It was the second day of our bantayan island adventure. If you haven’t checked our day 1 itinerary, please click here: 2D1N Bantayan Island Part 1: Budyong Beach Resort and Virgin Island
We were up early! Our initial plan was to catch a boat trip to the main land not later than 1PM. So we have to start the adventure early and do it fast. Around 6:30AM, we left the resort to grab breakfast at the town proper. By the way, the town proper’s distance from the resort is just around 400 meters give or take. After eating breakfast we drove to Ogtong Cave. It took us less than 15 minutes to get there, including the stops to ask for directions from the locals. Ogtong Cave is inside a resort, another resort under Santa Fee beach club. We arrive there around 07:30AM and unfortunately, we still have to wait. The resort will not accept walk-ins before 8:00am, so we waited. To avoid boredom, the girls were taking lots of selfies outside the resort.
The Ogtong Cave in Bantayan Island, Cebu
And now we’re in. Ogtong cave is located just around a hundred meters away from the resorts entrance and around 10 meters away from the resort’s swimming pool. To swim in the underground pool, you’ll have to take a 22 step stairs (give or take… sorry I lost count! ). Even if the steps reach a hundred or even probably a thousand, it will surely be worth it. Water is cooled, clean, clear and bluish and brackish. A mixture of sea water and a natural flowing water. You can see the sand, stones and rocks beneath it. According to the life guard, the cave reaches 20 meters long but most of the areas there are too dark already. They have installed lights inside but I think it burned maybe caused by dipping water….?
Guests starts coming in by two’s and three’s! As the place got crowded, the kids moved to the pool and we followed after a couple of minutes. We only stayed here for approximately an hour and a half then at the pool for another 30 minutes.
Bantayan Island Nature Park
Next destination is the Bantayan Nature Park. It took us around 30 minutes to travel from Ogtong Cave to the Bayatayan Nature park. It is already located on the next town and the road going there is too narrow and most of it is not cemented yet.
The first thing we checked after we got inside Nature Park was the sto niño cave pool. I got a bit excited as I was thinking it might be the same or even better than the one in Ogtong Cave. Unfortunately it was not. No one was even there when I went down. Same with Ogtong cave, you’ll have to take the stairs to go down. It is a bit slippery there and dark though and I did not even bother to count the number of steps (just rough estimate of less than 40 steps) as I was a bit disappointed and no one else from the team went down there.
Next stop was the mini zoo. There was not much to see there. Just a couple of horses, peacocks, monkey named “imo”, and colorful birds. Not sure though if they have another area for other animals.
Next stop was the fish spa.
And the last one was the pool. But this time, no one swim, not even the kids since we are a bit short of time as we were hoping to catch earlier boat trip back to the main land. After that, we left then proceed to the port. Unfortunately, we were not able to hit our target boat trip so took the next one which was 02:30PM.
…If you have not read the first part, click here: 2D1N Bantayan Island Part 1: Budyong Beach Resort and Virgin Island