Maldives: A Quick Travel Guide – Adaaran Prestige Vadooh Island Resort

One of the most exciting place we’ve been to in our Maldives Trip is this Adaaran Prestige Vadoo Island Resort. Adaaran is a small island resort that you can walk around for two minutes. But the place’s view is just breathtaking. What’s great too is that the fee ($100) includes everything (yes including the transport by speedboat) .

FREE FOOD – buffet lunch – at 1:00 PM
FREE Drinks – from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM – yes, that includes Wines and Beers!!!
FREE WIFI – the entire island is Wifi Zone.

If you want to have some relaxing experience you can also avail of their SPA services.

If you want to eat ahead of time they have a Japanese restaurant.

They have a volleyball court.

The entire island is just great for snorkelling.

They have a swimming pool.

They have a watersports centre.

They have beach tanning bed across the island.

They will also give you those huge umbrellas if you want for the beach.

I am sharing below some of the photos we’ve taken in this beautiful Island Resort.

Look for this sign and book your trips with them. Very reliable. On time. Reasonable price. 

One of the things I really want to see in Maldives. This!

A swimming pool just right infront of the beach. So either you take a dip here, or get soaked in the beach. Your choice. 

My kind of R&R!

Modeling 101.

During the day, we chanced upon their celebration of World Tourism Day, and we were invited to participate. Each year, they celebrate and they do this, PLANTING! Yep, we were able to plant flowers in the island.

And of course, it’s a tropical country, we planted Coconuts too!

Inside the island resort are stunning landscapes.

If you want to enjoy the island SPA. Just get here.

When in Adaaran, do not miss the fish feeding. This was one of the reasons we picked this one. Because we can’t afford to swim with the sharks, at least we get to see them fed in this island. And we saw not just sharks, some fish too.

Drank so much wine in the island, it’s BEACH + WINE! So  yeah, I got a little dizzy. To shrug off the dizziness I dipped in the pool, and yeah, she’s on it too!

BEACH-ing in the MALDIVES!

You can’t miss the sunset too! It’s just awesome to the extreme level.

What’s available on their FREE Drinks?

At some point, I needed to check something. Work follows the worker. LOL! 

This is a romantic spot. Nope, we did not eat at this table, but you can. Arrange your dinner with the resort management.

In connection to the World Tourism Day celebration, we were able to join their event at night. 

We just can’t get enough of the back ground.

This was the ceremonial cutting of the cake. Guests in this resort were from various countries, Koreans, Egyptians, and well Filipinos. I think I heard people speaking Spanish too. 

This was before we bid good bye to Adaaran, we took a picture with the “band”? 

Adaaran Prestige in Vadoo was my share of “living-the-time-of-my-life” moments. This was really what I envisioned to experience. Everything was just GREAT!

Thank you Adaaran! So long! See you again. One day. I know, I shall return.

#doroexplorero #doroadventures #dorolakwatsero #Maldives #AdaaranPrestige #VadoohIsland #Resort #budget #pool #beach 

Maldives: A Quick Travel Guide MAAFUSHI ISLAND – Tour Packages and Prices

Maafushi is a bigger Island than Gulhi. It’s our second destination island. In this island, you’ll be confident that there’s a bank, you can buy the stuffs you’d need, and you can choose from several inns and guesthouses. Although, we stayed at one guest house for the whole duration of our stay here in Maafushi.
So, what’s in Maafushi?
  1. ATM – 
  2. Shops
  3. Restaurants – 
  4. Bikini Beach
  5. Tour/Travel Agencies – 
This is where we booked our excursions to both Biyadhoo and Adaaran. There are a lot of packages offered here, so if you’re staying longer in Maldives, you can explore more islands (incur more costs though) but if you have it, why not!?
Let me give you some of the packages that iCom Tours are offering, highly recommended, what they say is what you really get. And you can be a little picky and ask them for discounts, and maybe you can get one. 😀

NOTE: Their prices are per pax (mostly) and if you are less than four people then you would have to pay for the entire four people package, but ours was discounted, we were able to haggle and was then given discount. Just talk to them, they may grant some discounts too.

