No need to repeat what others have stated but I totally agree that Ara and Paul run a fantastic small resort. I strongly disagree with a previous review saying it’s like a Motel 6. The entire Motel 6 chain could not match anything at Isla Hayahay.
Recommend advanced reservations, too many people are starting to get familiar with Isla Hayahay, you don’t want to miss out on this little Gem.
If this is your first visit to Bohol highly recommend you sign up for the Short Stay package, it’s a bargain, they take care of almost everything. Check out their web site for more details and cost.
If you fly or take the Super Cat Ferry (from Cebu) to Tagbilaran: get there early morning and begin your tour from the Airport or port. Option: Stay overnight or more, relax and depart on your tour the following morning.
Start your Country Side Tour: From Tagbilaran coordinate with Ara and Paul in advance and ask for a quick stop at Island Mall in Tagbilaran if you need any personal items. Won’t go into great detail but everything is taken care for you, A/C van, umbrellas, lunch, fees, parking, luggage security, paid by Isla Hayahay as part of the package.
Departing from Isla Hayahay:
If you’re going to Cebu City you can depart by Super Ferry from Tagbilaran or take Starcraft Ferry from Tubigon which is only 30 minute away. Check both webb sites as their schedules vary.
Meals: Let Ara know if you have any special request. I just said seafood and Ara came up with superb seafood dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I’m not especially fond of dried fish but I loved the Danget (speciality of Bohol). I hope that’s spelled right. Coffee and tea is available anytime at the 2 story reception center.
What to bring:
Led Flash lights.
A Relaxed attitude.
Extra Batteries for Camera etc
Comments: Isla Hayahay is located on Pangangan Island. It’s a few kilometers from the small city of Calape. The 2 mile jetty crossing to Pangangan Island is listed as the largest in the Philippines. Along the sides of the jetty are extensive young mangroves planted over the years by students. Day time local transportation is very limited. No taxis, few trikes and jeepneys. During the evening the main roads around the island change to pedestrian walkways. Lots of loose dogs just keep your eye on them and avoid. Night life is minimal with only a couple of resorts with karaoke. All the residents are very friendly and make friends readily. Evenings are extremely peaceful and the night sky clear as glass. However lots of mosquitos. One tour I wanted but unable to complete for lack of time is the Danao adventure tour. This will be on top of my agenda on a future trip.
THINGS TO DO: Snorkeling: They have a fantastic house reef but it’s about 200 meters from the shoreline. If you’re not very comfortable snorkeling long distances, you might ask to use the small dinghy at the resort to paddle yourself out to the reef. I spotted numerous corals, nudibranchs, seasnakes, seaturtle, octopus and variety of reef fish. The snorkeling at the Giant Clam Reserve is also fantastic but is ¼ mile away and you need the services of a banka boat. If you take the Island tours, you make sure you snorkel during your trip.
Scuba Diving: Unfortunately they do not have a scuba shop on premise. I dove with Diver’s Lounge which is also located on the same island however their webb site is down as of the date of this post. Cabilao Island is a fantastic scuba location with long distant boats from Cebu and Tagbilaran traveling over two hours to dive here. From Pangangan Island it takes about 25 minutes to get there.
Motorcycle Riding: Recommended only for experienced riders.
I rented the motorcycle from Isla Hayahay and had a fantastic tour of Pangangan Island, Calape, and Tubigon. Things to see: various old Spanish churchs, mangroves, Kabasihan Nature Park, Cabu Beach, various out door markets and seafood stalls. The motorbike they have is well worn and not in top shape, so check it carefully.
Beach: Isla Hayhaya has a rocky shoreline, when the tide is out you can beachcomb and tide pool hunt. During low tide several kids are out clamming. Around the island are several undeveloped beaches. They are quite beautiful but have shallow shorelines.
The only problem you will have is having to leave this place, you will want to stay longer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Isla Hayahay Beach Resort & Restaurant is situated on the peaceful Pangangan Island, Calape, Bohol. Pangangan Island is designated as a marine conservation area, and is an ideal location for snorkeling, diving and ecological adventure. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Isla Hayahay Hotel Calape
- Isla Hayahay Hotel Bohol