In the laid back baranggay of Lambug, Badian lies this pristine, white sand beach. Only a few people know about this place thus making it more beautiful and unspoilt.
When visiting Badian most people only think of Kawasan Falls. Now you have the option to go fresh or get soaked and sun kissed in this beautiful beach.
Rooms are available at Grandeur Resort. Most of the accommodations are native style and mostly built by the locals to serve and host those who will discover this place.
Mention my name "Stephanie of SSI" and the owner will be very glad to accommodate and entertain your needs.
The Olango Bird Sanctuary, off Mactan Island, is one of the seven best-known flyways in the world for migrating birds. Unfortunately, not many people, local or foreign alike, know about this. The sanctuary is a 920-hectare area or marshlands, sandflats, and coral reefs which is home as well to many marine species.
Olango island, provides haven to migratory birds from Siberia, Northern China, and Japan. So far, 97 bird species have been identified here.
When we visited, we saw only a few species though, including egrets. All visits have to be done with a guide from the sanctuary's administrative offices -- our guide was a knowledgeable young man. We didn't have binoculars for the observation, but the guide had a very good one which he brought along. It is essential to wear shorts as you will need to wade in knee or thigh-high waters to get a proper view, also preferable to wear a long-sleeved shirt to protect from the sun -- and in white or light colours (not to "scare" the birds).
To get there, it's necessary to hire a boat in Mactan island -- it's not a long boat ride, and the view is fantastic along the way -- clear blue and green waters all around. One can even ask the boatman to stop in the middle of the sea for a quick dip into these aquamarine waters. Then rent a tricycle to go to the sanctuary and back.
This place is not too well known even among Filipinos themselves, which is a great pity. But perhaps it's just as well, for the protection and preservation of the birds and the wildlife.
One of my sisters has been very blessed financially and is able to help others that are in need. Before my first trip to the Philippines, she was dead set against it. How could I consider going half way around the world to meet a woman I barely knew? Certainly, I was destined to become part of the 11:00 news with my head on a pike since this is a hotbed of anarchy and insurrection.
In the years we have been married, Sue has become Evelyn's biggest fan and strongest supporter. My sister believed the destructive lies, mischaracterizations and prejudices that are always in play. She now realizes that Evelyn is genuine, sincere, kind, loving, peaceful...in short, the real deal.
Maybe in part to ease her conscience, I don't know, but whatever her reason she chose to financially support a little girl that lives in the Philippines named Danica, who is from Cebu. She sponsors Danica through a wonderful organization called Compassion International. Please consider a credible organization like this if you are moved to supporting a child not only in the Philippines, but almost anywhere else in the world.
Here is a beautiful, bright, very pleasant little girl who is having some of her her basic needs being met. Danica told me she wants to become a doctor.
Here in the Philippines as well as many other places in the world there is such a great need because of the disparity between the have and have nots. I am anything but a liberal. I don't believe in welfare or adc or any of that wasteful spending. The poverty pimps are ruining our country and the core values of people that live in that system sometimes for generations. I can assure you from a world view/political perspective I'm as conservative as they get. But I believe this simple fact-If we have the power to do good and withhold it, we have done wrong.
People think we have poverty here in the USA, but I'll tell you, they don't have a clue what real poverty looks like.
I've never been outside of Cebu City the farthest I've been is at Mactan Island so when a friend of mine suggested to me to spend my birthday at the Badian Island Resort I jumped at the opprotunity to go to somewhere new.
BAdian is about 2.5 hours drive from the Cebu International Airport that takes you through sleepy towns and an awesome seaside view drive. The car trip can get bumpy at times but overall the road conditions were smooth but since you can't wait to get to your final destination you will find yourself asking every now and then.. "are we theeeerrreee yeeet??
Badian is an idyllic town.... where you can relax and just chill out. Within the vicinity are alot of small towns that offers great dive spots and of course one must not miss a trip to Kawasan Falls.
This trip certainly allowed me to discover a gem and has created an interest for me to explore further south on our next trip..
If you are in Cebu City, Go to SOUTH BUS TERMINAL and take the CERES BUS wirth signage BATO OR SAMBOAN via BARILI or you can take a van. (very important is the Barili signage) Travel time takes about 2.5 to 3 hours frm the city. Departure time is as early as 4:00 am and interval of every 30 minutes. Earliest bus is usually non aircon (P70-90)and few aircon buses (100-150). From Cebu City, you wll pass by the towns of TALISAY, MINGLANILLA, NAGA, SAN FERNANDO, CARCAR (best chicharon P95 per 1/4 kilo), BARILI, DUMANJUG, MOALBOAL, BADIAN. Just tell the bus driver to drop you off Kawasan Entrance in front of the resort. You will see a big KAWASAN FALLS signage on the left side of the street at the entrance of Matutinao Park right after a church.
Park entrance is P10/head. Walking will take about 30-45 minutes to the first fall. Table rental is P100, if you want to get near the falls, you pay P200 for the raft with a guide. P20 for life jackets. Tip to the raft guide is optional.
Lapu Lapu is a local tribe chief who triumphed over Ferdinand Magellan. He symbolizes the Filipinos bravery and determination to guard their freedom from colonizers.
Almost on the exact spot where he overcame Magellan in the Island of Mactan, a bronze statue of Lapu Lapu was erected. However, this site is often overlooked and overshadowed by the sights and sounds of its neighbor, Cebu City.
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