We only booked for Biyadhoo and Adaaran.

See prices below:

This was a great place. See Biyadhoo post. 

Currency collection of iCom

Take note of the schedules, some of the packages had to be booked 1 day before the tour. 

Where to stay? You can stay at Zest Cabana

It’s a comfortable place to stay, the staff were very helpful and eager to give you information you would need. Like other hotels, they have:

FREE Towels – both for indoor and beach and face.
FREE Water
FREE Wifi – 2 users per room
FREE Juice – upon arrival
FREE Unlimited Tea or Coffee
FREE Breakfast
Hair Blower is available

Where to eat? You can visit Sunset Cafe or Rocket Hotel

I took photos of the Sunset Cafe Menu below for your reference, so you can do the math for FOOD.

Maafushi is not the ultimate destination for most tourists, but this is where you can book packages according to your preference.

Hope the price lists above would allow you to just choose among those packages which ones you’d want to spend on and whether or not you’d be able to afford them.

#doroexplorero #dorolakwatsero #doroadventures #suroyWorld #laagAsia #MaldivesGuide #Maldives #Travel #Budget #Prices

Maldives: A Quick Travel Guide GULHI ISLAND – for Pinoy and Foreigners

Soon as we arrived in Male’, we looked for the beach, and there really was a beach. But I was looking for something serene and relaxing. I planned something out, and first stop, Gulhi!
From Nazmee’s place in Male’, we took a taxi for MVR25.00 going to the ferry terminal. Then we boarded on the ferry going to Gulhi!

What’s in Gulhi? 
Gulhi is a real R&R place. If you’re looking for a place to just relax, sun-bathe and sunset-chasing you can have it here. There’s a “bikini” beach too!
 

Where to Stay in Gulhi?
Gulhi is a small inhabited island. In one of the posts in FB I’ve read that they’ve stayed in Silver Shade, saw the price and I tried searching for it in either Agoda or booking.com. Yes, there really is Silver Shade Guesthouse. So, I checked the price, and it’s within the budget, hence I booked!
Soon as we arrived at the port, Atit Mollah was already there waiting for our arrival. He offered to carry our bags going to Silver Shade Guest House, later we found out, it’s just a few steps from the port.
Below are actual photos of the room. 

The BED! Ah, feels so comfortable sleeping here after a long day of exploration!

Where to EAT? I know you’d be looking for food!
The look of a hungry man! Searching for the familiar food. 
We only ate at Surfista Cafe and they have affordable prices, see the whole menu below: (Yes, I got it for you! (copied verbatim from their menu).

Usually served along with your meal, but this is NOT free.

  

Silver Shade Guest House offers some excursion activities, with group prices below:
  1. Dolphin Quest – $70 (3 hours 30 minutes) Maximum of four (4) persons
  2. Sunset Fishing – $60 (3 hours) Maximum of four (4) persons
  3. Sand bank and Snorkelling – $70 (3 hours 30 minutes) Maximum of four (4) persons
  4. Snorkelling – $55 (2 hours) Maximum of (4) persons

We only availed of #3 since one of the main reasons I came to Maldives is BEACH! So, we’ve decided to go to the Sand Bank. Really worth it! 
We used a chartered speed boat. Truly feels like “living-the-dream”, you’d really feel so VIP, with just you on a speed boat + your guide/boat-crew. 

When we arrived in the small islet (sand bank) no other people are there. It’s just us. Enjoying the entire place!
TIPS: 
  1. If you plan to go to this Sand Bank, get ready with your “bikini”, yes you can wear it here! Without fear of being critiqued or watched at for ridicule, coz you’ve got the entire place to enjoy!!!
  2. Take a lot of sunblock creams with you, it’s almost always summer in the Maldives!
  3. Brace yourselves for the waves, as the speedboat would really dance to its tune.
  4. Take a lot of pictures, and hit the beach!!! 
  5. Never mind the sun (you’re on sunblock right?).
I’m sharing with you below some of the pics we’ve had and a video in the Sand bank.

