Initially, I was thinking of just posting all the pictures I got from the recent Cebu escapade but after getting an enormous number of likes on my fb post and having to answer a number of FAQs about it, I’m blogging the trip in a different, but not so novel, way.
So how did we get there?
Or how did we even know it exists?
I booked a ticket for Cebu after getting so envious with the pictures of Camotes Island my bestfriend took. Right away, I asked a travel buddy, who, for the purpose of this blog will be named NT, to take the next seat of the plane with me set for the entire beach hopping. But the bestfriend insisted in going to a ‘better’ beach called Gibitngil instead of the former. So we bit the suggestion and got the punch out of it.
Here’s a detailed instruction on how to get there.
Disclaimer: This tip is based on the worst scenario of going there. Some steps may alter should you not bring any jinx with you.
1. Take the Ceres Liner in the North-bound bus terminal satellite. Be sure to be there at 6 am and don’t forget light breakfast which you can bring handy on the bus. The trip will take 4 hours en route Consolacion, Danao, Compostela until you reach Medellin. And yes, you’re still in Cebu after 4 hours even if you see signs like ‘This way to Leyte‘ or ‘This way to Masbate.’ Remember, Gibitngil is the northmost part of the Cebu so don’t fret. No need to change the sides of your shirt.
Bus fare: P130
2. As soon as you reach Medellin, take a padyak to get to the mini port. Or you may just walk straight to the left where the bus stops.
Padyak fare: P10
3. Hire a pump boat. Learn the art of bargaining. If waves get higher as you see, be not afraid. It’s more fun that way. The boat-ride takes 15-20 minutes.
Boat fare: P1,000 – P1,500 (back and forth)
4. This step doesn’t happen all the time. If the sea is calm, you get straight to Gibitngil’s shoreline. However during our visit, we were not able to cross the other end of the island as waves did not permit us. So we were dropped at the back part of the island where we have to go trekking for an hour. Yizzz! An hour of walking to the beach. Along the way are big rocks, unbelievably tall grasses, narrow and muddy walkways. You talk to yourself then hoping the beach is worth the trek.
Friendly tip: Go barefooted when you wear flipflops. The strap of my havs gave up even before reaching the end of the trek.
5. Alas! We have reached Gibitngil. Nothing feels more relieving after a hell-ish journey we had. Heaven!
Entrance fee: P10
No corkage. No everything!
Some tips while in Gibitngil:
1. Dive at your own risk. NT got bruises and gum slit after diving. Hahaha!
2. Bring lotsa food.
3. Make sure to have load so you can text mamang pump boat to come and fetch you.
There you go! Gibitngil is a must-visit place. The way to heaven is indeed hell. But the experience was worth all the bruises and misfortune.
Misibis Bay, you’re next!