In our vacation earlier this May, end us up going back to Bantayan Island as it is the nearest good beach destination so for the family to gather. There are so many variable things that were considered before we end up there and we stayed in Sta. Fe Beach Resort for two main reasons. One, being near from the pier itself and the next is that, they have cheaper rates for the extended family of ours and since they have plans of going to Ogtong Cave, it is the best option as to speak since they offer free day use of their facilities if you are staying at Sta. Fe Beach Resort.
The photo above is the family cottages that we occupied for 3D/2N while the one below is the main building of the resort that houses the standard and deluxe rooms.
Since the vacation is a family gathering, to celebrate the 70th birthday of our father, we opted to occupy the cottages for numerical reason. And on the first night of our stay, I immediately noticed something that is not good in my eyes. Although the cottages are already at its prime and I believe that it needs some refurbish but it should not become the reason for this kind of electrical fixtures as it could possibly turn down guest of coming back. Not to mention the safety hazard that it poses unless it was approved by licensed electrician and the fire department, which I doubt. A small spark could ignite a big fire since the materials used in the cottage are made of light materials and are already very dry.
This is simply another blunder in aesthetic fixtures.
Some countries are freezing up until now due to the unusual extension of their winter season while in most tropical countries, sunburn and prickly heat are common sight now in these areas. In Tropical countries, the usual relief is a refreshing dip in a cool pool, lakes and the beach.
Beaches in Asian countries are considered to be one of the best. Sugary fine white sand that are mysteriously cool to the feet even at high noon, virgin coral beds teeming with different sea creatures and foliage which makes it a great snorkeling site. One may also enjoy the cool sea breeze while swaying the day away on a hammock handcrafted by the natives using indigenous materials which make it all the more cool because it is not synthetic. A glass of freshly squeezed lemon juice sweetened with natural honey may elevate the feeling of fresh and easy day at the beach.
There are a million and one ways to keep cool and fresh. One basic thing is proper hydration. Water is the perfect tool and readily available whenever heat tries to take its toll on you. Other options are fresh fruit juices like coconut water, watermelon, honeydew and other tropical fruits. It gives you lots of liquids plus the nutrients it carries with it.
The Philippines have three major islands and are blessed with wonderful beaches with powdery white or the black sand in Bicol and Iligan. In Visayas, you can find the island of Boracay. And another island found in the northern part of Cebu is the Bantayan Island. This Island is less populated compared to others which mean less exploitation on its natural resources like the fine grain sand, lush greenery and also the aquatic resources. The island boasts of its white sand that is mysteriously cool to the feet even on a hot summer. Seafood abound in this paradise, one can taste the freshness of these sea delights right on their dining tables.
Getting to this wonderful Island is easy. Most people get there by bus and then hop on a ferry. Although there’s a small private airport in the island but that is never been the way for the masses because you’re going to miss what you can see in the towns that you pass along the way.
So if your starting point is from Cebu City, take a cab to the North Bus Terminal. Once there, you’ll find barkers that will guide you to the bus bound for Hagnaya. There can be baggage handlers around that can help you too but just prepare for a tip of around 10-20 pesos which already puts a smile on their face. Then from there, you will travel for about 3 ½ hours to the port of Hagnaya where ferries are waiting to take you to the other island for your Bantayan Getaway. Sometimes the seas are rough but there ain’t any moby dick in the area.
I could still remember our trip to Ogtong Cave Resort in Bantayan Island, Cebu. Bantayan is situated at northwest of Cebu in the northern most part just off the coast of San Remegio. If you are in Hagnaya, it is an hour ride by boat from Hagnaya Port in San Remegio and about 10 minutes ride from Sta. Fe port. It is a descent place to stay but not for longer time since their rates are quite expensive for the kind of amenities they have in the resort. There seems to have lots of restrictions even only a few guests are staying (at least when we are there).
This is the main pool in front of the restaurant.
The beach front.
The entrance of the resort.
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