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Title: A shoutout for Seashore Springs Resort
Post by: JoeLP on April 12, 2014, 02:47:11 PM
Last weekend Tina, our boys and I went to San Antonio Island off the west coast of Northern Samar.  Now Tina loves Haven Of Fun beach resort and that's where she wanted to go again.  So we arrive at the island and go to Haven Of Fun.  They are all sold out except for the top priced cottage that was two stories with a small kitchenette/bath and living space downstairs and a large bedroom upstairs with 3 beds(1 queen, 2 singles).  The price was 1850php/night, but both boys being over 6 added an extra 150php/night each.  So over 2k php.  So I thank the man and walked out with Tina on my heels asking what's going on. 
I told her I wanted to look at the resort next door(Seashore Springs Resort).  Tina was upset because her good friend is the daughter of the owner of HOF resort.  But she followed me and we hit the office.  They took us at 9am to the 700php cottage.  It was 2 levels.  A bed/bath/working area on the first with a queen bed in the bedroom.  The upstairs was full large bedroom with 2 full size mattresses there.  We took that.  Later Tina learned that her friends cousin owned Seashore springs as she was ok. 
The difference between the two rooms was the Seashore Spring room had no AC, but as a man who NEEDED it in the USA, i was very comfortable with just a fan and the breeze off the beach.  Also, the HOF cottage was about 30 meters off the water, the Seashore Spring was only about 5 meters at high tide, and 12 meters at most at low tide.  Real close, with a nice table/benches on the porch off the front, then a 2 meter space to walk, then a covered table that had a railing on the far side that during high tide you only had to jump over and down and were in the water.(the beach was not a big slope, but the railing that rane pretty even to the water sat on top of a rock teer that rose about 3 feet and had steps every so far apart to reach the beach).
So for almost 3 full days and 2 very comfortable nights with food included from the resto we spent about $65 usd(about 2400php) total for the room and stay. 
It's a little known island full of resorts all over it, but was surprised with the quality of the stay and the comfort.  It is rustic by American standards, but for a country boy like me it was great.
Title: Re: A shoutout for Seashore Springs Resort
Post by: meylou on April 13, 2014, 02:35:24 AM
Thanks for posting and sharing this information.  Good to know.
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Post by: paulgee on April 13, 2014, 08:46:32 PM
Thanks, personal recommendations are always the best guide.
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Post by: iamjames on April 13, 2014, 09:28:07 PM
Excellent information. We should have more of these reports here. We are all gentlemen of leisure - but at the right price.
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Post by: Travelling Bob on April 14, 2014, 09:48:22 AM
sounds like a great place to relax.

Bob
Title: Re: A shoutout for Seashore Springs Resort
Post by: cvgtpc1 on November 10, 2014, 01:05:16 AM
Last weekend Tina, our boys and I went to San Antonio Island off the west coast of Northern Samar.  Now Tina loves Haven Of Fun beach resort and that's where she wanted to go again.  So we arrive at the island and go to Haven Of Fun.  They are all sold out except for the top priced cottage that was two stories with a small kitchenette/bath and living space downstairs and a large bedroom upstairs with 3 beds(1 queen, 2 singles).  The price was 1850php/night, but both boys being over 6 added an extra 150php/night each.  So over 2k php.  So I thank the man and walked out with Tina on my heels asking what's going on. 
I told her I wanted to look at the resort next door(Seashore Springs Resort).  Tina was upset because her good friend is the daughter of the owner of HOF resort.  But she followed me and we hit the office.  They took us at 9am to the 700php cottage.  It was 2 levels.  A bed/bath/working area on the first with a queen bed in the bedroom.  The upstairs was full large bedroom with 2 full size mattresses there.  We took that.  Later Tina learned that her friends cousin owned Seashore springs as she was ok. 
The difference between the two rooms was the Seashore Spring room had no AC, but as a man who NEEDED it in the USA, i was very comfortable with just a fan and the breeze off the beach.  Also, the HOF cottage was about 30 meters off the water, the Seashore Spring was only about 5 meters at high tide, and 12 meters at most at low tide.  Real close, with a nice table/benches on the porch off the front, then a 2 meter space to walk, then a covered table that had a railing on the far side that during high tide you only had to jump over and down and were in the water.(the beach was not a big slope, but the railing that rane pretty even to the water sat on top of a rock teer that rose about 3 feet and had steps every so far apart to reach the beach).
So for almost 3 full days and 2 very comfortable nights with food included from the resto we spent about $65 usd(about 2400php) total for the room and stay. 
It's a little known island full of resorts all over it, but was surprised with the quality of the stay and the comfort.  It is rustic by American standards, but for a country boy like me it was great.

