Apr 8, 2012

Islands Banca Cruises

We stayed in town this year and attended the church ceremonies (confession, stations of the cross, masses) for Holy Thursday and Good Friday. On Black Saturday, we went to try the sunset cruise of Islands Banca Cruises with the Kho family. It was a last minute decision to replace our original plan to drive to Oslob to see the whale sharks ("butanding").

The reservation didn't go through on our initial attempt as we were told all the boats allocated for the cruise were already fully booked. It was peak season after all. However, after following up via text and calls, a confirmation was made 3 hours before the scheduled cruise. Photo finish. :)

We were at the dock 30 minutes before the cruise to make sure we don't get bumped off. And while we waited, we took pictures and had take-out halo-halo and peach-mango pies in between.

The weather was just perfect for goofing around.


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halo-halo and peach mango pie

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with D

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Jake checks out a hermit crab


The boat got to the dock a bit late. And because the tide was low, the boarding was quite tricky.


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the outrigger boat painted in white and furnished with cushioned seats and bean bags

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being assisted by the crew

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chivalry is not dead :)

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all aboard!!!


We were off in a few minutes. Fortunately, the sun was up long enough for us to take photos of the Mactan channel scenery, the view of the Marcelo Fernan bridge and the old bridge.


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approaching the Marcelo Fernan Bridge

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up close

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and under

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approaching the old (1st) bridge connecting Mandaue City to Mactan Island

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taking a video using this

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getting off the boat


Taking the sunset cruise was a good way to spend an afternoon with family and friends. For one, it doesn't take much to book a reservation (P295 per person for the 1.5 hours cruise). You get a nice view of the channel, bridges and city lights while you feel the cool sea breeze as you sip a glass of iced tea and munch on peanuts.

This is not a sponsored post but you may want to check out the cruise provider: Islands Banca Cruises...

2 comments:

  1. Do they give a running commentary of what you see on the banca cruise?

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  2. hi bertN. there's no running commentary. it would have been great and helpful to guests who are not from cebu.

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