Looking out from the beach at Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort on Mactan Island near Lapu-Lapu.
The next couple of days would see us at the beach. Since we couldn't get to Bohol
on the ferries or supercats in a timely manner without overnighting. We got a suggestion from one of the staffers at the hotel: Maribago Bluewater Resort. It seems most of the nice beaches all have private hotels on them and charge for use of the beach areas. We found for about 1000 pesos (about $20) we could access this resort and have 700 peso go towards consumables (food and drink). It turned out to be a good deal. So we headed out and for a 400 peso ($8.50) we took a hour cab ride to the eastern side of Mactan Island . The resort sits behind an iron gate and opens into a lush tropical setting.
The cabanas along the beach help beat the noonday sun.
Stepping up to the visitors hut, we checked in and recieved a map of the resort. A couple of resaurants, bars and activity areas were suggested. You can get towels at the desk as well, but they need a deposit of 400 peso for each towel requested. Just bring your own if don't mind hauling the sand and salt back with you! We headed to the beach and secured a thatched cabana to block the rays when needed. There is a button on the cabana to call waiter service and a bar, restaurant and massage hut within steps of the chaise lounges. The cove is a lovely blue and shallow enough that you can wade to a nearby island for more sunning opportunities. After some relaxing. I strolled the grounds to discover 2 restaurants, an inexpensive buffet on the beach, an outdoor giant chess set, volleyball court, sharks (3 foot) in small ponds near the guest accommodations.
The Pier 7 Bar and Sunset Cove Live Seafood Restaurant at Maribago.
a nice pool and a lazy hammock in the shade of a much rooted tree. There is also a souvenir shop and free internet desk also. One of the nicer bars is the Pier 7 Bar located on the beach. For my money though, the Sunset Cove Restaurant is the place to enjoy a bite to eat, which we did the first day at lunch. Tanks of small grouper, lobster, conch, prawn and scallop await their fate as menu delights. The food was VERY good and filling. See my review for details. This was the most expensive meal my entire trip, but I splurged on purpose. The conch, scallops and prawn were inexpensive. The fish, crab and lobster are charged by the 100gram. I had a steamed mud crab that was 6 grams ($12.50), but it was great! No complaints. We stayed half the day and headed back to the hotel (another 400 peso cab ride) to get cleaned up.
The massage hut at Maribago
We went for our daily massage and treatment (Swedish massage and manicure for me), and wandered a bit afterwards. We had dinner at our usual place, the grill and went back to the hotel for a short stint. We decided to check into one of the discos Cebu is known for. Around 9pm we headed for Julianna's in Mango Square. Talk about a jumping place! Lots of folks living it up and having a good time. Though not the oldest attendee, I was on the "mature" side. It didn't seem to bother anyone and I mingled freely, answered the usual questions: Where you from? How long you're here? It was a good time. Friendly folks here. After we got our fill we head for the hotel. A day well spent.
Maribago Restaurants, Cafes & Food review
Great place for a meal on the beach.
The Sunset Cove Live Seafood Restaurant or "The Cove" as it's known, is a great place to relax and catch a nice meal. With an idealic setting and flav… read entire review