After the snorkelling, we were given free drinks. Ice Cream Soda. T’was our first time to try it.

It’s also one of the common scenes in Maldives, their customary seats, relaxation seats I’d call it. Looks like the one below.

 
After our R&R sessions in Gulhi, we had to head to Maafushi. 

But hey, we can’t miss the sunset!

Then, I requested a photo op with our very kind hosts Atit and his Manager. I genuinely appreciate their warmth and welcoming behavior. Highly recommended place to stay!

So long K. Gulhi! See you again, some day! Then, we’re off to….. Maafushi!
For summary of costs in the entire Maldives Trip  check it in this blogpost.
Got questions? Clarifications? Please don’t hesitate to write them on the comments below. 
#doroexplorero #dorolakwatsero #doroadventures #laagAsia #suroyWorld #Maldives2016 #Maldives #travelguideMaldives #Gulhi

A Paradise in MindaNOW (Mindanao): Sohoton Islands Experience NATURE AT ITS BEST!

People may ask, why you travel. You have the choice to answer or not. You don’t need to explain. Almost all travellers know, that there’s something in travelling that makes you do more than you already did. 

I am blessed to have traveled once again, after my international travel back in August, by October 3-4, 2015, I’ve once again packed, and went on a domestic travel. 

As much as I want to be well traveled across the world, I would also want to know much much more about my own country’s destinations. This time, I (along with friends) booked a travel (exploration) to Sohoton Islands, Socorro, Surigao del Norte.

I have been informed months ago, that the place is worth the travel. It would take you 6-8 hours of travel from Cagayan de Oro. We left at around 1:00 A.M. and we’ve arrived in Sohoton (Club Tara) at around 8:30 A.M. You’d immediately be amazed by the view. 



Travel Tip #1: Travel at night time, so you’d have a whole daytime exploring, saves you time. No need to file leave if you don’t have a work on a Saturday. Sohoton could be a weekender adventure!

So what to do in Sohoton? What to expect when in Sohoton?




Sohoton, like Britania’s Island hopping is composed of several islets where you can explore. Swim. Dive. Snorkel. But, here, there’s also adventures like “caving”. 

First stop, Sohoton Gamay entrance to Bolitas Cave. 

Safety first! 

It’s the climb!

At the entrance of the cave, these lovers are a great subject!

What’s inside.

The miner?

Just like other caves. 🙂


Next stop was Lagoon Tiktikan. There’s a lake where you can take great pictures!

It’s hot but it’s cool!

She doesn’t want to pose, how bout a stolen shot?

I was able to force her to pose! Haha hello there! 🙂

At the monumental seat!

Can’t stop smiling and clicking ‘eh?


Next stop is Sohoton’s Bucas Grande Island, this is where you’ll ride the banca going to the non-sting jelly fish area.


After we went to the non-sting jelly fish area, we went back to Bucas Grande (quasi-port), then proceeded to a restaurant nearby, to order our lunch meals. 

Travel Tip #2: You need to order ahead of time, preparing your food is about two incredible hours if you’re lucky! 

After we placed our orders at the Cafe, we sailed (naks! actually we head) towards the Sohoton Cove, I can’t exactly remember the name of the place, but it’s still Sohoton, we needed to duct at some area. See my video footage below.


This is where I had the longest eight seconds of my life. In one of the areas, you’ll have to dive into the deep blue-green sea water in order to get to the inside of the cave and see the stalactites and stalagmites. 



After the longest eight seconds of my life, (I was the only one who dared swim towards the inside of the cave) we proceeded to another cave, where we have to climb up, and if one decides to go inside, climb, one is left with no choice but to finish it off with a jump in a fifteen feet (15 ft) cliff (diving spot).


