Staying a night in Win Min Transient Inn, Cagayan De Oro City from our backpacking trip in Bukidnon has given us a chance to renew our strength on the following day before heading to Iligan City. Our Original plan was to actually visit the stunning waterfalls in Iligan City, such as Maria Cristina Falls, Tinago Falls and Mimbalot Falls, or they are best known as “Iligan’s Tourism Triangle”. But, since we felt like we can no longer take the 500-steps winding staircase of Tinago Falls, and we likewise consider the location of Maria Cristina Falls. Hence, we settled to only visit the Mimbalot Falls, since this is the most accessible waterfalls in Iligan City comparing it to other stunning waterfalls. Besides, me and my other friend have already visited the said waterfalls, except for the other friend, James, which he can invariably go back to Iligan City, since Iligan City is only around 3 to 4 hours of drive away from where he is from.
Mimbalot Falls or some spelled it as Mimbalut falls, perhaps because this is the name that has been registered in google map. Mimbalot Falls may not look like majestic comparing it to Maria Cristina Falls and Tinago Falls, but its innate beauty where an endless water rushing from the upper side, and paving its way to the rocks downstream is very calming and stunning, that would definitely leave you in awe.
Moreover, it is located in Brgy. Buru-un, Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte, and it is approximately eleven (11) kilometers drive away from the city proper, and less than one (1) kilometer from the National Highway, or the drop off area going to the Falls. And, this is perhaps the reason why Mimbalot Falls has never failed to attract visitors because it is really accessible. Additionally, it owns an estimated height of around 90 feet of water drop and 18 feet wide facade, that owns a different perfect spot for water massage because of huge rocks around the place. Likewise, because of these huge rocks, you wouldn’t be seeing deep catching basin like any other waterfalls that you have been to. Perchance, this is what makes Mimbalot falls stands unique amongst the other waterfalls in the Philippines.
So, upon reaching Mimbalot falls entrance, we were asked to write our name in their log book, as this is their way of monitoring the number of visitors in a day, and where they come from. And, since we will only be visiting Mimbalot falls, and decided not to go in the Iligan Paradise Resort and Eco-Park, we didn’t pay the PHP 50.00 entrance fee. Honestly, I was shocked when I knew that there is Resort in the area where they offer an exciting activities, like Zipline, cable car, horseback riding and kayaking. Probably, because the falls don’t have a natural catching basin, or a natural pool, that’s why they constructed several man-made pools and lagoon, so other visitors can enjoy the place as much as possible.
Right after writing our name in their log book, we already notice the enticing water, and several visitors at that time have already been enjoying the place. I saw several visitors that were already soaking their body in the water, which was the same water that flows from Mimbalot falls. Then, we walk for a few seconds to get close the Falls, and there – we saw the Mimbalot falls in its entire glory. Truly, the falls doesn’t have a natural catching basin, that could be a perfect place if you want to swim. Nonetheless, at that time, there are a few visitors who get to take advantage of the small pools around the huge rocks, so they can drench their body.
And since we didn’t get a cottage to place our huge bags at that time, we simply put them in a certain place where can still take a look at it at a distance. Then, we began looking for a perfect spot where we can take a photo of the Mimbalot falls. Personally, I didn’t plan to get wet at that time, but since my friend Junji of Wandering Feet PH was asking if I can take off my shirt and go close to the falls, so he can take a photo of me. And, who wouldn’t love to grab the offer from someone you’ve admired in blogging and mobile photography? And so, I immediately went closer to the falls and follow his instruction, so I can have a perfect picture, and Mimbalot Falls is my backdrop.
So, right after we secure a comfortable place to stay in Win Min Transient Inn, at the Agora Terminal, we’ve had our short rest. But, while we were in our room, I was posting on my Facebook about any recommendations on where to have a food trip in Cagayan De Oro City, or a dependable place to eat. At that time – we want to have a scrumptious food to eat as our reward, since we’ve had an amazing and successful adventure in Bukidnon. Then, after a few minutes, one of my Facebook friends recommended The Hive Food Park in CDO.
The name appears to be truly interesting, and I immediately search it online. True enough, after my quick research and reading a few reviews, I find the Hive Food Park an interesting place to have our dinner.
And so, I told my friends about it, and they concurred that we’ll have our dinner in The Hive Food Park. Later on, when our stomach started to beg for food, we resolved to open our google map, if it’s located close to where we stay. As luck would have it, we find it very close, and we decided to just walk. Then, after a few minutes of walking and wrong turned, we finally arrived at the hive food park.
The Hive Food Park in Cagayan De Oro City is where delectable food producers, creators, makers and food lovers come together to savor the abundance of Cagayan that it has to proffer. Truly, It’s a food park that is more than a mouthful, but it’s an experience! Perhaps, this is the biggest weekend food market in Cagayan De Oro City, where you get to try out the best food in the City. And, you won’t just feast your eyes to the boatload of luscious food to choose from. But, tantalize your taste buds and really find a taste of Cagayan De Oro City by sampling some of the many specialist food items. And, if you’re just staying around the City, this is the perfect place if you want to escape from the bustle and bustle of city life. A place of not just about luscious food, but a dependable place to just chill while listening to a good music, since there are live bands performing.
The minute I entered into the Hive Food Park, I am instantly comparing it the Sugbo Mercado in Cebu. Only, it looks like this place is spacious and you can freely move around without bothering to get bumped into each other. Thus, I started ambling around to look for a food that suits my taste mood at that moment. And since, there was truly a lot of luscious food to choose from, I get confused on which food to try. Merely, after a few minutes of checking other food stalls, I found the Salarrito Shrimpips interesting. And so, I immediately order for Spicy Garlic Shrimps, which seems like it is perfectly prepared and cooked to perfection with all its secret ingredients – This comes with one cup of rice and around 8 pieces of medium size spicy garlic shrimps for only PHP 99.00 pesos.
And only after a few minutes of ordering process, my order was ready for pick up at their stall, which I also choose to sit close to their stall. Then, two of my friends were still ordering their food, which is in another food stall, and it took them longer to wait before they have finally had their dinner. I was overly hungry at that time, and they asked me to eat first, since my food was still hot. I was glad when I heard them saying that I should eat first, and so I did. Truly, the spicy garlic shrimp I ordered was really luscious that have made me decide to add an extra rice. So, the moment I was about to finish my food, that’s also the time when my friends started to eat as well.
And while I was there seeing my friends enjoying their food, I was also enjoying listening to the live performance of the guest band at that moment. Perhaps, this is what makes The Hive Food Park stands to be romantic in its own way. And, who wouldn’t want to get serenaded by the soothing voice of the band vocalist while having your food? I suppose, we all love that feeling.
