Bantayan is a little island located at the northern tip of the province of Cebu. To go there, you can take a private aircraft from Mactan-Cebu International Airport to Bantayan Airport on Bantayan Island. Or you can also try this:
- From Cebu City, go to the North Bus Terminal & take a bus going to Hagnaya Port (Php 150.00, approx. 3 hours)
- Ride a ferry boat from Hagnaya Port to Sta. Fe Port. (Php 170.00, approx. 2 hours)
I can say that this is a nice & quiet little island with beautiful pristine water. The place is underdeveloped so don’t expect establishments & usual amenities you’d normally get in the city. It’s also not crowded, especially after summer. When my boyfriend & I got there, the beach was close to empty. You’ll feel like you have your own private island. If you want to get away from the busy streets of the city, this is one place I recommend you visit.
If you’re planning on staying at Kota Beach Resort, I suggest you try to wake up early morning & view the sunrise.
Bantayan totally reminds me of the my parents’ hometown in Sorsogon. Everything’s simple. No loud noises from bars, some hotels don’t offer Wi-fi, the streets get really dim come nightfall, no jeepneys, no taxi’s etc.
There are other nice spots the locals recommend to visitors. But we opted not to spend so much since we’re not even sure there’s an ATM machine available within the area. We heard that the main town has an old church & that there are several caves in the island.
We only got to see one cave, and sadly, we weren’t allowed to swim in the cool water. Ogtong Cave is within Ogtong Cave Resort (probably one of the best resorts in the island, but also one of the most expensive). DENR has prohibited visitors from swimming inside the cave to preserve the cleanliless of the water & the cave. For non-guests, you have to pay Php 100.00 as entrance fee. And if you really want to take a swim, they’ll ask you to sign a waver of some sort.
Bantayan Island is a good place to unwind but it isn’t a place you’d want to visit again soon. (I will explain on another post some the reasons why I think so.) But if you’re adventurous & love to explore different islands in the country, I still recommend you visit Bantayan.