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Carnaza’s Beauty

Dates: April 9 – 10, 2016

One of my favorite things to do is to travel alone, to a place called “off the beaten path”. It does give me a feeling of self discovery, peace, away from all the noise of the world. If you desire to visit a place like this, Carnaza island is the name you should write on that bucket list. The island is located north of Cebu. I may say that it is between the island of Malapascua and Bantayan, maybe one of the reason it is not often visited by tourist is because, the trip (boat) going there is limited. As of latest when I was there, they only have one(1) trip a day. The information I got from the web already changed in terms of time the boats arrive and leave going and back to mainland Cebu. Anyway, I always consider my itinerary as guide, it can adopt to changes as long as the budget I have can support it.

Ok, so according to my research, the first boat that leaves from Tapilon port going to Carnaza island is 7am. Since I would love to stay longer in the island, I was in Tapilon port at 5am. When I asked the local in Tapilon what time the boat will arrive, they said around 10am! Well, I am already here, I already visited both Malapascua and Bantayan, so I decided to wait. Trust me, 5 hours of waiting is not a joke :). Around 6:30am a young couple arrived, Wilson and Lorelie. They too is curious about Carnaza. We talked about travels, hobbies, works etc. and then at around 9 am, a family arrived and they’re originally from Carnaza, but settled in Lapu-lapu because of work. They’re going to visit their parents in the island. Luckily we got so much information from them. Is the island safe?, where to stay?, what and how much would be the transportation cost?, etc.

Finally, the boat is here! and it’s already 10:30 am! ^_^ We are excited but when we ask what time the boat will leave going to Carnaza, the crew said, it depends, maybe 1 or 2 pm. What?!? (I shouted only in my mind). I asked why, They need to unload the boat, and they need to buy supplies and then load it again. That includes, chickens, waters, beers, softdrinks and many more. Wilson and Lorelie asked me if I still be going.. I said Yes. They love to go but they’re afraid that they may not be able to enjoy the island with the remaining hours and the first trip by Sunday is 8 am. In short, they decided to cancel their trip to Carnaza and headed to Malapascua. As for me, I’ve waited and at last, the boat started the engine at 3:15 pm! ^_^.

The trip took 2 hours. I just enjoy the view of Malapascua, Bantayan and Isla de Gato as we sailed heading to Carnaza.

Approaching Carnaza

Approaching Carnaza

 

At last, I can now see the beauty of the island from the boat. I started to took pictures. And as we approached, I am scouting where is the best spot to stay tonight. Then I see a spot(click the image, highlighted in red). According to locals in the boat, the area is called “ila-Elena”. they told me that it is public area and some visitors like to stay there because it is one of the beautiful spot.

 

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Sunset at ila-Elena

 

Was so grateful that I was able to catch this beautiful sunset. I actually almost forgot to take a picture of this as I was amazed by it.

Free accommodation.

Free accommodation.

 

 

 

 

 

After a long day. For the first time, I am going to spend the rest of the night in this beautiful island. I am excited to explore the island tomorrow. Aside from free accommodation, I had a beautiful view of billion stars.

 

 

It was a beautiful morning when I woke up. calm sea, white sand, sound of pump boats, early birds were flying around. The simplicity of life at its best.

I love to take picture of my tent after a good night sleep

I love to take picture of my tent after a good night sleep

 

After having a light breakfast, coffee and biscuit, I decided to confirm what exactly the time and number of trips from Carnaza to mainland Cebu. Again, according to my research, there’s a 10 am boat going back to mainland. But this time, the locals told me that there’s two boat going to mainland today(Sunday). They will leave at 8am. So again, I need to change my plan because If I will go on that boat, I will not be able to explore the island. So they told me that there are available small boat that will bring me back to mainland, of course the pay is higher than the regular trip… much higher. I was able to negotiate and decided to go back to mainland after lunch. Then I asked if there is available motor bike that is willing to tour me in the island. So after negotiation, Junrey decided to tour me in the island.

Junrey told me that there is a cave in the area but we need to ask permission first with the caretaker. Look, there’s even a world war II skeleton.