Anyway, after my dining experience in the Hive Food Park, I genuinely love it. And though, some food at the different food stall is expensive, but I nevertheless recommend this place for you just in case you visit Cagayan De Oro City soon.
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Win Min Transient Inn is actually the perfect place for those that needs a good rest while waiting for their schedule land trip to Camuiguin, Bukidnon, or going to Iligan. It is located at the Agora Bus Terminal, which earns it an ideal haven for backpackers, and traveler who needs a short rest before going to their target destination in Northern Mindanao. Moreover, they also offer an hourly room rate, which makes their rate very flexible. Additionally, this Hotel Inn is very clean, modern, accessible, convenient and the hotel staffs are accommodating, and attentive to the guest needs.
A comforting bed where I get to have a good rest is what I’m hankering for after our tiring backpacking trip in Bukidnon. Who wouldn’t desire a good rest after hiking on the backbreaking trail of the stunning Panimahawa Ridge and chasing waterfalls in CEDAR, Bukidnon? I’m sure, you’ll do the same, if you were with me during this backpacking trip. So, after exploring and enjoying CEDAR, we’ve had our luscious lunch. Then, we decided to depart for Cagayan De Oro City, where we set out to spend a night there before going to Iligan City on the following day.
At the National Highway while waiting for the Bus that bound for Cagayan De Oro City, we never anticipated that we will be riding a double Decker Bus. Truly, It was another experience that has made me speechless because I didn’t expect it at that time. This double Decker Bus that I’m speaking about is Pabana’s Double Decker Bus that plies in Mindanao, which serves Cagayan De Oro to Kibawe, Bukidnon route and Vice-versa. There are three trips daily, which schedule to depart Agora Bus Terminal bound for Kibawe, Bukidnon around 6:00AM, 12NN and 6PM. So, the Bus was really new and truly comforting that didn’t bore us for more than 2 hours of travel from CEDAR to CDO.
And, precisely before we were about to reach Cagayan De Oro City, we were trying to search for an affordable place to stay for a night. But, since we didn’t have leisure time to search online, and the intermittent mobile signal was a genuine struggle. Hence, we settled to just continue searching on where to stay, as we arrive at the Agora Terminal.
As a traveler that always on the lookout for discounts and deals on my travels, especially for budget-friendly accomodation. The Traveloka App has always been the travel app I use, especially in a situation like I had at that time. Additionally, Traveloka App has never failed to offer me an easier and faster means of booking my accommodation with their best deals and discount promo codes for about 2 years now. Thus, with the help of Traveloka App, we were able to book our accommodation in Win Min Transient Inn, which is located just before you enter the Agora Terminal.
As we enter the Win Min Transient Inn, I instantly notice a simple sign board that says, “Win Min Transient Inn, Luxury almost for free”. Right that moment, I was excited to experience what the sign board has said. And then, the receptionist smiled at me, and I simply return the favor of giving my precious smile as well. I handed her the notification of my Hotel booking made through Traveloka app together with the Hotel Voucher, Booking ID number and my Identification Card for verification. In an instant, she gave us our room number. Then, we took a stair going up to our room – there, we notice that the Hotel has only one floor, where hotel rooms are. Though, the Hotel looks like a two-storey building, but they only have the 2nd floor, since the first floor was intended for commercial establishment for food stalls. Likely because Win Min Transient Inn is located just before you enter the Public Terminal.
So, as we went into the room, I immediately notice the comforting blue, white and red colors in the room. But, I have been a bit dismayed since we book for a superior room good for triple occupancy at that time, but we ended up having a standard room good for two without informing us in advance. And, I guess the management should revamp or don’t overlook this system, so they can continue receiving guests in the future. But, despite of what happened, we are even thankful for we finally get to rest after our tiring, but an enjoyable backpacking trip in Bukidnon. Besides, they provide us an extra bed, and very attentive to our needs.
The room was spacious, and has a clean luxury sheets and all the necessary fresh linens. And I guess, they also put a linen spray, which adds an additional boost of luxury and keeps the space smelling divine, but comfortably to the nose. Also, as I checked the bathroom, I noticed that they keep the essentials, which is very important since most of travelers are bound to forget things, like shampoo + conditioner, bath soap, and the likes. These were kept in an easily attainable place in the bathroom, which is very easy to find.
Besides, I like the fact of how they go an extra mile for their guests. Adding an additional luxury that elevates the experience and make life a lot easier, by providing us 32 inches flat screen Television, an extra chair. Likewise, they make sure that they don’t forget the little things we all need to make it through the day, like charging stations for our gadgets. Another thing was that; these days, sharing the love really means sharing the WiFi as well. Thus, speaking of WiFi, I guess their internet connection was good, but it becomes loading when you watch videos on YouTube most of the time. Possibly, because of their internet service provider.
Anyway, We truly felt like we were staying in a luxury Hotel because of their service, but at an affordable price. I suppose, they truly make sure that their guests will get to experience staying in a home away from home.
And speaking of my overall experience of staying at Win Min Transient Inn, they truly have exceeded my expectations, and if I’d given a chance to travel back in Cagayan De Oro City, I would still love to stay here.
ROOM RATES (Inclusive of VAT as of April 2019)
A.) Per Room (Minimum of 3 Hours)
Standard Room good for 2 persons
Gross – PHP 113.34
Discount – 25 %
Net – PHP 85.00
Superior Room good for 3 persons
Gross – PHP 126.67
Discount – 25 %
Net – PHP 95.00
B.) Per Room (Good for 24 hours)
Standard Room good for 2 persons
Gross – PHP 2,040.00
Discount – 55.88 %
Net – PHP 900.00
Superior Room good for 3 persons
Gross – PHP 2,280.00
Discount – 56.14 %
Net – PHP 1,000.00
Extra Person – PHP 20.00 per hour
Extra Bed – PHP 30.00 per hour
Locker / Cabinet Fee – PHP 15.00 per hour
Have you tried booking your Hotel stay by using Traveloka app? Indeed, it is really easy, just download the Traveloka app, then register by using your valid email address. As shortly as you are done downloading the app, you’ll be given a 30% discount on your first Hotel booking and at the same time, on your selected flight booking, it may be an international or local flight. Truly, this App is so generous that it won’t get tired of giving you discount from time to time, just make sure to check your email for their amazing discounts.
Also, during our stay at Win Min Transient Inn, instead of paying PHP 1,000.00 for the Superior Room, we merely have paid around PHP 903.82 because we booked it through using the Traveloka App. And just like what I have said, they offer discounts and promo codes most of the time.
