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Bantayan Island

I usually do lone beach trips annually but last year, I failed to do so because of overwhelming schoolwork from Stat 221 (which I have to redo anyway next semester). This year, I brought Jayvee with me so he can see Cebu City, too.

Our trip started at 2AM where we were delayed by Cocoa because she decided to play in the middle of night. While I was running after her, my phone dropped somewhere so I have to use my Mac to find my phone. The uber driver almost cancelled our trip because he has been waiting for 20 minutes.

Fast forward after our plane ride to Cebu, when we arrived at the North Cebu bus terminal, as expected, the queue was long. It took us 2 hours just to ride the 165-peso worth AC bus towards Hagnaya port; considering that the bus ride was expected to be a 4-hour slytherin-road drive, we were almost on time before our scheduled check-in.

But at the port, there have been delays in accommodating the passengers to Santa Fe. So we waited for another 2 hours just to ride the ferry and another hour before we boarded and sailed to the destination island.


The shores of Santa Fe, Bantayan Island is almost as pristine as Boracay. There are only a few upscale resorts, most of the inns are Bed and Breakfast. This is actually good if you just want to rest and smell the ocean breeze while enjoying the beautiful almost-white sandbar of Bantayan.

Hut

Hut

I wish there were just more activities we could do particularly going to smaller islands but there were none.

Considering that we only roamed around the famous Kota Beach, I also didn’t expect that there would be parties at night. There were a few signages that the community does not like to have music festivals during holy week, hence the event was limited to one part of the beach where the visitors preferred to stay outside the venue and just enjoyed the sound from the concert.

Santa Fe Beach

Sandbar

Sandbar

Clear waters

Poi

Poi

I just wish that I brought my LED stick poi because there were not too much light shows during the event. Besides, I have to find my rechargeable batteries first. Maybe on my next beach trip?


We almost got stuck in the island because the Coast Guard decided to troll with the passengers that they prohibited any small vessels to sail when the tropical depression was nearing Samar despite there were no strong winds nor rain happened between the seas. So we had to find illegal ways so we can get to the main island.

Pump Boat Ride

Pump boat

Boat Ride Path

Path to Medellin

Some fishermen were offering special trip at a higher cost. We were given assurance that it would be faster because they have a different route. Not that I know of that we would be sent to a different port farther to Hagnaya which added another hour to our bus travel back to Cebu City.

If we only took the risk earlier when the first announcement of PCG denying passengers to sail, we would have not been delayed for 4 hours at Santa Fe port.

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