Most important acitivity you should do while staying in Bantayan island is to hop on to the virgin Island. You won't regret the long time you traveled just to get in Bantayan Island, so maximize your time to explore the nearby islands!
Fondest memory: I'll surely miss watching the sunrise, sunset, blue green clear water, the coconut trees, white sand, starfishes, the sound of waves and most especially the time spent with friends!
We only had this rare opportunity to hang out with each other due to work and other priorities. If not only because our goddaughter will be baptized, we'll never have allotted our time to be off to work.
Favorite thing: There is a small tourist information in the town proper of Sta. Fe. It is located on the old town hall at the back of the market. walking distance from Sto. Nino Church. If you have more questions about the place feel free to ask them.
Bantayans are about 70,000 quiet, friendly and laborious islanders. They are mostly fishermen. They are also engaged in tourism either transporting tourists on motorcycles or boats or working in the hotels. One of the most thriving production is eggs so the island has the nick name of “egg basket” .
The most predominant feature is their quiet and joyful nature. Their peaceful faces are ready to give you the warmest and genuine smile. The children respond playfully to your interest. They all make you feel familiar and safe on this wonderful piece of Earth!
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Even if I still feel it doesn't beat the ultra-fine, powder soft sand of Boracay, Bantayan comes pretty close. It has the crystal clear aquamarine waters, white, fairly smooth sand, and the only thing Boracay no longer has- tranquility.
Fondest memory: Eating fresh seafood with your two bare hands was pretty much priceless. I have never used my hands and only my hands to shovel food into my mouth, so this was quite the experience. You go to the Bantayan market with some of the locals (don't know where they came from, but hey, they were at the resort) and you buy the seafood there (nothing beats the freshness!), and when you go back to the resort those guys cook it for you (pretty darn good, if I do say so myself). Of course feel free to give them a tip as large or small as you think they deserve (and give them a portion of the cooked food). Take a short swim or relax in your room while waiting, and when the food is ready, dig in!!!
Favorite thing: Buy danggit or any other dried fish directly from fisherfolks in Bantayan island. They're cheaper than the ones sold in Tabo-an market in Cebu city. Almost all first class dried fishes or squids came from Bantayan Island. So while you're here, then might as well buy them directly from the locals. You'll be saving some extra cash!