Thanks to Cebupacific’s 147 promo last 29 November 2010. I was able to book my family for Iloilo in a very low fare!
I have planned to treat my parents on a vacation for a while when I found that Cebupafic has a promo. I immediately look for slots in Tagbilaran (I wanna return there since I really enjoyed my first visit) but found none. So I decided to find another destination. Luckily, there were still slots for Iloilo. I booked and started planning the trip.
My original plan was to go to Guimaras and it was the only tourist spot I know. However, during my research, a certain island in Concepcion caught my attention. I started to change my plans and focus on Sandbar Island Resort. I gathered all the information I needed (how to get there, contact person, expenses) and started to make our itinerary.
Since it was only a short visit (2 days), it is easier for me to finish the plan.
My boyfriend contacted Kuya Sanny (Sandbar Island Resort’s contact person) for a reservation and informed him our ETA so that he can fetch us in Concepcion. During this time, I was finalizing our expenses.
Now that everything is settled! We waited for the date and hoped for a good weather!
During the trip:
Upon arrival at Iloilo International Airport, we immediately got our baggage and hopped out of the airport. We contacted Kuya Sanny and informed him of our arrival.
Outside, someone approached us and asked for our destination. We negotiated and agreed to pay P500.00 for the van. We were dropped off at Tagbak Terminal in Jaro.
We saw the HPQ bus and immediately went inside. But we waited for at least 30 mins before the driver started the engine. We were all so excited and we couldn’t sleep even for the 3-hour trip to Concepcion. (How to get to Concepcion from Iloilo International airport, click here)
We reached Concepcion around 10:00 AM. We informed Kuya Sanny that we arrived in Concepcion and will buy first provisions for our stay in the island.
At 10:30 AM, we were on our way to Sandbar Island Resort. During our boat trip, we were all eager to see the island!
We reached the island at 11:00 AM; too are amazement! Crystal clear waters, white sand and let’s not forget a very sunny day! A perfect vacation!
At around 3:00 PM, we got ready for the island hopping. Our destination was Agho Islandand Pan de Azucar Island (P500.00 per island).
Agho Island, is an island with fine white sand beach. It was so relaxing; we just sat there and enjoyed the view. The sand in Agho is finer than in Sandbar Island. We paid 200 pesos (as an entrance fee) for the group.
Pan de Azucar Island, Kuya Sanny said that this is the biggest island in Concepcion. For mountaineers, Mt. Manaphag(considered as one of the steepest in the country) is located in this island. The mountain can be seen from Sandbar Island Resort. It towers the island and they say that it is visible even from Negros. Upon reaching the island, Manong Sonny told us that we will be trekking to Hampangan Rock for a better view of the island.
Since I was with my parents, we were not able to reach the peak except for my boyfriend who continued to ascend while we wait in the not so-high ground. However, we still get to see Mt.Manaphag up close. 😀
Going back to Sandbar Island, we passed by a dugong’s man-made floating home, but we were not lucky to see the gentle creature at that time.
For the rest of the day, we enjoyed the beauty of Sandbar Island. We were able to see the coral garden with giant clams; took pictures and just relaxed.
On our 2nd day, we prepared our breakfast early so that we could enjoy the clear water, the gentle waves and the fine sand.
At around 11:00 AM, we headed back to Concepcion. Time to go home.