Last May 1st, I went back to Cabugan with some of my college friends for a mini class reunion. And because it was summer, there were more people and it was hotter compared to the first time I visited this place. It was nevertheless still an amazing trip. This time around, we got the 3 meals + accommodation + boating + bonfire + transportation package. Island hopping wasn’t included because they had to hire other bangkeros to accommodate the volume of guests during Summer. The food was great especially our dinner. We asked them if we could have it set up as boodle fight and they prepared everything for us complete with the banana leaves. We also requested some dishes which they gladly accommodate 🙂
I’ve experienced the best birthday celebration I’ve ever had so far. I was on a gorgeous secluded island south of Guimaras with my parents and close friends. What more can I ask.
Cabugan Adventure Resort is slowly gaining popularity among local and foreign tourists alike. Who can blame them. The island was tranquil, beautiful and surrounded by clear blue waters. It felt like we were somewhere miles away from Iloilo, when in fact, we were only one hour away from the hustle and bustle of the City of Love.
We stayed on the island for 2 days and 1 night, and I can say that it was the best place I’ve ever been to in Guimaras. It was a weekend full of basketball free throws,
embarrassing funny hammock episodes, lazy under-the-tree chats, late night heart-to-hearts, boating and bonfire. It was a weekend I wished would never end.
I woke up at 4:30 am to get ready for the trip. Mama and I didn’t get much sleep because we stayed up late the previous night to prepare our baon. I think we finished cooking and packing around 2 am. We reached Ortiz port at 6:30 am, waited for my friends until 7:00 am, bought tickets, took the boat ride, arrived at Jordan wharf at 7:30 am, reached the mini dungkaan at 8:30 am, took a 3-minute boat ride to the island and finally set foot in Cabugan at 8:40 am.
The whole ride was quite tiring. Good thing we were welcomed by the cool and refreshing, though sometimes a bit too strong, breeze on the island. We decided to just spend the whole morning relaxing, chatting and playing.
After lunch, we went boating a bit at the lake behind those cottages above. Then went island hopping at 3:00 pm. We were one bunch of uber excited, hyper-active kids at heart. Our two bangkeros couldn’t help but laugh because of our child-like enthusiasm. The whole afternoon was filled with squeals, fooling around, water-splashing and loud laughter. Everybody was in high spirits.
The island hopping lasts for two hours and I suggest you go the same time we did (if you’re going there) because the sun is no longer scorching and the water is already starting to come in, which makes it perfect for the last stop – the sandbar.
At that time, the sandbar was already completely submerged in water. Everywhere we looked, it was just the mountains, the trees, the water and us. A perfect escape. And it felt like the epitome of “save the best for last”. After dinner and must-do karaoke that night, we had our bonfire moment. (Cue in James Blunts’ Bonfire Heart)
The wind up the hill was cold but the fire burning was enough to keep us all warm. It was the quiet conversations, though, and playful banters that warmed us inside.
The following day, we had a hearty breakfast prepared by the resort staff. It was more than enough for all of us. We explored the rest of the island after eating and then went boating again.
This is a birthday trip I will remember for a very long time. Not because I had so much fun (well, yeah that counts of course), but because it was the first time I was able to bring my parents on a trip and give them a well-deserved rest even just for a while. I also have to give it to my girls L and C for choosing to spend my birthday with me.
Planning to visit Cabugan?
If you are looking for a quiet and offbeat but well-maintained and comfortable resort in Guimaras, Cabugan Adventure Resort is for you. They have all the facilities of the other touristy beaches in the province minus the chaos, crowd and mobile signal. They even have air-conditioned rooms if you really can’t let go of that luxury. Not that it makes much difference anyway since the breeze on the island was both fresh and cool, and can get even chillier at night.
You can check their room rates, activities and packages offered at cabugan.webs.com. Contact numbers are also posted on the website.
You can also drop by their official facebook account at facebook.com/cabuganadventureresort.
What was your most memorable birthday celebration? Can’t wait to read them on the comments below ❤