Esoy Hot Spring in Catmon, Cebu

A new place to visit?

Esoy Hot Spring in Barangay Duyan, Catmon, Cebu, is surely a place where you can relax and remove your stressful days. Esoy Hot Spring is a must-visit hot spring in Cebu.

It is secluded mountain resort that has yet fully-discovered by big news company in the Philippines. Aside from its natural spring coming from its “tubod” or water source, if you are also looking for some outdoor activities, there are something special that awaits you in Esoy Hot Spring.

Entrance Fee- Php350.00/ head * includes chairs/ tables, cottage and canyoneering activities.

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Shower room and toilet

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Grilling Area

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Ministore but they are not selling foods. LOL. BUT, you can use their refrigerator. Make sure to ask the owner nicely and feed him! HAHAHA

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Here are some of the things you can do, as you visit Esoy Hot Spring:

  • Cross the hanging bridge

Don’t you dare miss their hanging bridge! Whether you like it or NOT, you will have to cross a narrow hanging bridge to reach the main falls. Crossing it is the only way to get to the main part.

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  • River trekking

After passing the first stage of the challenge, you will have to take a short 200-meter river trek, to reach the main Esoy Hot Spring. As you take this river trek, you will be seeing small monkeys hanging at the tall trees. I bet they won’t get near you. Don’t worry, they are quite shy monkeys.

You will get to take dips while going to the main falls. So, you will be totally wet before reaching the part. Plus, there will be a trekking guide who will show you the way.

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  • Rock climbing

If you think river trekking is not enough, you can try climbing lofty rocks near the hot spring. Before reaching the main falls, we climb to the top so that we could jump and start the real adventure. JUMP JUMP JUMP! I guess, that’s the purpose of the canyoneering. A-D-V-E-N-T-U-R-E!

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  • Falls Massage

If you think that you can’t try the jumping activity, enjoy a soothing massage under the descending waters of their beloved waterfalls. Waterfall is 15ft. only.

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  • Fish Feeding

Your assigned trekking guide will also let you feed the fish in the river. Last time, the owner/ tour guide brought a bread and feed the fishes. Piranha attack! LOL

 

  • Hot Spring 

Trust me, dipping into the hot spring made me think of YOU. Kidding!

The hot spring really helped us removed our stresses and made it relaxed our minds. In fact, soaking in hot springs has many healthy benefits.The reason why hotsprings have healing powers and are beneficial are a combination of the temperature of the water along with the mineral content.

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Oh no. Dry……

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When you go inside the cave, there’s another hotspring.

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Aside from relaxation you will experience, according to the article I read, soaking in hot springs increases your blood flow, circulation, metabolism, and helps cure back pain and insomnia.

 

Reminders!

  • No booking, no entry policy

You need to call the resort’s management in advance to schedule a visit to Esoy Hot Spring. They only have few cottages and staffs and can accommodate only a few guests simultaneously, especially during holidays and weekends.

  • No Corkage Fee

You can bring your own drinks, rice cooker and food without any corkage fee! Yeeeyks!

  • Contact numbers: (032) 430-9542, +63923- 5537- 427

 

Rates!

With their entrance fee of Php 350, you can already enjoy these activities and rental inclusions:

  • Hot Spring
  • Crossing the narrow hanging bridge
  • Trekking trip to the waterfalls
  • Caving
  • Rock climbing
  • Jumping in the waterfalls!
  • Fish feeding
  • Cottage
  • Life jacket
  • Trekking guide

 

How to get there?

Map: Click this Esoy Hot Spring Google Map

Bus

  1. Cebu City’s North bus terminal. From there, take a bus ride bound for Hagnaya or Catmon. Don’t forget to tell the bus’s conductor or driver to drop you off to corner Duyan in Catmon.
  2. Once you have reached Duyan, take a motorcycle ride to Esoy Hot Springs.

Private Car

Two suggestions, Use GPS or Ask people from Catmon, Cebu.

 

 

Every hot spring has healing properties because it has been boiled with foreign substances, and thus acquires a new useful quality (c).