Honestly, I haven’t heard about CEDAR or Center for Ecological Development and Recreation, until I had a chance to trek to the stunning beauty of Panimahawa Ridge. Our guide actually suggested about CEDAR as our side trip, after climbing the Panimahawa Ridge. Moreover, CEDAR is located in Brgy. Impalutao, Impasug-ong, Bukidnon, and this is a reforestation project managed by the Department of the Environment and Natural Resources together with the Local Government Unit of the Municipality of Impasug-ong, Bukidnon. Additionally, it is an eco-park that has an estimated land area of around 1,703 hectares, which owns a cold spring, clean river, enticing cold swimming pool, natural forest, rolling hills, and around four waterfalls that are waiting to be discovered and enjoy.
Admittedly, going here wasn’t really part of our itinerary, since we were only planning to trek to the awe-inspiring beauty of Panimahawa Ridge. But, since we arrived early at the Ant farm after descending from Panimahawa Ridge, our guide asked us if we want to visit CEDAR. And so, I immediately asked him what does CEDAR stands for and what it has to offer. He then smiled, and sincerely explained it to me. Firstly, I asked how long will it take to trek in the forest, because I was a bit concerned about my muscle soreness, which feels like my legs and knees are throbbing. Probably, it was a natural body reaction after climbing Panimahawa Ridge. And I feel like I need a day or two of respite to allow my sore muscles to repair, and to go back to its natural condition. Fortunately, the trek isn’t that long and it’s not that far, that’s why we resolved to have a visit in CEDAR.
I was actually excited after knowing that CEDAR has four major falls namely; Gantungan Falls, Natigbasan Falls, Dila Falls, and Makabayot Falls, which can actually be reached in less than an hour of hiking. These said waterfalls are not like other cascades that are arranged one after the other, or not in the series, which means that these waterfalls are from a different river source. And among the four waterfalls, only the Makabayot waterfall is naturally made because of both Gantungan and Natigbasan Falls. Additionally, the Natigbasan Falls is probably the nearest, since it is situated around 720 meters away from the entrance; Gantungan which is 780 meters, and the Dila Falls is the farthest, which is 960 meters away from the entrance. Additionally, CEDAR has a wide camping ground space, where they actually cater events for huge campers.
The moment we arrived in CEDAR, we immediately noticed the towering trees that make the whole place amazing, which provide a good shade and fresh air. Then, we paid the entrance fee for PHP 20.00 and we started hiking to the waterfalls.
After a few minutes of hiking, we first saw the enticing swimming pool, since it is situated just 670 meters away from the entrance. It looks so refreshing because of the huge trees that surrounds the place. There were already a few visitors who enjoyed the pool the moment we arrived, and since we want to visit the waterfalls we then continue on our trek.
Hiking and chasing waterfalls are both an interesting activities to do in CEDAR. And so, despite my muscle soreness, I still wanted to hike to see the waterfalls. We first heard the gushing water, which has actually caught our attention, but one has to get down to see the Natigbasan waterfall. We then determined not to go down, since my muscle soreness might can’t handle the steep trail going down.
After a few minutes of hiking, another waterfall welcomed us, and our guide told us that it is the Gantungan Falls, which is said to be the major waterfalls in CEDAR that one has to experience. It seems like a perfect place for Canyoneering because of its natural form; the water flows in between the gigantic rock walls before it reaches its brink, and falls freely to its catching basin. If you desire to see Gantungan Falls in its full glory, one has to hike down to the river and a few minutes of river trekking and swimming. When you get close to the falls, you’ll see a small cave and its majestic beauty that stands around 30 feet high. Simply, during our visit, we didn’t get down and we only see the waterfall’s top view, since it is visible from the trail where we get to pass by before reaching the river pool.
Panimahawa Ridge or some called it Paminahawa Ridge, perhaps because Paminahawa is the name that has been registered in google map if you’re straining to find it. And on a local tongue, they generally called it Panimahawa Ridge. It is in reality part of the mountain range located in Brgy. Impalutao, Impasug-ong, Bukidnon where you get to enjoy the amazing and breathtaking view of the different ridges of nearby mountains. Moreover, Panimahawa Ridge has an elevation of 819 Meters Above Sea Level (MASL), or around 2,687 feet. This has become the favorite and famous hiking destination of many trekkers after fanning its name in Social Media recently. Believe me or not, because of the pictures and videos of Panimahawa ridge that has been circulating in Social Media, a few local celebrities in the Philippines have been to Panimahawa Ridge. In fact, a day before my trek to Panimahawa Ridge, Angel Locsin was doing a day hike to this ridge. Unluckily, her schedule and my schedule didn’t meet half way.
Moreover, there are approximately 5 known Ridges in Impasug-ong, Bukidnon, but only Panimahawa Ridge is possibly known to most hikers and mountaineers. These 5 Ridges are Panimahawa Ridge, Kapayawan Ridge, Gupalon Ridge, Kaanibungan Ridge, and Ginahawan Ridge. The one that is close to Panimahawa Ridge is Kapayawan Ridge, and beside Kapayawan Ridge is the Gupalon Ridge. The Kaanibungan Ridge is actually situated just close and facing the Tagoloan River, which you can also see this River if you’re standing on the Panimahawa Ridge and Kapayawan Ridge. Additionally, the Ginahawan Ridge is probably the farthest among the 5 ridges, but can be traversed from Panimahawa Ridge. It is located close and facing the Kinapuntan River, and believably, this is the perfect view that it has to offer aside from the stunning mountains around.
My recent trip to Bukidnon has surprised me a great deal. I had my backpacking trip for 7 days, and my route was started in Dapitan – Dipolog – Ozamiz – Iligan – Cagayan – Bukidnon. Yes, it was a long Bus ride, but the moment I traipsed my feet in the Province of Bukidnon, I was astounded by all the surprises that I didn’t expect. And one of the surprises I’ve experienced was seeing the Pink Trumpet trees that are in full bloom when I passed by along the National Road while I was on the Bus. I began seeing the Pink Trumpet Trees when the Bus started passing by at the Manolo Fortich up to Sumilao and Impasug-Ong, and on my way to the jump off area of Panimahawa Ridge. They said that this is perhaps the Philippines version of Japan’s Cherry Blossoms.
It was nearly dark when we get down from the Bus on the junction road in the Impalutao Integrated School. Then, we get to ride a motorcycle going to to drop off point of Panimawaha Ridge. We were supposed to see the stunning sunset hue at the peak, but since considering the long travel from Mahayag, Zamboanga Del Norte, to get to Panimahawa Ridge before sunset, was truly a struggle. Actually, It took us 11 hours to get to the jump off area, which has already drained our energy before starting our trek to Panimahawa Ridge. I was with two of my travel blogger friends, namely Junji of Wandering Feet PH, and James of ASANASADsiJAMES.
Shortly after registration and signing up the agreement form to climb the Panimahawa Ridge, Sir Rob introduced us to our guide named, Jimboy. Then, each of us paid PHP 300.00 for the registration and guide fee. It was supposed to be PHP 1,500 as the minimum for the group of 5 people, which includes the registration fee and guide fee. But, in our case, we only paid PHP 300.00 even we were only 3 at that time.
