Part of the municipality of Medellin, Gibitngil boasts of this attraction, Funtastic Island. The island is blessed with pristine clear waters and beautiful rock formations.
Before getting there, one will have to drop by the port to catch a boat ride to the islands. Can’t find it? follow your nose! haha. Mats of fishes are laid to dry at the shores of Kawit, welcoming guests to their ride pumped to the island of Gibitngil.
How to get there?
Three to three and a half (3 to 3 1/2) hour bus ride from Cebu North Bus Terminal (Air-conditioned bus fare at 160php) , alight at Kawit Medellin. From the main road of Kawit, walk (around a 5 minute walk) or ride a trisikad ( pajak in Tagalog or a bicycle rickshaw) to Kawit Wharf where you would be hopping on a boat to Gibitngil Island, or Bitngil as locals call the island. If you brought your car with you, there are parking spaces available at the Kawit Wharf. A boat is for hire at 1,500php roundtrip (Kawit Wharf to Gibitngil Island and back) for a maximum of 20 passengers. For reservations, you can call the mayor’s office at (032) 436 2031 or +639176234925. Ride from Kawit Wharf to FUNtastic Islandwould take around 25 minutes.
Rates at Funtastic Island:
Entance Fee: 10php per head
Small cottages from 50-150php
Medium Kiosk with diving board: 200php
Medium Kiosk with grill area: 200php
Big Kiosk on top: 250php
Guests can also stay overnight on the island. Call the mayor’s office at (032) 436 2031 or +639176234925 to inquire.
If you are staying for just only a day, I suggest you leave the city at 6am and arrive at Funtastic Island by 10am. Then depart the island at 4pm. If you are riding the bus back to the city, just go back to Kawit main road and wait for a bus. I also suggest that you ride the first bus,air-conditioned or not, that drives by just to make sure you get in on a bus before it gets dark. 🙂