 

 

 

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Top Places to Visit in Bantayan Island

Bantayan Island, is situated north of Cebu and is the largest of the Bantayan Group Of Islands. It is consist of 3 municipalities namely Bantayan, Madridejos and Sta. Fe.

The company that I work with, Bantayan Island Power Corporation, is serving the people of Bantayan Island with electricity. Bantayan Island is not new to me anymore. I’ve been there before, year 2016.

If you’re like us (RamNine) and you love to get into the water, Bantayan Island should be your next trip on your list.

Northbus in Cebu City – Hagnaya Port

Travel time: 4 hours

Transportation: Ceres Bus, Ordinary Bus, Van, Taxi (optional)

Schedules:

Cebu North Bus Station to Bantayan Town – Departs: Bantayan Town to Cebu North Bus Station – Departs:
11:45 pm 5:00 am
12:15 am 7:45 am
3:00 am 9:45 am
6:00 am 11:45 am
8:00 am 1:45 pm
10:00 am 2:30 pm
12:30 pm 5:20 pm

Fares:

  • P 200 – Air-con bus direct to Bantayan Island
  • P 160 – Air-con bus to Hagnaya Port
  • P 132 – Non air-con bus to Hagnaya Port

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Hagnaya Port – Sta. Fe, Bantayan

Travel time: 1 hour

Transportation: Island Shipping and Super Shuttle

Schedules:

Island Shipping Ferry Schedule 
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Super Shuttle Ferry Schedule supershuttle

Terminal Fee:

  • Php 10.00 in Hagnaya Port (Hagnaya to Sta. Fe)
  • Php 5.00 in Sta. Fe Port (Sta. Fe to Hagnaya)

Fares:

Ticket Type Island Shipping Super Shuttle
Adult 170.00 170.00
Kids 1 – 11 85.00 85.00
Seniors 119.68 136.00
Students 144.50 144.50
Motorbikes 500.00 – 700.00
Car 1270.00
Van & SUV 1850.00
Truck 3500.00

You can contact the ticket booths and shipping companies if you have any questions. Here are some contact numbers:

Hagnaya Ticket Booth

  • 0919 525 1388

Santa Fe Ticket Booth

  • 0918 704 7196

Island Shipping

  • 0922 865 8518
  • 032 343 7441
  • (032) 435 8099
  • (032) 438 9006
  • (032) 460 5608

Super Shuttle Ferry

Website: http://www.supershuttleferry.com/

  • (032) 435-8090
  • 0995 618 9124
  • 0915 646 6857
  • 0999 889 9999
  • 0942 445 3708

When you arrived at the Sta. Fe port, you will need to pay for the Tourism Ecological Fee of Php30.00 each person.

So we’ve checked-in Kota Beach Resort, where they shooted their movie Camp Sawi. Starring Andi Eigenmann, Bela Padilla, Yassi Pressman, Sam Milby, and Arci Muñoz.

Kota Beach Resort is rightly called by its name due to its safety curve-shaped beach resort.

Effective October 1, 2017, room rates will have an increase. Check rates here: http://www.kotabeachresort.com/reachus/

ROOMS HAVE A MAXIMUM NUMBER OF PERSONS ALLOWED
Beachfront Suite – 6 max
Beachfront Cottage – 4 max
Deluxe Cottage Aircon (2nd to 4th) – 4 max
Standard Aircon / Non-aircon – 3 max
If you’re worried that you won’t find Kota Beach when you arrived in Sta. Fe, Bantayan, they have free transfer from and to Kota Beach Resort.
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Just message Kota Beach at 0956- 276- 4410 or their driver for pick up at 0918-224-2123.

We booked 4th row, because 3rd row was not available. Here are some of our photos.

The entrance

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The Parking Spaces

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The Reception

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The Waiting Area

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The 1st Row Rooms

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The 2nd Row Rooms

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The 3rd Row Rooms

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The 4th Row Rooms

We checked-in here.

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Inside 4th Row Room

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The Standard Fan Rooms

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Beachfront Areas

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That was not the end of our adventure, I will share some other places to visit in Bantayan Island.

