An Overview of Bantayan Island
Bantayan Island may not be as famous as Boracay but this island in the northern part of Cebu has a lot to boast of. I would highly recommend going to Bantayan Island if you want to have a relaxing time, just basking under the sun while frolicking in its crystal blue waters and white sands. There are buses or V-hires going to the Hagnaya port where you need to hop on a RORO to get to the island. It would take at least 4 hours to get to Bantayan Island if you are starting out from the city or from the North Bus Terminal. It may seem like a long ride but trust me; it is definitely worth the trip. There are plenty of great sights along the way or you can always catch some zzzzz’s to prep yourself up for your Bantayan adventure.
Bantayan Island is composed of 3 municipalities and the first stop is the town of Santa Fe where most of the beach resorts are situated.
There are so many things to see and do in Bantayan Island and your visit to this picturesque island will not be complete if you miss out on the next stop which is the town of Bantayan. From Santa Fe, you can hire a habal-habal (motorcycle), tricycle, multicab or jeepney to take you to Bantayan where you can buy some pasalubong for your family and friends.
The town of Bantayan is famous for their dried fish market where you can find dried danggit or nukos. The best time to visit the town of Bantayan is during Holy Week where you get to witness the procession of life size statues especially on a Good Friday. You can also visit St. Peter and St. Paul church where you will see preserved religious artifacts and the like.
The last stop in Bantayan Island is the town of Madridejos which is regarded as the fishing capital of the island. You can also visit Kota Park in Madridejos for another day at the beach or just simply take pictures of a majestic view of the sunset.
Cebu indeed has a lot of things and places to be proud of and Bantayan Island is surely one of them. So, pack your bags and create your own Bantayan memories.