Category Archives: Travel & Leisure

In Pictures: Papa Kit’s Marina and Fishing Lagoon (Liloan, Cebu)

There’s really no such thing as all-in-one per se in terms of adventure since earth is not only a division of land and water but land itself has caves, mountains and plains. Thus, in most cases, the nearest thing to an all-in-one could be beach activities (parasailing, jetskiing, and alike) plus camping..

Or swimming and land activities (zipline, wall climbing, and alike); otherwise, you just have to hike to link all ’em activities you like.

And Papa Kit’s Marina and Fishing Lagoon is one that includes a mix of water and land activities without the camping among others.

Horseback Riding: P75 for 15 minutes
Fishing: P100 per fishing rod
400m Zipline: P200 two-way (800m)
Wall Climbing: P100 per 3 attempts
Hanging Bridge: P50 one way
600m Jungle Obstacle: P150 one way
Wakeboarding: P500 per hour
Paddle Boat: P200 per half hour
Swimming Pool: P100 per head

Papa Kit’s is just 20 kilometers north of Cebu City — this is in Liloan, near the municipal hall and just a stone’s throw away from the sports complex. Everyone there knows the place, so just ask if you feel lost.

Rooms are available in 2 rates: Overnight and Day Use

Once you are inside this 93 hectare property, the sights could induce you to spend a night or two — and what a spot?! The rooms are even facing the wakeboarding site! By the way, the entrance fee is P100 per head but it is consumable — so enjoy!

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In Pictures: Compostela Boardwalk Beach Resort (Cebu)

One of the smallest beach resorts one could ever go to is the Boardwalk at Compostela, Cebu — that is 26 kilometers north of the city!

T’is easy to find though since it’s just right after the municipal hall and the town’s public market; however, just before the Green Lagoon Park which is also in Compostela. Okay, got it!?

Compostela Municipal Hall is to the left when coming from Cebu City
From Cebu City, the Boardwalk is to the right

Anyway, smallish as it is, the Boardwalk’s got a handful of signages?!

Signage #1: Just after the reception
Signage #2: After the kiddie pool and the cottages
Signage #3: In front of the main pool

We are not even counting the resort’s ID! Well, it’s just noticeable since the place is clearly just a few hundred (??) square meters in area. And so, everything is just on a rectangular landscape.

From the entrance, the cottages are to the right
Rooms are to the left

Well, the resort proper is kind of cute though — and perhaps never really experienced overcrowding unless those bigger resorts are full. So, you got ’em little pools all for yourself with this one..

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Kiddie pool

Even tho with limited parking space. But who cares, you’re alone!

Parking area just before the resort proper

How ’bout checkin’ our ‘live’ tour, ey, you might see somethin’ else!

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In Pictures: Green Lagoon Park (Compostela, Cebu)

A lagoon park that’s pleasantly close to Cebu City, the Green Lagoon Park is just 27 kilometers north of the city proper! Have you been there?

Well, if you’re all alone or even with a partner, you would not really have to spend much getting there as even a jeepney (with no need to ride a ‘habal-habal’) will do since the place is just along the highway of the municipality of Compostela. See??!

The entrance to Green Lagoon Park
Reception Area
TO THE RIGHT OF THE ENTRANCE: 2-way road going to the shore with cottages on the side
Cottages near the shore
STRAIGHT ROAD FROM THE ENTRANCE: Onto the rooms
View of the rooms from the back
The playhouse just before the pool
Pool fee is P100 for adults and P50 for kids
This is the only pool they have but it’s good enough

By the way, if you notice, the place is spacious enough, so do not worry about parking space. Check out the video for a ‘live’ feed.

One of those fun things you could do here is play volleyball. Oh, did I hear ‘basketball’?? Sorry guys, I didn’t see any court. Nada.

Volleyball area near the shore

Also, for those who love to sing, there’s no ‘videoke’ here — but you could bring your own tho. And whether there’s singing or not, there is drinking; ey, your corkage fee okay? At the entrance.

In Pictures: Mainit Springs (Cebu)

Have you ever thought that there is actually a hot spring in south of Cebu? Yeah, not only beautiful beaches and falls — but a hot spring, too! Must be over 40 degrees of sulfuric acid if I’m not mistaken.

And where is it? Well, about 120 kilometers southwest of Cebu City at Barangay Montaneza, Malabuyoc, Cebu. Around a 3 hour or so drive.  So here, check ’em out.

To get here from Cebu City, you’d have to start off at the South Bus Terminal — get off Malabuyoc (inform the conductor that you’d be going to Mainit Springs at Barangay Montaneza) then ride a ‘habal-habal’ to take you to the hot spring. These would cost you around P200 more or less; that’s a rough estimate since we actually took the east coast (not the via Barili bus) to get here.

The middle pool
The right pool

Meanwhile, the entrance fee for the hot spring is 20 pesos per head. However, in case you’re thinking of an overnight stay — there’s none within the spring’s vicinity — so, it’s either you camp out or stay in Poblacion, or nearby barangays or towns.

Towards the left pool

Okay, since the spring is hot, as in hot — if you are a first-timer, you’d probably take a long ritual before immersing in this sulfuric spring. So the trick is to go slow. Try to feel the water first, get used to the high temperature and dip yourself limb by limb. Hehe. Before slowly submerging yourself. Hey, don’t open your eyes — and make it quick!

The left pool
Left pool: The immersion

Shortly, you’d notice your skin has turned red while dirt and dead skin are easy to peel. In the end, you’ll be sort of feelin’ relaxed and reenergized, like having gone to a sauna — perhaps even better — since whatever skin allergies you have would somehow be treated!

