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.
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.
Your stay in Bantayan would be a dream cometrue.
HOW TO GET THERE
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
Buses (Phil-Cebu Bus Liners, Rough Riders)
Ferries (Island Express Shipping)
Ro-Ro Boats (Shuttle Ferry Service)
Boats (Don Martin, Palacio Shipping Lines)
Boats (Lapu-lapu Shipping Lines)
Airplane (via SEAIR) Temporarily suspended
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