Next to the nerve shaking jump, is our sumptuous lunch!

Then, we decided to go Island hopping after lunch. One of the islands we’ve visited is Bobon Island (not sure with the spelling), but we did enjoy the white sand shore  of the island (islet), it’s ours to explore since there’s only us left to explore the entire island. Wow! 

The star and the starfish!


After the island hopping, we decided to go back to Club Tara.

Some of us were itching to take a bath after a long day of adventure, some were still motivated to go kayaking. 


At night, Club Tara has a pool area where guests can gather, talk, chitchat, and chill out. 

It was a day of many  adventures, beautiful, sweet, amazing adventures! 

It was a happy way of connecting to the universe! 

There’s just so much we’ve experienced, and there are just snippets of the entire adventure weekender trip! A must-visit place in Mindanao. Choose Minda-NOW!

Special thanks to CDO Travel and Tours and acknowledging the good service of Tomas one of the staffs of the Travel Agency. I’m giving you my unconditional 5/5 rating for the Travel Tours. Thank you for the fantastic experience!

If you want to contact them, you can reach them at the following information:

email: inquiry@cdotravel.com 
mobile: 09228658481 or 09261717570 
ym: joy_101travel@yahoo.com

They also have a page on facebook where you can follow for more travel tour packages and promos at CDO Travel Tours Facebook Page

Come! Explore Mindanao. Choose Mindanao, choose MindaNOW! 


#doroexplorero #dorolakwatsero #laagAsia #laagPinas #suroyWorld #SurigaoPh #SohotonPh #SurigaoDelNorte



Kuala Lumpur Adventure Part 1: Batu Caves and Train Stations Exploration

My Singapore trip was fantastic, but I am still bound to another adventure solo trip to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia!

I love how countries are just too close that you can travel from one country to another. In this short vacation/trip I was able to travel to three different countries, makes every penny I’ve spent worth it.

My next stop, Kuala Lumpur is one of the places that people in our country also visits. And it’s been making some noise online with its attractions. I browsed the net about it, and here’s what I found. 

According to http://www.kuala-lumpur.ws/klhistory.htm 

Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia is located within the heart of Selangor state. It is bordered by mountainous ranges on all sides except in the East, which is why Kuala Lumpur and its adjoining areas are called the ‘Klang Valley’.

Its name literally means ‘muddy capital’ in Malay, because of its establishment in the confluence of the Klang and Gombak rivers. It was previously part of Selangor until 1971, when it separated to form Malaysia’s capital under the Federal Government.”

I’ve been thinking about what to do in Malaysia. Of course, the Twin Tower was there, but what more? So, what’s Kuala Lumpur like? I wondered in my mind as I travel to Kuala Lumpur on the night of the 29th. 

On my flight to KL, I was privileged to have been assigned a seat nearest the window and on the second row of the aircraft! I feel like VIP! haha 

So, as we depart from Singapore, I took a shot at the sky and the areal view of the country.



We boarded at 7:00 P.M. and that was a stunning view up in the sky looking at Singapore with the lights on. Just what I wanted. Just what I imagined to do. 


 Travel Tip #1: Try to be on the window side seat, so you can have an aerial view of the place you are visiting. It’s gonna be awesome! 

As we arrived in Kuala Lumpur, I also had the privilege to take an aerial view photo of Kuala Lumpur at night.

It is again my first time in Kuala Lumpur, some not-so-good thoughts occurred in my mind which I immediately rebuked and refused to imagine. I looked for the immigration where I needed to present myself as a tourist and get my passport stamped. There is a lane for ASEAN member country’s citizen, so I went to fall in line. I saw Filipino looking people but I was afraid to speak to them, as from my experience, we look like Cambodian, Thai or Malay.

At the immigration, I was asked nothing but “how long are you going to be here?” Which I quickly answered, I’d be here only until the 31st. And off she stamped my passport for 30 days stay as a tourist. Very quick and easy. No hassle. No further questions. 

