Bantayan Island’s Top 8 Destinations
In recent years, one of the country’s most visited provinces by tourists during summer time is Bantayan Island. Divided mainly into three municipalities (Bantayan, Madridejos and Santa Fe), the first is the largest municipality covering the central part, while the last two occupy the northern and eastern portions. Coming from Cebu, you can take a bus going to Hagnaya (2 ½ hours), and then take the ferry to Santa Fe for about an hour., the gateway to the island. Since all the municipalities is interconnected with bridges, a tourist can tour the whole for an hour. But what makes it more amazing, the island is surrounded by several beautiful islets covered with white beaches.
To guide you where to go if you decide to visit the island, we ask some native Bantayanons, Harley Ruedas (a designer now based in Cebu and was awarded two years ago as one of the most outstanding citizens by the local government), and Gal Castro Minoria (the director of Bantay Chamber of Commerce).Here are their choices…
- Kota Beach Resort is in the heart of Santa Fe and known for its curved long stretch of white powdery sand and pristine blue water. It gained nationwide attention after the movie Camp Sawi was shot in that beautiful side of the island. For those who seek for peace and quiet solitude, this is the place for you.
- Sta. Fe Beach Club is conveniently located beside the pier and you can easily check the moment you arrive the island. It offers beachfront cottages, as well as rooms in a 3-storey structure. The hotel also offers easy access to the island’s must-see destinations.
- Bantayan Island Nature Park and Resort is located in Tami-ao and four hours away from Cebu City, using both land and sea travel and can facilitate bus rentals for a fee. Aside from the cliff deck where guests can catch the gorgeous sunrise, or the breathtaking sunset, it has a wellness center soothing for relaxation.
- Ogtong Cave Resort, one of the most visited and interesting places to visit in Bantayan Island because of its cave where visitors can swim or dip. It is pure and cool and very refreshing especially in this tropical temperature, although patrons 15 years old below are not allowed to swim inside as per DENR restriction.
- or Sillion Island) Resort is known for its clear sparklinig water and white sand beach. Although it is one of the smaller islands in the area, it boasts of the coral reef that surrounds the resort making it an ideal place for snorkeling. It’s just 20 minutes approximately by boat from the pier.
- Anika Island Resort, also located in Sta. Fe, is set in a lush, tropical greenery, that lets the aesthetic view soothes your senses. It is the newest eco-friendly resort destination in the island, where you want to indulge and experience the magic of tropical paradise.
- Hoyohoy Villas is a boutique resort in Talisay (Sta. Fe), it is unique because of its rice granary inspired architecture. The villas have thatched roofs and they stand on stilt foundations, elevating the structure a few meters above the ground. It is built on a nicely landscaped garden area complete with swimming pool. The restaurant (Ang Simoy), is located at the beach front area overlooking the blue ocean.
- Budyong Beach Resort is a nice place to stay if you want a great beach experience. It is popular with its soft white and powdery white sand, all over. It is like Boracay Island minus the noise and crowd. And one of its great attractions is the sandbar laying bare during low tide period.