despite the looooong *** drive up to hagnaya from mactan and with an equally slooow ferry ride to the island, bantayan is indeed gorgeous!!!!! boracay minus the people and the over-priced drinks/food. imagine, a meal for 6 at 200 pesos?!?!??!?!?! we rented a bangka for 800 pesos and we went to this island called "virgin island" which wasn't so virgin at all(20 minutes from kota beach) we even had the chance to snorkel in the middle of the sea. the sand is fine and clean, the water is clear blue and very calm..as far as the eye can see..the water was actually up to my waist and i was at least 75 meters away from the shore. perfect. it was only us and the people staying at kota beach. the sun wasn't so harsh and we were even snorkeling and swimming at high noon and the sun didn't hurt at all..unlike puerto galera where it's just awful..staying under the sun was painful! there was even a sandbar! we're like so high class beach-ing, huh?!?!
kota beach beach front
on our way to virgin island
the people of bantayan are sweet and all smiles, we befriended this one girl who sold barbecue two blocks away from kota beach. she was always all smiles and willing to help, one can only wish everybody was as gracious and as service-oriented. anyways, our stay, we all felt, was too short. should be at least 5 days. we almost missed our ferry ride and our flight..all because of lechon. ahahahahaha! parang amazing race!!! we were telling the pedicabs to make "padyak" faster! fun fun fun. the PhP7500(USD135) was well worth it! we each had our little cottage with AC and breakast(danggit to death).