It’s probably over a year now since we started making some plans to do this trip but unfortunately, we’ve always been short of budget 🙁 or something else came up. The first time we mentioned it to our kids they both got so excited and my son even did his own research of the place to see what he can do out there aside from swimming at the beach or at their pools.
Getting to Kandaya Resort
Kandaya Resort is located in the Municipality of Daanbatayan, Cebu (Northern Part of the province) approximately 128 kilometers or a 3 hours and 30 minute drive on a private vehicle or on a ‘cebu rent a van‘ (tourist transport) depending on traffic. If you’ll take a bus via north bus terminal at the City, it would probably take at least 4-5hours again depending on traffic and number of stops to pickup/drop off passengers. Kandaya Resort is around 4.5KM away from Daanbantayan town proper and approximately 8KM from Maya Port (Port for Malapascua Island).
We left at home around 6:00am then made a stop at Danao City’s Jollibee to grab breakfast then after around an hour hit the road again. It was a little more traffic than usual as there was an event in Danao, the Spartan Race 2019 but we arrived at Kandaya Resort around 10am, too early for our check-in time. The Staff there offered us to use the amenities and just have our bags left at their locker room while waiting for the check-in time or as they prepare our room. We did leave our things at the locker room but did not do anything else but roam around the resort to see the beach, the pool and basketball and tennis court and even checked their gym and lastly the restaurant. After an hour of roaming around and taking pictures, we decided to just take our lunch early and just wait there until our room will be ready.
It was around 12:15pm and we’re not done yet with our lunch when a staff fetched us with their Golf car informing us that our room is ready and we don’t have to wait until 2pm to check-in. So there you go, we are now at our room. Kids changed clothes right away to swim at the pool. We booked at their Garden Pool Villa so we have our exclusive use of the pool. I slept for a couple of hours while the kids are swimming. Around 5:30PM we left to go to Daanbantayan Proper to grab some food for dinner and for the rest of the night and when we asked around where to buy barbecues, they told us there is Larsian just few meters away from seven-eleven. Well, food at their restaurant is too expensive for us.
After dinner, back to swimming again at the pool at the back of our room and had a couple bottle of beers and that’s it.
Breakfast buffet was very awesome!!! Tons of food to choose from like scrambled eggs, hotdogs, sausages, corned beefs, tapa, tocino, fried chicken, some soup, fruits and breads. It was actually part of what we’ve paid for –Free Breakfast.
I was actually planning of doing some of their rides like kayaks and horseback but my kids don’t want it and decided to just swim again but this time at the big pool then after an hour we moved back to the pool at the back of or room until we left around 11:00am and head back to the City.