Saturday, August 26, 2017

Bantayan

While waiting for the results of my job applications, I and a friend decided to explore Bantayan Island in Cebu to relax, and of course, to shoot. From my hometown, I had to travel by plane for 45 mins, by car (from the Mactan airport to Hagnaya port) for 3 hrs, and by ferry to the island for an hour. 

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lost in a blue world 
the waves of summer found me
a pearl for mother   

/totomai 


I never thought that the island would be a quiet one. I went to Boracay Island few weeks prior to Bantayan, and the former is the exact opposite - too crowded and commercialized. Sorry, but I haven't blogged about the Boracay trip yet.

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Since we only have a limited time in the island, we avail of the island hopping tour (900 pesos) and land tour (800 pesos) packages. For this blog, I will highlight three of the beaches only. Other spots and attractions are included in the video below.

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We stayed at Adelaida Pension House. A few walk from it is the Kota Beach aka Sugar Beach aka Camp Sawi. The beach has no entrance fee, one can freely enjoy the sugary sand and the blue waters. This is also a good viewpoint to watch the sunrise.

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Next is the Virgin Island Resort. A private resort, and the entrance fee is quite expensive at 500 pesos for 2 persons. But it has one of the clearest waters I have ever seen. It also has a diving cliff, but we never dared to jump.

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Last one is the Paradise Resort. A small, intimate resort especially on weekdays. It has a fee of 50 pesos to enter. While the beach is beautiful, you have to walk for 7-10 minutes from the main road. A perfect place to relax and enjoy the turquoise waters.

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For other attractions such as Omageica Mangrove, Ogtong Cave, and Hilantaagan, check the below video from my new youtube channel - Juan-Eyed Juanderer.



Our trip to Bantayan was an enjoyable one. I think I may go back there if I want to escape from the chaos of city life. Or if I can't find a job anytime soon.

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/totomai 
2017/08/26 

Photos taken with Nikon D7000 
lenses 18-300 mm Nikkor VR 
           10.5 mm Nikkor fish eye

40 comments:

  1. Splendid photos indeed, and a great place to visit. Greetings.

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  2. Beautiful..we wanted to go to Borocay and Cebu early next year but were a little worried about news reports from Phillipines.. still want to go sometime for sure. Will keep this beach in mind...thanks!

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    1. Hi Rajani, Philippines is still a safe country. Both islands are great, if you want more crowded one with hotels and commercial establishments, go to Boracay. But if you want a more laid back island, Batayan is the best choice. But both have beautiful sand and water.

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  3. Wow...We're lost in the blue world too. Magnificent photos & love the video.

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    1. Thanks Sumana, I am starting to do videos - thinking if I need to get a go pro lol

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  4. My goodness this is breathtaking!!❤️

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  5. We are always in for a treat when you post your photos and videos Totomai. Good luck with your job interviews.

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    1. Hopefully, I can get one soon, Robin.

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  6. I am glad that the waves of summer found you in this place, Totomai. I am glad such peaceful places still exist....it is really, REALLY beautiful there!!

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    1. I hope I can do a Philippine tour, Mary

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  7. Oh, wow. Those are gorgeous!

    ~Shawna

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  8. stunning photos, as usual! the waters are so clear that the boats seem to be floating on air. such beautiful and tranquil places. so sad that most of the stories we heard about the Philippines are of the unpleasant type.

    and i loved the little haiku too. so full of love. :)

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    1. There's still lot of foreigners visiting the Philippines. Hope you can come, dsnake

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  9. Amazing photos. Beautiful beaches!

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    1. Thanks Beverly, we have 7,000 + islands

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  10. Thank you for these beautiful photos. And how luck con one get, happy to hear of your pearl through haiku

    Much love...

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  11. That sounds like a place where you can lose yourself to sea.

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  12. A lovely real haiku to start with and then the glorious pics. thank you!

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  13. Very beautiful! I've never seen anything like that for real.

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    1. Pack your bag, Bekkie and visit the Philippines

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  14. Ah, when you go to islands to "shoot" I'm eager to see the trophies, otherwise I hate hunting! Gorgeous gorgeous, views and silence as rich as pearls.

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    1. Thanks Susan :) We carried heavy ammunitions lol

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  15. So lovely to see you in the Pantry, totomai. Your photos are spectacular and i love your haunting haiku.

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    1. If only I could write often, Sherry.

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  16. Your Haiku was as astounding as you Photos (Paintings). A very creative mind.
    ZQ

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  17. Your photographs take my breath away and your haiku is stellar. You are very talented.

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  18. I always get lost in the poetry of your photographs, and the perfect way in which your haiku sings of the images and experiences.

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    1. There's poetry in photography, Magaly

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  19. Lovely post. I enjoyed the haiku and of course the photos are spectacular. Thank you so much for sharing. Good luck with your job search.

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  20. As always, your post delights me. So nice that you travel and treat us to these wonderful photos. I also like your haiku so much. You really have a talent for it.

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