mactan island hopping

Last year, my friends and I went to the north of Cebu for an island hopping escapade to visit some virgin islands. You can read them here, here and here. This time, we tried another three islands in Mactan. I’m planning to make this a two part series since the third island is so special for me that I decided to dedicate one post for it. I’ll post it later. 

Our adventure started by going to Pier 1 and hopping on a ferry to Cordova Mactan. The ticket from Cebu to Cordova is 14 PHP each. Upon arriving in Cordova, we hailed a jeepney and it took us to where our adventure boat is waiting for us. A side note, we added 10PHP each for the driver of the jeepney to take us into the port. This is because the usual route of the jeepney is a kilometer away. 

Groupie at Pier 1 for MACTAN ISLAND HOPPING PART 1: GILUTONGAN-CAOHAGAN ISLAND

For the itinerary of this trip, it was prepared by Zee and she patterned it on the itinerary that she did for her section’s adventure. Our contact gave us the boat for 2500 PHP for the whole day. The boat is spacious, the sun is up and we’re ready for an adventure.

Group pic at the boat for MACTAN ISLAND HOPPING PART 1: GILUTONGAN-CAOHAGAN ISLAND

Gilutongan Island

Gilutongan Island

Our first stop is Gilutongan Island. Travel time is less than 30 minutes from Cordova. We didn’t land in the island but rather we stop near the island and swim around. When we got there, there were a lot of jelly fish in the water. It’s a good sign that the marine life is really flourishing in this island. We wait for around 20 minutes, just to let the jelly fish settle down and we jump into the water. 

After swimming for a while, we went up into the boat and we were offered to try Swaki, a type of Sea Urchin. Since it’s all our first time, we tried it out. It cost us 50 PHP for 7 pieces of Swaki. My review of the Swaki is that it tastes like the sea and the vinegar helps to make it a bit bearable and somewhat delicious. One thing I can’t get over about it is that its texture is not so appealing for me. 

swaki session at Gilutongan Island

After the Swaki session, we went back into the water and just let the time passed by.  At around 10 am, we bundled up and headed to the next island. 

Caohagan Island

View at Caohagan Island

The second island in our itinerary is the Caohagan Island. The same with the previous one, we didn’t really land into the island but rather stayed in our boat and swam around it. At this particular time, the waves are a bit stronger and it seems a little bit difficult to swim against the current. We opt to use life jacket, just to make sure ;). 

The sun was really blazing but the water is too cool for us to resist. We explored the sea and fooled around. At around 11:30 AM, we started preparing our lunch. Note that the boat do offer a buffet that you can avail, it’s optional. We opted to prepare our own lunch. We prepared almost all the food before hand and just grilled in the boat. The boat do offer a grilling area, just bring your own  charcoal. 

We dig in at around 12 Noon. 

After taking a rest and cleaning up, we explored for the last time.

boat pic during our MACTAN ISLAND HOPPING PART 1: GILUTONGAN-CAOHAGAN ISLAND

After overdosing ourselves with its beauty, we bundled up again and headed to our next destination — The Nalusuan Island. Watch out for it!

Thank you Kelly for the Go Pro and editing the pictures!

kelly at MACTAN ISLAND HOPPING PART 1: GILUTONGAN-CAOHAGAN ISLAND

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