Bantayan Island Weather Update: Tuesday August 30, 2011

Today we continue to enjoy mostly cloud free and sunny days. It has been hot and dry since last Saturday.  If you are planning on a trip to the island, it is very hot, the waters are calm and there are many visitors to the island currently.

If you are coming to Bantayan make sure you make a hotel room reservation in advance as the better resorts are currently fully booked.

Your Beach Is Waiting

Whatever you are doing right now, wouldn’t you rather be here on the Beach at Bantayan Island?

The water is 85 degrees. The Sand is the Whitest and Softest you have ever seen or felt. Walk out into the crystal clear aquamarine blue water for one hundred yards and you are only up to your waist deep.

Swim in your own private pool of the most refreshing and wonderful water you can imagine.

The beaches of Bantayan Island are waiting for you… We will save you a beach lounger.

Go to www.bantayanisland.org to find our how you can plan your next beach vacation in the Philippines.

Views From The Beach Bungalow

Making Bantayan Island our home has changed us. My idea of the perfect beach was one that was uncluttered, quiet and serene. The problem with my idealistic view was that the reality of everyday life on our beach is far different.

Returning from Cebu yesterday, we learned that a couple that moved in to a bungalow near ours has a special heart for the island children. Each morning beginning shortly after sunrise, the wife of this new couple gathers as many of the local children from the Santa Fe fishing village as she can find.

Crowded around her, she teaches them, laughs with them, plays and frolics all day under the tropical sunshine of Bantayan Island. She is chocolate brown from many such afternoon’s under the sun, herself probably once a small island girl watching foreigners from a distance with wonder.

Her husband appears to be Italian, probably meeting his island princess as most of us have, hunkered down for endless hours behind a laptop. He slumbers slowly from their cottage to the white sand beach, and lays his tanned body onto one of the bright white loungers on the beach. Children who have been taking their lessons from his wife, now come to rub suntan lotion over his body until he falls asleep in the afternoon sun.

When we first returned back to the island from Cebu and learned that this gathering of children right outside our bungalow was taking place everyday, I felt a sense of displeasure and bewilderment. How could they gather this noisy entourage day after day on my, ugh our beach? This will disrupt the serenity, the peace and the quiet. After all they call this resort “Beach Placid”. There will be no serenity with screaming children gathering day after day.

Then the reality of my heart overtook my mind. I actually believed that this beach was mine. Though I came here as a visitor, I was already staking my claim to this beach as my own in less than a month’s time.

Oh the deceitful heart of man. When Jeremiah the Prophet stated that the heart of man is “Deceitful above all things and desperately wicked”, he knew what he was talking about.

Perhaps on one similar morning,  he also found himself also trapped in a fit of anger over someone else disrupting his daily pleasure.

No there is no sin in nurturing the precious little lives of these island children. As they laugh and play, scream and shout, this beach exists as much for them as it does for me. I suppose that all of us who come to spend any lengthy time on this island paradise will have to change our hearts and our minds. It is for me to change, not them. I should adapt and accept, they should continue their joy.

Besides, I live here, these tourists are visitors for a few days and then they will be gone. Taking with them the wonderful experience of playful little brown boys and girls with smiles as big and bright as a Bantayan Sky. Forgive me Lord…

Rob Robinson

Making Bantayan Island Our Home

For many who visit Bantayan Island while on a week’s vacation or just a short weekend get-away, we quickly fall in love. A leisurely walk on the powdery white sand, a warm swim in the clear aquamarine waters, may be all it takes. The love affair begins quickly and the feelings you develop while here do not leave you after your departure.

For Marissa and I, it happened the moment our feet stepped off the ferry at Santa Fe.

By the time we had visited the island for the second time in 2010, on the last day we decided we wanted to buy a beach front lot and live here for the rest of our lives.

Today we have the joy of making the final plans before we start construction on our beach house. Though the details of building a home on Bantayan Island are long and complicated, we are confident that by the end of 2011 we will have the basic structure of the house on the beach completed and begin to live the dream.

If you have also fallen in love with this beautiful island, your dream can also come true. Property on Bantayan Island is still affordable, even for the smallest budget. Lots inland sell for as little as P600 per square meter. You can own a small lot for less than P200,000 and build a home on your chosen lot for less than 1 Million Pesos. By U.S. Standards, this put’s your total investment at about $52,000.00.

Add about a Million pesos or another $24,000.00 for a beach front lot.

If you have built a home on Bantayan Island, or dream of doing so, write and tell us of your experience. We look forward to hearing the wonderful stories of many more who have come to this island paradise, fallen in love, and have made this beautiful place their home.

Rob