After me and Harry got off the boat, we were approached by a habal2x driver (Manong Ban-ban) who offered to take us to Mangodlong Rock Resort for 40 pesos each. We agreed and before we knew it, we were on the back of his XRM bike and speeding through the nice concrete roads of San Francisco, Camotes. We reached the resort around fifteen minutes later.
Mangodlong Resort rocks!
Minutes before we reached the port of San Francisco, we saw this nice looking resort. We didn’t know we were actually looking at Mangodlong Rock Resort.
After giving Manong Ban-ban Php80 and finalizing our plans, we immediately went to the Reception Area of the resort to get a room. Thankfully, they had 3 rooms left.
Welcome to Mangodlong Rock Resort! That fish is HUGE!
Uhm, yeah. Once again, welcome! Haha!
Rates. In case you’re planning.
After paying a thousand pesos, giving a 500-peso deposit, and getting the room key, we were taken to our room by a quiet but attentive guy in a Hawaiian shirt.
But first, you walk through coconut trees and bermuda grass.
Our room/cottage – Mamsa!
As soon as that attentive guy left, we toured our cottage to see what we paid for (all 5X5 of it. Haha!) We saw two bottles of water, nice looking shower stuff, and clean beds and bedding. There were two beds and I got the smaller one. There was no a/c because we couldn’t afford it. But there was this awesome electric stand fan sitting next to this small cabinet. Mind you, we had to turn it off around midnight because it was freezing!
We then left our room to pay the resort restaurant a little visit. We were very hungry. On our way, we saw this. Me and Harry managed to reach the top of that kiosk. After we both got a few scratches and bruises, of course. They have got to make stairs for that thing! Hehe.
The restaurant was al-fresco. With an excellent view of the ocean (facing Cebu City.) It was a very lovely sight.
Harry got chicken barbecue with rice while I got chicken-pork guisado. Very delicious, I must say. We finished everything in two minutes flat.
After lunch, we decided to stick around to just breathe in the wonderful scene right in front of us. It was magnificent, I tell you. And it’s not everyday that we get pampered like real tourists. So, we had to make the most out of it.
By the way, I remember that while we were eating, a group of girls arrived. They were Filipino tourists but they were from a different resort. They just wanted to check the place out. Anyways, all the girls were covered from head to foot with malong. They raced across the beach towards one of the huts where it wasn’t too hot. While they were standing there and applying some lotion, a bunch of young Korean girls started playing beach volleyball. Wearing short shorts and sleeveless shirts. At 2:30 in the afternoon. It was a very funny picture.
After lunch, we went back to our room and we both dozed off. We woke up at 4 and we got on Manong Ban-ban’s bike and we toured Camotes. We came back just in time for dinner. We went straight to our room, relaxed a little, and then went back out to get dinner.
The beach had magically transformed into a kick-ass restaurant complete with candle-lit (okay, gas lamp-lit) tables, torches, and live acoustic music. What an excellent idea. I bet it was very romantic. Haha! Harry and I, while waiting for our orders, were just observing all the random couples scattered all over the open-air restaurant. There were hearts in their eyes. Haha!
At last our food arrived. Harry got chicken curry – which could feed four people – and I got two slices of breaded pork chop. Not bad for economy travelers, ei? Hehe.
View of the beach. There were no more tables because I took this around 11 pm already. The couples were either already back in their rooms or lying on the sand somewhere.
Torches. I swear they looked better in person.
The next morning, we did what most overnighters usually do. No, we didn’t stay in bed and get up at noon. Nope. We woke up very early. So early that I think some members of the staff weren’t even up yet. LOL.
There’s our room. I wished we had enough time to actually sit on those chairs.
The pool hall.
The second restaurant. This one was closer to our room.
Ocean Deep Dive Shop. Pretty imaginative name, don’t you think?
The four islands that make up Camotes.
The fish-shaped pool. What is up with this fish fetish? Hehe.
Pool fees for walk-in guests.
Air-conditioned rooms. Most of them were occupied by Koreans when we were there.
View of the beach before sunrise. Nice, right?
A tour boat.
A local hitting the beach early for shells and crabs.
A young manginginhas.
More tide-pool kids.
What is that thing? Is that a person?
Well, would you take a look at that. It’s a mermaid!
The rocks were interconnected by wooden bridges. Very lovely.
The tallest cottage.
Wow. I loved this cottage. Amazing.
View from one of the cottages.
Look, there’s another beach right there.
I forgot what we were talking about here.
Go ahead, Harry.
Suddenly you’re not so tough? Haha.
The southern end of the resort. Looking nice.
View of the ‘rock islands’ from the restaurant.
Gorgeous beach! The tide is up!
Local girls enjoying the water. They were singing ‘Malayo pa ang umaga….’ the whole time. I almost lost it.
Lantay sa beach. The Koreans loved it. Hehe.
Restaurant with nice tables.
Harry’s Pinoy breakfast.
My continental breakfast. Haha.
One word – Wow!
Right after breakfast, we went back to our rooms, changed, and went back out and started the three hour swimming marathon. LOL. Around noon, we checked out and just stayed at the beach while waiting for Manong Ban-ban.
Failed Pano shot.
This one is not choreographed.
The volleyball court which turns into a restaurant at night.
We shall meet again!