Wednesday, June 4, 2008

seeing the island

after arriving at the Hagnaya port in San Remegio, we were just in time for the next departure so we immediately boarded the RORO (Roll On Roll Off) Super Shuttle Ferry 3 which will bring us to the island of Bantayan. it will be an hour trip going to Sta. Fe port of Bantayan island. boat fare is P155 or $3.5. fishing is their livelihood here, so you can see large fishing boats lined up on one side of the pier.the ferry departed at 10:35am. there are several trips going there but we were after with this trip as we target to be in the island before 12:00noon. very few people were with us in this trip giving us enough space to even occupy the whole bench that's good for 5people. few people... more space. i like it that way. most of the passengers were foreign and domestic travelers like us.as usual spent time looking at the islands that we were passing by waiting for a view of the island from the ferry. i miss boat trips because the last time i traveled with a ship was more than 2years ago. minutes before the expected time of arrival we can already see the white sandy beach from the horizon. we noticed that the whole coastal stretch is filled with white sand. i can't imagine how this place has been blessed with white sand surrounding its coast. this is definitely something i've been dreaming to see and to live-in in the future.on the right side of the pier is Sta. Fe beach resort and on the left side are small beach resorts. i can't imagine that there are indeed places where a beach resort is located just beside a big pier. maybe because i was imagining the north and south harbor of Manila. the sky was gloomy when we arrived and since we were excited, we were among the first to depart from the ferry. we took a motorcycle ride going to Sugar Beach Resort which is located west of the island. the trip going to the resort completes the island aura. trees and small cottage-like houses occupies the sidewalk.we can't wait to jump and have a splash on the beach. we were so excited to see what was behind these coconut trees as we were approaching the beach. you'll definitely see that on my post tomorrow because it'll be a special day.

31 comments:

redlan said...

so yung magandang view ng white sand beach is bantayan island. Ang bantayan isalnd ba is like bora na isalnd siya tapos may iba't ibang beaches?

I cant wait to see more pics tomorrow specially yung beach pics.

BTW, mas maganda kapag holy week pumunta ng guimaras at umakyat sa holy mountain perfect for photography collection kasi makikita mo ang iloilo city at ang ibang part ng guimaras.

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ifoundme said...

wow! one boat ride na lang at sana nasa negros ka na. do you know that bantayan island eat and cook lechon during holy week? exempted daw sila ng vatican and it's true

the donG said...

>redlan, yes. parang bora but this island is bigger. the same thing you can cross the different resorts by walking along the shorelines.

bukas na nga ang mga beach photos kaya abangan.

talaga? paborito nga yata ng mga tao ang pagpasyal sa mga isla pag holy week kasi ang bantayan ay ang "lenten capital ng cebu". dito pumupunta ang mga tao.

>ifoundme, lapit nga talaga ng island na ito sa negros. yung mga kasama namin sa ferry karamihan nagsasalita ng ilongo.

regarding the lechon, hindi ko alam yon ah. may basbas pa ng vatican??? alam ko lang na ito ang "lenten capital ng cebu".

kingdaddyrich said...

yun na ang pinaka aabangan ng lahat.

ang picture ni kuya dong na naka trunks! weee...

kegler747 said...

Namimiss ko tuloy ang Bantayan Island. In that island I met some of the most kind people in my journeys. The owner of Jegra John's Resort where we stayed even let us drive his Mitsubishi Adventure for FREE because it was raining.

By the way, your blog header is so cool!

tapsiboy said...

Boat ride... I enjoy boat rides.

the donG said...

>kingdaddyrich, hahaha... pambihira.

>kegler747, maraming salamat. oo nga ang bait ng mga tao dun. sana nakapagdrive din sana ako ng sasakyan na yon. saan ba yon? hehehe... para sa pagbalik.

>tapsiboy, yes we did that. just keep in touch in the coming days.

Panaderos said...

Bantayan Island is beautiful. Aside from the beach, I also love your shots of the trees that line the road going to the resort/beach. Very pretty indeed.

Lalaine said...

wow! ganda talaga... mukhang na enjoy mo pag alis mo!!! very refreshing!

i have a tag for you pala sa blog ko... bisita ka na lang :).

Maya said...

sobra na Dong. I'm almost kissing my screen & crossed eyed waiting to see the beach.
Anyway, the voyage was sounding so great already i could wait fromone tulog. Love the deep blue water & the coconut tree.
ikaw tlga, you are good on doing suspense.

ps: forgot to tell you one of your article about the kid vendor made a mark on my laptop. i was so into it that my ciggie drop on my keyboard.

jericho said...

mukhang you are having the time of your life ah .. hehe

the donG said...

>panaderos, thanks. i was also surprised seeing those trees lined up along the road. it creates an island aura.

>hi lalaine, all i can say is i enjoyed every experience in the island. so just keep in touch as im not even half way of sharing what this island offers.

>hi maya, hahaha... sinadya nga yata talaga. but this also helps you appreciate every moment. my goal was really to share to you the experience of traveling to this island. kaya may pagka-suspense.

it's great that you found that post helpful and im also privileged to have them featured here because they really deserve a post from dong.

thanks maya!

>jericho, tumpak ka dyan!

lagal[og] said...

wow dom, i haven't been this far from cebu city. grabe ang eskapo mo ah!

Sandy B & Dick said...

I have been busy with the new grandson, but have just enjoyed catching up with your latest pictures...great as usual!

the donG said...

>oggie, malayo na ba? hehehe... mas malayo naman ang magiging eskapo mo. looking forward to that bro.

>hi sandy, thanks! definitely your grandchildren needs you more. just keep in touch.

Dakilang Islander said...

ifoundme is right...kakaiba nga dyan they celebrate holy week like fiesta may handaan mostly lechon at may disco...

the donG said...

>dakilang islander, yes. kakaiba talaga. sana nga makabalik ako ulit dito.

luna miranda said...

i accidentally deleted by 1st comment.:D

anyway, it's called "indult"---the unique privilege granted by the vatican to bantayan island to eat pork during lent. their lechon parade during semana santa is quite famous.

don't miss malapascua island...you can rent an outrigger boat from bantayan to malapascua. enjoy!

Wilfrid said...

Oh, I love the beach! Too bad, we don't have many of such nice sceneries in Singapore.

I will make it a point to visit one day. :)

the donG said...

>luna, oo nga. sayang talaga. tinanong namin sa mga locals pero hindi nila alam na may derecho. alam ko kasi malapit na lang. next time. irereview ko nga mga old post mo.

>wilfrid, we have a lot of beaches here in the philippines. and that's something we can really be proud of.

Heart of Rachel said...

I'm back and looking forward to catching up with your posts.

Great shots. Looks like an exciting trip. I haven't tried the RORO before but hubby's cousins have tried it going to Boracay.

the donG said...

>hi rachel, hehehe... pansin ko nga. thanks for taking time. RORO trip is nice but not for very long trips. at least an hour of RORO trip will do.

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really beautiful and very fitting for my soon to visit.

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