Tuesday, June 3, 2008

from coastlines to hills

the farthest town that i reached in Cebu's northern area is the town of Carmen. so this time i decided to visit an island in the far northern part of Cebu, the island of Bantayan. i only see it in the pictures and it really entices me.so this year, i was lucky enough because we had a conference in Cebu which gave me the chance to extend my stay and visit this island. we took the regular bus at the Cebu North Bus Terminal. the bus left around 7:35am. the travel was not tiring because we get to see small towns on one side and the coastline on the other side. you get to see small beach resorts. after an hour ride, we had our first stop at the Hillside terminal for a 15-minute break.after the stop over, we noticed that we are now crossing the mountainous area of Cebu. from beach, the view shifted to a scenic greeny hills. the mountains provides fresh air in this area making it even more soothing to travel and the road was well maintained. we traveled for about an hour with such view and arrived on our next short stop over on the town of Bogo at around 10:05am. then immediately traveled for our final 20minute road trip to Hagnaya port, where the ferry that will take us to the island docks. we arrived at the Hagnaya port at 10:25am and guess how much it cost us for the 3hour-trip of scenic coastlines and hills from Cebu city to Hagnaya port. P55! yes just P55 or roughly $1.25.

next post will be our ferry trip to Bantayan island.

41 comments:

BW said...

Ang linis and the air must be fresh and clean. Very scenic trip. P55 bucks is darn cheap !

acey said...

hi, kuya DH! sounds like you had a good time here in our little province in the visayas. can't wait to read about your adventure in bantayan!

Luke Wiley said...

a picturesque place! very nice!

Karen of Sillymonkeez said...

Looks like the view was beautiful and made the bus ride go by more quickly.

the donG said...

bw, it's one of the best trip i've had. better than traveling in SLEX and NLEX.

Acey, i really had a great time there. i didn't know Cebu is very beautiful. before, i was only amazed with the big resort and hotels in the city, Cebu's history and other landmarks not knowing that it actually offers more things in its other towns and islands. my next target is camotes island.

luke, thanks!

hi karen, the truth is, i never thought the travel took 3hours because we were enjoying it.

Dra. Rio said...

huwaw!! professional photos!=)
fantastic!=)
keep on posting dong!
alam kong ilan pa lang yan sa mga picture na kinuhanan mo...=)
abangan ko pa yung iba=)

rayts said...

i haven't been to Cebu so this entry is surely an insight for me. i can see why travelling in this part of province is enjoyable for you, the scenic is splendid.

redlan said...

I can imagine the view as I read your post. Yung sa kabila mountain at sa other side naman dagat. ganda ng view! siguro yung tingin mo kaliwa-kanan no? hehehe.

Ang cheap ng pamasahe ha.

next post pls. hehehe. bantayan, cebu pls.

the donG said...

doc rio, salamat! marami-rami pa talaga. hehehe...

rayts, i hope this will help you see a bit of bantayan island. i really recommend that you visit cebu. specially its nearby islands.

redlan, ganun na nga. buti na lang medyo nasa second raw kami sa bus kaya kita kahit papaano ang both sides. keep in touch.

paolo said...

wow. it looks so green and lush.

Lawstude said...

i must agree. what i like about bus trip is that there are new sights to be seen in the road side. di rin ako inaantok at ini-enjoy ko talaga ang mga view.

david santos said...

Very nice post, my friend!
Good photos and nice colors.
Happy eeek

Abou said...

nainggit naman ako sa banner. ang ganda he he




.

Earvin said...

Gusto ko to kasi ginamitan niyo ng mapa (Geog kasi ako. Hayaan niyo na)! Wehehehehehehe! (Di pa ako nakapuntang Cebu, sana sana sana sa malapit na hinaharap).

ifoundme said...

hmmm... familiar yang mga buses na yan ah.... ceres liner yan no

SandyCarlson said...

A beautiful post! The green, yellow, and blue unite the pictures!

Lalaine said...

nice place... parang ang sarap huminga dyan... fresh air! :)

the donG said...

paolo, thanks.

lawstude, true! because you are a frequent traveler. we always like seeing new things.

david, thank you very much!

abou, maraming salamat.

earvin, oo nga no. very interesting yang course mo lalo na sa mga frequent travelers. nilagyan ko na rin ng map to para makita ang route. im sure makakapunta ka rin dyan lapit lang din kasi sa iloilo.

ifoundme, tumpak! yes it's a ceres liner and nagustuhan ko ta kaysa doon sa isang bus liner.

hi sandy, thanks!

hi lalaine, sinabi mo. at ang ganda pa ng view.

Maya said...

That's really look so great. the way you narates the trip makes me feel like i'm also on the bus.The scenic is overwhelming.
Dong,i'm looking forward on the boat trip.
I've notice that you have change your banner... & i'm envious of it. love the bangka drive... the watyer is so clear.Hay,gusto ko ng umuwi.

