Saturday, March 07, 2009

virgin island

i've always said that i love sunsets but sunrise are special too, since i dont often see sunrise... this is the sunrise view at kota beach's famous landmark
so how do you distinguish sunsets from sunrises? all i know is that i am to greet this beautiful sun a good morning
iour boatman was ontime, actually before 6AM they were already in front of our cottage, so after glen gave us the fresh fish, liempo, rice and other things we'll need for our brunch to our captain who is also our cook :) we set off to virgin island.
this is our boat, wasnt able to take much photo while we were traveling from bantayan island to this beautiful virgin island because the current is strong and i cant take out my camera for fear it'll get wet, haven't put it in dicapac before we left.
virgin island.... and it is beautiful, the water here is clearer and its just simply beautiful. i'm not really sure why they call this island virgin, some say that this is how boracay looked before it became its comercialization, or maybe its because there isnt really much establishment here, just a few houses of the caretakers of the island, yep this island is privately owned but i saw a delapidated sign that the island is being sold, so if you have money go and check out this beautiful island, i would buy it - no second thoughts - if only i have the money :)
it's about 30minute boat ride from bantaya island to virgin island and since we let before 7am we were at virgin island very early and there is no one at the island yet except for its few residents maybe about 10 people, it felt like we owned the island :)
i was so intrigued with these huge pots, imagination running wild and weaving stories in my head, they could have kept these pots to bury the bodies of their guests LOL i know morbid. but these huge pots are really cute.
virgin island being a privately owned property, we had to pay an entrance fee of Php 300 but its toatally worth it because they have provided make shift cottages for their visitors, with table and chairs for eating, and they have nice hammocks too. also they have provided a make shift kitchen as well using charcoal as fuel and that is where our captain cooked our delicious food.
our fresh and delicious meal, ang sarap magluto ng kapitan namin ha at gumawa ng sawsawan! we bought sparkle at one of the houses there that has a mini sari sari store, most prolly for the visitors of the island
"wag mong i-uwi ang undin!" a stern warning from my good friend when i told her about these cute eggs i found while swimming, LOL but these eggs are cute, well actually they are just eggshells and so easy to break argh, only 2 small eggs survived and reached manila! i dont know if these are starfish eggs or if starfish do lay eggs but there is an unmistakable starfish imprint in these eggs, you know what these are?
later on we decided to move to another island - hilantagaan island which is a marine sanctuary for snorkeling activities, we had to pay Php 100 per head
ngiii scary!!! LOL
this is my first time to try shooting underwater since i just bought a dicapac for my camera for this trip but i was kind of disappointed to see the corals here, they are badly damaged by dynamites and when we we're snorkeling there we only see few fishes
i cant help but compare it to how rich and alive the corals at bohol, but also thankful that they already did the right thing by putting this area protected and already a marine sanctuary. or maybe we werent just so lucky of the place we picked doesnt have the best view...we didnt stayed long because it was too difficult trying to snorkel in the middle of the sea if you dont know how to swim and had to fight a strong current, kapit tuko kaya ako sa katig ng boat hahahaha and also we're already tired.
tired? shet lola na nga kami! LOL but really we felt out of breath because we are still feeling sick, we actually take bioflu after our meal at the island and always drink our vitamin C just to fight our sickness, shet me tb ata kami, nilalagnat kasi kami pag gabi hehehehe.

well anyways this is the errand boy of our captain, taken on our way back to bantayan island

***my other bantayan island, cebu pictures and posts:

4 meow:

glesy the great said...

grabe ang ganda!!!! uulitin ko ang ganda!!! seryoso parang nainggit ako to the max.. cheers;p-glesy the great

bertN said...

Lalo tuloy akong napupunti dahil naiwan ninyo ako! Next time, hindi na ako matutulog...baka maiwan na naman ako.

Seriously, you have a gift of story-telling with photographs. I'm really glad you enjoyed your vacation and thankful you shared your adventure and photos with us.

BTW, tinirahan ba ninyo ako ng isdang inihaw at sawsawan na ginawa ni Kapitan?

pusa said...

@glesy - hehehe salamat nagandahan ka pero promise maganda talaga dun

@bertN - o next time bawala tulog mantika LOL.

*blush* thanks, nakow naubos na ang mga isda nilafang na ng kapitan ang tirang food :)

kyels said...

Why is it called Virgin Island though?

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