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Private Luxury Sunset Cruise in Mactan, Cebu

It is a great feeling when you can charter your own boat for exploring a beautiful sunset, the best part of the experience is, it is always worth it. We decided to go for an evening sunset cruise with Island Banca Cruises a local company providing boat charters.This experience was extremely relaxing as we watched the sun set in the bright orange hue of the sky and the beautiful stars and city lights taking over.

Sunset at Mactan Cebu
It was easy to reach out to Island Banca Cruises on phone and the whatsapp number provided on their website - They promptly helped with a free quote and all information with regards to the tours available with them.

The area where we cruised for the Sunset is called as the Magellan Bay, the view of the Pacific Ocean and the beautiful sunset still brings an awe.

View from the Dock

The cost of the boat rental was PHP 5000 for the trip. 
The timings for the sunset cruise are 4.30 PM to 7 PM, 

Though we were just 8 adults, they usually allow up to 15 adults on the boat in the same price and one chilled soft drink per person is included in the price. You are free to carry your own snacks on the boat.

So once you have a confirmed the reservation, the dock is located at Punta Engano, Mactan, if you are coming from Movenpick side you will see a signage of Banca few metres ahead and 2 lanes on your left, you have to take the second lane and vice versa if you come from the Shangrila side.

Island Banca Cruises Dock

You meet the team of Banca who will then escort you to a floating carrier to the boat, the boat is docked some distance into the water. This was a new experience for us as usually you have to either soak your feet in the water or go on a small boat to the main boat. This was cool.

The boat they had reserved for us called as Banca, was clean and spacious, there was one captain and two helpers on the boat, they were extremely polite and friendly.

Banca Boat
The view of the sunset was mesmerising, after we watched the sunset we played some great songs on the Boat’s audio system. It’s an old audio system with an auxillary cable, of the original headphone jack so if you are an iPhone user make sure you carry the connector.

This journey should never end!
We had a great time in the middle of the ocean dancing on our favourite tracks and gazing the stars.

If you have a spare evening in Cebu make sure you go for this experience with your group it is totally worth it.

Mesmerising views of the Sunset
If you want to hire a yatch instead of a boat,  you can reach out to Dream of Cebu which offered a yatch and their package included all you  can drink  and a set barbeque experience for PHP 3000 per person and for PHP 2500 per person if you don’t wish to take the drinks and food.

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