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May 13, 2011

The Misibis Bay Experience: How much and How to get there? (3 of 3)

May 13, 2011

The Misibis Bay Experience: How much and How to get there? (3 of 3)

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Misibis Bay Resort is one hour away from the Legazpi airport by land. You can also get there via a fast craft from Embarcadero in Legazpi City.

OAP | The Misibis Bay Experience Series
1. The Misibis Bay Experience: What to do?
2.The Misibis Bay Experience: What to eat?
3.The Misibis Bay Experience: How much and How to get there?

Here are some tips on how to plan your trip to the resort and how much to budget:

Misibis Bay is located on the East Coast of Luzon. You can easily tell because the sun sets at the back of the beach and not in front of it.

Yes, this is the part of the Philippines that would have been affected by the tsunami from Japan. Although, if you look at the map, in the event that there's a tsunami, it would hit Rapu-Rapu Island and Batan Island first.

Misibis Bay has a good tsunami evacuation plan and, in case of emergencies like that, they will evacuate people to the eco-park, which has a higher elevation.

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Misibis Bay can arrange an airport pickup for you at the airport itself or in Hotel Venezia, located inside the Renaissance Gardens near the airport. We were on a road trip, so we left our car in Hotel Venezia and arranged for our pickup at the hotel.

If you decide to go via land transfer, you'll know that you are near Cagraray Island once you see the cool solar-panel street lamps, a project of the owner of Misibis Bay.

TIP: For people going to Donsol, I suggest you book your arrangements separately from your Misibis Bay Trip. Most Donsol resorts can arrange an airport pickup for you. From Legazpi airport, go to Donsol first and arrange for a drop-off at Hotel Venezia, where the Misibis Bay Resort staff can pick you up.

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After 45 minutes of scenic driving and passing by the 300-year-old Sto. Domingo Church in Albay, you'll arrive at Sula Port. You have to cross the Sula Channel via barge -- a mini RORO.

There is no bridge that you can cross. There was once a cable car connecting the two islands but it was damaged permanently by Typhoon Reming.

TRIVIA: If you are into diving, check out the Galleon Shipwrecks under the Sula Channel.

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The barge is a 5-minute roll-on, roll-off ride. It is included in your Misibis package, but if you were to cross it on your own, it would cost P1,500 two-way.

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A traditional Ibalong Dance, depicting the ancient heroes, will welcome you upon your arrival. The Ibalong festival is celebrated every second week of October in Legazpi.

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You will also be greeted by warm, friendly faces, a cold towel and a refreshing green melon shake.

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This is the view from the reception area -- a well-landscaped garden, the Spice Market on the right side, and the main infinity pool in the center.

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I would recommend getting their 3 days and 2 nights Escapade Package, which already includes full-board meals, round-trip transfers, and free access to the health club and pools.

The package also includes free use of non-motorized sports equipment (Hobiecat sailing, kayaking, mountain biking, snorkeling set, and wind surfing) See: The Misibis Bay Experience: What to do?

Poolside Villas (cost based on twin sharing)
Junior Suite Deluxe (7 rooms) - P20,888/person
Premier Villa (3 rooms) - P23,888/person
One Bedroom Deluxe (7 rooms) - P26,888/person (this is where we stayed)
One Bedroom Premier (5 rooms) - P28,888/person (with outdoor jacuzzi)

TIP: You can wait for deals from daily deals sites, specifically in Deal Grocer, for high-end resorts.

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All my boys are below 7 years old, so they were considered FREE as long as they shared the room with us. We did not need an extra bed because the day beds were sufficient already.

The rooms are equipped with wifi, in-room safe, LCD TV with cable, Ipod docks and DVD/CD player.

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I love the bed! This actually reminded me of the exact bed and layout at Discovery Shores Boracay.

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The boys enjoy playing in and around bathtubs, so they were happy to see the bathroom.

WARNING: The floors are a bit cheap in quality because they get super slippery when wet. All of us slipped at one time or another. My son Raphael (1 year old) slipped the most, so be very careful. :(

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Misibis Bay offers Crabtree & Evelyn soap, shampoo, conditioner and lotion.

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You have the option to stay in the ground floor pool-side villa or on the second floor.

We opted to stay on the second floor, which is better in terms of privacy (but I think the ground floor is better if you have kids with you).

The ground floor tends to get noisy, though, when a group of people are swimming in the pool. Also, most of the people passing by can see you inside the room -- unless you pull down the blinds all the time.

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There are three swimming pools: the villa pool, the children's pool (photo above) and the main infinity pool in the center of the resort. The boys loved hopping from one pool to another.

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If you can, I suggest you reserve the beach-front villas for a more scenic view.

Beachfront Villas (cost based on twin sharing)
Junior Suite Premiere (2 rooms) - P26,388/person
One Bedroom Luxury (2 rooms) - P30,388/person
Luxury Villa (3 rooms) - P34,388/person

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We decided to return via land, and it took us only 45 minutes to get to Hotel Venezia. (Next time, it would be cool to go back via Embarcadero.)

Hope this guide helps you in planning your trip to Misibis Bay and allotting the budget for it. Please feel free to add your tips in the comments section.

OAP | The Misibis Bay Experience Series
1. The Misibis Bay Experience: What to do?
2.The Misibis Bay Experience: What to eat?
3.The Misibis Bay Experience: How much and How to get there?

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