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There is a helipad (2) in the island. and the view is breathtaking

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Our next stop is a private beach resort owned by Lito Osmeña. We again asked permission from the caretaker if it is ok for us to take some pictures. Glad that the lady was smiling when she said yes.

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I also visited Carnaza national highschool, airport and the parola

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After taking picture at the parola, we decided to go back to the “barrio”. I was then offered a delicious breakfast. Fish tinola and adobong pusit. I then decided to take a swim with the crystal clear waters. Then I requested to manong Edgar, the owner of the boat if we could drop by and take some pictures of Isla De Gato. It is the small rock island between mainland Cebu and Carnaza.

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My gratitude to Junrey, noy Edgar and all the locals who assisted me and welcomed me in their beautiful island. I told them that I wish I could bring more visitors, maybe this blog will help encourage people to visit Carnaza.

 

How to get there

A few things to consider on planning your visit and stay in Carnaza

  • There is only 1 boat per day going to Carnaza. The boat leaves in Carnaza at around 8am and arrives in Tapilon port at around 10am.
  • Please register to Carnaza brgy. hall as soon as you arrive. The island is safe but it is a sign of courtesy to inform the head of the barangay that you or your group will stay in the island.
  • Negotiate with your motor or boat rental. But please, do not negotiate for rock bottom price, remember that your pay will not make them billionaires, it will be a good financial help their financial needs and feed their family.
  • Always observe cleanliness. Do not throw your garbage anywhere, put them on a container and ask the local where you can dispose it.
  • There is no karinderia in the island. but fresh seafood is available for sale. you can buy and cook them or you can ask some local if they will cook it for you and just pay them.
  • Camping is allowed, but please inform the barangay.
  • It would be best to plan your Carnaza trip on a long weekend due to limited boat trip. but if you have a budget, you can always rent a boat from Carnaza back to mainland.
  • For motor bike , boat rental and any other concern, please call Junrey at 0920-492-6656

Ok, here’s how you can get to Carnaza island from Cebu North Bus Terminal

  1. Ride a ceres bus to Maya-Kawit or Maya-Bagay. Inform the conductor to drop you off at Tapilon port. Travel time is 4 hours. Fare is 161 pesos for ordinary bus.
  2. When you arrive at Tapilon, ask locals where you can wait a boat going to Carnaza island. Travel time from Tapilon is 2 hours. Fare is 100 pesos.

I hope you’ll enjoy your Carnaza adventure! ^_^

 

If you want to view more photos of this trip, click here.

 

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Posted by on April 11, 2016 in Stock Market

 

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Camotes Again

Dates: November 28 – 29 2014

For this year (2014), I visited Camotes again for the third time. But this time it’s special because my daughter is with me.

So the plan is to have a tent at Borromeo beach, watch the sunset, cook some dinner and spend overnight. Then the next day, have a tour in the island.

We took the 2pm trip from Danao to Consuelo.

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At the port of Consuelo, David was already waiting. We bought fish and other supply before going to Borromeo beach.

When we arrive I set up the tent and also had a chance to watch the beautiful sunset

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I prepared our dinner and eat right away. Good thing about camping here is that you’ll get fresh fish, wash it on the bay, fry and you’re good to go

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After dinner she played with the iPad and then went to sleep. I was surprised that although she’s used to sleeping in her comfy bed, no sign of difficulty on the tent.

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To be honest I was not able to sleep well that night. Was busy trying to listen in my surrounding. Although the place is safe to stay, still it is different when I am with my daughter.
The night was cold, silent. And I was not able to heard the news about the new low pressure area. Was raining from midnigt till early morning.

So I called David that we will cancel the tour and just get us about 1pm bound for.Consuelo port.

We’ll just enjoy Borromeo beach the whole day

Good gloomy morning
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She love playing on the white sand
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The view is fantastic
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She made the beach her fb wall
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Another reason I like Camotes is its simplicity. Children are still playing what I used to play when I was a little child.
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We headed back to Cebu and It was a long travel due to bad weather. But at last we were able to reach home safe and sound.

