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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Conquering Bantayan Island

Last March 13, 2011, we have bravely conquered Bantayan Island, our first scheduled destination for this year’s summer getaway.




Visiting this famous tourist spot at the onset of tsunami alert was really challenging. From Mactan airport, it took us two (2) hours to reach the Hagnaya Port, San Remigio Cebu via taxi. Then, we boarded a ferry that transported us to Bantayan Island. The roaring big waves and cloudy weather accompanied us during our more than-an-hour cruise to this island paradise.





Our incessant prayer for a good, fine weather was answered, and nature has yielded to our request. We have enjoyed the tropical weather and georgeous beach of Santa Fe, Bantayan. The morning breeze and the hours of tolling under the sun were refreshening and relaxing for travelers who want to experience a secluded getaway from the metro.




                     




We have stayed at Marlin’s beach resort, with a nice beach front room and free shuttle service to and from the Sta. Fe Port. The public market and the restaurants were just minutes away from the resort. We enjoyed our dinner at D’ Jungle, an eat-all-you-can restaurant serving around 50 plus dishes (mostly seafood) at an affordable price. We have also bought dried fish and fruits at the market.

During our intermingle with the locals, we learned that Bantayan Island is comprised of 3 municipalities: the Bantayan, the Madrilejos, and the Santa Fe, Cebu. Bantayan is famous for their poultry farms, Madrilejos is the northernmost point of Bantayan, and Santa Fe is known for their beautiful beach.








                 






Aside from beach bumming, tourists are also encouraged to visit the nearby islands from Bantayan mainland. The famous Virgin Island which speaks by its name is twenty minutes away from Bantayan. Sand spa, tanning and swimming are the best recreational activities to do while in Virgin Island.


















Bantayan island is becoming the favorite retirement home of foreigners, usually Europeans and Americans. As observed during the night, most of the foreigners, socialized with the natives of the town. Bantayan is often visited during Holyweek. It's really good to comeback again on this relaxing place.





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