Bantayan is one of the islands blessed with white sand beaches in the northern tip of Cebu. No wonder tourists, both local and foreign, wouldn’t care traveling 4-5 hours (bus and boat) ride from Cebu City just to get a glimpse of that island tropic feels away from the urban jungle.
Did you ever feel like getting out of the city and go on to a trip spontaneously? Well Jane and I had these out of town plans that got postponed for quiet several times already. So one Friday afternoon, we decided to have a getaway over the weekend in Bantayan without any plans. I just Googled a few resort names and one thing caught my attention, Ogtong Cave Resort. 🙂
Buses bound for Bantayan at North Bus Terminal. Time check: 3:00 AM
Look who got tired? It’s Aya the Explorer. Arrived in Hagnaya Port at 7AM.
Ogtong Cave Resort is located at Barangay Pooc, Santa Fe and is just 15-minute away from the town proper. A tricycle or pedicab can take you there. What makes this resort stand-out is the relaxing freshwater inside Ogtong Cave aside from the white sand beach and swimming pools.
The reception area
They are open from 8AM to 6PM for day use with an entrance fee of Php100. If you want to stay overnight, they have different rooms to choose from. Later did I know that they offer seaview villa and suite accommodation for high end tourists especially for honeymooners. So expect that it’s a bit pricey but still can be enjoyed in a budget.
Rates as of March 2015. Subject to change.
Address: Brgy. Pooc, Santa Fe, Bantayan Island, Cebu Philippines
Facebook: Santa Fe Beach Club & Ogtong Cave Resort
Tel/Fax: (032) 438-9129 | (032) 512-8928
Mobile: 0920-899-9456 | 0932-433-6282
Note: They have additional 12% VAT on all room rates. Breakfast no included.
Exclusive for honeymoon guest suite only.
Our cottage accommodation for the day. Cute! and that’s all we need.
Their restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and open 24 hours so guests can easily order beverages and goodies ready to eat. It has also a great view of the swimming pool and the sea. The garden landscape and different kinds of flora around the resort adds beauty, peace and freshness of the place.
Garden view from the restaurant.
Recharge your energy. Breakfast is the most important meal.
The resort has 2 swimming pools, one for the regular day use visitors and checked-in guests while the other one is exclusive for Deluxe Suite guests. The former is also suitable for kids as nearly half of it is only 2-3 feet deep.
Aya all pumped up for the splash.
Some fun time with this fella.
They have white sand beach but the area along the resort is not that impressive. There’s no beachline during high tide but on low tide you can walk on a wide stretch of fine white sand. Actually, you can already see the Sugar Beach from here and take stroll.
A scenic seascape view.
Aya just having fun running around.
1..2..3.. JUMP! What a fine sunny day.
And here comes the main event where the name of the resort is attributed to, the Ogtong Cave. It is just near the swimming pool and you will take a few steps down into the cave where you can find a clear bluish freshwater lagoon. It is so refreshingly cool even with the scorching heat of the afternoon.
Entrance to the underground freshwater.
The water and air inside is so cool.
We could stay here all afternoon and relax.
Time for a groufie. Look at that clear waters.
There are lots of interesting things and areas around the resort that are picture perfect. Just like this fence of lovely white bougainvilleas. We can’t help but be cheesy on this one. 🙂
Caption this…what movie title?
And after all the fun under the sun, what better way to end the day than stargazing under the Milky Way. Perhaps this is something you don’t see often or not anymore in the city. The city may have five-star hotels but here you have billions of star to show and tell. 🙂
Look at the stars, look how they shine for you…
We had no TV, no internet, no disco music but we had an intimate time with nature. The immense stillness makes the environment so peaceful and serene. Within the silence you hear the whistling sea breeze, the rustle of the tree leaves and the relaxing sound of crickets. It was detoxifying to the mind, body and soul.
It doesn’t matter where you travel, what room you sleep or budget you have as long as you live with the moment, have fun and enjoy the little things. And when you have your best of friends or love ones with you, that my friend for me is a day well spent.
What is a day well spent for you? Share your thoughts and spread good vibes! 🙂