Sir Rob informed us about the trail to the Panimahawa Ridge just before we proceed on our trek. The first phase or level is just a normal trail for approximately 25 minutes. One has to trek downhill until it reaches the wooden bridge. Then, another 30 minutes of trek uphill after the bridge, which I find it quite challenging because I was breathing laboriously at that time. Soon later, another 25 minutes of trek with an easy stroll trail up to the store near the foot of the ridge. Then, another 15 minute trek, which is an assault trail, and one has to hike along the ridge. Then, the last leg is hiking for another 20 minutes along the ridge up to the camping area. Thus, all in all, there are around 5 levels of trails before reaching the camping area, which makes it around 2 hours of trekking. Merely, for legit mountaineers who have climbed several mountains before, then perhaps climbing Panimahawa Ridge will only take them 1 hour.
As we were hiking, I was the only one who demands a water break from time to time. Perhaps because I was the only one who haven’t been into mountain climbing for about a year due to my long hiatus with my outdoor life. At that time, I was grateful that my two friends were so patient about my hiking pace, and kept on asking if I was okay. And, after the challenging trek, I was grinning from ear to ear as we arrived at the camping area.
It was already about 8:00 PM when we reach the camping area. And as anticipated, most of the camping area was already occupied, but we were still blessed to get a good spot, since we only had two tents at that time. Then, we took a little rest, then started to pitch our tent. Shortly later, we prepared food for our dinner, then had our luscious dinner after.
I feel like I was so tired at that time, hence right after dinner as the cold wind tardily blowing my tent, I felt that the mountain breeze slowly touching my surface. Truly, I enjoy how the wind hugged me tightly in a gentle manner. It was as if I have the freedom to flirt with the frigid wind, as it pacify my tired body. Soon after, my body is asking me to rest, like as if a kind of plea that I couldn’t flout. Then, that moment keeps on – the mountain breeze and the total relaxation were superb, until it brought me to a deep slumber.
The next morning was exciting, since I wasn’t able to see the stunning view of Panimahawa Ridge the moment I arrived. Then, my comfortable sleep and good rest were something that has made me wake up early. I slowly open my tent’s window and waiting for the first light to come. And so, I slowly see the panoramic view that has truly made me speechless. I didn’t bother about my morning look, despite of a few campers around as well. They all seemed to be really excited for the morning view and sunrise and so I am. Perfect morning hues that compliment to the perfect view before my eyes began to divulge – I was there patiently waiting and excited for the sunrise.
A few minutes later, my two friends ask me if we can explore the different ridges located so close to us. I wasn’t in doubt at all – I run like I was joining a race. There – I saw different ridges that are genuinely beautiful and words are not enough to express how stunning they are.
Kinatarcan Island (Guintacan Island) is a charming island that offers travelers a chance to experience rustic island life in a peaceful and relaxing environment. It is composed of three Barangays, namely: Bitoon, Hagdan, and Langub. Exploring this Island will let you enjoy the beautiful rocky cliffs on the North side and along the western and eastern side, you’ll be seeing the cloistered white sand beaches. Moreover Kinatarcan (Guintacan) Island is actually part of the Municipality of Santa Fe and situated at the Southern Part of the Visayan sea that is close to Bantayan Island, which perhaps makes it the last frontier of Cebu.
The whole Kinatarcan island is just about nine kilometers long as its length and two kilometers as its width which means ambling around the whole island for only 2-3 hours is very possible. Additionally, Kinatarcan Island doesn’t own a big chain of Resort, except for the Kinatarcan Wellness Resort, which would about to open this month of May this year and owned by Miss Gina Lopez. According to one of the locals that I had a chance to talk to, Kinatarcan Island will soon be an Eco-Tourism destination in Cebu, just like the town of Aloguinsan, which I think would be great. Perchance, this would give the locals an opportunity to earn, while making them an Eco-Warriors if this Eco-Tourism development will adhere.
Anyway, I had a chance to visit this Island two years ago with my friends. But, we didn’t own a leisure time to explore the Island, since we only visit the cloistered La-aw lagoon. And, just this month before my 7 days backpacking in Northern Mindanao, I had a chance to explore Kinatarcan Island longer than my first sojourn. Hence, I decided to write a travel guide to this natural Jewel in Cebu that is waiting to be explored, which includes visiting to its top tourist attractions, like Laaw Lagoon, Tamboan ni Leon, Pasil, Langub, Hagdan and Bitoon beaches, Langub Cliff Diving Spot, and Langub floating dock. Additionally, it includes how to get to Kinatarcan Island from Cebu, going around Kinatarcan Island, where to stay and eat on Kinatarcan Island, Kinatarcan island sample itinerary, possible expenses to prepare, travel tips and things to do in Kinatarcan Island.
CONTENTS COVERED IN THIS GUIDE
Top Tourist Attractions in Kinatarcan Island
How To Get to Kinatarcan Island
Going Around Kinatarcan Island
Where To Stay in Kinatarcan Island
Where To eat in Kinatarcan Island
Kinatarcan Island Sample Itinerary
Kinatarcan Island Possible Expenses
Travel Tips And Other Things To Do In Kinatarcan Island
Top Tourist Attractions On Kinatarcan Island
This is the only beautiful spot I had a chance to visit during my first visit to Kinatarcan Island 2 years ago. Getting to Laaw lagoon, one must hike for 25-30 minutes from where the boat dock off, near the sea coast of Brgy. Hagdan. The trail going here is very open, having said that, you can’t find big trees to give you enough shade while hiking. Thus, I suggest that you go here around morning time or later in the afternoon, since it can be really hot, especially during summer time in the Philippines.
And just before you reach the Laaw Lagoon, one must pay the entrancef fee for PHP 50.00, which goes for the Eco-Tourism development. And after paying the entrance fee, you have to go along on a narrow pathway that seems like a huge rock being broken in the middle and created a very unique pathway. You’ll as well be seeing cave along the way, but it looks like just plain hanging on the bulwark of the limestone. There were stalagmites hanging, but sadly it looks like they were already a dead stalagmite.
The La-aw Cove is a lagoon that looks like being trapped and surrounded by a limestone and covered by a canopy of trees which makes the place so umbrageous, and most probably the reason why the water is cold. The lagoon is not that really wide, simply enough to attract your child like sense to play and enjoy its natural beauty with its crystal clear waters that is very enticing.
Moreover, the lagoon houses a luscious local food known as “Lato” or a sea grape (Caulerpa lentillifera). It is commonly eaten raw with vinegar after been washed in clean water, and mixed it with some chopped raw shallots and fresh tomatoes, and dressed with a blend of fish sauce or bagoong (fish paste). It is known to be very rich in iodine.
