Cebu Journals

A Relaxing and Blessed Weekend in Bantayan Island

A November 2007 trip to Cebu by manlalakbay

Santa Fe Beach Club Photo, Cebu, Philippines More Photos
Quote: Going to Bantayan without expectations made all the unexpected surprise all the more enjoyble and satisfying. A great trip with wonderful friends!

Santa Fe Beach Club

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Hotel | "Sta. Fe Beach Club"

Santa Fe Beach Club Photo, Cebu, Philippines
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Sta. Fe Beach Resort is one of the first resorts in Bantayan Island, particularly in the town of Sta. Fe. IT has been there since 1982 and is still one of the best resorts in the area. The beach front is lined with concrete umbrellas to shade anyone who hangs out on the white lounge chairs. From early to mid afternoon, the beach is quite low tide. No matter how far you walk, the water is still ankle level. But it is a good time to explore for interesting sea creatures like hermit crabs, small crabs, starfish, mudfish and white clear striped fish.A small dive shop is in front of the resort, run by what sounds like an Irish Man. They also offer boat rides to the nearby island of Hilanta...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 23, 2007

Santa Fe Beach Club
Municipality of Sta. Fe
Cebu, Philippines
+63 (32) 438-9090

Ogtong Cave Resort

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Hotel | "Ogtong Cave Beach Resort"

Ogtong Cave Resort Photo, Cebu, Philippines
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The resort belongs to the same owners of the Sta. Fe Beach Resort. It is much newer, and actually quite more beautiful than its predecessor. While Sta. Fe is just a building in front of the beach, Ogtong Cave resort is landscaped, with grassy lawns and concrete walkways leading to the beach and the swimming pool. The swimming pool uses fresh spring water which comes from the cave.For those staying in the Sta. Fe Beach Club, you can get to Ogtong Cave Beach Resort for just a fee of thirty pesos. They have regular trips in the morning and the afternoon to and from SFBC. Once you are at Ogtong Cave, you can enjoy all the amenities for free if you are lodging at SFBC.The cave is n...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 23, 2007

Ogtong Cave Resort
Santa Fe
Bantayan Island, Cebu

Sta. Fe Beach Club Restaurant

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Restaurant

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One of the best things about the Sta. Fe Beach Club was the wonderful food their restaurant had. We were blessed that one of our companions was a relative of the owners so we were able to try their specialties at no cost!Since it is a Beach Club, you can actually dine in your swim wear. After hours of swimming, the food would taste more delicious.There is a portion that is air-conditioned and another area that is open-air. Usually swimmers prefer to hang in the open area lest they catch a cold.Highly recommended are their crabs cooked in coconut milk. The crabs are quite big and meaty, plus the coconut milk adds more flavor to the dish. And it becomes more delicious ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 7, 2008

Hilantagaan Island

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Attraction

Santa Fe Beach Club Photo, Cebu, Philippines
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From the Sta. Fe Beach Resort, across it you would be able to spot an island, which they call Hilantagaan. The dive shop at Sta. Fe proudly calls it "One of the Best Marine Sactuaries in the World."While I sincerely doubt that boast, I was actually curious as what made them say that. Considering that our objective was beach bumming, my gang and I had to go and rent a boat to the place.So off we went at 730AM the next day. The trip took about 30 minutes. The wind was blowing gently and the sun was still kind with its shine.The boat stopped around 500 meters from the island so we can snorkel. Once we had our gears on we jumped into the water. And wow! It was indeed be...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 7, 2008