Bantayan island

"Pacific island Dream"

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wonderful view of the island



bamboos in bantayan



nipa hut in bantayan




relaxing view

Bantayan island, the shining tropical paradise in Asia is commonly known as an island paradise in Philippines. Tourists as far as Europe fall in love with its fine white sand and crystal clear blue waters. Many of these foreigners even settled down on the island to spend the rest of their lives. They build single-cottage beach houses along the shore but as time went by, construct a couple of new cottages instead to accommodate the growing number of tourists who seeks safe haven on the splendid island paradise. Two of the main attraction of the island is its crystal-clear waters and it's long stretch of powdery white sand. The stunning sunset will really spice those romantic walks on the beach. One of the reasons the island is famous is its peacefulness, the way a resort should be. Unsaturated beauty and a combination of sweet smiling natives made the island as it is now.

When you get to cool, crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches, pleasant town folk and delicious sea foods ... you're in the island of Bantayan. Coming to Bantayan is like coming out of a time machine. It's like entering the time and place when life was simple and quiet.

The island, which is composed of three municipalities, specifically Bantayan, Madridejos & Santa Fe is also generally known as the “Egg Basket” in the neighboring regions because it has been generating over one and a half million eggs a day to supply the growing demand of eggs for mainland Cebu, Negros, Panay and even Leyte.

InBantayan, there are 405-year-old church theone-and-a-half century house of Anun Escario,the Ogtong Cave and the rest of the ancientunarmed caves the old Spanish kota (fort) inSta. Fe, the beautiful island in the districtand the sunset at the pier.

The people in Bantayan island is mostly Christian,aside from the fact that it has the oldest churchin the Visayas and Mindanao, it is also named asthe Lenten capital of the Visayas. Many people fromCebu and as far as Manila go to Bantayan not onlyfor a swim and relaxation but also to witness theholy week procession and to observe the most solemnpractice of faith. Because of this, almost allresorts double their rates at this time ofyear.

During holy week, on Maunday Thursday and GoodFriday, both locals and visitors get together bythe thousands at the town center of Bantayan to bepart of the Lenten procession of religious symbolsand images symbolizing the Passion of Christ. Suchreligiosity only reflects the Bantayanon'sunquestioned faith in Christ therefore making theisland one of the safest place in thecountry.

But thereis also the human aspect. You see kids witheven tan running around the beach lines,naked, simple-hearted and friendly. BantayanIsland has a remarkable dialect, mixture ofIlonggo, Waray and Cebuano but one that isGreek to both Cebuanos and Ilonggos. And itstone changes from town to town. The people inevery town just have their own of expressingit.

Like its dialect, each of the three towns has itsown character. Bantayan considered as the townproper of the island has 25 barangays and the basicinfrastructure. The town is known for itsmouth-watering dried fish and squid. Aside fromfishing, the people are also into rock phosphateand limestone mining.

If the other two towns are busy with their incomeprojects, Sta. Fe is busier during the LentenSeason with hundreds of people who gather to itswhite sandy beaches. Reservations to Bantayan'sbeach resorts for the Lenten Season should be donesix months to one year earlier. As early asFebruary this year, the resorts have already beenfully booked.

With regards to the food in Bantayan, acombination of cuisine is served on the island witha taste of restaurants serving Filipino, Thai, andJapanese to European menus. A massive selection ofsea foods fresh from the day's catch is very welldished up since most of the people of the islandare fishermen that cast their nets on the abundantVisayan seas. One can even visit the wet market tosee fishermen unpack their precious catch from thesea. Fresh live fish from groupers to blue marlin'sare just two of the many surprises. Shrimps, crabsand lobsters are displayed in large quantity in themarket. After a full meal one can choose aselection of fresh fruit shakes with choices frommango to choco banana.

Your stay in Bantayan would be a dream cometrue.

quiet view with bamboos






front view of the island





cool sunset view







white sands







hidden beach


You can go to Bantayan island by plane from Cebu or by Bus and Vans for Hire from the North Cebu Bus Terminal.

From Cebu City
One may take the plane via SEAIR (Flight suspended) flight departing from the Mactan-Cebu International Airport or take a bus ride at the North Cebu Bus Terminal which will take you about 3 hours to Hagnaya from which one desires to take the Island Express Ferry Boat for the 1 hour ride to Sta. Fe, Bantayan Island. Flying time to Bantayan Island is about 25 minutes or less. Recently, there is already a Ro-Ro boat going from Hagnaya to Santa Fe, you can take your car or SUV from Cebu all the way to Santa Fe for a fantastic island getaway!

Vans, Buses, Ferries and Planes
(subject to change without notice)

From the airport or seaport to Hagnaya.
Good for 6-7 persons.
Non-stop trip
CHARGE: 3,500 pesos to 4,000.00 pesos
TRAVEL DURATION: 2 hours to 2 and half hours

From White Gold Terminal to Hagnaya.
Very crampy ride.
Must be there earlier so you can have the best seat on the van.
Van leaves every hour or when the van is full.
CHARGE: 100.00 pesos
TRAVEL DURATION: 2 and a half hours

Buses (Phil-Cebu Bus Liners, Rough Riders)
From the City North Bus Terminal to Hagnaya,
4:30 AM and every 30 minutes thereafter until 3:00 PM daily
CHARGE: 60.00 pesos to 70.00 pesos
TRAVEL DURATION: 3 - 4 hours

Ferries (Island Express Shipping)
From Hagnaya to the port of Santa Fe and vice versa daily.
CHARGE: 60.00 pesos to 70.00 pesos
TRAVEL DURATION: 1 and a half hour (maximum)

Fastcraft(Aznar Fastcraft)
From Hagnaya to the port of Santa Fe and vice versa daily.
CHARGE: 100.00 pesos
TRAVEL DURATION: 30 minutes (maximum)

Ro-Ro Boats (Shuttle Ferry Service)
From Hagnaya to the port of Santa Fe

Boats (Don Martin, Palacio Shipping Lines)
From the city to the port of Santa Fe
CHARGE: 150.00 pesos - 200.00 pesos
TRAVEL DURATION: 6 to 7 hours

Boats (Lapu-lapu Shipping Lines)
From the city to the port of Santa Fe
CHARGE: 150.00 pesos - 200.00 pesos
TRAVEL DURATION: 6 to 7 hours

Airplane (via SEAIR) Temporarily suspended
From the Mactan-Cebu International Airport
CHARGE: 990.00 pesos (promotional price) / 1,350.00 pesos(standard price)

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