Now the next challenge is, where do I go? Unlike in Singapore, I’ve already researched where to go, I even had the map, thanks to Jackie for the map and railway guide. But this time, I felt so alone. After the immigration, I was lost! I didn’t know which way to go. 

Although, I know I should go to the hotel, I don’t know where I could get a cab or even ride a railway, worst, I don’t know if the hotel is within close vicinity of a train station. So, I opted to look for the bus or taxi stand. 

From the immigration, take the exit, look for the sign which indicates down stairs, there’s an escalator, as you descend you’ll see booths in a side, and you’ll see ticket booths for taxi. They’ll give you a coupon as proof that you have paid and your destination is also indicated there. These are the legit taxi which are safer than the taxis outside the airport. 

Travel Tip #2: It’s convenient and safer, to get a taxi at the taxi ticket office at the ground floor of the airport in KL. They will ask you for the destination and you will pay the fix rate, although it’s a bit pricey than the train (as usual). 

Travel Tip #3: If you know the nearest train station to your hotel, you can take the train from KL Airport to KL Sentral, then ride another train to your destination. I didn’t know this so I wasn’t able to do this.
I took a cab, paid RM$70.00 from the airport to Pacific Regency Hotel. On the way, I was told by my indian driver that he might not be able to take me to the hotel, as there’s a rally going on. He told me about the anomalies that their leader in Malaysia did. He was sharing it passionately. And asked me how inconceivable it was, how some people could do it. His english is quite good, and we had a good conversation, about how he came to Malaysia and left Singapore, and some other things he shared to me about Malaysia and his life as a driver.

I told my driver, I couldn’t take the train if he’d drop me somewhere else. It’s my first time, and I might get lost. It’s already 10:00 P.M. and I can’t afford to walk on the streets I haven’t been to ever before. He called someone, I’m guessing, another driver and asked if the traffic situation in KL Sentral has improved, fortunately, after the call, he informed me that it has somehow subsided and he reckoned he can take me to the doors of my hotel.

As we drove, I saw this high rise building with the mark of one of the prominent business in KL, the Berjaya Times Square! Stood tall in the city that couldn’t go unnoticed, and couldn’t help but click some shots to capture this. I’m still inside the taxi as I took this photo.

Travel time from KL Airport to Pacific Regency Hotel is around an hour. Thankfully, when we arrived in the city, there was no traffic jams, no rallies. We found out, that the rally has already been called off. And in a few minutes, I was already at the doorsteps of my hotel. 

It’s a nice 5-star hotel. My first time to experience a 5-star hotel. And yes, only in Malaysia. Thanks to Agoda.com for the online booking. Way convenient and easy. I will be writing a review in another post. So keep posted. 🙂

Travel Tip #3: Bring extra cash or credit card for the deposit. Hotels usually have deposits, specially 5-star hotels like Pacific Regency Hotel. Deposit is RM$200.00 which will be given back to you as you check out. So, you should extra, even if the hotel booking for the entire duration of the stay has already been paid.

It was a great time sleeping after a long day in Singapore and the travel from SG to KL, from KL Airport to the hotel. My body needed to reminder for rest. It simply fell into deep sleep after my entire body touched the linen on my hotel bed. 

In the morning, I agreed to meet my beautiful, long-been-silent friend and classmate Pam, who I was surprised to know, been working in KL for quite some time. She generously agreed to take me to Batu Caves, since I didn’t have a guide going there. 

I asked from the hotel crew some directions to the train stations, and gladly discovered that the crew is a Filipino! He explained and directed me to the streets where I should go to reach the train station. Pacific Regency Hotel is near a train station. Couple of steps away. Then from the train station, I went to KL Sentral, I met Pam. 