My dear was exhausted, after toothbrush and changes her clothes, knock down
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I will get back to Camotes again.

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2014 in Adventures, Cebu

 

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Basdaku in Moalboal

Date: April 18 – 19, 2014
Place: Moalboal, Cebu

Cebu is known for its beatiful and white sand beaches. And Basdaku beach in Moalboal is one of those. If you want to experience nice view, white sand and friendly locals, which is obviously found in almost all parts of the country, but if you are in Cebu, do not miss to visit this beach.

As of today, so far in the beaches that I visited, Basdaku for me is comparable to Boracay minus the night parties and fire dancers.

If you love to see a lot of people in the beach, visit here during holy week season and if you would like to be alone and quite, just avoid the peak season which is during summer time in the Philipiines

Since it was in peak season when we visited basdaku beach, a lot of people were here in just tent accomodation since most of the resort were fully booked. It was in our favor after walking in the beach to find a good place to pitch my hammock and Onyx with his tent

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After securing our accomodation, I tried to walk in basdaku’s long white sand beach

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My tired feet enjoyed the beach

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The clear crystal water

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I can’t blame her for just simply enjoying her time

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Even this lovely foreigner and her filam kids spent their time here… Thank you! ^_^

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Look who’s in here! Our good friend Alex! Good to see you here master ^_^

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A very peaceful morning

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Posted by on April 23, 2014 in Adventures, Cebu

 

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Pinamungajan paradise

Date: April 17, 2014
Place: Pinamungajan, Cebu

We had to do a quick stop on the bay of this municipality of Pinamungajan. We are actually exhausted because are traveling since the start of the day. In the highway, we think that there is no place to visit in here but of course we will never know unless we ask the locals. It is also around 4pm so we also need to find a place to stay. And as per our plan, we are not going to get hotels or rooms, our plan is to seek for public but safe place wherein we can pitch a tent or just a hammock.

So while we were in the basketball court, we approached a lady selling fishball to ask if she knew a place, a nice place to visit here. She told us that there is a mountain resort located of course in the mountain part of the town, in brgy. Lamac. The name
Of the resort is Hidden Valley.

After a few negotiation with the habal.habal driver, we headed to Hidden Valley resort.

But in our disappointment, there is no available space for us since they are fully booked because of the holy week holiday. They have an available room but for 2,000 pesos, way higher than what we are planning to get.

It’s getting dark but we saw a very nice view of falls. I don’t know the name of the falls but you can perfectly see the beauty of it from the entrance of the resort.

So we decided to ask some locals if there is place that we can stay. Told us that there is a small house in the end of that small way wherein they accept visitors, just try to ask if they will allow us to stay.

So we walked for about 15 minutes and we end up in a small house, there is a caretaker there named Joy and she was so hospitable that she entertained us on what our purpose of visit.

In the end, we spend the night dringking beer ang singing with karaoke. In the morning the paradise greeted us.

Here’s our accomodation

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We also hiked early in the morning

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We also enjoyed the mini waterfalls

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Thank you Pinamungajan, we are now heading to Moalboal

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Posted by on April 22, 2014 in Adventures, Cebu

 

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Balamban and Toledo

Date: April 17, 2014

After Tabuelan and Tuburan, next is Balamban. I’ve been to Balamban Adventure cafe during our motorbike adventure but Onyx is his first time visit.

We travel 1 hour from Tuburan to Balamban via v-hire

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This is the Balamban adventure cafe. They have zipline and wall climbing. The food is also good.

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Here’s my second zipline xperience here. Still feels like first time 🙂

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A few shots before going back to Tuburan so we can take a multicab bound for Toledo

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Multicab shot going to Toledo

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Since it was holiday when we went here, municipal hall was closed, but we still got a shot with manong who takes care of the place.

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Because only a few people were in town and most of them don’t know where’s a good place to go in Toledo, we decided to visit their church

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Next stop… Pinamungajan

 
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Posted by on April 21, 2014 in Adventures, Cebu

 

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