When you get into powdery white sand beaches, calm turquoise and green sea water, hospitable island folks and mouth watering fresh sea foods that you can’t get enough… then you are stepping in the Island of Bantayan. It is one of the best kept shining tropical islands in the Philippines that is located in the western portion of the northern tip of Cebu’s mainland. The town is composed of three municipalities namely: Bantayan, Sta. Fe and Madridejos.
There are various options to visit Bantayan, you can ride in an overnight boat or travel by land either through a rented car/van or Public Buses. When you are in the island you get around riding the pedicab or the mini Jeepney In Bantayan you will see the 405–year-old church, the one and-a-half century house of Anun Escario, the old Spanish fort and the rest of the unnamed caves. If you find Boracay too expensive or too far off, Bantayan is the best option for those travelers who love to frolic in the sea and sunbathed in fine beaches. Definitely the stunning sunset will add spice to those romantic walk in the beach.
Bantayan peace is unmatched unlike in any other island resorts Bantayan remains Laidback at night with no nightlife. This is a suitable and fantastic getaway for people who want to keep out of hustle and bustle living. Nevertheless it offers various activities for you to feel an extremely satisfied. You can do water adventure sports e.g. skiing, snorkeling, and diving. Try a swim in the cave at Ogtong cave it’s like an underground pool with brackish water. You can also tour around the peaceful island of Bantayan by renting bicycles or motorcycles. Click on grab the opportunity to take pictures of the island paradise in the Philippines.
Fiesta is a daily happening in the Philippines but Bantayan is the only island in Cebu that celebrates Fiesta during Lenten season. Many people from mainland Cebu and other places as far as Manila visit Bantayan not just to swim and relax, but also to observe the holy week procession and witness the most solemn practice of faith. Mind you its Bantayan’s peak season where hotels and resorts double their rates. So, if you plan to visit Bantayan during Lent you have to make advance reservations.
In Bantayan other than the massive array sea foods fresh from the days’ catch a combination of different cuisines from Filipinos, Thai, Japanese, Korean to European menu is served in almost all resorts. You can also go to the wet market where you see the unpacking of fresh big lobsters, shrimps, crabs, fish from groupers to blue marlins. They are sold in large quantity in the market. Vacation in Bantayan absolutely gives you a splendid experience and fun.
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