Having missed out on a lot of beaches in Bohol, my brothers were looking for a place to swim. After 3 days in Cebu and Bohol, we still hadn’t gotten our share of the beach, thus we were able to push my parents into staying at a beach resort in Maribago, Mactan, even if the price of the room may be out of our original price range.
Karancho Beach Cove was one of our last minute contacts. I hadn’t even planned on staying at a beach resort but because I knew my brothers wanted to swim, I searched for one of the cheapest resorts in Maribago, thus ending up at Karancho Beach Cove.
The semi-casual resort, located ongoing to Punta Engaño and the rest of the Maribago resorts, was not in any way like all the other resorts along the area – assuming most of the resorts along the area were all luxury resort hotels.
Karancho Beach Cove is a recreational resort where the accommodation and room rates are not of the usual standard conditions. If most hotels have a 2pm check-in and 12 noon check – out, this resort only offers rates per 12 hours or 24 hours.
The resort offers a diverse range of accommodations from simple tables and chairs to huts and small cottages to air conditioned rooms.
By the time we got there, there were already a lot of people in the resort – probably because it was a Sunday when we came.
The resort was beach front – quite inviting too.
The staff offered us two rooms.
The Budget Room C was good for 4 persons. It consisted of a king sized bed and a single bed, as well as a small television. The room was okay. It looked clean, nothing spectacular, although I was amused with their bed covers. For a beachside resort, their bed covers seemed a little too thick. Their budget room C is at a rate of P2,800 for 12 hours and P3,800 for 24 hours.
They also have smaller budget rooms at a rate of P2,500 for 12 hours and P3,500 for 24 hours.
The other room they showed us was the Villa A that was located at the beachfront. Although the price of this was at P3,500 per 12 hours (way, way beyond our original budget), my mom couldn’t resist giving my brothers a chance to swim.
The room was huge, bigger than any other room we’ve stayed at during our Cebu-Bohol trip. It was probably one and a half size of the room we had in Sampaguita Suites, although possibly less classy.
The room consisted of two king sized beds and another connected but separate room with a single bed. They called the king sized beds “full size” probably because I think 4 people could fit in one snugly. For a barkada, this room would be perfect. The beds were covered with brown, thin covers that felt a little bit rusty, but the pillows were okay.
The room also had a small television and a huge cupboard, a refrigerator and a sink.
The bathroom wasn’t big, but it was clean. The tiles were white with some design and it was actually even grouted, which is a good thing.
The resort doesn’t have WiFi nor do they have hot water so you’ll have to settle for very cold water especially in the morning.
Aside from accommodation, the resort was also rich in activities such as kayaking, volleyball on their wide beach area, Frisbee, badminton, darts and table tennis and basketball (which they had a whole court for) – all with a fee per hour.
The resort also charged a minimal fee for electrical charges like speakers, amplifiers and TVs, but they don’t have any corkage fee for food and drinks brought into the resort.
Unfortunately, while we had stayed at the resort because of the beach, we didn’t get to swim much, mostly because even if the sand seemed white (although grainy), the water was filled with rocks and seaweeds.
They had an interesting beachfront though. There was a long wharf that stretched out into the sea, there were some kayaks in front and even jetskis that the resort was renting out to anyone.
Although I had a non-memorable time at the resort (personal reasons), I think the resort is a good place to stay with friends, especially if you’re looking for a place to just hang out, drink and get some good beach time.
By the way, there is NO WIFI at the resort.
Fees needed to pay for entrance and other charges such as for tents, huts and shower are in the photo below:
Karancho Beach Cove
(032) 236 – 0722