Trip Start Jan 03, 2009
44Trip End Mar 30, 2009
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Where I stayed
Kota Beach Resort
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
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.