To me, there’s nothing more refreshing than being in a tranquil place, hearing the sound of waves as I watch the beautiful sun rises on the East next to the imaginary horizontal ends of the calm ocean.
As a writer living on redundant routines in a busy city, I always try to seek something “new” during the weekends as a treat to myself. When I say new, I actually meant visiting friends in other towns, outdoor sports, going for solo trekking or do my so-called AFK (Away-From-The-Keyboard) writing.
Different because, for a long time, I was finally able to visit a beach resort again. After three hours of good travel with the friendly bus driver and operators of Zhong Thong Bus from Cebu North Bus Terminal, I reached my destination – Virgin Beach Resort in Daanbantayan.
I was expecting the place to be remote but its deafening silence still surprised me. Then, I realize that it is the way I liked it! I was around three in the afternoon when I reached the resort. I was greeted by a friendly lady in the lobby. It doesn’t take long for me to identify that the place actually has a very Filipino theme (which I really like by the way).
During my stay at Virgin Beach, I didn’t see any other guest. Jhomar, the owner’s nephew said it is their off season. I figured that was probably the reason why I didn’t see other backpackers around.
Virgin Beach Resort has; pools just a few meters away from the seashore, very neat mini-gardens, an entertainment hall where you can watch movies and do karaoke — things that I wasn’t able to do because I was enjoying the tranquility of the place.
Virgin Beach Resort also have various activities. If you are into simple adventures like horseback riding, fishing, boating, island hoping or snorkeling and games like volleyball, pingpong, skating or biking you can have it at the resort. I suggest that, to enjoy the most, bring along your friends.
The beach is just a few steps away from my room and it was low tide when I went there. I spent an hour sitting on one of their cottages watching a few locals and kids catching crabs and fishes on the seaside. The beach may not be white sand but its pretty neat.
I woke up around 5 in the morning and hurriedly went to the sea side. I was expecting to see the sunrise.
I wasn’t disappointed to witness the golden sun rays rose dramatically from the East!
Overall, my three hours travel was worth it. But, if you are one of those people who are expecting Virgin Beach Resort to have that “city and party like” environment, you’ll probably fail, specially if you’ll visit the resort alone during their off season.
My final verdict.
For those who want a combination of peace, calmness and get-away adventures, visit Virgin Beach Resort. You can’t expect the resort to be the right place to “party” but if you want to, you can bring in your own party with your friends. The resort is also three hours or more away from the city, so if you’re travelling alone, make sure that you have reading materials or anything that’ll help ease your boredom during the trip. I managed to enjoy myself with free movies on the bus.
Travel Time: 3 – 3 1/2 hours from Cebu North Terminal
Transportation for each person: 300 PHP round trip, Zhong Tong Bus, air-conditioned
Foods (per person): 1 000 PHP, 3 meals
Activities (per person): 500 PHP
Estimated total budget (per person): 1800 PHP for a day stay + Accomodation expenses (rates vary. Contact Virgin Beach Resort at 032-354-8661 to know more).
How to get there
From Cebu North Bus Terminal, take a bus that goes to Daanbantayan via Maya-Bagay. Tell the bus driver that you’ll have to be dropped at the “Virgin Beach Resort waiting shed” in Barangay Malbago (trust me, drivers know where it is). You can either contact one of the resort’s crews to pick you up from the waiting shed or you can hire a motorbike to take you to the resort which will cost you 20 pesos.