Feeling stressed? Want to get away from the hassles of the city life? No, this is not a radio pitch. This is my inner traveler alter-ego talking the sense out of me to you readers.
After a whole week of hard work, everyday commute, the smoke, the incessant honks from car horns and the hot sticky weather it definitely drains your whole system. Your dried and lousy body deserves some hard earned break! You have to get some serenity and peace of mind. Where else can you go to get these but The BEACH (loud clapping and whistling)!!
And I have the perfect suggestion for you to make this well deserved break to happen. Come to Isla Reta Beach Resort in Island Garden City of Samal!
The white sand beach resort seems untouched with its clear waters and rock formations. It is by far the most clean resort that I have ever visited because the caretakers are so hands on when it comes to keeping it clean. Along with crystal clear waters it is the perfect place to unwind and relax. You can go snorkeling and enjoy swimming with the fishes.
HOW TO GET THERE:
It is nearby the downtown so it is very easy to access. All you have to do is ride a jeepney to Sta. Ana Wharf.
Here is a raw map of the Sta.Ana Wharf from the Chinatown and a map from People’s Park to the Sta. Ana Wharf to prove that it is very accessible to anyone.
Upon reaching the Sta. Ana Park. You have to ride a boat to Isla Reta with a fare ranging from P50.00 to P100.00 (Fare prices may vary depending on day and other situations so be prepared!) and a travel time of an hour and a half. The long trip is going to be worth it though because you will see lots of beautiful ocean views and resorts along the way so just enjoy it. 😉
REMEMBER: There is a specific schedule for the ferry-boat to depart so be on time.
Once you get there, a very beautiful white sand beach resort welcomes you and all the negative thoughts and tired butts while traveling will disappear and you feel like just jumping into their clear blue waters.
Upon entering you need to pay for the entrance fee and get the chance to rent their tents or but anything available in their canteen.
They also have enough staff to cater to all customers especially in peak seasons where people are swarming! They have these amenities that are simple yet very cozy. They have these tents for rent, mattress and pillows for rent for the ones who loves to sleep outside or inside their tents at a fairly affordable price.
They can cook your food for you using your ingredients but the price would seem costly since they charge it for the same price the food would cost per kilo or per piece in the market.
Rice – 30 pesos per kilo.
Egg – 10 per piece.
Here are the price guide as of 2015.
During my last visit here, we rented a small boat and went snorkeling during the day and we found lots of star fishes, fed the fishes with bread and biscuit and saw a “Dugong” a large mammal that lives its whole life in the sea. They are sometimes called “sea cows” as they eat large amounts of sea grass.
We did not get the chance to take a picture of it because we got scared and went up to the boat. That was a once in a lifetime experience. Something we will never forget.
This is the perfect destination for the ones who wants to relax and find solitude away from the busy and noisy streets of the city. Here you can spend quality time with your family and friends most specially your partners. I am sure you will fall in love with this place and will consider it your safe haven.
For all my beach buddies out there here are a few quotes for you from the blog. http://stylishlyme.com/stylish-life/beach-quotes/. Check them out!
So “Keep calm and go to the beach!” . Continue traveling and may you have the best time of your life!
Lots of love,
Christian Dee Usares