T’is more than an experience, it’s healing! Try it!

In Pictures: The Canyoneering Rush at Alegria (Cebu, 2017)

If you love hiking and nature, if you like jumping off cliffs and swimming — then we got something for ya’. Canyoneering! And in Cebu, there are basically two towns where you could do it — Badian and Alegria — both at the southern part of the province.

You know, Badian, where Kawasan Falls is as well? Yeah, they got canyoneering there, too. Level 1 that is. However, if you want a little more challenge then go to Level 2, that’s in Alegria — the town after Badian. And that’s where we took our thirst for some adventure..

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The bridge to adventure
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Photo from the bridge to where we’d swim to.. After the jump
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1st jump right off the bat

Don’t be surprised when after wearing your gears and crossing the bridge — you’d be making your first jump right off the bat. It’s just how the trail starts, and perhaps to get your adrenaline going.

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Watch your step. Some stones are slippery.

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Adventure is not for the fainthearted. Can’t keep thinking, just roll.

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Hike. Jump. Swim. That’s what ‘canyoneering’ is all about — so, go!

Alegria’s trail is a 4-kilometer stretch of rocks and water in the midst of nature; plus, a kilometer or so of dry land and hill hiking..

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Which would actually leave you starving after completing the entire course! This is why it’d be good to get a nice deal from your provider. That’s at the canyoneering headquarters, or contact 0943 5247120.

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In the end, t’is just a good therapy for your mind and body.

In Pictures: Kawasan Falls (Badian, Cebu)

Another of the more frequented tourist attractions in Cebu is the Kawasan Falls in Badian — some 110 kilometers south of Cebu City. Well, there are those who says that there’s really nothing special about this falls as it’s just a regular one. Then again, what makes a falls special anyway?

Height? Hmm… Don’t really think so. As long as it’s not too low, that’s okay. Water color? Ahh, know what? If the falls is a ‘real’ one then it should darken when it rains — as in brownish — due to the soil that gets mixed up when it pours real hard. So again, what makes a falls special, huh?

A good mix of just about everything. Especially the location or environment, yeah..
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Like it? Well, to get here: Get to the Librando Bus Terminal first, that’s just on the opposite side of the South Bus Terminal. Most of their buses here, in fact, has that Badian signboard. So just ask to make sure and hop in the first one that’s scheduled to leave.

Hey, it takes 3-4 hours of travel time, so you wouldn’t want to waste time, eh?! Oh, fare is at P130 per head by the way.
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Once you get past the bridge and see the church to your left, that’s where you get off.
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Then walk a little further and you’ll see the path to Kawasan Falls. And that’s about a 1.5 kilometer hike — with the earliest sights you’ll see from the pictures below.
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Entrance fee costs P20 per head
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Souvenir items just at the entrance

You’d actually be passing by a number of bridges and wonderful sights on your way to the falls. So get your cameras ready!
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Hmm, just saw the little bridges, now here are some of the views..
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Know what? There’s two things we could say about the Kawasan adventure really..
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The Good. More than the rafting, it’s the 1.5 kilometer walk that sets this adventure apart.

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Accommodation just in front of the falls

The Not So Good. We don’t really like the idea that structures are so near the falls — it just reduces its appeal, and so making the place look like a hotel pool instead of a waterfall. See?

Till next time.. Ciao!

Oslob. Whalesharks. And GoPro.

I used to hear from backpacker hostels that this is one reason why tourists flock Cebu. And yeah, it’s because of the ‘whaleshark’ watching.. Where? Some 128 kilometers down south of the province.

Oslob. In barangay Tan-awan.

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Whaleshark Watching sign: Brgy Tan-awan, Oslob
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To the Briefing Center

To Get Here: Get to South Bus Terminal first. From there, ride a bus with the Oslob signboard. The aircon fare to Poblacion (center) is P145/head, however, if you want to go straight to the ‘whaleshark watching’ site — it’s P170, as it’s about 10 kilometers or so further from the center.

If you want a more personalized trip, you could hire a cab to take you back and forth, drop you off, or even for moving around. Just contact 0943 5247120.

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The Briefing Center
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Whaleshark Watching Facts and Guidelines

Accommodations here ranges from P360/head (dorm type room) to a couple of thousands depending on the resort you’ll stay and the amenities that go with it.

Oslob is the last town on Cebu’s eastern coast ‘that is frequented’ by tourists — the next towns that follow towards or near Cebu’s tip are less travelled and so, buses are real few that it’d even be better to hire a ‘habal-habal’ or a cab to move around.

WHALESHARK WATCHING

Whalesharks are fed from 6AM to 10AM and so, that’s the time when ‘whaleshark watching’ is done. This means, you gotta wake up at around 5:30AM to prepare and be the among the first to see ’em whalesharks. Tell ya’, there are a lot whose lined up for this ‘show’, so not only would it be better to stay overnight in Oslob but also wake-up as early as you could. For accommodations, just contact 0943 5247120.

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Just further down the shore is where 'watchers' will gather
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One of the boats for the Whaleshark 'show'

The fee for this show? P500/head. This is good for 30 minutes and it includes a life vest and snorkels for you to swim side-by-side, yeah, with the ‘butanding’ (whaleshark)!

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So, get ready with your GoPro!

Otherwise, if you were just too shy to borrow from your bunk mate then still the same, take that dive and just cherish the ‘whaleshark watching’ experience! Enjoy!