Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Philippines Day 7- Bais & Lapu Lapu

Today was a big travel day again. We headed out from the La Planta early in the morning and caught a bus down to the Santander Express and went back over to Cebu.

My fan - lifesaver!

Rice fields
From Santander we took a bus up to Cebu city. It was a long windy road on the coast and we both were feeling motion sick. We took some Dramamine and then we knocked out. This is one of my favorite pics from our trip.

It was so fun to be off on this adventure - just the two of us! In many ways it wasn't a really romantic trip, although there were definitely romantic moments. Rather it was a comfortable, fun, and relaxing trip. It was like a road trip with my best friend when I was in college. Maybe that's the reality of 10 years of marriage. Gone are the dramatic romantic dreams replaced with the peaceful comfort of true companionship. It was the best!

It took us 3 hours on that bus to get to Cebu City. Then another 30 minutes in a taxi to get over to Lapu Lapu Island. There are 2 bridges that connect Lapu Lapu and Cebu so it was easy to go from one island to the other. The city seemed much more dense and in many ways felt poorer than the rural parts of the Philippines. Maybe it was because it was contrasted against the new and modern, plus it was much more populated.

We checked into the Maribago Bluewater. It was a beautiful resort! Very comparable to what you would find in Hawaii. It was made for tourists (most come from Japan and Australia) so they spoke English and it was very modern and clean. The staff loved finding out that John could speak Visayan! He was the hotel darling for a couple of days!

The Lobby. No walls at all.

The shark pool. It was one of the many decorative ponds around the hotel.

Pool 1 - this was my favorite! It was a huge circle and I loved the big water platform around the whole thing you could sit on. John loved the slide! It was nice to swim in the ocean and then come jump in the pool!
The rest of pool 1

Pool 2 - This one had a big waterfall on the far side and the circle part on the left was a cool kids pool that was shaped like a bowl, only it didn't get very deep in the middle.

The hotel's private white sand beach. We did more snorkeling but this beach was really different since it had tons of huge crabs! I also saw a lobster here. It was in a cove so there wasn't coral.

Our room is the one lit up

Each area leading to rooms had a big pot of water to wash the sand off your feet

After we checked in we had a huge buffet for lunch and then did some snorkeling and relaxing. It was so nice to just rest in comfort and style! That night we found 2 hammocks on our walk by the beach so we relaxed by the water, listening to the sound of the water, slowly rocking. It was dreamy!

The we went and sat by the pool, sipping mango shakes and Pina Coladas for dinner while watching the fire dancers.

I think we were in bed by 8:00 and we were out!

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