From KL Sentral you can also take a train to Batu Caves. As to how much, I didn’t know. Thanks to the sponsorship and generosity of Pam! 😀 

And here below I’ll be sharing my photos at Batu Caves. It’s an engineering icon and breakthrough. According to mmadventure.com “Batu Caves, is a limestone hill, which has a series of caves and cave temples, located in Gombak district, 13 kilometres (8 miles) north of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It takes its name from the Sungai Batu or Batu River, which flows past the hill. Batu Caves is also the name of the nearby village. The Batu Caves is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India, dedicated to Lord Murugan. It is the focal point of Hindu festival of Thaipusam in Malaysia. Murugan Statue at the entrance of Batu Caves.”

Batu Caves is free admission. Most merchants and traders you’ll find here are the indians. You’ll find them at the entrance selling just almost everything, souvenir items, key chains, ref magnets, decorations, religious articles, books, etc.

From the entrance, you’ll be ushered to the view of the temple where the Hindu pray. Photo on the left below.

And of course, the icon is not the temple, it’s the Standing at 42.7 m (140 ft) high, the world’s tallest statue of Murugan, a Hindu deity, is located outside Batu Caves, near the city of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The statue, which cost approximately 24 million rupees, is made of 1550 cubic metres of concrete, 250 tonnes of steel bars and 300 litres of gold paint brought in from neighboring Thailand. (Lifted from http://mmadventure.com/kuala-lumpur-attractions/batu-caves.htm)

Rising almost 100 m above the ground, the Batu Caves temple complex consists of three main caves and a few smaller ones. The biggest, referred to as Cathedral Cave or Temple Cave, has a 100 m-high ceiling and features ornate Hindu shrines. To reach it, visitors must climb a steep flight of 272 steps.

At the base of the hill are two more cave temples, Art Gallery Cave and Museum Cave, both of which are full of Hindu statues and paintings. This complex was renovated and opened as the Cave Villa in 2008. Many of the shrines relate the story of Lord Murugan’s victory over the demon Soorapadam. An audio tour is available to visitors. (Source http://mmadventure.com/kuala-lumpur-attractions/batu-caves.htm)

I am not a Hindu, but I believe in spirituality. I checked out the temple. Took stunning pictures and noticed that there are also several Filipinos there, most of them are also on a holiday. It didn’t take me long to explore the area as it’s a temple, and it’s meant to be respected for our Hindu brothers and sisters. After I get a glimpse of the entire area, I descended where Pam was patiently waiting for me.

As we head back to the City, I had the occasion to take a picture inside the new train we just hopped in for a trip back to KL Sentral! New, neat and clean train!

Travel Tip #4: Do not book for a tour to Batu Caves, it’s just soooo easy to go there, explore it yourself. If you know how to read, you can go there, without a tour guide. Saves you a lot of money. Also, you get to explore the train stations! Just ask for directions. Humans are still willing to help. 🙂

#doroexplorero #dorolakwatsero #laagAsia #suroyWorld #AsianCountries #KualaLumpur #BatuCaves #MalaysiaTrulyAsia #MalaysiaTour #solotravels #KLSoloTravel #MalaysiaTrip

Britania! Ikaw Na! Another Throwback Post!

Our family is from Cagwait Surigao del Sur, and I haven’t heard of Britannia until my friend Ms. RA invited me to join in their trip. I was very happy to join as I want to go on an island hopping! Although, I did not have much idea, but it was summer, and it’s an island, the beach! Aaah, was so excited then. But what I’ve seen is beyond my expectation. 

Britannia is a group of island in Surigao del Sur. It’s a paradise! White sand, clear blue-green sea water. It’s not that known yet, but it’s getting noticed as the years passed. It’s only today, that I was browsing through my travels did I realized that I haven’t written something about it, or at least show to the world, what really is there. 

What we did was we took the bus going to Butuan at around 7 or 8pm, around P220 or P250 pesos fare, we arrived around 11 or 12 mn. Then we stopped for a while in Butuan, and travel by 3am using the Montero of my friend’s family. 🙂 

I will be sharing to you some photos taken at Brittania, while we were enjoying the island hopping! Photo credits to Ms. RA and Ms. MT.

