Skip's Beach Resort: A Backpacker's Lodge in Daanbantayan

Back in 2007, I went to meet Skip Ellsworth at his beach resort in Agujo, Daanbantayan, Cebu. By then, Skip was already ailing and can only move through the aid of a wheelchair. He introduced me to his wife Belle and one of his kids who was only about 11 or 12 years old by that time. Skip was a martial artist. He was Bruce Lee's third student in America.

Almost nine years after that visit, I was again in Daanbantayan. I was on a familiarization tour of Virgin Beach Resort. But I made sure I visited Skip's Beach Resort and KTV once again. I was able to talk to Belle and learned from her that Skip passed away in 2008.
Skip's Beach Resort in Daanbantayan Cebu
Skip's Beach Resort and KTV
View from the terrace of Skip's Beach Resort
View from the terrace

Belle's Restaurant 

During our brief stay at Skip's Beach Resort and KTV, we ordered a clubhouse sandwich, brewed coffee, and iced tea at Belle's Restaurant. The restaurant is so named after Belle, Skip's Filipina wife. The clubhouse sandwich was simple but good. It was 3 pairs of loaf bread slices that came with ham, lettuce, tomatoes, scrambled eggs, cheese, and chips.
Clubhouse sandwich from Belle's Restaurant at Skip's Beach Resort
Clubhouse sandwich at Belle's Restaurant

Free Camping Grounds No More 

Skip's Beach Resort used to pride itself as having Southeast Asia's largest free camping grounds. This was specially true when Skip was still alive. This is no longer true now. They no longer allow non-hotel guests to pitch a tent within the premises. The bamboo cottages which can be used for free back then also now cost PhP 500 for a day's use.
Cottages for rent at Skip's Beach Resort
Cottages for rent

Hotel Rooms and Backpackers' Lodge

In lieu of the free camping grounds, Skip's Beach Resort did provide a cheap alternative. They now have a backpacker's lodge that can accommodate up to 8 persons for each of the 2 rooms. Cost is at PhP 600 per person a night. Other hotel rooms' costs start at PhP 1,450 a night.

Contact Information for Skip's Beach Resort

Street Address: Barangay Agujo, Daanbantayan, Cebu
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