Back to You : Bantayan

What I like about Bantayan Island is the barrio-tic and rustic feel the place offers aside from the clear blue waters and white sand. Of course, there is a slew of tourists from the mainland but visitors here are mostly Caucasians and the usual singkits and sakangs. It is amazing that the island has maintained the barrio charm amidst the imported visitors.


For the past 3 years, my bestfriend Shirly and I visited the place. The first time I saw a pic of Kota beach from a friend, I immediately fell in love with the view. With that in mind and some notes on how to get there, besty and I embarked on a journey that will start the annual visit to the island.

The following year, we brought along Rhiza. Like us, she loved everything the island offered, including the grilled Cebu chorizo on the side street and the Virgin Island.This time around, it’s newbie April getting introduced to the beauty of  the island.

Fast forward Day of the Trip.

Our travel started with a 2am tambay at the new NAIA terminal. Aside from the checking-in liquids brouhaha, we were able to board the plane at 4 am and left for Cebu at 430.


sleeping beauties

We had breakfast at McDo in Fuente Osmeña. Why at Fuente? We just want to be in the middle of uptown and downtown Cebu for our first meal in the province. Well, not really. It’s actually the only McDo place we are familiar with. We took the ordinary Ceres bus going to San Remigio. Welcome to the provincial bus trip! Two stops lang daw and the unavailability of a/c bus til 11am made us decide to jump in.

The trip was uneventful. After passing several cities and small town,s the three of us fell asleep and just woke up when we were approaching the long and winding road on the way to Bogo City.

We were at the San Remigio port (most northern part of Cebu province)by 10am just in time for the 1030 ferry to Sta. Fe, Bantayan. What’s great about the ferry ride was the free tickets. What’s not so great about it was the hour and a half trip. i dunno what happened to the 30-minute trip with fast craft.

Sta. Fe pier

Our new home for three days is the German-owned Marlin’s. We’ve stayed in Kota for the last trips and we made a good decision of trying out Marlin’s. Main reasons? No water shortage and new rooms.

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First order of the day was lunch.

There was a carinderia near Mama Tita’s bakery. We grabbed a seat and had humba and hipon okoy and 35 pesos steamed little crabs arranged as a necklace. The food was delish!

Let the real vacation begin!

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