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DaanBantayan: The Detour

DaanBantayan is a town located at the northernmost part of Cebu.  You will find a lot of tourist destinations here in Daanbantayan.  Malapascua Island, one of the world’s attractive destination for divers and beach bums, is part of this municipality.  The Virgin Beach Resort (you can find a separate entry of it in my blog) is also part of this municipality.

How To Get There:  From Cebu City, you can take a bus or van bound for Daanbantayan at the North Bus Terminal.  Travel time would take 3 to 4 hours depending on the stops or the speed of your vehicle.

What is in store for me in DaanBantayan?

Actually, our trip in Daanbantayan was not really planned.  Our real plan was to get to Funtastic Gibitngil Island in Medellin, a town near Daanbantayan.  We were not allowed to sail across the island because of the bad weather condition;  Damn, just our luck!  But anyways, we took the detour and try looking for possible place to spend our getaway.  We hoped for the weather to be in favor with us the next day so that we can just go the the island the day after.  So we found a place to spend the rest of the day.  I just forgot the name of the resort.  Here are some of the pictures of the place:  

The next day, the weather was still bad so we just decided to look for another place for swimming.. And poof, ideas came out, and this is the place where we spent our Day 2:

Say hello to our new found friends!…   

We may not be able to reach our primary destination, it does not matter, because we found new friends and we were able to have fun with them.. yay! I mean, the real human friends not the animal friends.. 🙂 

Our Daanbantayan trip was just memorable, and I therefore conclude that it is sometimes good to have detours!

Flight Cancellations, Boat/Ship travel suspensions, and other trip cancellations or delays are not always as bad.  You might just need a DeTour!

Enjoy the Philippines!

To know more itineraries visit:  The Philippine Travel Itineraries.

Virgin Beach Resort: A Tropical Haven

Virgin Beach Resort is a budget-friendly tropical paradise.  This place is ideal to every human being who seeks escape from the reality of a stressful job, who seeks to pamper themselves, who seeks adventure, and who needs enough brainwashing (emptying their minds through meditation with peaceful and tranquil environment).  This place is also perfect for lovers who needs to unwind and spend some romantic time, and I mean lovers of all ages; you might be new lovers or lovers for decades.  If you are a company or a group of 20, 50, 100 or more people, then this place is just right for you!  There has already been a lot of team/company outing that was being held at Virgin Beach and that is because of the amenities and its enough space that could cater up to 300 people (in my own estimate).  You can actually have a lot of activities there for your team, and I am sure not a single person would get bored (unless that person is a loner); see their amenities as shown below.  For families, yes indeed this place is perfect for families.  The pool is the favorite place of the children.

How To Get There:  From Cebu City take a cab going to the North Bus Station.  At the bus station, you can choose different bus companies but I prefer Ceres Tours (for safety and comfort).  Take the Maya-Bagay route and tell the bus driver or conductor to drop you off at the corner going to Virgin Beach Resort in Malbago, Daanbantayan.  From the national road going to the resort, you can ride a motorbike (habal2x) for 50Php (good for 2 pax already).

If you cannot find an aircon bus with Maya-Bagay route and you prefer aircon bus, you can just ride an Aircon Bus with any route going to Bogo, but be sure to transfer to another bus (Maya-Bagay Route) when you arrive in Bogo City.

For private vehicles, it is best if you bring a map with you if you are not familiar with the place.  The place is located in Malbago, Daanbantayan, Cebu.

Accommodation and Amenities:                                                         Virgin Beach Resort’s Superior Room

The Beach

The Swimming Pool




Beach Volleyball

Mini Golf


Mini Wall Climb with Zip

Billiard Hall

Mini Library

Entertainment Hall (movies, karaoke, board games, mini stage)



Island Hopping (Malapascua & Capitancillo Island)

Beach Huts


The Food:  Virgin Beach Resort offers a wide variety of food in their restaurant.  From Filipino to American dishes.  They give excellent value to food.  Here are some images of their food:  Chicken Afritada

Pancit Guisado

                        Chopsuey and Chicken Tinola

American Breakfast

I love my overall experience in Virgin Beach Resort and I would highly recommend the resort to those who seek a break from his/her usual routine in life.  I guarantee that you will really enjoy your stay at the Virgin Beach Resort!