Last Minute Ginatilan-Samboan Falls Hopping πŸ‘ŠπŸ˜Ž

Were you able to experience organizing a get together i.e outing for more than a month but everything was cancelled (from the resort reservation to activity to itinerary) because your companions have conflict schedule and/or there is an emergency? Will we did.

Me and my college batchmates will supposedly have an outing at Malapascua Island but it’s so happen that emergencies came to some of them at the week of the travel that we can’t do anything but cancelled it.

Of course, things like that are uncontrolled. Thus, instead of becoming sad or upset, me and the few people who are still up for the outing planned to pushed through everything. But unfortunately, we cannot have it still in Malapascua because this will cost us alot. Instead, we looked for another destination. Suggestions came in. Until one of us suggested to have it in Samboan, a Municipality in Southern Cebu (approximately 4-5 hours travel from Cebu South Bus Terminal).

We then searched for resorts that can accommodate us and looked for itineraries and activities we could do there.

Luckily, one resort was still available at a very reasonable price of Php 1,500 good for 6, just fit for us (we were 5 pax then). The resort is Villa Isabella Resort, a beachfront that offers airconditioned room wherein you can cook your own food and you just have to pay for the gas. You can contact their very accommodating owner, Ma’am Lily at (0921) 200 2327. 

After our thorough FB chat meetings, we came up an idea to what we will do or where we will go. Thanks to the blog post of thebisdakexplorer. We based our itinerary on the itinerary he posted and that was a great help. 😊

And the day has come… Weeew.. All of us were just so excited. 😝

 That’s Me, April, Neil and Jack πŸ‘¬πŸ‘­

We were able to ride the 6:20AM Ceres Liner Bus (Airconditioned at Php 176 each) with a route of Bato via Barili. We will be picking up Chinkee at San Fernando.

After four (4) hours on the road, we were able to reach the Municipality of Ginatilan where our first stop, Inambakan Falls, is located. From the bust stop, we travelled the 3.9 KM road for 7 minutes. Ooppss.. If you think it is an easy road, you got it wrong. Riding the habal-habal going to the falls is like riding the 4×4 off-road vehicle in Paoay Sand Dunes. A great start of our adventure.

When you reached in the falls entrance, you have to pay Php 10.00 entrance fee and trekked for 5 minutes going down to the falls.

And, wow! This what awaits you there. πŸ™Š

 

 Inambakan Falls in Ginatilan


This place is indeed magical ☺️

We left the place with appreciation in our hearts.😍

We then decided to have our lunch at Samboan Proper and check in the resort afterwards. With the help of the habal-habal driver who took us to the falls, they offered us an additional Php 20.00 on our fare and they will drop us off in Samboan Proper. The fare to the falls from the bus stop is Php30.00 each person per way.

15 minutes later, we arrived in Samboan Proper and immediately looked for an eatery where we can eat (rarely you will see restaurants in the place). The eatery we went to was owned by the cousin of Ma’am Lily.

When were full and ready to go, we hailed a tricycle to Villa Isabelle Resort (Php 7.00 each for 10 minutes ride).When we got there, Kuya, the caretaker was expecting our arrival and our room has been prepared already.

 Even our room’s door welcomed us widely open πŸ™ˆπŸšͺ This is our room (excuse the mess and the stick O.. Heheh) We did not expect it to be this spacious with the price we pay. Good deal indeed! πŸ˜‰


Aguinid Falls

Our second stop is the famous, Aguinid Falls. This is usually what you can read in the blogs.

For 12 minutes at Php 8.00 tricycle ride and a few minutes walk, we reached the registration area of the falls. We paid Php20.00 entrance fee,wrote our names and we were given a tour guide, Ate Jo.

Our 5-Level journey then started. πŸ˜ƒ

   
  

        Ate Jo is the one in yellow. An amazing guide πŸ‘

Our adventure (which includes rock climbing, sliding, climbing, trekking, climbing again.. Hehe) for 2 hours had ended with many stories that we can share. We gave our tour guide a tip (their guide is for free and it is your own will either to give or not and how much), thanked her and bid farewell. 

We left the place with fulfillment in our hearts.πŸ‘ŠπŸ˜

Binalayan and Hidden Falls

Third and fourth stops are the 2-in-1 falls, the Binalayan and Hidden Falls. It is just 5 minutes from Aguinid Falls. 

Upon arriving at the registration area, we paid Php10.00 entrance fee and was given a tour guide. Before seeing the falls, we need to trek for 7-10 minutes.

   This what will welcome you☺️
   

This is the end of the Binalayan Falls. If you continue trekking, you will see another falls is hiding. And it is called Hidden Falls.

   
   

We left the place with peacefulness & calmness in our hearts.😌
After giving tip to the tour guide, we hailed a tricycle to take us to the resort. We were blessed to have a trike driver that is so kind and helpful. He patiently waited for us when we were buying foods for dinner and helped us look for a store that sells ice.

