Bantayan Island: Two Decades After

Bantayan Island was largely under the tourist radar when we first visited the place two decades ago. Located off the northwestern coast of the island of Cebu, it wasn’t an easy place to get into, needing 4 hours of bus ride from Cebu City and another hour’s worth of ferry ride. But the long stretches... Continue Reading →

Paradise Beach and Santa Fe’s Southern Beaches: Beachcombing Bantayan Part 2

It was a cloudy Wednesday morning when our trike made its way out of Kota Beach Resort and Santa Fe town proper via the main highway and into a narrower road towards Maricaban. After a few minutes of driving down this paved track, our trike stopped on the side of a field and our driver... Continue Reading →

Not Just A Sidetrip: Sumilon Island’s Sandbar

Sumilon Island is a small, 24-hectare island on the southeastern tip of Cebu just off the town of Oslob. It’s a picturesque island surrounded by pristine white sand beaches and therefore seemed an attractive side trip destination after our whale shark encounter at the latter. However, we did not even bother checking out a possible... Continue Reading →

The Gentle Giants of Oslob

It’s huge and intimidating, yet docile and gentle. It’s the world’s biggest fish and holds many other records in the animal kingdom for its sheer size. The shark often inspires terror among so many for the predatory reputation of its various species but the whale shark feeds mostly on plankton and poses no significant danger... Continue Reading →

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