Bantayan Island Travel Guide
The beach area infront Sugar Beach
Things to Do
nice whitesand powder beach
The bus ride from Cebu City took about 3 hours and you have to board a ferry from Hagnaya Port to Sta. Fe Port that will take you another hour, it was a bit tiring. Buses were mostly not...
In a nutshell
Best time was when we hired a banca and went to Virgin Island, nice small private island, white sands, peaceful, relaxing and we brought home lots of souvenir shells, rocks and even a small bottle of...
The virgin Virgin Island
We arranged with our resort the rent of a boat for our island hopping the next day. the rate will depend on the number of persons. For our group (8pax) the rate is P1500 and we gave the boatman P200 tipWe also ordered our lunch food from our the resort restaurant the night...
Virgin ISland - is it worth it??
Hi - just came back from Bantayan in March - and we went to Virgin Island - the tour cost us around 1400 pesos for 4 people..we arranged it through our hotel. For more info (hotels, costs, etc.) check out my blog www.hellobonjour.ca or a youtube video I made of the trip (the...
Bantayan Church: one of the oldest
When you got to the Bantayan island, you musn't miss to see one of the oldest churches in the country- the Bantayan Church. They say this church has its own history; it was built on 1580, got destroyed by fire and eventually reconstructed.I wondered what the walls of this...
Ogtong Cave is quite popular among the must see sights in Bantayan Island. It’s located within the Ogtong Cave resort grounds.I thought this cave is like the usual caves like what I see in tv, magazines, etc. but when we finally had the chance to see it, I’m a little bit...
Bantayan Proper is just a few kilometers away from the Budyog resort where we stayed. We hired a jeepney to take us back to the resort and since we are a large group of 10 people, we paid 50Php for the service fee. The Bantayan Market sells danggit (dried fish), dried squid...
island hopping to the Virgin Island
Get ready for another island hopping in the Virgin Island! The first time I heard about this virgin island, I wondered if it’s the official name and yes, it really is Virgin Island!Another paradise!!!! there's a few differences I observed in the virgin island compared to...
Sta. Fe beach resort: Fresh seafoods
The thing I like the most here is that the food are served quickly and that food taste great, really great! Make sure to buy fresh coconut juice! The staffs would just climb the tree and get the buko for you.
Kinilaw na isda
HR Restaurant: HR Restaurant
We decided to checkout the restaurants in Sta Fe town and our pedicab driver recommended HR. After going to the market, we stopped by HR. Rhoda, the waitress who waited on us was friendly and tried to answer our questions about the food. Sometimes she would go to the kitchen...
Anika Island Resort: Great Food!
When in Bantayan Island, even if you are not booked in Anika Resort, you should try having lunch or dinner in the restaurant! Really great food! Pre-order if you must so that you would not have to wait long!We loved the Adobong Pusit, (sauteed squid with vinegar and toyo)...
CouCou Bar & Restaurant: Good Food, Big Serving!
We loved the food in Anika Resort and we were contented in taking all our meals there but we decided to explore the town of Sta Fe on our second day. We checked out the menu of some of the restaurants. and decided to try the Pizza and Pasta in CouCou Bar and Restaurant. We...
Yooneek Bar and Restaurant: Chillax "uniquely" along the shore
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It's our last night to enjoy the awesome paradise in Bantayan island.
My friends and I are walking along the shore when we saw this luminous bar.
I was fascinated by the signs posted in the bar when I took a closer look so I asked my friends to spend some time here and they agreed.
Yooneek Bar and Restaurant has its own resort, but the bar and resto is open for all.
It's 2 weeks before the Valentine's Day that's why red cupids and hearts are decorated within the bar that added the feeling of inviting anyone passing by. The signs/ boards posted on the bar's walls are very kinky and funny. Big heart shaped lanterns are hanging around the kubo (hut).
During ordinary days in Bantayan Resort, you won't hear any sound of music playing, only the sounds of waves and I find it very relaxing. Along the beach, only the Yooneek Bar and restaurant is alive with its luminous colorful lights surrounding the bar.
My friends and I got time for bonding- the conversations we had during that night with the sounds of waves and a cup of coffee is one of my fondest memory.
Dress Code: any comfortable to wear in a beach
Written Feb 18, 2012
Address: Bantayan Island, Cebu, Philippines
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- Sailing and Boating
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FERRY GOING TO THE ISLAND
From the Hagnaya Pier, take the ferry that will bring you to Bantayan Island. Fare is 65 - 115 pesos including terminal fee (10 pesos). Nothing to worry as there will be ferries and boat transfers from time to time. The boat ride will approximately take an hour. I really...
BUS TO THE HAGNAYA PIER
Take a cab from Cebu City to the North Cebu Bus terminal. From the North terminal of Cebu, take the Ceres Bus Lines that goes straight to Hagnaya. Bus fare is from 50-80 pesos. The bus ride would approximately take four to five hours. Quite a long trip if you come to think...
Journeying to and around Bantayand Island
Flight to Mactan Cebu - Cebu Pacific Airline offers year-round promo fare around the Philippines and other Asian countries. My friend booked our trip to Cebu more than one year ahead of our travel date so we got a bargain! Just remember to include luggage check-inn allowance...
Pedicab is a 3 wheeled vehicle that is so common to go around the island. It's like the manual version of a tricycle that goes around only for a short distance.Maximum capacity: 3 paxUsually fare's about 25-30Php.
Van rental at Hagnaya port
When we were about to board the ferry to Bantayan, we were approached by a man who offered a Grandia van rental for our return trip to Cebu City. The rate was for P2000 for our group (8 pax) although more expensive than just taking the bus, decided to go for it.
However after spending a restful vacation in Bantayan, we were met by an innova van instead of the agreed Grandia van! With our bags there was not enough space for all of us. After much discussion we took pity on the driver and agreed to use the van for our return trip to Cebu.
During the 3 1/2 - 4 hours trip, we found out that the porters would just make arrangements with those drivers who bring passengers to the port, therefore it would not be definite what van would be available to meet you! The 2000 rate that the porters will quote to you includes their P500 commission. They will also asked you for a tip for making the van arrangement!. The lesson is to contact the rental service directly.
We got the contact number of our driver and we used the services of their group for our Cebu city tour.
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Updated Nov 11, 2012
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- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Family Travel
- Business Travel
Sometimes after Virgin Islands, boatmen will also take you to Halintagaan Island about 10 minutes from the island. Nothing fancy to see but it's a good opportunity to have a different Photo background. If you are willing to pay another entrance fee you can walk to a rocky shore and have a photo shoot there.
Updated Oct 11, 2011
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sunrise, blue green clear water, white sand
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!
I'll surely miss watching the sunrise,...
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.
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