Dakilang Islander said...

nahhh...na miss ko lalo ang cebu sa mga photos mo..very familiar views sa cebu...

btw, umabot ka pala sa town ng Carmen dati next kasi nya hometown ko na

Napaboaniya said...

That's a pretty cheap price to pay for a drive along the coast lines!! Especially with such good scenic views! :)

the donG said...

hi maya, that's great! at least it's like you were with us there. the bangka shot was taken during our island hopping. the water is really clear. sana makapunta ka doon by the time na uuwi ka.

dakilang islander, talaga? anong town nyo doon? Is it Catmon or Sogod? kakamiss nga itong lugar na ito. kahit hindi ako taga doon pero when im in Cebu it makes me feel like im a Cebuano. hehehe... the next time ill visit Cebu, I'll go to Camotes islands.

napaboaniya, very very cheap with the gas price soaring and i like the simple life of the people in the island.

redlan said...

dong here's some of the links on my blog everytime i visited trappist monastery.

http://redlan76.blogspot.com/2007/08/finally-we-visited-trappist-monastery_26.html

http://redlan76.blogspot.com/2007/09/trappist-monastery-power-of-prayer.html

http://redlan76.blogspot.com/2007/10/o.html

http://redlan76.blogspot.com/2007/12/trappist-silent-mode.html

http://redlan76.blogspot.com/2008/01/first-trappist-visit-for-2008.html

http://redlan76.blogspot.com/2008/03/monthly-visit-trappist.html

http://redlan76.blogspot.com/2008/05/i-visited-trappist-today.html

Sumakay ako ng motor boat in Ortiz wharf) @ 10:45 am at nakarating kami ng Jordan, Guimaras wharf @ exactly 11:00am. Almost 15 of travel from Iloilo pantalan to wharf of Guimaras Island. The fare is 11php lang naman. Tapos sumakay ako ng jeep na dadaan sa Trappist Monastery at ang pamasahe ay 15php for 30 mins ride. Nag-umpisa na ang prayer ng mga monks pagdating ko. My mga madre na nagjoin sa prayer. One offered her book to share para makasabay ako sa kanila sa pagkanta. It was a 15 minute prayer @ 11:30am. And second prayer nila ay 12:30pm.

copy-paste lang yan sa previous post ko dahil draft na siya ngayon.

Aethen said...

Last year, when I was in Cebu for a youth congress, pupunta sana ako ng bantayan island para sa white beaches dun. hai. sayang wla na kasi akong oras noon kasi may pasok pa the following week. Hope soon, makapunta na tlga ako doon.

Im sure you enjoyed the trip there. maganda daw ang daan doon. :)

Kuya, exlink pla. pwede? :)

ceblogger said...

Dong, seems like you really enjoyed your Cebu trip.

Waiting here for your bantayan pics!

the donG said...

>redlan, maraming salamat. hindi naman pala ganun ka layo. looks like a really good place to visit. kala ko kasi guimaras can only offer beaches and tasty sweet mangoes.

>aethen, sayang naman! make sure you don't miss it next time. the island is really really nice. the shortest time that you need if you go to bantayan would be two days.

no problem for exlinks but i can't access your profile. plaese just send me or post your blog link.

thanks!

>ceblogger, it's one of the best islands that i've visited. i like the simple living in this island and i hope that it won't be like boracay in the future.

KRIS JASPER VAN DYKE said...

nice photos. Seems like u enjoyd really well

wanderingcommuter said...

gusto ko na rin makareating ng cebu. ang saya naman patravel travel ka nalang. retired ka na ba? hahaha. jowk lang!

> Vanny said...

wow! ang saya naman. at very neat! ;) and hey hey. 55php? sobrang mura naman. wish i can go der also. :D

the donG said...

jasper, enjoy na enjoy. i really had a good good time in that island.

wandering commuter, hahaha... aga ko naman magretire. just a good timing. sana makapunta ka doon and i recommend that you visit bantayan island rather than roaming in the city kasi parang manila na rin. but the city offers many things as well.

vanny, yes. ang linis ng place and it looks safe. make sure to include bantayan island in your iteneraries when you visit cebu.

R-yo said...

I've always wanted to go to Bantayan, hearing many good things about it. the nearest i've been was in Bogo.

Panaderos said...

I haven't been to Cebu but from what I've seen in all the pictures not only from this blog but on others, the island is such a gem. I take my hat off to the Cebuanos for showing immense pride and care for their island. They have a lot to be proud of and rightly so.

the donG said...

>r-yo, bantayan is just about an hour and a half to bantayan. you should have grabbed the chance.

>panaderos, i agree with that. the cebuanos are really proud of their place and who they are. cebu is rich in history, in its industry, international hotels and resorts and promising islands to visit.

i hope you'll be able to visit it sometime in the future.

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Technology and Informations said...

beautiful, beautiful, interesting ... that's no good at these places .. I like that.

Healthy Live said...

I like it, and I'm sure everyone would like to place this good, I was eager to visit it for the sake of my family happy.

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bobby said...

really beautiful and very fitting for my soon to visit.

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really wonderful...


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