How do you get to the island and then from the port to the resorts?
Title: Re: A shoutout for Seashore Springs Resort
Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on November 10, 2014, 01:28:00 AM
Looks nice in both places!

http://goo.gl/qStKGW (http://goo.gl/qStKGW)

http://goo.gl/2dG5NY (http://goo.gl/2dG5NY)

Title: Re: A shoutout for Seashore Springs Resort
Post by: JoeLP on November 10, 2014, 04:00:04 PM


How do you get to the island and then from the port to the resorts?


the 4 of us took a Pinoy ferry. (from Victoria)
(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-xQ93qTM9hsA/T9Cab4THMKI/AAAAAAAAAtw/9elx3UDNLS4/s1600/Ferry+from+San+Antonio+Philippines.jpg)

cost was 200php one way for all 4 of us.

then pedcab or tricycle to resort.  another 40-60php.
Title: Re: A shoutout for Seashore Springs Resort
Post by: Leinster Lad on November 26, 2014, 05:21:44 PM
G'Day Joe ( et al )
We plan on coming to the Phils in April next year for our neices graduation ( in Manila )
That should only take a couple of days, so plan to spen the rest of our time in N Samar.
Definitely plan to go to San Antonia and stay at a couple of the resorts.
Will give you a hollar and hopefully arrange to catch up in Catarman  !

Title: Re: A shoutout for Seashore Springs Resort
Post by: JoeLP on November 26, 2014, 08:19:49 PM
G'Day Joe ( et al )
We plan on coming to the Phils in April next year for our neices graduation ( in Manila )
That should only take a couple of days, so plan to spen the rest of our time in N Samar.
Definitely plan to go to San Antonia and stay at a couple of the resorts.
Will give you a hollar and hopefully arrange to catch up in Catarman  !

Sounds good.  Look forward to meeting you when you can make it.
Title: Re: A shoutout for Seashore Springs Resort
Post by: Leinster Lad on December 01, 2014, 12:30:52 PM
Hi Joe,
Just starting to organise our itinary and would like to know how would be the best way for us to travel from Catarman to Victoria ?
Also, where to stay in Catarman for a night or two ?
Title: Re: A shoutout for Seashore Springs Resort
Post by: wildbill on December 01, 2014, 10:47:28 PM
Looks very nice Joelp........
Title: Re: A shoutout for Seashore Springs Resort
Post by: JoeLP on December 02, 2014, 11:37:58 AM
Hi Joe,
Just starting to organise our itinary and would like to know how would be the best way for us to travel from Catarman to Victoria ?
Also, where to stay in Catarman for a night or two ?

I guess a lot depends on how you are getting around.  Just south of town is a new hotel called John John.  It's one of the lower priced rooms setups in the area, and brand new, clean and seems like a good place.  I have not stayed there, but have walked through the rooms.  You'll need a tricycle driver or pedicab driver to get you there. 

If that doesn't sound good to you, then there's Pink City that is in side the "city center" but on the south edge.  Or there are a few hotels on the east side of town.  Can't think of the road's name, but all on the same road that I've staid in both and both were good enough for me. AC/TV and clean baths.  The two I mentioned last and the first area ll under 1000php/night.  Pink city could be more depending on what rooms are available.

When I went to Victoria/Allen area, I jumped on one of the first Jeepneys heading out of town.  Went to the terminal behind the market and the driver was happy to let me sit in front in the passenger seat.  Was comfortable and early morning enough(about 6 or 7..can't remember when we took off exactly) that in about 90 minutes we were at the boat launch that took us to San Antonio. 

Hope this helps.  For what it's worth, if I wasn't in the front of the Jeepney, I probably wouldn't have taken a jeepney.  I stand 6'0" tall and would have hated to sit hunched over for 90 minutes.
Title: Re: A shoutout for Seashore Springs Resort
Post by: JoeLP on December 02, 2014, 11:42:31 AM
This is the "cabin" I stayed in viewed from the front
(http://media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/media/photo-s/02/fa/ef/25/seashore-spring-beach.jpg)

These are some of the rooms available also
(http://media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/media/photo-s/02/fa/ef/24/seashore-spring-beach.jpg)

This is the dining hall.
(http://media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/media/photo-s/02/fa/ef/fd/seashore-spring-beach.jpg)
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Post by: coleman2347 on December 02, 2014, 12:16:34 PM
Joe, thats very cool, wouldn't it be cool to have a house like the last picture, but smaller
Title: Re: A shoutout for Seashore Springs Resort
Post by: JoeLP on December 02, 2014, 05:41:33 PM
Joe, thats very cool, wouldn't it be cool to have a house like the last picture, but smaller

I agree.  After going there I told Tina I'd love to have a floor like that in our house as well as tables like that.  Since then we've found where we can get the tables.  I'm also sure the floor shouldn't be too hard, but I want a local worker.  The owners of that resort and Haven of Fun resort next to it are friends of Tina's.  I just doing want to pay housing and other things for the people who'll probably have to come from the Vicoria/Allen area. 
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Post by: cvgtpc1 on December 03, 2014, 12:39:29 AM
Joe, was that cabin pretty sturdy?  Giving me an idea for a cheap upper story for at least a temporary solution.

