Published: February 2nd 2006January 27th 2006
Bantayan Island, Cebu
Our resort - Marlin's Beach Resort
BANTAYAN ISLAND, CEBU
Was in Cebu yet again for work. Had lots of fun though because there were a lot of us. We were all booked in Marriott which we all thoroughly enjoyed because of the new beddings and pillows (truly fit for a princess!) and the great breakfast spread. Sunday was Chinese New Year so the hotel was bedecked in red silk lanterns. We were working over the weekend though so we weren’t able to do much except a little shopping at Ayala Center and a night-out at Mr. A’s near Tops Saturday night (which was perfect because it was Chinese New Year’s Eve and we could see the fireworks BELOW - yes we were so high up, the fireworks looked like they were coming from just a little above the ground).
Anyway, after 3 days of work in Cebu City, we hied-off to one of the northern islands of Cebu - Bantayan Island. Leaving Cebu City at about 4PM of Sunday, January 29, we arrived at Marlin’s Beach Resort at about 7PM. The facilities were ok, in fact, the room was huge! It’s double the normal size of resort rooms but the service sucked big time. Every
request was either not accommodated or had a charge. We were all tired so after dinner and a few rounds of drinks by the beach, we all settled in for the night.
In the morning, we were surprised to see that the waters have receded so far back into the ocean that I was able to take almost full shots of the island’s stretch of beach. The good thing though was that right in front of our resort are 3 huge sandbars which are perfect for just lolling around and wading. A few steps from the farthest sandbar is a drop-off so didn’t venture that far.
We wanted to go to Virgin Island but there wasn’t much time as we were leaving by lunch (Monday) so we just bummed around and enjoyed the lukewarm waters of Bantayan. It was great except that when the tide started to rise, sea grass and some pieces of trash rolled in together with the waves. I was also bit by a jellyfish! It stung so bad I immediately got out of the water and just lounged around the beach with this huge red patch on my back :(
Bantayan Island is
worth a visit, especially if you’re in Cebu already but I don’t think I would be able to stay any longer than 2 days (it could get really boring). Anyway, it IS beautiful - see for yourself below :)
There are more photos below