Tamboan ni Leon or a Coral Cliff
This is actually located right beside Laaw Lagoon, you just have to hike a few minutes from Laaw lagoon, since there’s a trail going to the Coral Cliff. The cliff is actually facing the open sea of the Visayan Sea, which gives you a chance to see a panoramic view of the vast ocean. There’s actually a great spot where you can have your instagrammable pose, but don’t dare to look down the cliff, since it is quite scary because it is high enough to make your feet shaking in fear. And, if you’re really into extreme adventure, you can try the cliff jumping here, but again, it is high enough to make you think twice if you jump or not. Moreover, you can also see the big boulders made of corals, which is likewise perfect for picture taking.
This is located in Brgy. Hagdan, where you can enjoy it before heading to Laaw lagoon. Perhaps, upon traipsing your feet here, the first beautiful scenery that fascinated your eyes is the untouched white sand beach, splendid coastal views, crystal clear water, lines of wild coconut trees and the colorful fishing boats on the seashore. There’s actually a stairs going upwards, which is the same stairs that you’ll be using when you go to Laaw Lagoon. And at the upper portion of the stairs, you’ll get to see the panoramic vista of the blue ocean and the long stretch of its unspoiled white sand beach.
This is where the passenger boat from Daanbantayan dock off, likely because it is located fronting Daanbantayan, which makes it a gateway of Kinatarcan Island. Additionally, the Kinatarcan Wellness Resort is sited here, which is about to open in the month of May this year. This place has a long stretch of white sand beach, and turquoise waters that would definitely going to entice you to take a dip. During my second visit, the waves were extremely big, that hinders us from getting down from the boat and swim.
This is where we actually stayed during my visit, since one of our friends is actually from here. He told us that Brgy. Langub is known as a place where dried fish are produced, or they called it as “Buwaran ug Bulad”. That’s why, I smell something very familiar when I traipsed my feet here, since it is one of my favorite viands during breakfast, but not all the time. I didn’t have a chance to swim here, since I find Hagdan, Pasil and Bitoon beaches are more enticing and the waters are undoubtedly crystal clear. Nonetheless, my friends had an amazing night on the Langub beach, since this is where we camp.
My recent trip to Bukidnon has surprised me a great deal. I had my backpacking trip for 6 days, and my route was started in Dapitan – Dipolog – Ozamiz – Iligan – Cagayan – Bukidnon. Yes, it was a long Bus ride, but the moment I traipsed my feet in the Province of Bukidnon, I was astounded by all the surprises that I didn’t expect. My real plan is to trek to the stunning beauty of Paninahawa Ridge and stay there overnight with two of my travel blogger friends. But, I was surprised when I found out these trees that are in full bloom when I passed by along the National Road while I was on the Bus. I began seeing the Pink Trumpet Trees when the Bus started passing by at the Manolo Fortich up to Sumilao and Impasug-Ong.
These Pink, White and Golden Trumpet Trees (Tabebuia Rosea and Tabebuia Impetiginosa) In Bukidnon have been said to be seen during the summer time from the month of March up until the month of May. These can be found along the National road from Manolo Fortich up to Malaybalay City, Bukidnon. The residents in the Province of Bukidnon are really excited about summer time because of these beautiful Trumpet Trees.
Perhaps, the stunning sight of the mountainous terrain of Bukidnon and all the hidden beautiful waterfalls has been what this Province is proud of. And with this new spot that have just been circulating around the social media, would definitely a redolence to the innate beauty of Bukidnon.
I wasn’t able to come close to this Pink Trumpet Tree, since I was on the Bus that time, but I truly enjoy watching them. And to my surprise, the moment I came down from the Bus near the junction road going to the jump off area of Paninahawa Ridge, I had a chance to see the Pink Trumpet Trees again before reaching the jump off area. These Trumpet trees are swaying in the wind, and its blossoms are slowly falling off the ground, which makes the road looks like a carpet of petals.
I had a conversation with the motorcycle driver while I’m on my way to the jump off area of Paninahawa Ridge. He told me that these trees are merely nothing to him, since he used to see it every summer. While he told me that it was just nothing to him, I was acting opposite, since I couldn’t hold myself from moving like I was really amazed of what I have just seen. Deep within me, I knew that seeing these beautiful Pink Trumpet Tree would render me a chance to experience what it feels like to get close to the Cherry blossoms known in other Asian countries during springtime, like Japan, Taiwan, China and the likes.
Additionally, in some part of a road in the town of Malaybalay City, Bukidnon has seen some Golden Trumpet Trees that are likewise in full bloom. This generally happened during summer in Malaybalay City when these trees defoliate – Leaving only the yellow flowers on the branches. This has become a welcome sight along the main avenue, in the park and near the cathedral of Malaybalay, Bukidnon.
Photo Credit: Romnick S. Tagalicod
Photo Credit: Romnick S. Tagalicod
Truly, this is such a great news, especially for someone like me who want to experience Cherry Blossoms, but can’t afford to travel to Japan, Taiwan or China at present. And knowing that we have our own version of Cherry Blossoms in the Philippines, this would render us once in a lifetime experience in which, we don’t need to spend much just to experience Cherry Blossoms.
How To Get To Bukidnon
The Province of Bukidnon doesn’t have its own Commercial Airport, but it is nonetheless very accessible by Air and Land through the nearest point of Entry, Cagayan De Oro City and Davao City.
Laguindingan International Airport
The nearest Airport in Bukidnon is located in Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental in which Cagayan de Oro is the capital City. There are daily flights to Laguindingan International Airport from Manila, Davao and other part of the Philippines with Major local Airlines (Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Air Asia). But, I suggest that you only fly to Laguindingan Airport if you’re planning to go to Dahilayan or in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon since it is located close to Cagayan De Oro City.
From the Airport, take a Van going to CDO downtown and will pass by in the Agora Market Terminal. The fare is around PHP 199.00, and the travel time from Laguindingan Airport to Agora Terminal is less than an hour. From Agora Terminal, take a Bus or Van bound for Dahilayan, and travel time is around 1 hour. And, if you’re traveling to Malaybalay City, Bukidnon, just ride a Bus bound for Malaybalay City Bukidnon. The travel time is around 3 hours.
During my travel to Impasug-Ong, Bukidnon, this is where I had a chance to see the scenic rows of Pink Trumpet Trees in the sideways alongside the wide pineapple plantation.
If you want to experience riding a double Decker Bus then, Pabama’s Double Decker Bus will get you covered. This double Decker Bus serves Cagayan De Oro to Kibawe, Bukidnon route and Vice-versa. There are three trips daily, which schedule to depart Agora Bus Terminal bound for Kibawe, Bukidnon around 6:00AM, 12NN and 6PM.
