Day 1 - April 9, 2011 (Saturday)
7am - We should be meeting at the North Bus Terminal. First to arrive was Marianne. And take note, she had an overnight work at their office and she had not taken even a short nap since Friday! Imagine that!
After few minutes of waiting we boarded a Ceres Bus taking us to Hagnaya Port which was located in the northern part of Cebu. The fare was I think 120 pesos or less. (I really forgot! That was last April.)
The other passengers in the Ceres Bus
After 3 hours of sitting, talking and sleeping in the bus, we arrived at Hagnaya Port. It was not yet fully developed (for me) since it was so dusty (I actually forgot the term). We arrived at 10:30 am and we took our lunch there since the boat would depart by 11:30 am. For lunch, we ate at a local carenderia and we paid less than a hundred each. For the boat, it was 170 pesos for the First Class.
|Our ticket :D|
After an hour in the Island Shipping boat, finally we arrived at the Sta. Fe wharf! A very windy weather welcomed us. We rode a tricycle taking us to SugarBeach resort which was rumored to be the most visited and cheapest resort in the area. Since we were the only passengers, we paid the driver 70 pesos.
|Maiyan and I at the Sta. Fe wharf|
|Jerson and Maiyan at Sta. Fe wharf, with the blue waters as background|
|Our way from Sta. Fe wharf to the beach area|
When we arrived at SugarBeach, we received bad news. There was no available room (waaa!) but we were told to take a tent instead. We rejected their offer since we were bringing lots of valuable items with us and we cannot afford to lose them. We looked for other places to stay for the night and the tricycle driver offered us a free ride. After all, we gave him a tip. He recommended us a pension house-like place with a bad view of the sea and not so long shoreline. The landlady didn't even seem to care when we asked to see the room. So again we left the place and tried our luck in whatever place we took a look. It was a very hot day and some 2 trisikad drivers kept on following us, offering us a ride. I knew the way since it was my 2nd time in the place so we didn't care what they were saying. One of the trisikad driver wouldn't gave up on us and offered us to an island hopping in 2 islands near Bantayan. We took that offer and said he would took us by 9 am the next day. He went away and we kept on walking.
Finally, we found Yooneek Inn! It was an extension to the Yooneek Beach Resort. We thought the resort would be perfect but it was fully-booked so we took the inn which was meters away from the beach.
The room was great and perfect! We stayed there to rest first, took a look around the inn and played at our room. The room costs 1200 for two inclusive of breakfast, a private bathroom, a great bed and an electric fan. Actually we were 3 but they did not charge us for the extra person and they even gave us an extra bed for free. Thanks to them! ^_^
|Jerson with his unexplainable pose|
|In front of our room|
|Maiyan taking a picture|
|At Yooneek Inn|
|Inside our room|
|Jerson reunited with his relative which was in Yooneek Inn all this time|
|Jerson and Maiyan ordering our snacks|
We paid 100 pesos for the entrance fee. Inside Ogtong Cave Resort was a breath-taking scenery. We went for the cave but we never it was a small one and we were not allowed to took a sip in the cave's water.
The resort was so refreshing and incredible overall. There were small tables and chairs that were so unique. The pool was like calling us to take a swim. The trees were tall. The rocks were huge.
There were also lots of animals. Some were even unknown to me. There was even one who was very camera shy. HAHA.
|Maiyan in front, the swimming pool at the back|
|The three of us at the cute table in Ogtong Cave Resort|
|Jerson and I sitting in an old fashioned chair|
|Jerson and I again, this time it's a slap|
|Maiyan and Jerson (at the back) taking a picture on the animals|
|The camera shy animal|
|Jerson and I in a very nice view of the beach|
|The rocks and the beach separated us|
After taking a couple of pictures, we went back to our resort. We gave the trisikad driver less than a hundred for the fare and for a job well done on pedaling going on top and below.
We took our dinner at a barbeque station in the market which was located a few meters away from the inn. We had a seafood dinner and paid around 200 pesos for all 3 of us.
|Our delicious dinner|
After dinner, we went back to our room playing cards and minutes later, we went to the beach to take a night swim but it was so dark. Also it was low tide so we decided to have a talk in the shoreline instead. After an hour or two, we went back to our room to take a nap.
For the continuation of this journey, you can read the post here.
|Playing with the lights|
|The real rockstar :D|
|So very playful|