Summer is here and that means summer vacations and beach outings.
When in Cebu, it is a must to try out the provinces’ white sand beaches. There are a number of beautiful beaches all around Cebu such as those in Alcoy and Oslob of South Cebu, Santiago Bay in Camotes Island and the white sand beaches of Bantayan Island.
Bantayan Island is an island north of Cebu City. It takes more than 4 hours to get there by bus and boat. Though popular with most Cebuanos and foreign tourists, the beaches of Bantayan are not very crowded most of the time except Holy Week.
Beach Vacation in Bantayan Island!!!
During our quick vacation in Bantayan, we stayed at Budyong Beach Resort. This place has a good location and offers affordable rates that fit budget travelers.
How to go to Budyong Beach resort from the Santa Fe Port?
Budyong Beach Resort is just about a kilometer away from the pier. It would take you about 20 minutes to walk all the way from the pier to the port. For first timers in the island, it is ok to take the pedicab for 20 pesos per person.
White Sand Beach at Budyong Beach Resort
Budyong Beach Resort Review
This resort is a typical beach resort that offers basic necessities during your vacations. Basic means a clean air-conditioned room with a comfort room. Our room only comes with a cold shower and has no TV.
Overall, our room was clean. It doesn’t stinks and aircon unit was functioning well.
Though they provide soap (typical small bar soaps, no shampoo and toothbrush), it is best to bring your own toiletries and bath towels. They’ve supplied us with a fresh roll of toilet paper though.
Our Cottage in Budyong Beach Resort
Bed and pillows are clean.
There is also a terrace where you can eat your meals or just share stories during the night.
Reasons why you should stay at Budyong Beach Resort
This place has a good location. It is just a kilometer away from the pier and just 2 blocks away from the town’s public market and parish church.
If you need to buy supplies like water and snacks, you can just go for a 5 minute walk to the town center. For affordable meals, you can also head out to the market to dine at local eateries or carinderia that serves fresh seafood and grilled items.
Clean Beach Front at Budyong
The beach of Budyong is also great. It has a white sand beach that is perfect for swimming and other beach activities. It is safe to walk bare footed for the sand is fine and the beach is almost free from sharp rocks, foreign objects and sea creatures like jellyfish and sea urchins.
The beach and resort grounds are also kept clean by old women that are always sweeping the premises.
In terms of affordable rates, Budyong offers a great deal to their guests. You can book room for two for as low as 1,300 pesos or a room for 6 for 2,200 pesos.
Reasons not book your vacations at Budyong Beach Resort
For picky travelers, I suggest not to book your beach vacations in Budyong Beach Resort and instead ask the locals for a higher end hotel in Bantayan Island. Like I’ve said earlier, they only serve basic accommodations.
Though, their linens and bath towels are clean, they’ve seen better days and the resort might want to change them soon.
Simple Room with just a bed
Our room’s shower
Budyong does not serve free breakfast to their guests. They do not also give complimentary drinks.
The resort has a restaurant, but the prices for their food is not that quite budget friendly. They serve breakfast at the price range of 150 to 190 pesos. Breakfast and other meals near the market are sold at around 55 pesos to 70 pesos.
Budyong also has a videoke machine. I don’t know having a videoke machine inside a beach resort is a good or a bad thing, but for me I rather spend my vacation time in a relaxed manner rather than hearing an anonymous guy sing one Tom Jones hit after another.
Dogs on the beach!!! I’ve read about this one during my research on Budyong. But just to inform you, these animals just roam that beach early in the morning when the tide is low and most guests are still asleep . Didn’t saw any dog poop during our time watching the sun rise.
Budyong also does not offer free pickups and send offs to the Sta. Fe Pier for their guests that already confirmed their room reservations.
Budyong Beach Resort Room Rates
- Beach Front Rooms
2 beds good for 4 persons – 1,700 Pesos
- Second Line Rooms
2 beds good for 4 Persons: 1,500 Pesos
1 bed good for 2 persons: 1,300 Pesos
- Family Rooms
3 beds good for 6 persons: 2,200 Pesos and 3,000 Pesos
Housemate Room good for 15 persons (perfect for barkada and officemates) – 5,000 Pesos
Waking up early to see the sunrise by the beach
Just a friendly tip:
Bantayan Island is a popular destination during summer and peak season for tourists is during Holy Week.
Expect rates for hotels and beach resorts to increase during Holy Week. Budyong doubles their rates during the Lenten season.
The resort does not ask guests to deposit or do advance payments for reservations.
Budyong Beach Resort Contact numbers
I’ve contacted Budyong Beach resort just a couple of days away from our planned trip. Good thing I found their contact number online and immediately texted their mobile number.
Just a few minutes after sending my sms, I’ve already got an answer from them. I’ve reserved a room good for 3 good for 1 night over the weekend, and luckily for us, there was a room available for only 1,300 pesos.
If you want to reserve a room in Budyong Beach Resort, here are their contact numbers:
Mobile: (0921) 314-52-75
Landline: (032) 438-92-85
Would I go back and book my Bantayan Island Vacation in Budyong Beach Resort?
The answer would be YES!!!
The primary reasons are their beach and location. They have one of the best and cleanest shores in that part of the island plus it is easily to get supplies and cheap food in the market nearby. Transportation is also not a problem for you can also get public transport going back to the pier or to the town of Bantayan to see their stone church or to buy the cheapest danggit in Cebu for pasalubong.
Field Trip Boy at Budyong Beach Resort
The affordable rates and fast replies via text messages was also a plus factor.
If you want to know how to go to Bantayan Island from Cebu City, please read this Bantayan Island blog post:
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