The beach sand has some crumbly rocks and broken shells but the real white sand can still shine through. The Talisay trees give this island its character.
|Ever thought of napping under a coconut tree? Try napping under a Talisay tree.|
Isla Reta Rates
Day trip rate: Php 75.00/pax/day; 4-10 years old Php 35.00; 3 years old and below – Free
Overnight rate: Php 150.00/pax/night; Kids – Php 75.00/head
Concrete room (with private CR): Php 800/night – free entrance fee for 2 pax
Native room (separate CR): Php 700/night – free entrance fee for 3 pax
Dormitory type room: Php 6,500 – free entrance for 22 pax
Bringing your own tent: Php 100.00
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The concrete room is far from fancy, and it actually quite old. But it is kept clean.
|Not the coziest room, but clean and spacious|
There were some aggressive ants in my room. I just took a shower then my Oreo was invaded by the army of ants. Booooo!
|There's my food stash - the target of the ants|
The toilet does not have an “aggressive-type-of-flush”, so the flushing must sometimes be done twice or complemented by a timba-flush.
|The water tank. I think they store rainwater here then it is treated.|
The common bathroom:
The native cottages:
The staff were nice and polite to my requests. They even heated my lunch for free. They were just a tad curious and puzzled that I was traveling to this island all by myself. At a time, I wanted to pretend that I had an imaginary friend, but I might just scare myself.
|Wala nga lang sabaw|
Electricity is turned off at certain hours. It is off from from 9am to 3pm. But the power went off on some other hours when I was there. I was still able to charge my gadgets. Prepare to open your windows if the room becomes a bit hot.
I thought it would be quite at night, but nope. The people were videoke partying. Can’t really control that. I plugged my earphones to listen to my own playlist of lullabies.
|I love the Philipines!|
Isla Reta was an ideal place to experience my first solo beachbumming experience.