The lead-off plan was to dip half of our Saturday in Kawasan Falls in Badian, then course over to Osmena Peak in Dalaguete for an overnight camping before finally heading back to the city on Sunday. Unfortunately, our work schedules won’t allow us to pursue the plan, and so, we improvise. LOL 😆
After hours of surfing the net, only at 11:00 pm on a Friday night we get to decide where to spend the day ahead.
Antig Tingko Beach is a string of white sands in the municipality of Alcoy. Just three hours drive to the south from Cebu City, one can already enjoy the white sandbank of Tingko Beach at a minimal and very affordable rates.
We had the chance to decipher what this place has to offer two Saturdays ago. We started our journey off at The Parkmall in Mandaue City, where I and my three other friends met. We then rode on a 01K jeepney that brought us to the Elizabeth Mall (Emall) in Cebu City. Since this “latagaw” was not planned really well, we don’t have anything on our bags to eat for snacks and lunch. Good thing is, the Savemore Supermarket in Emall opens as early as 6 o’clock in the morning. We immediately grab a cart and groceried some good food to eat while in the beach. After we paid everything, we then headed to the Cebu South Bus Terminal to catch a 7:00 am ride to Alcoy.
The terminal was packed with so many commuters too, and are mostly bound for Alcoy, Oslob and Moalboal beaches. That did not come very surprising as it’s summertime, isn’t it? 😎 We were just so fortunate to be able to find a ride immediately. We’ll, there’s just four of us and it’s not that hard to fight for a good seat if you’re young and energetic as we are. Haha 😜😜 Kidding aside, we boarded a Ceres Liner bus to Alcoy and fared Php114.00 per person. The bus departed around 7:15 in the morning and touched down the town of Alcoy at 10:00 a.m. . The group chose to drop by Alcoy’s public market to buy ready-to-eat foods like lechon manok and a dozen of hanging rice or “puso”. From there, a local tricycle driver offered to drive us to Antig Tingko Beach 2 for a fare of Php8.00 each.
We got really really excited when at last, we have come across this signage on the leftside of the street!
By the way, if you’re planning to visit Tingko Beach with your own wheels, they have enough and safe parking area for you and unlike other beach resorts, its for free. 😉
The weather’s really good on that particular Saturday morning and the waters are really inviting.
Tummies full. (Buurrppp!) Now we’re ready to make a splash! 😂😂
We trailed the long strand of sands of Tingko Beach. From left to right, from right to left. We occassionally stop for pictorials, though. 😎 The place isn’t that developed, but naturally, it is beautiful. Wide beachfronts, white sandbars, crystal clear waters? Tingko Beach can offer you more than that.
I spent most of my childhood in the province and I was used to the smell of the seabreeze every morning. It feels just so good that amidst my busy schedule right now, here I am once more, with some of the best people on Earth, enjoying the coldness of the sea. 😊
At around 12:00 noon, we rested our feet by the shorelines as we continue to satisfy ourselves with the captivating beauty of this place. It was then we saw a signage that immediately awakened our adventurous side.
We all agreed to try boating. For a fee of Php30.00 each, we rode on a small banca. Yes! A small banca and not a speed boat! 😜
Whenever any of you plans to visit Alcoy’s Tingko Beach, don’t miss out boating. Not only you’ll enjoy the cold waters of the deep, you’ll also be amazed by how beautiful the scenery is down the coastlines.
Not only that! You’ll always get a bonus of heartwarming and inspiring people, like the one we’ve met on board.
I honestly forgot to ask for his name, but nonetheless, he shared to us that he is a vocational student at the City of Naga, about 4 or 5 towns away from Alcoy. When he’s at home, he goes for this boat-renting activities to earn some money and help his family defray their everyday expenses, and more so to save for his school spending.
While on board, our boat captain never says no to our small requests. We make a stop now and then to take a quick douse in the blue waters. He would then pass each one of us a lifejacket and helps us get off the boat safely. He also offered to take us pictures while we’re there enjoying the time of our lives swimming. Most of all, he always gave us his helping hand in getting back the board. A captain, a passenger services officer, a photographer – the seaman we’ve met in this little banca is a package indeed! So if ever you got the chance to beach bum in Tingko and decides to move away from the busy shores, please find this man. I say he’s the man for the job.
After a satiating boat sail, our feet’s finally back on the sand. We took another bite of lechon manok paired with some crunchy finger foods, and then went back to the sandbar to enjoy once more the sea and the heat.
We decided to freshen ourselves at around 2:30 in the afternoon. The group wanted to catch a 3:00 o’clock ride back to the city as three of us have work duties by the day after.
We boarded again a non-airconditioned Ceres Liner bus and paid Php114.00 each for the ride. We touched down Cebu City South Bus Terminal at around 7 in the evening.
The day was spent so great that even my arms and legs pained for so much swimming, I can’t help but smile for the little venture I and my friends had. Till my next trip everyone! Sail on 😎