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Asia » Philippines » Cebu » Bantayan » Sta Fe October 22nd 2013

After almost a month on Bantayan we decided to try something new, so we decided on a daytrip over to Virgin Island. We spoke to the caretaker where we are staying and she said her husband could arrange a banca over to the Island for the day and that we could also stop at a neighbouring Island, Isla Cabaliod, to buy some fresh fish and Squid. Our neighbours Dave and Marjory also thought this sounded like a good plan, so we decided to set off at 7 am the next morning, taking our Caretaker Mianne and her husband Romeo along with us. First stop was Isla Cabaliod where we bought a freshly caught 3.6 kilo Tuna and lots of Squid. Then short banca ride to Virgin Island. Didnt think Bantayan could get much better, but the ... read more
Approaching Isla Cabaliod
Off to find some fish
Weighing our fish

Asia » Philippines » Cebu » Bantayan » Sta Fe October 1st 2013

Sugar Beach Resort Santa Fe, Bantayan Island September 28-29, 2013... read more

Asia » Philippines » Cebu » Bantayan » Sta Fe September 19th 2013

« Le dernier luxe de notre temps réside dans l'art de ne rien faire, mais de le faire bien » Voilà une jolie phrase pour résumer ma dernière semaine. Concrètement il ne se sera pas passé grand chose les premiers jours que composent ce post. Avec Simon on aura mollusqué pendant toute la semaine sur deux îles différentes ou la moultitude d'activités ne faisaient pas rage. Notre première île fût Bantayan, une sorte de petit Boracay pas encore trop colonisé par les touristes (ou je n'aurais malheureusement pas l'occasion d'aller pendant ce voyage). J'ai même presque envie de dire que c'est un euphémisme. En 4 jours sur place, on aura croisé aucun jeunes de notre âge. Étant donné les infrastructures sur l'île (le nombre d'hôtel), je pense qu'on était clairement ici en basse saison et même ... read more

Asia » Philippines » Cebu » Bantayan » Sta Fe June 11th 2013

I feel an air of excitement tingling across my face and the back of my neck as the shoreline of Bantayan Island comes into view. I have been on the ferry for an easy and short 75 minutes, and arrival at the island is already imminent. There is a refreshing light breeze across my face as I sit on the forward facing bench, taking in the shoreline of my soon to begin vacation destination. To my left I can see several miles of white sand beach with buildings I can only assume are resorts. To my right, as we get nearer the pier, is the Santa Fe Resort, aptly named after the small town of Santa Fe, which hosts the pier and a majority of the resorts and restaurants on this side of the island. There ... read more

Asia » Philippines » Cebu » Bantayan » Sta Fe January 13th 2012

Decided to spend Christmas and New Year on the quiet, relaxed Island of Bantayan. Not sure why I keep coming back to Bantayan, maybe its the empty beaches, maybe its the best value place to stay I have yet found here in the Philippines or maybe its just th efriendly locals, but had a great time.... read more
More beach!
Sugar Beach

Asia » Philippines » Cebu » Bantayan » Sta Fe October 27th 2011

All went well with my 1 hour flight from Palawan to Cebu 11 days ago, and no problems getting a metered taxi from the airport to my hotel in the city centre. I must say that Cebu City is not the prettiest city I have ever seen. There seems to be a fair bit of poverty around and quite a few shady characters. For the first time in the 10 months of my latest trip I had a couple of guys on 2 seperate occasions within 30 minutes trying to get close enough to me waiting for a chance to pickpocket me. On my second day in the city I decided to go to the Ayala Shopping Center with Phil, a guy staying at my hotel. I spent the afternoon having a look around the impressive ... read more
Old church in Bantayan
View at Ogtong Resort

Asia » Philippines » Cebu » Bantayan » Sta Fe April 20th 2011

Decided to travel to Bantayan Island again. Was last there about 2 years ago and liked but this time was a very different experience. Last time I stayed on a very quiet area of beach North of the main pier, this time I decided to stay in Santa Fed Town itself and had a great time. Found wonderful little place to stay called Onde in its own secluded garden but in Santa Fe also. 2 minute walk to the beach and 1 minute to all the bars and eateries. I found the best stretches of beach were at Sugar Beach and the White Sand Bar by the floating Bar. The sand was perfect white and the water crystal clear. The only problem I had was that Onde locked thier gate at 10pm every night, so I ... read more
Santa Fe Beach
Kota Beach
Floating Bar

Asia » Philippines » Cebu » Bantayan » Sta Fe February 6th 2010

Caught ferry from Bohol to Cebu then bus up to Hagnaya and ferry across to Bantayan. First thing we encountered was the worst bunch of pedicab drivers I have ever seen in Philippines! We told them we were walking to our resort but they followed us for 20 minutes anyway, not a good start. Island was very relaxed after Cebu and we found a great little resort to stay at. Went out one night to local Karaoke Bar and had an awesome time! Did a bike trip around the Island but ot that much to see. Some really good beaches around Santa Fe though.... read more
Me on Santa Fe Beach
Coconut climbing

Asia » Philippines » Cebu » Bantayan » Sta Fe October 12th 2008

11:00PM 09/18/2008 Leaving the Office I left the office on the night of Sep19 and hailed a cab going home. Fortunately, i got an MGE taxi and while the driver was driving me home, he asked if I was in a hurry. I told him "a bit", and mentioned that I have a flight at 4am going to Cebu with my girlfriend. He asked me if I want to be picked up, I said "Yes", please pick us up between 1:00 and 1:30am. I stepped in our condo and saw that my girlfriend was still sleeping. She was a bit frustrated that I wasn't able to join her for dinner together with her previous officemates at JGS because I was so busy with work. She was having a bad headache so I let her sleep while ... read more
Cebu Pacific Air
Ceres Bus Liner
LCT Island 1

Asia » Philippines » Cebu » Bantayan » Sta Fe February 23rd 2008

As hoped in our last blog we've just arrived at the internet cafe directly from the beach. Unfortunately Hannes experienced some problems with his snorkelling mask but we both felt better after a few shakes (coconut, banana/rhum and mango). Not a bad day on the whole. The ferry trip from Manila to Cebu was comfortable but not that exciting. We did, however, finally hear some of the infamous karaoke. The Filipinos were actually quite good at it which in Sweden wouldn't be fair to the audience since they wouldn't have anything to laugh at. In the Philippines the karaoke singer is deeply respected and we've even heard of a german tourist being threatened with a beating for laughing at the performer... When we after 22 hours on the ferry finally arrived in Cebu we quickly found ... read more

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