Ready to dip?? Wait. Got to prepare yourself first for the adventure to have more fun and protection in the experience. And t’is ’bout investing in equipments.
Okay, you could borrow; then again, more than the possibility of not having that ‘perfect fit’ — you could also risk damaging ’em, and t’is somethin’ that’s not yours?! So, here now are snorkeling essentials that you would or could be needing. Just Click the Images.
Okay we need a swimwear, and if our chosen attire is other than the full wetsuit then we would especially need a sunscreen.
For the mask, it is important to note the kinds of masks there is since it would be your aid to seeing and breathing underwater.
And remember, more than just fun, keep safe with a vest.
Then of course, what is fun without memories — don’t forget your underwater camera! GoPro or more affordable ones will do.
Now if you don’t have a snorkeling belt to tag along your camera (and your kitchen sink hehe) underwater then bring a bag.
For your footwear, you could either have flippers to speed up your swimming, or just shoes to protect your feet. Your choice.
Finally, it’s paramount to know time — even during ’em fun times and especially underwater — lest before you know it, it’s already dark.
Well, worry not though if you got a diving flashlight with you.
Oh so much to explore, so little time! Till next time!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)!
If you are fond of heights, we mean the mountains, well, our next adventure is going to bring you close to nature. A mountain resort. And just within Cebu City!
Really. And it’s not even in Busay — but Tisa. The Ring RestHouse!
To Get Here: Just ride jeepney number 12 from Cebu City proper. Then get off Tisa Public Market, or the corner road going to South Hills. Take a ‘habal-habal’, and you’re on your way uphill!
The main roads are actually okay as they are concrete and two-way; but it’s when you reach the corner towards the resort that it becomes narrow, and where parking is even very limited.
The place has got 2 adult pools and 2 kiddie pools — yeah, located on two levels. Indeed, it’s really a pretty small place, and what makes it appear ‘big’ are the levels or floors in which there are three.
On these levels.. Pools, cottages, and rooms are ‘scattered’ including refreshment areas, bars, and even a little chapel.
Oh before we forget, the entrance fee is P110 for adults and P60 for kids; while cottages are at P300 and P500. They’re lower though on weekdays..
So, if you wish to stay overnight, their rooms are pegged at P1,900, and that’s good for 3. For us though, a visit is good enough considering the resort’s limitations.
Formerly known as Stakili — the Estaca Bay Gardens Resort has that appeal to the masses not only ’cause it has a pool and a beach to boot; nor because of its affordable entrance fee but because of its ambiance..
Yeah, it smells here. It smells ‘accommodating’. Hah! After all, the location is not really so deep into Compostela, Cebu. In fact, it’s just along the highway so, it’s very accessible.
Mind you though, this is one resort that emphasizes day and night use as well as different rates for resort entrance. On a weekend or on holidays, the fee is P50 for adults and P20 for kids.
On weekdays though, it’s just P30 for adults but still P20 for kids.
Also, cottage fees here has got a pretty complex structure. I mean, there’s just too many classifications. So, you better ask first and check out which one you’d prefer. Anyway, it ranges from P350 for nipa huts to P800 for cabanas to even P1,500 for open cottages!
Though they got these plastic table sets that’s only P170, so..
Pools also have a different fee. And that’s P100 per head. Wow!
But don’t worry, it’s for both pools.. All the ones there is!
Still, if you want to spend a night or two, you know that there are rooms. Again, it’s quite complicated in structure. Hah!
But as always, it’s just really good to be by the sea..
To Get Here in comfort — just contact +63 943 5247120.
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