With cool, clear waters and warm smiles from the town folks, life is good down at Sta. Fe, Bantayan Island. And what better way to spend your lazy days at the Island than to sit and indulge yourself on delectable seafood dishes down at Sugar Beach.
Named for its sugar-fine sand, Sugar Beach is situated in the white sandy shorelines of Bantayan Island. With its spectacular views and breathtaking emerald waters, you can easily forget all your worries when you are down at Sugar Beach.
So how do you get to Sugar Beach?
Since Sugar Beach is situated on an island north of Cebu, you will have to travel up north to get to the Port of Hagnaya where you will hop on a ferry to get to Bantayan Island. You have two options in going to Hagnaya: You can ride a taxi cab, and pay a hefty fare. Or you can take the bus and pay just a fraction of what you’re going to pay if you take a cab.
Buses bound for Hagnaya are parked at the North Bus Terminal. The usual fare ranges from Php132 to Php150 for non-aircon buses. (Updated 07/20/2011)
Travel time from the North Bus Terminal to the Port of Hagnaya is about three hours. With the 15-minute or so bus stop at Carmen, Cebu, you can stretch and limber up before your body stiffs and loses its sensations.
When you get to the Port of Hagnaya, proceed to the ticketing outlets. Trip schedules bound for Sta. Fe from different shipping companies are posted.
The usual mode of transportation at Bantayan Island is the trisikad. This consists of a bicycle with a sidecar attached to it. Once you disembark from the ferry, you will be greeted by a crowd of trisikad drivers offering you a ride to your beach destination.
Sugar Beach is a laid-back resort. So don’t expect a hotel-ish, five-star accommodation. Since I stayed there for two days, I rented a non-aircon room for PhP600 a day. The usual charge for this room was PhP700 but I managed to ask for a lower price. The rooms are wonderfully simple yet cozy. Tents are also available for rent at Php200. (Updated 07/20/2011)
If you forgot to bring food and supplies, don’t fret. The market is just a five-minute walk away from the resort. And the prices there are very reasonable.
But if you feel like lazing around at the beach and not go about town, a delectable array of dishes is available at the nearby sari-sari store within Sugar Beach. You can request for shrimp and crab dishes as well as pork belly.
For a wonderful vacation at the beach, go to Sugar Beach.