It was on a hot Saturday afternoon when we decided to beat the post-summer heat with a splash in one of Southern Cebu's pride when it comes to public beaches, the Tingko Beach Resort. Travel by bus from Cebu City to Alcoy, specifically in Daan Lungsod where the beach is situated, would usually take around 2-3 hours, but since, we came from an event in Argao, it only took us less than 30 minutes to reach the resort via a private transportation.
Food was rather convenient since we easily found sidewalk vendors in Dalaguete proper selling puso and lechon manok. There were also stores that sold soft drinks and chips, which were just perfect for our afternoon snacks by the beach. Tingko doesn't require any corkage fee, and the only things that we had to pay for were the entrance fee for 10 pesos per head, the parking fee for 50 pesos, and the table for our things for 250 pesos. Surely, the costs were easy on the budget, especially if you go there in a big group just like what we did.
If you choose to rent a bigger cottage, the resort also offers wooden cottages on huge cliffs from 800-2,000 pesos. There are also rooms that are perfect for overnight stays. Aside from the beautiful beach, Tingko has karaoke machines that guests can enjoyably make use of to sing their hearts out while drinking with friends or spending the whole day by the beach with their family. For us, though, that Saturday was a picture-taking opportunity, and our camera sure didn't fail us as we posed in almost every angle of the white-sand beach.
So, what was the beach like? Well, imagine yourself sweating a lot from an afternoon travel and suddenly feeling the white, fine sand under your feet; you wouldn't waste any second, would you? And that's exactly what we did when we got there; we immediately changed into our swimming clothes and went rushing to the shore like there was no tomorrow! Non-surprisingly, welcoming the tender waves felt so good on every body part and submerging the head into the seawater was so refreshing that we totally forgot the length of the travel and the harsh afternoon heat. We really enjoyed swimming there, and certainly, you will, too.
So if you are planning to have a post-summer vacation in Tingko Beach Resort in Alcoy soon, here are things you shouldn't forget:
- Getting In and Out – Go to South Bus Terminal and look for a bus that's bound for Oslob. Then, tell the driver or conductor to drop you off at Tingko Beach Resort (know that the resort has 2 entrances, the Tingko 1 and Tingko 2; both are great choices but from Cebu City, you'll reach Tingko Beach 1 first). The public resort's hard to miss since it's easily seen from the highway and very famous among bus drivers and other passengers. When going home, you can again take another bus from outside the resort. Last trip for Ceres buses going to Cebu City is around 9:30 PM.
- Approximate Total Costs – As far as I remember, 600 per head is enough for you to survive a day tour to Tingko, Alcoy. Here's the breakdown: 240 for back-and-forth bus fare, 10 pesos for entrance fee, and 10 pesos for restroom water usage. The remaining costs, on the other hand, were divided among the group, like the 20 puso that cost 5 pesos each (100 pesos all in all) and the 4 1.5 softdrinks that cost 60 pesos each (240 all in all). But, of course, you can always opt to buy food ahead in the city so you can save lots of money. If you want to stay overnight, you can rent a room for 1,500 pesos and even a tent for 150-200 pesos. For capacity and other inquiries, contact 483-9430/ 0923-680-1129/ 0923-342-5131 or log in to https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tingko-BeachAlcoyCebu-CityPhilippines/132646076785934.
Here's proof on how we enjoyed Tingko!