From Davao (F. Bangoy) International Airport)
From the Airport, take a Cab going to Ecoland Integrated Bus Terminal and the travel time is around 30-45 minutes, The fare is around PHP 300.00. But, if you want to do DIY, and get a cheaper fare, just walk a few meters from the Airport to the highway and ride a Bus bound for Ecoland Terminal. The travel time is around 1 hour and the fare is less than PHP 40.00. I suggest that if you’re planning to only visit Maramag and Valencia, Bukidnon then, Davao as your point of entry is the best option, since Maramag and Valencia is located close to Davao. From Ecoland Integrated Bus Terminal, just ride a Bus bound for Cagayan De Oro City. The travel time is around 5 hours.
Truly, summer in the Philippines could be really hot and this is the season that most people would likely be really exciting about. It is when most sun lovers and beach worshippers really waited. Cebu has a lot of white powdery sand beaches along with its shoreline and some are actually making their name famously and could possibly be compared to the beautiful beaches in the world. But behind all the commercialized White sand Beach Resorts that you can find in Cebu, we are still fortunate enough that there are still few precious gems that aren’t overrun by beach worshipper. One of these islands that owns very unspoiled white sand beaches and are not yet worn down by the presence of visitors is the Carnaza Island at Northernmost tip of Cebu, Philippines.
Carnaza Island is located at the Northernmost distance from the shore of Daanbantayan Cebu and at the North of Malapascua Island. Moreover, seeing the island in an aerial view, It looks like a turtle-shaped Island that said to own 173.5 hectares. Getting here would take you 2 hours of boat travel from the port of Tapilon or if you come from Malapascua Island, it would only take you more than an hour. There are around 7 Sitio’s in Brgy. Carnaza Island, Daanbantayan, namely Daan Barrio, Barrio 1- (Proper 1), – It is where the passenger boat dock off, Barrio 2 – (Proper 2), Linaw, Pantao, Liog-liog, and Can-Dionesio.
Additionally, Carnaza Island is partially shrouded in low mountains, evergreen rain forest and a couple of jungle viewpoints that serve as excuses for short treks. Moreover, this island also offers fine white sand beaches that right after a limestone formation is another cove that owns a short stretch of white sand beaches to discover and enjoy. The stunning views towards several limestone outcrops rising from the sea is like the spine of an ancient dragon that runs into the sturdy waves and the surface of every limestone formation. The waters that surround the island is teal and full of life. And a great playground for those that really love to plunge under the paradise of the ocean.
I’ve explored this Island 2 years ago when we had a chance to visit the five Northern most tip islands of Cebu for 3 days. And just before this Island became well known to the public, I was able to experience how tranquil Carnaza Island was at that time. At present, this Island has now experienced a few numbers of tourists who visited the Island, which It has already been anticipated. But, even this Island has started receiving a few numbers of visitors, it is still left in its innate state.
Hence, our recent trip to Carnaza Island had made me decide to make a travel guide, which includes visiting to its top tourist attractions like Kailina Beach, Daan Barrio Cove, Barrio 1 and 2 (Proper 1 & 2) Cove, Cementeryo Cove, Airplane Island, Baliwanan, Gamayng Baybay Cove, Kambalaki Cove, Candionesio Cove, Carnaza Eco Park Resort, Liog-Liog Cove, Skull Cove and Helipad, Dakit-Dakit Island and a lot more. Additionally, it includes how to get to Carnaza Island, travel tips, itinerary, where to eat and stay, and possible expenses on Carnaza Island.
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Top Tourist Attractions on Carnaza Island
How To Get to Carnaza Island
Going Around Carnaza Island
Where To Stay on Carnaza Island
Where To eat on Carnaza Island
Carnaza Island Sample Itinerary
Carnaza Island Possible Expenses
La Manok, Dakit-Dakit and Gato Island Hopping
Travel Tips And Other Things To Do On Carnaza Island
Top Tourist Attractions On Carnaza Island
This is the first cove that I genuinely have enjoyed during my first visit last 2017. This is also where we have stayed with my friends that time, since we were into camping and adventure. Likewise, on my second visit, this is where we choose to stay as well. Perhaps, because this privately owned beach has captured my heart since my first visit.
Kailina Beach is known for being secluded, and it is peacefully situated close to Daan Barrio in Carnaza. One of the locals whom I have asked said that the beach was called after the owner of the beach named “Ilina”. Locals called it as “Kang Ilina” or “Ka Ilina”. A Visayan word means “Owned by Ilina”. “This is how the “Ka Ilina beach” was discovered. Moreover, Kailina beach is a picture-perfect beach, which owns turquoise waters and very fine white sand with serene surroundings where you can perfectly commune with nature. If you’re the kind of traveler who want to get away from the crowd, this beach is a perfect place for you.
This Photo was taken last April 2017
Additionally, Kailina beach entrance fee for day use is PHP 20.00. And if you choose to camp here overnight, you’ll have to pay PHP 150.00 per person. Probably, the only downside of staying in Kailina beach is that, there’s no toilet and shower room. Nevertheless, you can always ask Kuya Edie, the caretaker of Kailina beach to use their toilet, since their house is just a stone throw away from the Kailina beach. During our second visit, they even help us cook our dinner and breakfast, which is free of charge. But, since we don’t want to take their kindness for granted, instead of paying PHP 150.00 for our whole night stay on Kailina beach, each of us decided to just pay PHP 200.00, and we were around nine energetic travelers that time.
This Photo was taken last April 2017
There’s a restaurant nearby, the name is Psalm Restaurant and would only take 5 minutes of walk from from Kailina beach. They have a boat load of affordable food, drinking water, offers home stay and Island tour as well.
Daan Barrio Cove
This cove is situated just right next to Barrio 1 and Barrio 2. Most of the time passengers boat dock off on this Cove if not in Barrio 1. It holds a smaller stretch of white sand, but since there are residents nearby, the place doesn’t seem to be a perfect spot for swimming.
Barrio 1 and 2 (Proper 1 & 2) Cove
This is situated just before you reach Cementeryo Cove, and at this place, you’ll be seeing a beautiful spot that looks like a cave pool when you try to see it at a higher elevation. Moreover, this place is also the best for sunset viewing since there are coconut palms, but one has to go up on a karst hill to get the perfect spot. Additionally, you’ll also be seeing the Cementeryo Cove, which is a perfect backdrop if you want to have a picture of yourself. And you’ll be mystified with a bunch of colorful pump boats on its shoreline that the locals use for fishing. It addition to what has been said above, one has to get allured with the beautiful cliff that is perfect for cliff jumping, since the water is very clear and enticing.
