Among the Philippines’ 7,107 islands, towards the northern tip of the mainland Cebu is a small dot of paradise they called Bantayan. One of the favorite summer destinations, the island promise to be a perfect escape from a daily routine and a dozen of workload.
8:00 AM – BREAKFAST AT CORNER INN
Upon arrival at the Santa Fe Port, you’re bound for a hearty breakfast. and is a perfect way to kick off your trip. From American staples such as ham, bacon and eggs, to local favorites like fried bangus, buwad (dried fish) and pork tocino, complemented with refreshing pineapple juice or a soothing cup of tea, you’re bound to start the day with a lot of energy. Corner Inn Cafe
10:00 AM – STROLL ALONG THE WHITE SAND BEACHES OF STA. FE
Want to do something romantic on the island? Take off your shoes, prepare a swimwear and just stroll along the wide stretch of white sand beach. Of course, it is much better if you do it with your special someone, but your friends would make good company also. Don’t forget, get a tan!
12:00 NN – LUNCH AT HOYOHOY VILLAS RESORT
Enjoy a good lunch at Hoyohoy. They have wide selections of fresh seafood. They also have a boodle fight menu that’s sure to recharge you for the afternoon ahead. A thirst-quenching milkshake will save you from the sweltering heat. www.hoyohoy-villas.com
2:00 PM – ISLAND HOPPING
Just because you’ve crossed over to another island doesn’t mean you can’t go to more! Hop on one of the boats that will bring you to the other nearby islands. Cabulauan Island, Hilantagaan Island, Silion Island, and Virgin Island are all great options for their fine white sand and sparkling blue waters.
4:00 PM – CHURCH VISIT AT STS. PETER AND PAUL PARISH CHURCH
Embark on a little cultural tour and visit the Sts. Peter and Paul Parish Church. Discover more of its history to the islan’s architectural gem.Just near the church is the buwad and souvenir area where you can shop for some pasalubong for your family and friends back home.
5:00 PM – EXPLORE MADRIDEJOS
This fishing village offers more than what meets the eye. It is the home of the famous Kota Park, a fort in the late 18th century that sits at the northernmost tip of the island. Just beside the park is the Bontay Baywalk, a perfect place to enjoy sunset viewing. Ask tricycle drivers to bring you to this place.