Bantayan Island: A paradise of endless wonders

By: Immae Lachica May 04,2019 - 09:46 AM

BANTAYAN ISLAND, Philippines — The northern part of mainland Cebu offers another destination that is guaranteed to awaken the island vibe in you but without the crazy crowd you often encounter in Boracay.

White sand beaches and crystal clear waters are given wonders of Cebu’s Bantayan Island composed of the towns of Santa Fe, Bantayan and Madridejos.

It is no surprise that several visitors call Bantayan Island as an island paradise and the ultimate one-stop island destination for every traveler.

Here are some of the reasons why…

Gastronomic delight
Good food is everywhere in the island, may it be in the towns of Santa Fe, Madridejos and Bantayan. Fresh seafood and grilled pork and chicken is the best island food. Lady’s American Diner in the town of Santa Fe is a must-visit for its 1950s – themed café.

Make your trip purposeful by visiting this dog sanctuary. | CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Dog sanctuary
There are travelers, who would want to travel with a purpose. By purpose, we mean something meaningful and more valuable than a mere keychain. In Santa Fe, Bantayan Island, there is a dog sanctuary that serves as haven for stray dogs. You can check out what they do there.
READ: A sanctuary for stray dogs in Bantayan Island

Ogtong caveI

Island locals would tell you that Bantayan has several caves around the island. Ogtong Cave in Bantayan town is popular because it is blessed with freshwater perfect for a quick dip.

Bantayan’s very own “Sistene Chapel.” Photo from Aris Avelino Elardo Pastor’s Facebook page

Bantayan church
The island is not only endowed with natural resources; it is also an island rich in culture, heritage and history.

A traveler only needs to visit Bantayan town’s Saints Peter and Paul Parish Church to realize this. When inside the church, look up and marvel at the masterpiece of 12-person team dubbed as the Dibuho Kisame Crew.who is transforming the 1,130-square meter ceiling into a masterful work of art.

READ: Bantayan church’s ceiling is Leyte artist’s dream project

Mangrove destination

This is one instagrammable spot. Spend some quiet time here to take in nature’s beauty. Aside from your photo takeaways, you will leave with an invigorating feeling of serenity and calmness.

Awesome sunrise, magnificent sunsets. | CDND Photo / Immae Lachica

And of course, the beaches. Bantayan won’t be complete without its majestic waters and its fine white sand.  Take time to go on an island-hopping adventure. Virgin Island is the best island for both adrenaline junkies and people who just want to be out on the beach.

March to May is the perfect time for you to enjoy beautifuk Bantayan. Spend part of uour summer here and let us know what you think. / celr

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