   A beautiful sunset welcomed us back in the resort πŸ’–πŸŒ…

We started our Day 2 with a delicious breakfast prepared by our own chef Neil. And what made it more awesome is this beautiful scenery. πŸŒ„πŸ˜Š

   
 

Dau Falls

The fifth stop (1st for the day) is the other famous falls, the Dau Falls. It is located 10 minutes away from Villa Isabella Resort. 

On our day 2, we hired a multicab for Php 600.00 that includes 2 falls, driver will wait, and pick up & drop off the resort. It is a good deal. 

After doing the registration and payment of Php20.00 each entrance fee, a tour guide then approached us. 

(Note: You need to bring water because it will be a long trek. You can bring foods as long as you will throw the garbage properly.)

 You will pass this hanging bridge made of bamboo to be able to cross to the other end. 

After 37 minutes, we were able to personally see this wonderful falls.   

    
We left the place with happiness in our hearts.πŸ˜ƒ 

After another 30 more minutes uphill trek, we gave a tip to the tour guide and headed to our next stop.

Balaygsawa Falls

Our last stop is the Balaygsawa Falls, 15 minutes away from Dau Falls. To get to the falls itself, we need to trek for 23 minutes. The trek was so tiring. We had to go uphill then go down.

   

  


 This  is the Balaygsawa Falls. Though, it’s kinda upsetting that after our energy was drained with the trek, the falls is just like an ordinary one. What lacks here is the improvement of the place to make it more inviting for tourist to come. But, despite that, we just enjoyed the moment. We rested for a few minutes before going for another tiring trek.

We left this place with patience in our hearts.πŸ˜‡

We then went home in the city through the route Cebu via Oslob. And our weekend getaway ended not just by falls hopping but also by round south travel. 😜

Though it was last minute but everything is worth it. From the very accommodating resort staff and owner to the different falls to nice people to real friends to great experience to unforgettable adventure.πŸ˜ŽπŸ‘ŠπŸ‘Œ

Who have thought that instead of island hopping in Northern Cebu, we ended falls hopping at Southern Cebu. It was really a new experience for us. πŸ˜„πŸ‘£πŸ’• 

Until next time guys😝

Bantayan Island: An Unexpected Trip

Have you tried of going on a trip or doing some activities that are not planned and just give you a small amount of time to discuss what you need to do to make it happen? Well… That what happened to our unexpected trip to one of the islands in Cebu, Bantayan Island.

Located 3-hour bus ride from Cebu North Bus Terminal to Hagnaya and 1-hour boat ride from  Hagnaya Port to Santa Fe Port. Yes! That might be a long ride. But what awaits you there is just breathtaking. 

You will be welcomed by a clean port with this welcome sign. They say that Bantayan is the home of very fine sands and white beaches with very friendly and industrious people.   

 

Well… Let’s get this escapade started and know if these are true. πŸ˜ƒ

From the port, we hailed a tricycle for Php20.00 each that will take us to Yooneek Beach Resort. This is where we will be staying for the weekend and highly reccommended by our officemates and tripadvisor. πŸ‘ŒπŸ˜„

Before getting in the resort, we had a little negotiation first with the tricycle driver for the island hopping and the foods for lunch.

After we all agreed, we got in the resort and the place was quiet (we arrived at 6AM in the resort) and beautiful.  

We met Ate Emersan (the receptionist in charge) and asked her if we could have an early check-in. Fortunately, there is an available room. So, when we were done placing our things in the room, we had our breakfast (bread plus tuna) and played frisbee afterwards.  

Then, we strolled around and took some photos.  

       

At around 9:30 in the morning, the boat that we rented for the island hopping arrived with the fresh fish, crabs and pork that the tricycle driver bought in the market.

After getting in to the boat, our Bantayan Island Hopping began! 😊

No sleep. No breakfast. No energy. But, let us see if the island that awaits us will make us alive and kicking. πŸ˜›

Virgin Island

After 30 minutes of a little bumpy boat ride, this what welcomed us.

    
  
You need to pay an entrance fee of the resort, the cottage rent (if you choose to or you can look for some area where you can stay for free) and the cooking fee if you are bringing raw foods and you want the resort staff to cook for you.

 
After paying and settling in the cottage (a table under the coconut trees), we then began exploring the resort and the boys have their own pictorial session living us girls in the cottage watching over our things. πŸ˜‹

 
  



After getting full from our delicious lunch, we went swimming, snorkeling and lots of pictorial. πŸ˜„

After that, we proceeded to another island and spent a couple of minutes swimming and snorkeling before going back to the resort.

Then the rest of the day and our stay were spent relaxing, chitchatting, having some beertime (except me who just had iced tea 😌), playing cards and eating. 

Indeed, that was a great weekend of discovering new places, relaxing, bonding with the officemates, making new friends and creating new memories. β˜ΊοΈπŸ‘

And what made our stay more relaxing  was the great accommodation courtesy of Yooneek Beach Resort plus their very welcoming, friendly and accommodating staff esp. Ate Precy. πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘

Thank you, Bantayan Island for a wonderful experience! πŸ‘ŒπŸ˜πŸ˜‰

 Me with my officemates together with Ate Precy (the lady in white) πŸ˜€