I'm more a wood floor man.  My brother-in-law had an upper level with a polished palm wood floor, would look forward to a walking on it barefoot each time I visited lol.  Can't explain it but it felt nice on your feet.
Title: Re: A shoutout for Seashore Springs Resort
Post by: Gray Wolf on December 03, 2014, 01:36:47 AM
Joe, thats very cool, wouldn't it be cool to have a house like the last picture, but smaller

I was thinking the same thing when I saw these pics!    :D 

I like the nipa hut "cabin".  I can see how that would be very comfortable for sleeping.  The rooms are allowed to breathe
$65 for 3 days-2 nights including food, great deal!  Thanks for sharing!  :)
Title: Re: A shoutout for Seashore Springs Resort
Post by: JoeLP on December 03, 2014, 08:53:35 AM
Joe, was that cabin pretty sturdy?  Giving me an idea for a cheap upper story for at least a temporary solution.

I'm more a wood floor man.  My brother-in-law had an upper level with a polished palm wood floor, would look forward to a walking on it barefoot each time I visited lol.  Can't explain it but it felt nice on your feet.

I was all over that cabin the first day to check it out.  The upper level was sturdy.  I walked all over it and not a single crack, creak, or bend in the floor.  I should look up more pics to show.  I have a lot.  The "setup" area right inside the door has a sink and counter to put your stuff(food and food prep) and then the lower bedroom easily held all of Tina's and my stuff, and the boys had a lot bigger room upstairs than what Tina and I had that allowed them to play around up there as well as the beach and all that was also available in the resort grounds.
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Post by: cvgtpc1 on December 03, 2014, 09:10:21 AM
Did the cabin have aircon?  If so curious how they insulated it.
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Post by: JoeLP on December 03, 2014, 09:25:30 AM
Did the cabin have aircon?  If so curious how they insulated it.
No aircon.  Not needed.  I lived in nothing but heated and aircon for my life till I moved to the phils this time.  Now it does get hot in the house, but usually have a fan on me to help keep me good. 

When i was at Seashore Springs I put the fan on me and the nice breeze off the water and I was very comfortable. 
Title: Re: A shoutout for Seashore Springs Resort
Post by: JoeLP on December 03, 2014, 09:46:16 AM
(http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f347/Joseph_Holmes/SAM_1288_zps00e6ed86.jpg)
Tina at the entrance of cabin.  Sink/counter to left, stairs going upstiars, then door on right is bathroom, door on left is to the outside from the back.

(http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f347/Joseph_Holmes/SAM_1292_zps6e29666c.jpg)
A view looking toward water from the front door of cabin.

(http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f347/Joseph_Holmes/SAM_1296-Copy_zpsac111c1a.jpg)
View of cabin from the shore.

(http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f347/Joseph_Holmes/SAM_1362_zps97237a53.jpg)
View out front door at night.  on the pole that supports the roof that goes through the table are the switches for the lights.  one for under the roof, one for higher up that shines light on the beach

(http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f347/Joseph_Holmes/SAM_1355_zps2b689ddf.jpg)
A pic of the floor i use when talking to local builders to see if they can replicate the floor design from the dining area at the resort.

more pics from the resort
(http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f347/Joseph_Holmes/SAM_1388_zps0ff52299.jpg)

(http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f347/Joseph_Holmes/SAM_1385_zpsa47338ed.jpg)

(http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f347/Joseph_Holmes/SAM_1386_zps068ea774.jpg)

(http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f347/Joseph_Holmes/SAM_1393_zps4fd11b5d.jpg)

(http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f347/Joseph_Holmes/SAM_1398_zps735728ac.jpg)

(http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f347/Joseph_Holmes/SAM_1474_zps52cef56a.jpg)

(http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f347/Joseph_Holmes/SAM_1441_zpsa0fef1e7.jpg)

(http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f347/Joseph_Holmes/SAM_1354_zpsfee8c435.jpg)

When you arrive at San Antonio Isla this is where you'll be taken to pay the "arrival fee".
(http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f347/Joseph_Holmes/SAM_1546_zpsbe215c81.jpg)

The sad thing is, i only took pics from the side of the resort that I stayed in.  There is another half also with rooms to stay in.
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Post by: coleman2347 on December 03, 2014, 11:29:00 AM
Thats really nice if you like native and I do...can see me sitting out by the beach drinking some cold ones
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Post by: JoeLP on December 03, 2014, 05:03:55 PM
Thats really nice if you like native and I do...can see me sitting out by the beach drinking some cold ones

Exactly.  For 700php a night, and the location and all the money you save...a beer on the beach or even at the table during high tide(the water does get withing 10 feet of the stairs) and relaxing is the way to go.

That was my plan, but that weekend was the conference for the Northern Samar educational leaders.  So Tina dragged me into the dining hall(Not telling me what's going on) and I saw a few friends(they are advisers for the Northern Samar educational board).  So I sat there and enjoyed some good food that they brought with them as well as sitting through some karaoke that went on for a few hours having cold drinks inside instead.