Plantation Bay, Cebu Philippines

Plantation Bay Resort and Spa

Day Tripper Adventure Package 

Sometimes the impact of missing someone can only be completely realized when you're living in a foreign country. The long-distance calls and tagged pictures in social networks made my heart skip beats. Longing to be there when they're celebrating the good life and wishing you were there having a great laugh too. 

When I had the chance to be home last Christmas my smile was up to my ears. The simple things in life are the once that means the most to almost every human being on the planet, and that includes me. Just being at home was good enough for me. Let's go!

2,000 PHP nett per person / 50 USD
Special price of only P1,500 net per person for groups of 20 or more. 50% off for children 4 to 12 years old. Children 3 years and below are free of charge

Set lunch (served 12NOON – 2PM, unless otherwise specified)
Choice of drink (local beer, soft drink, canned juice, iced tea or mineral water)
Access to all lagoons and swimming pools

Wall climbing (1PM – 5PM)
30-minute use of bicycles
15-minute use of non-motorized aqua sports facilities (kayaking)
15-minute Archery and mini-golf
Use of shower rooms

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How to get there:
Plantation Bay Resort and Spa
Marigondon, Mactan Island
Cebu, Philippines 6015

From Mactan Airport via Taxi: 20-40 minutes

Before Christmas Eve we already started to prepare the foods in the morning so by night we can feast on food as a family. It was my cousin's birthday, it was already a tradition to come over to their place and be home before 12 midnight. Last year was different we celebrated Christmas Eve in my cousin's place and leave after midnight. Our families have considered each other as part of each one's family. The family visit each year was started way back when I was still in primary years, or even before that. 

The day after we decided to go to Plantation Bay and have some family fun. We took our bikes and room around the resort. The resort also has given us access to their wall-climbing facility, archery and a mini-golf activity, which is part of the day-use package. My younger brother was excited to try the archery so did that first.

I'm going to get animated with this paragraph. I remembered when I went to Bintan, an island in Indonesia, that we did archery for a few minutes. I don't want to embarrass myself so I put on my Katniss Everdeen spiritual gear and summon Legolas for my smirking skill. Viola! Yellow dot baby! -ahahaa.I didn't get it my first two arrows, of course, my two tries didn't even get to the board and my brothers were laughing like angry trolls. The guy told me it's better to use my dominant hand, I'm left-handed so I used the bow using my left hand, it didn't feel right, so I told him that I will be using the other side then. And there you go the arrow flew smoothly and went to the red panel. During my last shot, I get rid of the Katniss sexy heavy gear and I tried to focus on Legolas, I hesitated at first to show my smirking smile but just eventually went with it and boom the arrow made its way to the center, bullseye! I wasn't smirking this time around but jumping like a lunatic teasing my two towers. This is what happens to a girl growing up with four guys in the family ahahaa.

Just beside the archery range is the wall climbing facility. It's always healthy to challenge yourself, so I made sure that even my mum has to do it. I'm more than proud to say that she did it and she's already 51 years old. I know she's not that old, I'm just glad that she's willing to put herself up there. We should never tell ourselves that we're only up to the beginner's level because we're not trained to do it. I did the advanced wall with me and my egoistic self. The challenge of getting up there was damn hurting my jelly muscles and my knees were trembling like a person about to take a leak after holding it for an hour. It wasn't really that bad and the challenge of reaching the top was all that I can think off, so I rang the bell and rappelled down with my feet above my head and laughing while cheering for myself for job well done. I'm not bothered to act like a fool in front of my family, I missed them so much and just having fun is all that I cared about. 

The last on the list for our land activity was the mini-golf. It wasn't that interesting for me, at least I was able to try the millionaire's hobby. The buffet lunch was only served from 12 noon till 2 o'clock in the afternoon. The food was fine but I think Bluewater Resort has a wide variety of food choices compared to Plantation Bay. Even when I visited Bluewater Sumilon Resort their lunch buffet was delicious. I guess they're not that generous when it comes to the buffet for day-trippers. This is all according to my opinion only. However, the facilities for the day-trippers were awesome in plantation bay. I know other resorts don't offer this kind of service. This is one of the reasons why I chose to spend my Christmas Vacation in this resort.

We had the kayaking next in our activity but then the blazing sun was shinning like a diamond and my mum doesn't want to hurt her skin, so I decided to take a deep in the pool first. The resort has four big swimming pools and my brother devour all four in circles. It was crazy we feel like kids once more. I love the feeling when you can just swim around and don't even bother to ask about the time. Blissfully Joyful. 

They made small islands in the corners of the pool where you can have yourself toast from side to side. This one was taken from the lagoon where we will be having our kayaking later on. 
I enjoyed the kayaking with my mum. She was determined to move us from left to right and always reminding me to watch for swimmers. When you're away from your family for a long time you miss this kind of irritating, loving noises especially from your parents, in my case, it's my mum. They reminded us to kayak just for 30 minutes but I think we did more than the required time. 

They also have this large swimming pool with 8 built-in whirlpools that act as a jacuzzi. The water wasn't that warm, yet it was enough to attract people to stay on the sides and have a good chat with their companions. While sitting calmly on the side I saw this beach volleyball floating around, automatically my brother and I started to play with the ball. We had a great game for a minute then the owner noticed that we're using their child's ball and that was it. ahahaa

The rest of the day we spent our time relaxing on the beach and by the pool. The day tripper package was all worth it. I hope next time I visit Plantation Bay Resort they have more exciting activities to do, and maybe the second time around I'll book a room too. 

Have fun and be safe ^__^

Itinerary Reminders:
1. Flight Details
Make sure to write down your booking reference number, be at the airport two hours before your flight and allocate time for your travel to the airport.

2. Accommodation Details
Write down your hotel/motel/resort/BnB booking number. Contact your place to inform them around when you'll be arriving — it really does help.  Also, ask if your accommodation has any discounted activities.  You'd be surprised!

3a. Transportation
List possible times your bus/train/boat arrives and leaves so you don't miss an activity.  Always give yourself an extra 30-45 minutes in case you get lost, get stuck in traffic, or are looking for parking.  Better early than late.  Of utmost importance: check for the last trip and fares!  So you still have time and money to get back.

3b. Car Rentals
Take note of your pick-up address and time allotted.  Our last car rental told us to bring the car back by a certain time with a certain amount of gas.  Allot money for fuel and parking.

4. Budgeting
Set aside a minimum and maximum spending amount for meals, transportation, entrance fees, activities, souvenirs, and emergencies.  3 meals a day + snacks add up quickly, so keep track!  As well as tips for restaurants and activities.

5. Activities
Call to confirm your booking(s) a day or so beforehand.  Set alarms and/or calendar reminders for things you plan to do (i.e- bungee-jumping, river-rafting, or even city/food tours).

Do you want more adventure?
If you still have one more day to spare check out other more Tourist spots in Cebu.

Where am I going next?
My next adventure is to check out the Hidden Waterfalls in the Southside of Cebu. 


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