First of, I recommend to rate motorcycle to roam around Sta. Fe to Bantayan.

Rates of vehicles for rent:

  • Bicycle – Php 150.00
  • Motorcycle – Php 200.00 to Php 300.00

Bicycle rentals are available at Kota Beach Resort. For motorcycles for rent, contact this number or PM them on Facebook.

Contact number: 0930-571-4215

Facebook page: https://facebook.com/Motorbike-rental-in-bantayan-island-santa-fe-cebu-605622102911311/

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They will let you sign papers before giving the motorcycle.

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TERERENTEREN! We spotted Ate Mae, our fellow Batohanon. Indeed, what a small world.

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Budyong Beach Resort is just across Kota Beach.

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If you are hungy, there are also many restaurants nearby. They are selling combo meals for breakfast and we had our breakfast here (*I forgot the name*). Their serving per plate is really really worth it with two (2) eggs per plate, main dish, fried rice or plain rice and any choice of drinks. YUMMY!

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It’s kinda obvious that I was really hungry because I took a blurry photo. HIHIHIHI

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Aside from their breakfast meals, they have seafood menus. And you should try it! There were locals selling scallops that will roam the beaches, 3 pieces for Php100.00. But if you want, there are also people selling seafoods in the market.

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After boosting our energy, our adventure started…….

 

I highly recommend you to visit these places:

Day use rates:

  1. Php 200 Ages 11 and up
  2. Php 100 Ages 3 to 10 (Free entrance for kids below 3)
  3. Php 160 PWD or Senior citizens (Senior Citizen I.D. is required)
    • *Note: Price may change without prior notice.

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This is definitely the best place for snorkeling. There were no jellyfishes, no sea urchins, and most especially, very clear water.

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Municipality Ordinancies

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Kayaking is also available at Omagieca Obo-ob Mangrove Garden.

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Aside from roaming around the area, Ola! they have restaurant. You can’t bring your own foods and drinks as per their rules and regulations.

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What a beautiful place!
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It’s time to go back! 😦 I wish we could stay longer. Till next time, BANTAYAN ISLAND!

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Full adventure.

 

 

“In Life, It’s Not Where You Go, It’s Who You Travel With”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fat Dois in Cebu

Fat Dois Cebu just recently opened with a very simple but mouth-watering menu. Located at 888 A.S. Fortuna St., Banilad, Mandaue City, neard Oakridge.

Open from 5:30PM to 10:00PM. CLOSE EVERY FRIDAYS!

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From JCentre Mall, you can find their place, right side when going to Country Mall.

According to the staff from Fat Dois, they are still on soft opening, so their food menu is very simple but they might add more foods in their menu in the future.

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BUT BUT BUT when you think that you can just order right after you arrived in their place, NO, absolutely NO.

Just like everyone else who wanted to get a taste of their food specialties, we queued up at 8:00 PM just to enlist our names for a table of 2.

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It took more than 1 hour before we were seated in place. Food preparation time, is acceptable for 5-10 minutes.

Fat Dois also makes sure that you will not be bored while waiting outside because they provide free popcorn. Yaay!

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We ordered Cheese Ribs and Spicy Noodles with Spam and Cheese.

SPICY NOODLES 

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You need to heat it up to melt the cheese. Here’s the finished product. HAHAHA

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Ratings: 9/10

I’ve tasted many Korean noodles here in the Philippines and in South Korea but their Spicy Noodles with Spam and Cheese is a MUST-TRY food and can compete with my favorite “Jjamppong”.

The quality of their Spicy Noodles is the same with the quality of the Korean Noodles with spam and pork I tried in a Korean Restaurant just across Country Mall. Though, not sure if that restaurant is still existing. But with that cheaper price from Fat Dois, PHP180? Why not? Price wise! I think the dishes are affordable considering the serving size.

Overall, Fat Dois met my expectation and satisfied our cravings. All dishes can also be shared by 2 to 3 persons, solely on how hungry you feel.

You can visit their Facebook page or their InstagramYou can also ring their contact number (032) 346- 8655.

 

 

EAT WHILE IT’S HOT!”