In the end, we did neither. Instead, we made a last minute re-route to Cebu, Philippines, which is in the southern part of the country and outside of the super trajectory. Under the new itinerary, we would only have one full day there but from the last minute googling I did, it appeared that we were going to a beachy wonderland. Added bonus, our hotel looked like it was only blocks from the water. Grab the sunscreen, everybody, this should be good.
We arrived late at night so we would have to wait until sunrise to appreciate the crystalline blue waters that adorned the Cebu google images page.