Bantayan Island, Cebu Adventure (Santa Fe Beaches, Virgin Island, Ogtong Cave and more)

Sunrise View at Budyong Resort in Santa Fe, Bantayan Island

A Guide to your Bantayan Island Adventure in Cebu!

 

Cebu’s northern tip is filled with rich waters and also beautiful islands that has white sand beaches. And Bantayan Island is the most popular one.

 

Sunrise View at Budyong Resort in Santa Fe, Bantayan Island

Sunrise View at Budyong Resort in Santa Fe, Bantayan Island

 

Bantayan Island  has three municipalities of the Cebu province namely Bantayan, Madridejos and Sta. Fe. It takes up the western and also central areas. It is popular because of its picturesque sunset and even more old church that dates for centuries. Madridejos is a fishing village and has a very rich history. Sta. Fe has this beautiful sunrise and wide stretch beach filled with fine white sand.

If you are interested to go to Bantayan Island, going there is not easy. It might be difficult but you will be rewarded heavily with calming scenes and the beach.

Getting There

 

boat ride to Santa Fe Bantayan Island Cebu

boat ride to Santa Fe Bantayan Island Cebu

 

Bantayan Island might have its own airfield yet there’s no commercial plan to fly there. Which is why, your best option would be via Cebu City. From there take a bus in order to get to Hagnaya Port in the town of San Remigio. Total travel time is three hours. Or, the much better option is book a full tour package with us for  2 days and 1 night. From Hagnaya Port, catch a ferry to Sta. Fe. The ride time is one and a half hour.

Going Around

Going around the island is very easy. Tricycles and motorbikes are the main mode of transportation. If you want faster modes, there are also jeepneys and multicabs that go from Sta. Fe to Bantayan and vice versa. However the trips are rather limited. There are also bicycles for rent in many hotels and resorts. If you are renting a van, you could also take the van with you on the island but it will be a bit costly. But good thing is that wherever you want to go within the island, you have your own transportation, with driver and anytime you wish to go, you can.

After your trip in Bantayan, head back to Sta Fe Port to Hanagaya. The boat is available as early as 6AM to 4:30PM. Travel time going back is still an hour and a half.

Places to Stay

 

Budyong Beach Resort in Santa Fe Bantayan Island Cebu

Budyong Beach Resort in Santa Fe Bantayan Island Cebu

Budyong Beach Resort in Santa Fe Bantayan Island Cebu

Budyong Beach Resort in Santa Fe Bantayan Island Cebu

Majority of the tourists stay at the beach areas of Sta. Fe. You can be able to find affordable accommodation that ranges for even as low as 1000.00. This is good for a single fan room. There are also fancy areas to stay that can span to thousands for some fancy air conditioned room on high end resorts.

If you are a budget traveller, you might find Kota Beach Resort to your liking. There’s also Mayet’s Resort for that budget friendly place and Budyong Resort which is just few meters away from the town proper. These are located along Sta. Fe Beach. For high end facilities, you might want to explore Ogtong Cave Resort and Sta. Fe Beach Club and also Yooneek Beach Resort.

Activities To Do

 

There are many activities that you can engage in while in Bantayan Island. For one, you can enjoy its beautiful beaches of Sta. Fe. You can proceed to Alice Beach, Sugar Beach, Maricaban Beach and Paradise Beach. Since we are talking about the beach and the sea,  you can go snorkelling, free diving and scuba diving.

Virgin Island in Bantayan Cebu

Virgin Island in Bantayan Cebu

Virgin Island in Bantayan Cebu

Virgin Island in Bantayan Cebu

Virgin Island in Bantayan Cebu

Virgin Island in Bantayan Cebu

Virgin Island in Bantayan Cebu

Virgin Island in Bantayan Cebu

Virgin Island in Bantayan Cebu

Virgin Island in Bantayan Cebu

You can even ride a boat to go to other close islands like Virgin Island, Silion Island and Hilantagaan Island. You can also swim to Ogtong Cave. You can also see the Kota Ruins in Kota Park, Baywalk and the fishing village of Madridejos. If you want to catch some history you can go to St. Peter and Paul Church of Bantayan. You can even go to see heritage houses and establishments in the island. You can even spend a day or two in Malapascua Island. There is also the Bantayan Island Nature Park with cave pool, mini zoo, infinity pool and fish spa.

Truly Bantayan Island is a place not to miss when you are in Cebu. It might be a bit to go there however it will surely be worth the trip. So better head there and experience the beauty and history of Bantayan.

 

 


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