Bantayan Island is an island located in the Visayan Sea, Philippines. It is situated to the west of the northern end of Cebu Island, across the Tanon Strait.
In 1981 Bantayan Island was given the status of a "Wilderness Area", although its physical extent was undefined. Eleven years later the National Integrated Protected Areas System Act of 1992 reaffirmed the protected status. Ho ...
wever it too did not specify the extent of Bantayan Island Wilderness Area (BIWA), which is therefore taken to include the whole island, more than 11,000 hectares.
The coast of Bantayan and its islands mostly alternates between mangal and palm trees. Because of the shallow slope on the shelf, the intertidal area can be quite extended, leading to rocky and muddy shallows at low tide. This means that places with a sandy shore ??" a beach ??" are infrequent.
Good beaches can be found in the southeast around Santa Fe, and in the northwest at Patao and Madridejos. Even these though are not cleaned, and depending on the currents there can be considerable amounts of flotsam and jetsam on the beach and in the sea.
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Cebu City is a first class highly urbanized city in the island province of Cebu in Central Visayas, Philippines. Though the seat of government and capital for the province, it is governed independent and separate from it. source:Wikipedia
Travel Date: January 10-13, 2018
-Omagieca Mangrove Garden
-Bantayan Island Nature Park
The most probable thing if you are visiting Bantayan is that you will be coming from Cebu or Malapascua. During our trip to Bantayan, we were from Malapascua and we really liked the vibe in Bantayan. The beaches were empty with white sand, clear water and a long shore perfect for walking. But sadly we didnt have so much time to spend in Bantayan.
Bantayan Island was largely under the tourist radar when we first visited the place two decades ago. Located off the northwestern coast of the island of Cebu, it wasnt an easy place to get into, needing 4 hours of bus ride from Cebu City and another hours worth of ferry ride. But the long stretches of powdery white sandy beaches and crystal-clear emerald waters made the long trip worthwhile. Our second visit last month was to be no different as even more attractions in and around the island have opened up to visitors.
Fine white sand beach where coconut trees are lined up as if they are guarding you, suitable cliffs where you can find the first courage to jump, fresh seafood and most of all far enough so folks will frown going and eventually not to go ? there certainly one thing in mind, I should set foot again here no matter what... or it will be a heartbreak of a life time. We did go back almost exactly one year since we first set foot in the island called Bantayan.
It was a cloudy Wednesday morning when our trike made its way out of Kota Beach Resort and Santa Fe town proper via the main highway and into a narrower road towards Maricaban. After a few minutes of driving down this paved track, our trike stopped on the side of a field and our driver motioned for us to follow him. We were soon walking down a trail still somewhat slippery from the previous nights rain. After less than 15 minutes of trekking we were staring down a pristine white sand beach framed by crystal-clear waters. And there was no other soul in sight.
With over 7,000 islands (7,641 to be exact), the Philippines has a lot of hidden paradise waiting to be explored. We thought weve already seen the best of Philippines when we traveled to El Nido and Coron, Palawan which are always listed in the top beach destinations in the world (if not number 1); but our trip to Bantayan Island, a small island north of Cebu, proved us wrong yet again. This is what we love the most about our home country and our promise to explore more of the #PhilippinesFirst, there are a ton of little El Nidos in every corner of the archipelago that mainstream media dont w ...