It's a really nice place to relax, you can go swimming in the sea. However, the beach here is not the very best, there are some bigger stones in the water and partly rocky sea floor. It's advisable to go swimming during high tide. The amount of litter at the beach is within reasonable limits.
The Vista Grande Room on the upper floor towards the beach offers a great view on the sea and the neatly designed resort. The condition of the resort could be better, but was still good. The A/C was kinda loud, but we had the same problem during other stays of our trip. A normal sleeper should be fine with that. The shower had warm water, though the water pressure was somewhat too low.
The staff was friendly and even arranged a private island hopping tour (there will be extra costs for admission to Virgin Island, food and cooking, rental of snorkeling equipment, so plan ahead if you're on a budget) and a tricycle tour around the island (if you're going to visit one of the caves, bring some swimwear and towel).
There are a range of international dishes on the menu, but we sticked to meals typical for the country and under this aspect, the choice was a bit limited. You should plan for a longer wait until your meal is served, but that's apparently the case on the whole island (or at least on all the other 5 places where we ordered dishes).
In Santa Fe you can find a lot of places to dine and drink and you can buy everyday items at the convenience stores. You will see a lot of tourists and the locals are used to them. If you need some cash from an ATM, you'll need to take a tour to Bantayan, where you can find the PNB (Philippine National Bank) ATM right next to the plaza, which is the only one accepting international credit cards. Foreigners are less common here and some locals may look at you curiously. There's also a big market place near the plaza, if you like take a stroll.
To get to Yooneek Beach Resort from Cebu City, you can take a bus ride (I highly recommend to take one of the air conditioned buses, watch out for the AIRCON sign, it's only PHP 160 per person) from North Bus Terminal in Cebu to Hagnaya Port. You have to account for a duration of at least 3 hours or more, depending on traffic.
Ferries go hourly from Hagnaya Port to Bantayan Island, but only during daytime, so make sure you don't arrive too late. There are different kinds of ferries and they will need different amounts of time to cross over. On our trip there, it took us 1 hour and 45 minutes, while on our trip back, it was only 1 hour and a couple of minutes. The ride is about PHP 175 per person.
It is highly advisable to contact the hotel before your stay to arrange for a pick-up from the port, since the porters and drivers at the port are very intrusive - particularly when they see a foreigner - and may overcharge you. Backpackers could also take a walk to the resort, it's not too far.
- Also Known As:
- Yooneek Beach Hotel Bantayan Island
- Yooneek Beach Resort Bantayan Island, Philippines - Cebu Island