This Photo was taken last April 2017
This Photo was taken last April 2017
This Photo was taken last April 2017
Admittedly, 2 days before our trek to Mount Mago made me very doubtful since I haven’t been to any mountain for quite long already. But, deep within me, I can’t deny the fact that I’m really excited since I get to reunite with mountain again and meet my old trekker buddies. I was invited by my good friend, Arnold of Wandering Soul Camper, who used to tempt me on their previous treks the previous months, but I didn’t always get a chance because of Adulting duties. And at long last, I’m ready again, that’s why I immediately said yes to his invitation.
Mt. Mago is said to be the only Mountain Peak in Cebu that technically sits along the boundary of not just one Municipality, but three. It is peacefully located in the boundaries of Danao, Carmen and Tuburan, Cebu. Moreover, It stands around 755 MASL that offers a panoramic backdrop view of different mountains around. Actually, I got shocked the moment I knew about it. And so, I suddenly remember about our trek to Ablayan Peak in Boljoon, Cebu, 2 years ago. It is likewise located in the boundary of Boljoon and Malabuyoc. Also, Mt. Mago is also known to be one of the friendliest mountains in Cebu, since it has a very friendly trail when you get to its summit. Perhaps, the trail of Mt. Mago is comparable to the trail of Mt. Naupa.
True enough, Saturday arrived and our tryst was set at the Cebu North Bus Terminal. We were supposed to meet at exactly 12:00 Noon, but due to unforeseen adversity, we all arrived at the terminal by 1:30 PM. I arrived first since I’m very excited, because at long last I’ll get to traipse my feet along the mountain peak again. And while waiting for others, I had my lunch to gather some energy for our trek to Mt. Mago. I was with Arnold, Alton, Rafael, Clifford, Krey and 3 other friends whom I have just met for the first time.
Time was seemed to run faster, then we immediately ride a Bus bound for Carmen. The Bus was almost occupied with passengers as we went in. Therefore, we all sit in different seats, like one seat apart. I was sitting beside a girl, whom I had a chance to speak to her and ask where is she going, she said that she’ll go back home in Bogo, she just had an important meeting in the City. Along the way, she seems sleepy, and then I stop talking to her, or she might feel that I was a boring guy that talks nonsense things.
Anyway, Carmen, Cebu is around 2 hours drive from Cebu City, and offers a panoramic view of the coastline of the town of Liloan, Compostela and Danao, therefore we are truly mollified by the view. In fact, I haven’t even noticed that we have passed the town of Carmen, until my friend told me that we need to get down from the Bus. True enough, we immediately go down near the Carmen Public Market. And across the Public Market was Metro supermarket of Carmen. We immediately went inside the Supermarket to buy all the things we need for our overnight camp at Mt. Mago.
We seemed like we didn’t bother about the time, knowing that it was already 3:30 in the afternoon when we reached Carmen. Imagine – it took us an hour to buy all the essential things we need for our overnight camp like our trail food, drinking water, snacks. Also, our food for dinner and breakfast on the following day and our lunch as well. Then, one of the Habal-Habal (Motorcycle) drivers approached us, and after agreeing to the motorcycle fare, which is PHP 120.00, we immediately ride a motorcycle going to the jump off area.
Personally, I find our motorcycle ride as an adventure itself because of the rough road. At first, it has been just a smooth ride, then to my surprise the uphill road has become jouncy up to the jump off field. But, on the other hand, the scenic views while riding the motorcycle has given me a chance to get in touch with nature’s beauty at a glance.
Shortly, after 30 minutes of motorcycle ride from Carmen proper, we all arrived safely at the jump off area, which is in Sitio Binalbagan, Brgy Santican. We supposed to register first in the Brgy. Hall, which is located very close to the jump off area, but since it was Saturday that time, and perhaps some Brgy. workers were busy, then we didn’t get a chance to register. Additionally, the locals who are staying near the jump off area can actually guide, but since some of our friends have already been to Mount Mago for a couple times, hence we decided not to look for a local guide.
We began our trek with an easy trail as we passed by in a few houses. And so, a few minutes after, I get to witness the small changes of the trail from easy to a semi-assault trail. And since we started trekking like around 5:30 in the afternoon, as anticipated, we would experience night trek. And so, the whole place has slowly covered by darkness. Then, I became worried since I knew that I forgot to bring my headlamp, and the good thing was, some of our friends brought a headlamp.
The panoramic view along the way, which we supposed to enjoy didn’t happen the way we expected before we trek to Mount Mago. Simply, instead of feeling sad, I was still very happy since it was actually my first time to experience night trek. Indeed, It was truly fun, and one of a kind mountain climbing experience. As nearly as we reach the camping area, we actually took the old trail, which happened to have long been closed, according to the local who also taught us the new trail going to the camping area. True enough, a few minutes after our wrong turn, we successfully reached the camping area.
As soon as we arrived at the camping area of Mt. Mago, we instantly had a good spot to pitch our tent. The camping space was good enough for our 6 camping tents. Actually, there’s another two camping area near the peak, but it has already been occupied by other trekkers who arrived earlier than us. The one we had was actually close to the boundary stone between the town of Danao, Carmen and Tuburan, Cebu. The cold mountain breeze has started kissing my surface while I was pitching my camping tent.
I love how the wind hugged me tightly in a gentle manner. Then, I suddenly uttered a joke – Oh, this place feels like we had a centralized air-conditioning. And everyone was like – Oh, you got it right! Shortly after pitching our tent, we immediately prepare our dinner. And since we are aware that we won’t have time to cook for our dinner, we then bought 3 roasted chicken and Hanging Rice or locally known as Puso beforehand. As expected, everybody was very hungry and tired, and the sole way to pacify our jaded body is to eat as much as we can. True enough, we set up the wide plastic waterproofed sheet or locally known as Trapal. Then, we put all our food on top of it, then we started enjoying our dinner under the slight shade of light.
Sometimes, it’s really hard to believe that someplace looks like a paradise. And – I guess, Paradise beach in Bantayan must be really great if it’s way better than the long stretch of white sand beaches in Santa Fe Bantayan. That was exactly I told myself when I heard the word “Paradise Beach”. I know that each one of us has our own way of defining what paradise really is. But personally, as long as a certain place would render me a great happiness where everything is exactly I’d like it to be, I guess that is paradise for me.
Paradise Beach is known for being secluded, and it is peacefully located in the southern part of Bantayan Island. If you’re the kind of traveler who want to get away from the crowd, this beach is a perfect place for you. According to one of the locals, which I had a chance to talk with, he said that Paradise Beach is owned by the same owners of Santa Fe Beach Club and Ogtong Cave Resort. The beach is open from 9AM to 5PM and the entrance fee is PHP 50.00 for adult and PHP 25 for children.
