Wanderlust | Where the sun warms the sky

“TROPICAL the island breeze…” We all know what song that line comes from. The Island Buenavista in the Garden Island City of Samal is truly, well, la isla bonita – a beautiful island.

More than just a good view (you know, buena + vista), the resort is a paradise thriving with life in its land and seascapes. It is located on the eastern coast of IGACOS, facing the mountain ranges of Compostela Valley.

Just one of the resort's Instagrammable spots

Just one of the resort’s Instagrammable spots

Formerly known as Small Ligid Island (the uninhabited Big Ligid is just right across), Island Buenavista is a four-hectare private property that one can “own”. Yes, you can rent it out for a night or two (or more) and enjoy its exclusive facilities with your friends and loved ones with the island’s staff at your beck and call.

The island’s amenities include an open-air pavilion with couches, a floating gazebo that has an amazing view of the sea and the sunset, and dining lounge by the beach.

For overnight facilities, they have a Family Villa, Executive Suite, Island Suites, Beach Huts and Balinese inspire Beach Huts.
For those who just want stay for the day, Island Buenavista offered day tours for summer 2018 (you can check out their official social media accounts for rates and schedule), which we recently enjoyed.

The day tour, pegged at P2,800 per person, afforded us guests roundtrip boat transfers, fresh coconut juice welcome drink (and we got to enjoy the coconut meat, too!), a sumptuous buffet of seafood for lunch, use of kayak and their swimming pool, and many Instagrammable spots.

Lush coral gardens skirt the island, which makes it a perfect place for snorkeling and diving. Diving is pre-arranged, so make sure to inform the resort at least a week before your visit.
The waters around the island have also been declared a marine protected area by the local government and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Hawksbill turtles also call the island their home.
Like in the song, Island Buenavista is place where “all of nature (are) wild and free.” Well, I say, that is where I long to be – la isla bonita.

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