While Hilton was an excellent hotel, a man-made beach is still a man-made beach. And it is no fun snorkeling in knee deep waters, so I decided to arrange for a little island hopping plus snorkelling trip with a company called, Islands Banca. It was recommended by Brian’s wife, Marini and I am so glad she did.
Banca is the kind of boats in the picture above and it is very common around Cebu. Islands, on the other hand, seems to be a well-established brand in Cebu catered for tourists and their cruises were a new addition this year.
They are a bit more expensive compared to the other tours I checked out but I decided on them after reading reviews about how clean they were and how good their staff were. And they were right. It was only me and Sharon on the boat, so we paid quite a fair bit. The more people you get, the cheaper it is. You don’t share boats with strangers so thats a good thing for me.
Cruising around Cebu on a banca is fun. The view you get is amazing. And the fresh air is awesome. It is by far the highlight of my trip, other than seeing tarsiers of course.
My trip took me to Olango and Nalusuan and a lunch on a stilt restaurant, before I was taken back to the hotel. It was a half-day trip and we got to snorkel in some of the best stretches of water I’ve seen so far. It was Sharon’s first time snorkelling as well, so that was quite fun for her, until she got a headache.
But after that, we took a nap on the banca while they took us to our lunch destination. On sandbags with the view of the sea before us, and of course, generous dose of wind. It was bliss.