Moreover, Paradise beach is a picture-perfect beach, which owns turquoise waters and very fine white sand with serene environment where you can perfectly commune with nature.
We all seemed to be very tired after exploring the Obo-Ob Mangrove Eco Park, but we can’t deny the fact the we are as well very excited to see what the Paradise beach has to offer. Soon, after a few minutes of travel, the tricycle suddenly stopped. And our driver told us that we need to trek for about 10-15 minutes to go to the beach, since motorcycle and tricycle can’t get straight near the entrance because of lack of road access. Hence, we immediately went down and we hike. Truly, the road leading to the beach is no good for any vehicle, perchance because they want the place to remain in its natural beauty.
After paying the entrance fee, we were welcomed by the sea breeze kissing our surface. The beach is really stunning, and true to its name, it is indeed a paradise. The secluded strip of powdery white sand with an enticing turquoise water to take a dip, is truly worth spending a day on. The beach doesn’t own any cottages, but the karst formations that are scattering around could be a perfect spot to get some shade from the clinging heat of the sun. Likewise, some coconut trees could also provide shade, especially during the afternoon.
It was a bit crowded the moment we arrived, but we truly have enjoyed the place. You may get lucky to own this beach exclusively for you, probably during weekday, since it’s not crowded. Though, this place may not feed you a lot of things to do, except for swimming in its aquamarine waters. Additionally, there’s a reef nearby where you can do snorkeling and probably working on your tan skin that you have long been dreaming to achieve. This might be a perfect spot for you, since the place doesn’t provide so much shade except for a few coconut palms near the beach.
We couldn’t afford to just leave the Paradise beach without experiencing its turquoise waters, thus we decided to drench ourselves in a crystal clear water that the Paradise beach has to offer. The clinging heat of the sun might have been so strong. But, the cold salty water has mollified us that we nearly forgot about coming out of the water and leave, since we need to proceed to another spot on Bantayan Island. We took a batch of photos and we truly have enjoyed the place, despite the crowd.
We didn’t notice the time since we were really enjoying, until such time, one of my friends look for a water since she seemed thirsty. We were actually looking for a store, but unfortunately, we couldn’t find a store nearby. The good thing was, we still had a bottle of water with us and some food to nibble because the clinging heat of the sunshine has made us thirsty and hungry.
Additionally, In Less than 2 kilometers to the east side of Paradise Beach is where the Ogtong Cave Resort located. This Resort is known for owning a small cave with a natural freshwater pool, and by saying “small”, you can’t even swim in the said cave pool, and all you can do here is take a dip. We were supposed to visit this place, only knowing that the entrance fee that time was PHP 200.00, we didn’t pursue it. We found the entrance fee expensive, that’s why we resolved not to visit the place. Nevertheless, upon paying the entrance fee, the visitor is allowed to use the resort’s facilities including their swimming pools.
How to Get to Paradise Beach in Bantayan
The easiest and most convenient way to get to Bantayan Island is via Cebu City, since Bantayan Island is part of the Province of Cebu. Thus, here’s a guide to get to Bantayan Island.
There are daily flights to Cebu from Manila, Davao and other part of the Philippines with Major Airlines (Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Air Asia). From the Mactan Cebu International Airport, ride a taxi going to North Bus Terminal.
There’s a MyBus outside the airport near the exit gate on the right side. From the Airport, the drop off point is in Parkmall and SM Cebu. The fare is Php 50.00. Trip schedules are from 7:00AM to 9:00PM with a 30 minute interval. And since Parkmall is located near the Cebu North Bus Terminal, you just have to ride a Jeepney or Taxi going to the terminal. The Jeepney fare from Parkmall is around PHP 8.00, but don’t forget to look for 01K Jeepney. And for the Taxi, the fare is around PHP 70.00-100.00, depending on the traffic flow.
Take a Ceres Bus bound for Hagnaya Port. The travel time is around 4 hours and the fare is around PHP 175.00. You can as well choose to take a direct Bus to Bantayan Island and the fare is around PHP 200.00, but boat fare is still excluded. Taking the direct Bus to Bantayan Island could be a bit complicated, so I’ll recommend taking a Bus bound for Hagnaya Port then just take a ferry boat from Hagnaya to Santa Fe Port.
From Hagnaya Port in San Remigio, Cebu, buy your ticket to get to Bantayan Island. You can choose between Island Shipping or Super Shuttle Ferry bound for Santa Fe Port. In our case, we took the Island Shipping. The first trip is at 3:00 AM, and the last trip is 5:30 PM. The travel time is around 1 hour, and the fare is around PHP 185.00. You also need to pay for an additional PHP 10.00 for your Terminal Fee.
The moment you arrived it at the Santa Fe Port, you have to pay the Ecological Fee, which is around PHP 30.00. From the port, take a tricycle to your Resort and fare is around PHP 20-30. Only, if you have booked your Hotel beforehand and have pre-arranged shuttle service with the Resort, then they will pick you up at the Port.
Going to Paradise Beach from Sta. Fe, Bantayan.
As you set foot on Bantayan Island, specifically in Santa Fe, since this is the best jump off point, then you can take a motorcycle or tricycle going to Paradise Beach. The travel time is around 20-25 minutes. The drop off point is on the side of the road that leads to the Paradise beach and from there, you still need to hike for around 10-15 minutes depending on your pacing. The trail isn’t not difficult though, but it can be very slippery, especially if it rains on a day before your visit.
In our case during our visit on Bantayan Island, since we were five that time. We rented a tricycle that took us on a tour around the beautiful spots in the Southern part of Bantayan, which includes; Obo-Ob Mangrove Eco Park, Paradise Beach, Ogtong Cave Resort, and The Ruins for only PHP 700.00.
If you’re traveling alone or with someone, I strongly advise that you rent a motorbike which only costs around PHP 300.00 to PHP 400.00 for 24 hours, so you can amble around the Bantayan Island at your own pace. Moreover, there are many Motorbike rentals around Sta. Fe, Bantayan just ask the locals.
Alternatively, just in case you don’t know how to drive a motorcycle, Habal-Habal or Motorcycle driver can always be found around the Island. The only problem is that, it gets expensive, since they charge you per destination (around PHP 50-100 per tourist spot, depending on the distance of the place).
Paradise Beach Travel Tips
Entrance Fee is PHP 50.00 for adult and PHP 25.00 for children. The Paradise beach is open from 9am to 5pm daily. I advise that you go here during the weekdays so you can own the whole beach exclusively for you, since it gets really crowded during weekends and during Holy week.
Don’t forget to bring your drinks and food to nibble since you can’t find any store nearby.
Bring your snorkeling gear as well, since there’s a reef nearby where you can enjoy.
Please remember to Leave No Trace (LNT) behind. Take good care of our mother nature. Just enjoy and be responsible enough.