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Obo-ob Mangrove Garden: Greenery in Bantayan Island

While Bantayan Island is after promoting local tourism, the OMAGIECA Mangrove Garden in Brgy. Obo-ob (aka Obo-ob Mangrove Garden) also aims to raise environmental awareness about how mangroves play a significant role in the marine ecosystem. It contributes to fisheries, coastal protection, erosion control, and carbon sequestration.

February 27, 2017 — Part of our second-day tour in Bantayan Island is the Mangrove Garden. After our adventures and misadventures in Paradise Beach, we took a quick trip to Obo-ob. From Sta. Fe, we passed by several towns until we reached Obo-ob road. It was about 15-20 minute drive. The entrance to the mangrove garden can easily be spotted along the main road.  At 8  in the morning, we were greeted by the officer and registered on their logbook. We paid ₱50 for the entrance fee.

 

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Tourists have the option to tour around the mangrove area via kayaking and boating. However, my friend and I chose to stroll around and appreciate the mangrove via the bamboo boardwalk. There was no tour guide to accompany us, but all there was left to do was to follow the pathway. Some bamboo steps were shaky already, but the trail is still very safe.

 

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At the end of the bamboo bridge were huts for resting and a bamboo tower for a better view of the mangrove area. It seemed as if the bamboo tower was under construction, so we didn’t get the chance to climb up and see the scenery from the top.

 

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During the first phase of the tour, there was no shade to protect us from the direct sunlight. In the second phase, there were already trees and the air has cooled down. We took a brief rest at the huts before we went back. It was a short experience in the Mangrove Garden, but it was a relaxing walk with nature that is worth the visit.

 

 

Guide to Mangrove Garden, Obo-ob, Bantayan Island

    • I highly encourage visitors to wear hat and sunglasses. The heat from direct sunlight might cause dizziness;
    • There is an in-house restaurant, also managed by OMAGIECA, where once can eat meals at price ranging from ₱150 – ₱400 per meal. If one would visit the area only to eat, they are not obliged to pay the entrance fee (₱50);
    • Parking is available for tourists who will bring vehicles.

 

Itinerary and Budget

Note: This is an itinerary fit for 2 persons during a 2017 trip. Be informed that this itinerary covers the whole Dalaguete-Badian-Bantayan Island Adventure.

February 24 (Day 1) 5:45 AM ETD from Manila ₱1,400/head (roundtrip airfare from seatsale)
7:00 AM ETA to Mactan Airport
7:30 AM ETD to Cebu South Terminal ₱300/ride (GrabCar to Cebu South Terminal)
8:05 AM ETA in Cebu South Terminal / eat breakfast
8:45 AM ETD from South terminal to Dalaguete ₱160/head (Bus fare to Dalaguete)
11:25 AM ETA in Dalaguete / ride habal habal ₱100/head (motorcycle ride to jumpoff)
12:40 PM ETA in Osmena Peak jumpoff/start trek ₱30/head (entrance fee)
1:05 PM Reach the peak / take photos
2:00 PM Back to registration area / ride habal-habal
2:20 PM Eat lunch at market
2:45 PM ETD from Market to Cambais Falls ₱30/head (entrance fee)
3:15 PM ETA in Cambais Falls / Start Trek
3:30 PM Swim / Take photos
4:30 PM Trek back
4:50 PM ETD to Cancalanog Falls
5:10 PM ETA in Chapel near Cancalanog / trek
5:20 PM Arrival at Cancalanog / take photos ₱30/head (entrance fee)
5:35 PM Back to chapel
5:45 PM ETD to Badian ₱600/head (from Dalaguete to Badian tour from Kuya Jun)
6:20 PM ETA to JoePro Hostel / check-in ₱300/head (lodging fee)
7:20 PM Dinner near chapel of Kawasan / wash
8:00 PM Socials
10:00 PM Sleep
February 25 (Day 2) 6:45 AM Wake up / prep
7:30 AM Breakfast / wear gears ₱1,500/head (canyoneering package)
8:20 AM Habal habal to canyoneering jumpoff
8:45 AM Registration / start trek
9:20 AM Canyoneering
12:40 PM End of activity / Reach Kawasan falls / lunch
1:20 PM Walk back to Joepro from Kawasan Falls
1:40 PM Reach Joepro / rest a while / wash / pack up
3:45 PM ETD to Cebu City ₱160/head (aircon bus from Badian to Cebu City)
7:45 PM ETA to South Cebu Terminal
8:00 PM Eat / roam around EMall
8:45 PM Check in at TMS Lodge / wash ₱550/room 12hrs (2pax)
9:30 PM Sleep
February 26 (Day 3) 5:30 AM Wake up / prep
6:10 AM Ride 01k jeepney to north bus terminal ₱8/head (jeepney fare)
6:30 AM ETA Cebu North Terminal /breakfast
7:00 AM ETD to Hagnaya Port ₱160/head (Ceres Aircon bus to Hagnaya Port)
10:45 AM ETA Hagnaya Port, Pay for Ferry / eat lunch ₱170/head (ferry); ₱10/head (terminal fee)
11:15 AM Boarding ferry to Bantayan Islands
11:35 AM Departure from Hagnaya Port
12:45 PM ETA Sta. Fe Port
12:53 PM Ride tricycle to Kota Beach Resort ₱20/head (tricycle to Kota Beach)
1:05 PM ETA Kota Beach Resort / Check in ₱900/room (non-aircon for 2pax)
2:00 PM Settle / rest / Rent Scooter ₱350/rental (scooter 24hours use)
3:00 PM ETD to Ogtong Cave
3:15 PM ETA Ogtong Cave / Swim ₱100/head (entrance fee)
4:30 PM ETD to Sto Nino Church
4:40 PM Eat ihaw / drive back
5:20 PM Back at Kota Beach / take photos / swim
7:30 PM Dinner at Kota / socials
9:45 PM Sleep
February 28 (Day 5) 6:00 AM Check out / ETD to Airport ₱100/ride (Uber to airport)
6:30 AM Check in at airport
9:00 AM Departure to Manila
10:10 AM ETA Manila
ESTIMATED EXPENSES ₱ 5,420 / head (not including food, airfare and other optional fees)

 

 

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