Bantayan Island

Trip Start Jan 03, 2009
Trip End Mar 30, 2009

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Kota Beach Resort

Flag of Philippines  , Visayas,
Wednesday, March 18, 2009

At 09:00 Tom and I took a banga to Bantayan. We were told that it is an hour and a half long trip. Not long after we left, the boat broke. A water hose was leaking. Somehow they managed to fix it but we were going very slowly now. The engine would stop a few more times and they would get it going again. They eventually managed to fix it and we were going at normal speed again. We were already within sight of Bantayan when there was a loud bang and the engine finally died for good. Some rod broke. We were dead at sea with nobody around us. We finally saw another bangla far off in the distance and managed to hail it by waving. It towed us to a beautiful fishing village on a little island. From the fishing village another boat towed us to Bantayan. Our hour and a half trip took four hours but we didn't get stranded at sea.

Bantayan is much larger than Malapascua, even bigger than Mactan. It is a relaxed and quiet place, and has amazing beaches, probably the nicest beaches that I've seen so far on this trip. The nicest ones that I've seen were Kota Beach and Sugar Beach.

We got rooms at the Kota Beach Resort for 650 pesos. They started off asking 770 pesos for it. Later I found out that at the resort next door, it's called Budyong Beach Resort I think, there were bungalows for 500. Kota Beach Resort has the nicest beach on the island I think.

There is a floating bar not on Sugar Beach. You can swim there or take a free boat ride. In the we met one of the locals working there, Jerry, and he got us a boat for the next day to take us Virgin Island for 800 pesos.

The next morning we took a boat to Virgin Island. We also took the two bartenders from the floating bar with us. Before leaving we bought some food to BBQ. Once on the island, much to our surprise, they wanted 500 pesos for 5 people (4 + the driver) to use the facilities and the grill. The island was beautiful though. There are some fish here but the snorkeling was not as great as in some other places. After noon it got cloudy so not long after that we took the boat back to Bantayan.
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