There are around six islands:

1. Hagonoy
2. Naked Island
3. Britania 
4. Hiyor-hiyoran
5. Tagoan
6. Panlangagan


It’s a fantastic Sunday morning! Nature just welcomed us with a the Sun’s fresh morning kiss! Ayee! 

Who wouldn’t be in-love with this scene? C’mon! 

And that’s not it, there’s more! When travelling to places like this, your system just can’t help but take pictures as much as you can! There’s no stopping you, specially if you have an underwater camera  ready! 


These are just beautiful snippets of what’s really in Britania! How can one miss this place? Mindanao has indeed pride itself with a lot of things to offer, and surely, Britania is just one, if not top of the list! 

My friends, can’t help it too! They just want to document that they set foot on Naked Island!
Even under the sea, you can’t help but pose! haha Struggling face! Diving into the clear and cool sea water!
One of my friends wanted to just experience diving while we sail, we ordered the boat to be stopped for a while, and just swim!
Of course, why would I forget my obligatory jump shots? haha this time I am joined by my good friend EM.

When I’m in the beach, I always reconnect with the universe! Feel the sun’s kiss, sand’s texture, the breeze’s whispers and touch, the just dip my body into the cold water! Just plain simple feeling it! Would create a rejuvenating energy within me. 

I took no chance of losing the opportunity to take pictures everywhere I’d see a wonderful background! 

Of course, our groupfie/wefie are no way to be forgotten!


We’ve definitely enjoyed the island hopping! Experiencing Britania’s beauty first hand is priceless! It was a day well spent! 

Ever wonder what happens next to Island hopping? haha here take a look! LOL!

Experience Mindanao! Experience Britania! Hail to the beautiful islands! 
The Island hopping itself, would be around 3-5 hours depending on your stay on each of the islands. Do you want to go there? Do you have questions you want to ask? Please feel free to drop it on the comment box below. 🙂

Bantayan Island Adventure! Back in 2012. A Throwback Post.

Since I was blogging about my Cebu Travel, the recent one was when I realized I can’t get enough of Cebu! Not yet! Why Can’t I Get Enough of You! Cebu! was really my cry. I also shared my Canyoning/Canyoneering Experience in Cebu here. And well, back in 2014, I’ve shared my encounter with the gentle giants in Oslob here. What I haven’t written was our trip back in 2012 when we visited Sta. Fe, Bantayan Island, Cebu! So here, I am making this throwback (not thursday), post for Bantayan! Another destination in Cebu!

I’ve always been in love with nature. And beach is part of nature, I have an inclination with beaches. I just love stayin on it, playing and just witness sunrise or sunset! Bantayan was my first Cebu trip!

We stayed in a cottage (one room) with comfort room and a terrace. It’s in a resort in Sta. Fe, I forgot the name of the resort, but it was a good place to stay. Internet wasn’t that strong, but at least there is an internet. 


Beach is also one of Bantayan’s tourist attraction. It’s undeniable that we’ve enjoyed the view and the beach!

Of course, it’s a small island and we can’t let our days in Bantayan be wasted without going around the Island. 

We visited old church, mangrove plantation, a some places where we could just connect to nature. We even took a picture in one of the great scenes in their street. Where green trees formed an arc of the street, and it feels like we were entering an enchanted place. 

Bantayan is a one great haven for relaxation and getting connected with the universe once again. I am blessed to have experienced it before Typhoon Haiyan (not sure with the spelling) came and destroyed some parts of it. 

I am sure though Bantayan right now has recovered. It would be fantastic to revisit the place. 🙂

Our Bantayan Island trip was supposedly just for 1 and a half day then we wanted to go to Camotes, but because of a storm that time, we were stranded/stuck in Bantayan. Still we were thankful we were safe. And was still able to go home on time. Camotes! Wait for me. You’ve been so elusive since then. I’ll have some time to visit you soon. 🙂