Skydiving in Bantayan Island

It’s been a month since I flipped another digit. Add a year to that and that brings us to where I was last year. If you still haven’t taken a guess even after reading the title of this post, my, something must be wrong with you, my dear.

It was September in 2015 when I came across a blog post (can no longer find it as of writing) on skydiving in Cebu and when I saw that Skydive Greater Cebu was already accepting reservations, boy, I found myself in the bank paying the down payment amounting to P3,000 the following day. The activity cost P18,000, but if you book early, it’s P3,000 less. That meant I had around seven months to save for the remaining P12,000. Very doable, if you ask me.

Getting to Bantayan is easy-peasy. Just get on a bus heading to Hagnaya Port at Cebu North Bus Terminal and at the port take a ferry to Santa Fe. Some resorts on the island are partnered with Skydive Greater Cebu that if you stay with them, you get a discount for your accommodation. I stayed at Kota Beach, which is one.

It is of uttermost importance that you bring your payment for your balance as there are no ATM’s in Santa Fe. I read about it but also totally forgot about it. Tanga lang. And so first thing on the dive big day, I rented a scooter and drove to the municipality of Bantayan (yes, its name is the same as the island’s) to get my hands on me moolah. I would’ve probably died, not from the dive, if all banks were offline.

Scooter rental

There were four of us for the morning batch and as you can see all of us wrote the same thing on our palms that I just had to change mine to “Undaunted@28” since it was two days to my day. Naman!

Morning batch

Here’s our fighter aircraft, fighting.

Plane

Have some English ready for your innerview! I’ve been told beforehand to wear a shirt with long sleeves because of the cold but as I didn’t have anything good back then, I thought that maybe I could just get away with what I’ll wear. Turns out that they insist you wear their long-sleeved shirt if you’re not wearing one. If you’re particular with what you wanna see in your photos and videos #OOTD, well, you have been warned.

Interview

The view from the top is simply breathtaking. Just look at those turquoises! As for the cold, I’d say that it was actually tolerable. (Tch, I should’ve insisted on not wearing their shirt.)

View from the top

I was told that most of the payment goes to the maintenance of the plane, which makes sense given how run-down-looking it already was. It can accommodate four tandem skydivers.

Run-down

And then it was high time to shoot my irate, let’s-do-dis, and f-yeah looks.

Irate look

Let's-do-dis look

F-yeah look

With the wind so hard on your face, you just gotta brace yourself. You will also be asked to lean your head back and cross your arms on your chest.

On your mark...

Get set...

If you can’t do it now when you actually can, do it now. Did I make sense there? Whatever. Just never ever forget to scream your lungs out. Else you’d be the lamest person alive. Ever.

Jump!

Tumble

Tumble

Tumble

Keep your legs between your tandem instructor’s~!

Legs in place

At some point you will be allowed to spread your wings like a flying squirrel. (Hah! You thought it was gonna be eagle or butterfly, didn’t you? Aminin.)

Spread-eagle

The free fall was, without a doubt, the best part. You get to tumble in the sky like mad with the wind against every inch of you. When the chute was already opened I was allowed to maneuver it for a bit. You simply pull the right and left handles depending on which direction you wanna go.

Maneuvering

Alive!

Landing on Skydive Greater Cebu’s partner resorts is possible. The photo below shows our instructor walking away from Kota Beach. It was later in the afternoon and not after our jump, though, as I opted to land back at the airport because I offered to take Amy, the Briton girl from Cornwall, to the beach as the place she’s staying at, where I drove to and fro, was not close from any of it.

Beach landing

We hung out for the rest of our stay on the island and even went back to the city together. One thing I remember well in our conversations was her being curious why people wear rash guards on the beach. If you’re a Filipino, there’s NCIH that you don’t know why.

Kota Beach

Kota Beach

One last look at the island from the port, just like the first time my eyes laid on it, told me that that wasn’t gonna be my last skydive, especially that the photos and videos were in the form of selfies. (My pores were not spared.)

Santa Fe Port

P.S. You will be provided with a certificate (soft copy) and same day edit video so don’t forget to bring a USB drive or data cable (for your phone) for you to copy them. Allocate extra storage for the raw files, too!

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