The next item on our itinerary was Bantayan Island Nature Park and Resort.
It’s located in Tamiao, far far away from Sta. Fe. From Sta. Fe, we rode a tricycle (Php 25) going to the Bantayan Public Market where we bought some buwad (dried fish) for pasalubong, and from there we rode another tricycle (Php 25) going to Tamiao.
We let the driver drop us off at the waiting shed around the corner and we walked more than 1km going to the park. The tricycle can also bring you to the park if you want, but the fare would be Php 40 instead of Php 25. We decide to walk, under the scorching heat of the sun, because it was more “adventurous” and we didn’t want to spend more money! Ha!
The entrance fee to Bantayan Island Nature Park and Resort is Php 200. With this, you’ll get to tour the entire 8-hectare area (with a tour guide) and have access to the Sto.Niño Cave, the swimming pool, the zoo, the fish spa, and many more! They also have a Jacuzzi and a spa located near their restaurant.
The Sto. Niño Cave has a natural pool with crystal clear water. You can swim in it as long as you’re wearing a proper swimming attire.
The resort’s mini zoo also has various species of birds.
Too bad all of these birds are caged. However, knowing how cruel a lot of people can be when they see animals in the wild, they’re probably better off in a place where they are protected. However, I do wish they had a much bigger space to fly in.
The park has several species of Gumamela (Hibiscus) and several other types of flowers too.
This is called an Alligator Gar, a creature that has the body of a fish and the snout of an alligator. Cool, right? You can find it in the aquarium at their restaurant.
We also spent some time at the fish spa. Here are the little fishies enjoying my callused feet. lol
This is the “infinity” pool that doesn’t look like it stretches out to infinity because of those trees. Lol
After enjoying our time at the park, we walked back to the waiting shed (still under the heat of the sun, yay!), and waited for a tricycle that would bring us back to the public market.
We were already famished when we got there, so we ate at Jela’s (located around the public market). It’s an ordinary canteen, but I decided that it was worth sharing because they had the best dinuguan I’ve ever tasted (which tasted like lechon paksiw. yes, really!) and really delicious nilagang baka.
Say hi to manong driver! Hahaha!
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