We spent our month long vacation in Cebu hunting for all the white sand beaches we can set foot on. this location was highly anticipated. We stayed at Kota Beach because my sister in law had connections and managed to get us a reservation for a cheaper price. they picked us up from the port and took us back when we checked out which i think is very nice and convenient, they had a cute little van/jeep for transit. the Guy who picked us up was very nice although he looked quite intimidating he was very welcoming and chatted with us on the way to the resort. The resort looked like it had a variety of accommodations they can offer depending on your budget and needs.
We ended up in a "cottage" like room with the wrap around porch.. we werent exactly "beach front" but we were like pretty close.. just behind 2 rows so it was still nice.
The room was not at all anything special but it was accommodating 2 queen size beds and a very strong air conditioning unit. the bathroom door had trouble closing but that didnt really matter much. The guy was nice enough to offer us extra towels although we brought our own. there was just 2 of us so the room definitely had more than enough space for both of us to run around. opening the door there is also a storage unit for your clothes and a couple of hangers along with a neat little vanity.
the only thing i can complain about the room is there this black dust/sand looking thing that kept showing up near the vanity and the bathroom ( i absolutely have no idea where this is coming from -_-) but other than that everything was fine.
The Beachfront / the actual beach..
the view itself s absolutely stunning.
the sand bar is an absolute plus.. ( we were recommended to stay on this beach because of the sandbar)
the beach before the sandbar though was a bit "dirty" by all means the water was absolutely lovely and crystal clear.. the sand was white and very nice but there was just a lot of accumulated ocean dirt underneath.. like those dusty dead weeds underneath.. im pretty sure this was just due of the fact that we came in a very stormy windy season which is always cause for all the dirt being washed ashore.. but still it was a bit of a bummer.
Now if you go to the water AFTER the sandbar... its just beautiful. crystal clear.. none of the nasty ocean dirt underneath.. just sand and corally peebles..
At night the beach is absolutely pitch black which makes it absolutely perfect to look up and watch the stars.. it is magical. go to the sandbar at night and just sit there... it was definitely an experience i will never forget.. to see that much stars. absolutely perfect.
Ive heard the sunset/sunrise scene in this particular beach is best in Bantayan but as we came in a very unstable weather season... there was barely any sun at all.. but still the view on its own is already stunning enough.
There was however a bunch of black jelly fishes that popped up... ( apparently they are very itchy according to the local kids playing around the area so its best to stay away if you spot one.)
Food was great. service was nice.. but they were pretty slow. but it all kind of just got ignored because the restaurant was also the only place that had wifi on the whole beach resort.. so we just used our time efficiently.
the price of the food was moderately higher than regular prices but hey its a resort.. thats expected.
All in all it was a fun 3 day 2 nights stay. we definitely enjoyed the island and wished we couldve stayed even longer. the second day we rented bikes and biked around the island to explore.. the resort is at walking distance to all the food restaurants and the little market so it is quite convenient. dont fall for the local hustlers that bug you to rent a "trisikad" or "habalhabal" and charge you all your money for it.. just walk. explore its nice. ^_^
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- Also Known As:
- Kota Beach Hotel Bantayan Island
- Kota Beach Resort Bantayan Island, Philippines - Cebu Island