Cebu Itinerary + Bohol Day Trip

Hi everyone! So as promised from the last blog we will be enclosing the itinerary and the expenses that we incurred. It is not yet 100% complete at the moment and the prices are rough estimations since we were very busy to update the blog for the past five months. We hope the following information helps.
– Departure from Baguio via Victory Liner (click this link for the bus fares)

– Breakfast at Jollibee (approx. Php 200.00 for 3 breakfast meals and coffee)
– Taxi going to NAIA Terminal 3 : Php 80.00
– Terminal Fee: Php 200.00
– Departure from Manila: Airfare: Php 2500/2 pax/round trip
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Proceed to the web check-in counter at least 45 minutes before departure time to drop your bags.
If you are traveling without checked baggage, you may go straight to the boarding gate and wait for your flight. 
– Arrival at Cebu
– We took courage to ask the personnel holding the sign for Shangri-la Mactan if we can join the shuttle going to the resort and he agreed, good thing there were vacant seats, thus, our fare was FREE!
– A Day in Paradise: Shangri-la Mactan: Php 2500/ pax (cash only)
– Baggage can be left with the concierge (Status: CONFIRMED)
– Go to the SENSES Shop to pay for the tour
– Lunch Buffet at Tides Restaurant (drinks not included)
Free use of beach, pool, towel
Free use of Gym and Health Club facilities (sauna, steam bath, jacuzzi)
10% discount on Health Club and Salon Services for adults
Complimentary 2 hours use of Kid’s Adventure Zone for kids (kids must wear long sleeves and socks)
25% discount on Dinner Buffet at Tides Restaurant
Day in Paradise package is from 8am-9pm.
Lunch buffet is from 12nn-2:30pm only.

Cherie Sia, Service Manager – Lobby Shop
Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa , Punta Engaño Road, Lapu-Lapu City, 6015 Cebu, Philippines
(6332) 231 8241  (6332) 495 1266

– Shuttle fare: Php 100/pax
  Last trip schedule : 7:00pm
  Drop-off Sites: SM Cebu City and Ayala Mall
– Taxi fare going to the hotel: Php 70.00
– Check-in at Gran Tierra Suites (click here for hotel room rates)
    #207 Don Mariano Cui
    Cor. Don Jose Avila
    Capitol, Cebu City, Cebu
  Contact numbers: One other thing that’s great with this hotel is that they reply promptly.
    sun +63923 592 9369
    globe +63927 818 7933

DAY 2:
– Taxi fare going to the Pier: approx: Php 100.00
– Breakfast on board the SuperCat: Php 200.00
– Bohol Day Tour: Php 2,850.00/ pax
  CONTACT – Flor Loren @ 09228495807- Supercat terminal Pier 4, Island     Skiptrip Counter

0830H Depart Cebu via Supercat
1015H Arrival Tagbilaran Wharf
Lei Reception by Travel Village
Tour to Baclayon Church- Oldest Church
Loay Backyard industry- Local Color
1200H Loboc River Cruise w/ lunch on board
Tarsier Viewing in Captivity
Billar mahogany Man Made Forest
Chocolate Hills- Famous landmark of Bohol
Blood Compact Monument- a historical site
Souvenier Shopping
1730H Back to Tagbilaran Wharf for Check in
1830H Depart Tagbilaran for Cebu
2015H Estimated time of Arrival in Cebu

– Taxi fare to Ayala Mall: Php 80.00
– Dinner at Moon Café: Php 500/ 2 pax for 2 big meals
– Taxi fare to Gran Tierra Suites: Php 70.00

– Taxi fare to Basilica: Php 100.00
– Basilica Minore del Sto. Nino, Magellan’s Cross and Fort San Pedro and Plaza Independencia (walking distance from the Basilica)
– Jeepney fare to SM City Cebu: Php 8.50/pax
– Gelatissimo Ice Cream: approx. Php 150/ 2 pax
– Lunch at CNT Lechon (just across SM): approx. Php 250/ 2 pax
– Check-out
– Taxi fare to Maribago: approx: Php 300.00
– Check-in at Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort
Hotel: Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort

Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort
Maribago, Buyong, Mactan Island
Lapu-Lapu, Cebu 6015
Tel: +63-32-4920100
Fax: +63-32-4920128
Total Price: 4500.58 PHP – BEST DEAL! Total Savings: 80%
– Taxi fare to Cebu Yacht Club: Php 150.00
– Sunset Chillout Cruise Lapu-lapu City (c/o Islands Banca Cruises)
Contact: Gwen Dela Cruz 09176300736 of Islands Banca Cruises
Jump Off Point : Cebu Yacht Club (right across Marina Mall, Brgy. Pusok, Lapu-lapu City)
Destinations      : A chill out cruise shall be on the boat, while enjoying a cruise to Mactan Channel and beneath the two Mactan Bridges.
Time of Trip       : 5:30PM-7PM
Package Rate     : PHP295.00/person
Package Inclusive:
– Boat Rental
– Steward Services
– Use of Towels
– Life jackets
– Free one round of ice tea drink
– Jeepney fare to Mactan Shrine: Php 8.50/pax
– Sutukil: approx: Php 400/ 2 pax

Day 4:
– Check-out
– Taxi fare to Mactan Airport: Php 150.00
– Terminal Fee: Php 200.00
– Departure (Mactan to Manila)
Enjoy exploring Cebu City and Mactan Island! Smile

Day 3 & 4: Cebu-Bohol Getaway (Part 3: Mactan, Cebu)

The Amuma Spa Suite was really enticing that we didn’t want to leave the room for the scheduled cruise at the Cebu Yacht Club which was going to start at 5:30pm. Since the resort does not allow white taxi cabs (regular taxi) to enter to pick up guests we had to go out and hail a cab near the highway. The travel time from Maribago to the yacht club was 20 minutes because of the light to moderate traffic.
The Islands Banca Cruises booth and boat cannot be missed because of the vibrant orange and yellow hues that were used.
Photo courtesy of Islands Banca Cruises Website.
The boat normally leaves the dock at 5:30 pm, but because we were late, we called up Ms. Anna Lou, the one in-charge of the cruise reservations (because Ms. Gwen, our first contact person was on leave), and informed her that we will be about 10 minutes late because of the unexpected heavy traffic.
Tip # 12: It is better to overestimate rather than underestimate especially when it involves time.
1. Set-up
The actual set-up of the boat really went beyond our imagination. Couches and stools covered in white leather, huge bean bags, round cocktail tables, and a great sound system were only some of the reasons why the cruise was worth every single centavo.

2. The Crew

The people in charge of keeping us and all the other guests on board can definitely be called professionals. Their assistance started from the dock, to boarding the boat, to taking pictures, to attending to all the needs of the guests during the cruise duration, until all the passengers disembark from the boat after the 1 hour 30 minutes travel time.
Although passengers are not allowed to bring food and drinks on board, we think that it is not considered a CON because free snacks are provided and you can buy chips and other beverages at a very reasonable price.
When we returned to the Cebu Yacht Club to disembark, we decided to try out the famous SUTUKIL restaurants, so we asked for the directions from a kind traffic enforcer and he told us to take a multi-cab going to Punta Engano and ask the driver to drop us off at the Mactan Shrine.
Being new to the place, we asked a police officer outside the shrine about the Sutukil restaurant and the man who he was talking to led us directly to his shop. Honestly, during this experience we think that we got ripped off because after choosing from the wide array of sea creatures on display, the man told us that there is a cooking charge for every dish we request. Upon hearing this we were shocked but still proceeded with the orders because we were already very hungry and very tired from the day’s activities.
Tip # 13: When it comes to the local delicacies and food shops, do your research before the trip to avoid getting ripped off.
The incident did not end there, when we asked for the bill they gave us a piece of paper that contained a list of the food that we ordered, upon looking at the total, we were taken aback because the total was way more than what we expected. So we did our own computation, and voila! the total was almost half the amount written on the paper. We clarified it with the woman in-charge and the she looked at us disgustingly. It took her another 10 minutes to revise the total.

Finally, it was time to go back to the resort, good thing HIS friend who met us at the Sutukil restaurant, was kind enough to drive us back to the resort before she went to Cebu City to work (she was on night shift).
The next day was of course our last day in Cebu. We woke up really early to make the most of our stay in Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort because our flight going back to Manila was around 9:00am.
This is the end of our 4 days/ 3 nights journey in Cebu and Bohol. The next blog post will (hopefully) contain all the expenses we incurred during the trip. It’s really delayed but we still hope it helps. Smile