Free Stay in Daanbantayan

Who does not love freebies? I'm sure I do, and I'm also sure many of you do. While there is no such thing as free lunch anymore, cold hard cash is no longer the exclusive currency nowadays.


Economies have come full circle and barter trading in modern times do exist. Let me share about two places in northern Cebu's Daanbantayan town who offer freebies: Virgin Beach Resort and Skip's Beach Resort.

Free Stay at Virgin Beach Resort

Free stay in Daanbantayan Cebu Philippines
Virgin Beach Resort in Daanbantayan, Cebu, Philippines
(photo grabbed from resort's website)
Virgin Beach Resort in Sitio Suba, Barangay Malbago, Daanbantayan, Cebu, Philippines offers a familiarization tour of their resort in exchange for a link on your site that points back to their website. The familiarization tour offer is only good for a complimentary room good for one night on their superior room (fan only, no aircon). No meals are also provided and they charge a corkage fee for foods brought from outside. The offer is good for one free night every calendar year for the link on your blog or website. It's not really totally free, since you may have to spend for your meals. I personally think that it is a good offer though as it saves you a lot by not paying for a room, which starts at somewhere around PHP 800 a night.

Ron Perry, the American resort owner of Virgin Beach Resort who is married to a Filipina from Bogo City, is a very amiable guy and you can converse with him freely. He is truly someone who has found his home in beautiful Cebu island.


Lots of Freebies at Skip's Beach Resort

Skip's Beach Resort claims to be the only totally free stay campground in Southeast Asia. They also offer a lot of other free items even for those who just stop by to say hello. I still totally do not get the philosophy, but Skip Ellsworth (May he rest in peace!), the American who built the resort, seems to be just giving back to others all the blessings he enjoyed in life.

Here is a list of items (aside from free stay cottages) they offer for free at Skip's Beach Resort (even to those who are not paying to stay in their resort or hotel:
  • Use of WiFi DSL Internet Connection
  • Use of Sailboats or Bancas
  • Use of 10-Speed Bicycles
  • Open Beach Cottages
  • Use of Snorkeling Gear
  • Use of Flotation Tubes for Swimming
  • Use of Public Campground with Permanent Shelters
  • Use of Fishing Equipment (Rods & Reels)
  • Orientation (about Daanbantayan and Malapascua) and Coffee for Visitors who Just Stop By
  • Karaoke (No need to insert coins, it's totally free!)
  • Lounging at the Lobby/ Bar/ Dining Area even if not staying at the resort
  • tag-along trips to the market, to Cebu City, and to local villages
  • Use of Toilet Facilities
  • Use of Dirty Kitchens and Grill Areas
  • Use of Electricity to Charge Mobile Phones and Laptop Computers
It did sound too good to be true the first time I cam across this, but it definitely is for real. I last spoke to Skip a couple of years before he died in 2008. Despite his pain and suffering, he was a very generous and kind-hearted man.

Free stay in Daanbantayan Cebu Philippines
Free Stay Cottages
(Photo grabbed from Skip's Beach Resort Website)


28 comments:

Carlo Andrew Olano said...

Interesting place. I will consider staying in one of my #summer2015 adventures

Taraboomski said...

Bookmarking this! So this is what one of my friends mentioned. She said something about a resort in Daanbantayan that had a lot of freebies! Curious, does the first resort still allow an overnight stay in exchange of a link?

Mae Cimafranca said...

Awesome post! Now I know what place to look for if I get lost in Daanbantayan! :D

Janine Ella said...

Waaah thank you so much for sharing this Sir Thadz! So how does it work? If there will be 5 of us nga muadto, each of us have to post the link right?

Anne M said...

Summer outing venues. Yahoo! I have to show this to my friends. We're currently on the lookout for our summer getaway destination. Thank you po!

Hannah Frej said...

great post! will certainly bookmark this. i'll surely checkout this place this summer.

Herbert Kikoy said...

Wow.. Now this one is indeed a great tip. I will surely consider this place on our trip to Bantayan

Rea Alducente said...

Wow. My fate in humanity restored!! Let me just say that these resorts are owned by foreigners. Just goes to show that they love the island. So awesome about the free stuff, I bet a lot of people are looking forward to it. :)

Jhanis V. said...

The only time I went to Daan Bantayan was when my husband and I distributed relief goods after Haiyan. This looks like a good reason to go back!

Katherine Annika Cutar said...

I heard about the place. I want to visit soon! :)

Kiat Cebu said...

wow ka nice anang free stay oi. Hope I can visit that place one of these. nice post, thad!

Emjae Fotos said...

Wow this is interesting and restores my faith in the word FREE... hehehe good to know and I may be considering this. Thanks for sharing. :)

Cesar Ian Fuentes said...

Good deal! Will use it one of these weekends! Thanks for the tip!

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

Dili kaayo ni posh nga resorts sir ha. Pero who doesn't want free?

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

Daanbantayan has lots of public beaches. And yes, VBR still offers free rooms in exchange for a link, they still post that invitation on their website

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

Pwede ra gyud nga dili ka malost and still enjoy the freebies hahaha

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

You'll have to ask the management about that but actually kung 5 mo mangadto and you each had their link in 5 different sites, mas makatipid man sila sa free offer, kay they can now have 2 or 3 people in 1 room rather than 1 person per room, just my idea though

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

Nice gyud ni siya kung pangbudget trip lang.

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

Sure you should! :)

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

Sir, on the way to Malapascua ni ha, ang Bantayan island is sa San remigio action, basin maglibog unya ka

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

There's still so much love left in this world! Give em some love, and you get it back a thousandfold

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

Definitely!

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

Go na dayun!

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

What is nicer than free? Hehehe

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

Definitely a good deal!

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

Don't lose faith in FREE, I'm sure daghan pa na

Marie Imperial said...

Grabeh! WOrth it jud kung muanhi ka. Gabaha ang freebies!

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

True that!