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I was fortunate to have been invited by my brother’s family to tag along to Misibis Bay last March 25-27 for some much-needed rest and relaxation. They got a sweet 3D/2N package from DealGrocer and needed some company. Despite the short trip and the unfriendly weather, we managed to squeeze in as many activities as we can and still made it an enjoyable experience.

The Tour

The moment we arrived in Legazpi Airport, we went on a short city tour before checking in to the resort. We went to Lignon Hill, Cagsawa Ruins, Daraga Church and a pili nut factory where we bought pasalubong. From these short stops, I got to take snapshots of the Mayon Volcano from different perspectives.

Mayon Volcano as seen from Lignon Hill

Mayon Volcano as we were walking to Cagsawa Ruins

Cagsawa Ruins

Mayon Volcano as seen from Daraga Church

Daraga Church

After all these, we proceeded to Misibis Bay. The most interesting part of the trip was the barge or mini RORO. Our van went on it to cross the river. It was my first time to experience this type of transportation. Simplistic as it may seem, it was really cool for me.

view from the RORO (those are hints of the barge/boat at the bottom)

beautiful view from our van

The Room

We were given the One-Bedroom Deluxe Suite, which thrilled my nieces to no end. The room is massive, definitely big enough for 4 adults and 2 kids. What’s most awesome is that the back door leads directly to the pool!

receiving area where two beds are all ready set up

main bedroom

obligatory peek of the bathroom

back door leading to the lagoon pool. simply awesome!

The Activities

With the package we got, we were entitled to free snorkeling, play room access and different water sports. I tried the kayaks and the pedal boat; but my favorite among these would have to be the Hobie Cat sailing. I went on it twice! Since there was a bit of rain during our stay, the winds were pretty strong… Going sailing on the Hobie Cat felt like riding a speedboat. It was a lot of fun!

the beach on a rainy, windy and cloudy day... didn't stop us from having some fun

Hobie Cat sailing

(left) view from the kayak I was riding; (right) gazebo near the snorkeling area

For the most part of our stay, we went swimming in the pool. Misibis Bay has 3 swimming pools: kiddie pool, lagoon pool and infinity pool. The lagoon pool is the one that we had most access to; and it was a long stretch that passes through a number of villas.

the infinity pool

a section of the lagoon pool

the kiddie pool

Some Tips

If you’ve just availed of any Misibis Bay deals online, here are some tips:

– Breakfast buffet usually comes with the package; but the for lunch and dinner, I would advise you to go a la carte. Your total bill would cost much cheaper. The buffet costs Php1,200++ to Php1,400++ per head; and you don’t have that many choices. You could try it at least once, though, when the selection of food is better. Also, do try to strike a deal with the restaurant. We were able to get 4 eat-all-you-can buffets for the price of 3, plus the 2 kids got to eat for free.

– Must-try dishes: We availed of the buffet during our last day. It was Japanese. I enjoyed most of the food they served up especially the rare pepper-crusted tuna sashimi (yum!). Dessert highlights would have to be the sansrival topped with almonds. From the a la carte items, the pizza and pasta are good. I also loved their laing.

– Bring your own snacks. There is no other place to get chips and snacks other than those that are in the room. My nieces easily get hungry after some swimming. It was a good thing they brought some biscuits and cookies in their backpack. Still, we ended up buying some Pringles and Oreos from the room for ourselves. However, distilled water, coffee and tea are free.

– There’s a DVD player in the room. The resort’s selection of DVDs is pretty limited, and the channel choices on cable are pretty few as well. If you feel like bringing some movies with you for some late night viewing, please do so! Personally, I regret not bringing my HDMI cable for the LCD television. It rained a couple of times during our stay; so we were sometimes stuck in the room and entertaining ourselves became a challenge.

– Try as much of the free activities as you can. Rains didn’t stop us from participating in some water sports and snorkeling. We were already there, so why not try it? It was really sad that we didn’t get to go to the Eco Park or the Sunset Cruise due to weather conditions; but for the most part, it was still a relaxing and enjoyable experience.

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