking, island trekking, and fish feeding. Or if you want, you can simply chill at the sandbar until your skin is sun kissed. But unless you would only like to visit the famous Sumilon Sandbar for a short period like many tourists do, you can just pay the resort a small fee for the entrance. Also, make sure to bring your own food if you don’t have plans to eat a buffet lunch at the resort

The best time to visit the island is in the morning. Take your time sun bathing in the sandbar while enjoying its majestic view. You can also swim into the ocean and dive into the sea floor where colorful fishes and corals will greet you.

You should never miss the opportunity to visit Sumilon when you drop by Oslob. Aside from the Whale Shark encounter, Sumilon’s charm will surely make the trip remarkable. Book https://www.southshoretours.ph/portfolio/oslob-whale-shark-sumilon-island-tumalog-falls/

Oslob Whale sharks Swimming

Oslob Whale sharks Swimming

Imagine the lovely sun and the white sand shores. Imagine the dark blue sea and its calm waves. Imagine swimming with the whale sharks in these crystal waters as if almost touching them.

Well, imagine no more. Oslob will take you to see these wonderful whale sharks which are locally known in the region as “butandings”.

The whale shark is largest known fish species in the world. They are quite slow because of their size. They simply feed by filtering the sea that they swim through. Whale sharks are mostly see in open waters of tropical oceans. As such, the warm-temperate seas throughout the year in Oslob has made it a perfect place for the Whale sharks to visit.

Oslob has grown to become one of Cebu’s most popular tourist destinations because of its famous Whaleshark Encounter activities. Despite the municipality’s serene landscape, Oslob is bustling with the flock of tourists coming in to visit every day.

 

Tourists Around the World

Because of the number of local and foreign tourists coming in, the local government had to regulate the visits to protect these gentle sea creatures. They deploy trained staff to the visiting area and make sure that the boatmen have equal opportunities in ferrying the tourists to the sea. Tourists must pay a fee of P 500.00 or P 1,000.00 for locals or foreigners respectively. We know the fee seems quite a lot but getting that perfect underwater selfie with the Whaleshark is certainly worth it.

 

Guidelines for Whale sharks Encounter

When you get to the area, you will be given an orientation about what will happen. Listen carefully to the dos and don’ts or you might end up paying some penalties. You can pay the fee I mentioned earlier before or after the orientation. After which, you choose your life vest and patiently wait for your turn to get on a boat. Other swimming equipment are also available for a rental fee. Best if you bring your own items with you just to be sure.

The boat is quite small so the waves will feel strong. Once you are in the designated area, the fishermen will call upon the Whale sharks by luring them with some food. As mentioned earlier, once they arrive and you are now in the sea, never miss the opportunity to take an underwater selfie with the awesome Whale sharks.

Finally, you do not need to imagine everything anymore as Oslob holds the key to seeing your dream sea creature. Oslob holds a special place with Whale sharks and you will sure do too.

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