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Island Hopping in Mactan, Cebu

28 Sep

Last Saturday I went island hopping with my dad and a whole bunch of people. Our take off point was the Boyla Diving Resort. The place wasn’t very accessible such that we got lost along the way. The driver of our bus had to call another driver several times for directions. 😦

Our boat was very spacious and had its own toilet.I think it's new as it still smelled of paint.

After about 45 minutes, we reached our first stop- Hilutungan Marine Sanctuary. I was disappointed for two reasons. One, guests were restricted to go any closer to the island. And two, there weren’t that many colorful corals and fishes. I even had to swim far just to find blue starfishes, which are rather common. I expected a lot since it’s a marine sanctuary but Moalboal is so much better. In Moalboal, you would already find Nemo and his friends even before your toes could no longer touch the seabed.

One can't go past those buoys. 😦

We didn’t stay here for some reason. After spending thirty minutes in Hilutungan, we sailed to Caohagan for lunch. It was low tide when we approached Caohagan. Thus, we had to ride a small banca to take us to the island.

Thiswas as close as we can go.

It was my first time in Caohagan. There’s quite a big number of residents. I was surprised to find a handful of Koreans playing with the local children. Indeed, they are everywhere!

Barangay Hall

We had to walk all the way to the other side of the island to eat. But it was all worth it. The view, the water, the sand, were so much better. Even if Caohagan is not a very big island, there were still vendors. I guess no island is too small for business here in the Philippines.

Seafood anyone?

What about seashells?

This was my favorite. Unfortunately, those were not very young coconuts!

Lunch was served by the cottages across the coconut shop.

We had crabs, squids, fish, pork, and chicken. All grilled. Yum!

It rained a bit while we were there. It was a good thing since the sun that day was on the verge of giving us a heat stroke.

White sand beach. Too bad we can't swim because it was low tide.

On our way back to the boat, I chatted our bangkero. He said the small boats are the normal means of transportation of the people in Caohagan. They ride a banca to reach the city and it takes them about 1.5 hours.

Some of us went on a banca. But there were those who decided to just walk.

From Caohagan, we headed back to Mactan. Overall, it was a so-so trip. Island hopping in Mactan is not really my favorite but the people I’m with that day made up for it. 😉

Disclaimer: This was a sponsored trip so I cannot give any information on costing.