Bantayan Island

Bantayan, Cebu

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.

Bantayan Island and Wilderness Area News

  • DENR Urges LGUs Practice Responsible Tourism

    The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) urged local government units (LGUs) to practice "responsible tourism" after what happened in Santa Fe town in Bantayan Island during the Holy Week.

    Dr. Alicia Lustica, head of DENR 7's Biodiversity, Coastal, Wetlands and Ecotourism Research Center (BCWERC), told reporters that it is the responsibility of the LGUs in ensuring that their tourism sites remain clean.

    Lustica reaction came after hearing that sacks of garbage were collected in Santa Fe after activities related to the Isla Music Festival 2017 were held there during the ...

  • Holy Week In Bantayan

    In Cebu during the Holy Week, all roads – well, almost all roads – lead to Bantayan. The name Bantayan refers to the island, where Bantayan town is located. That's the only Bantayan in Cebu; the northern town in the province's mainland is not Bantayan – but Daanbantayan.

    From Cebu City, it takes about two hours and a half bus ride north to Hagnaya Port, where to take a boat to Bantayan. The bus fare is P100 pesos per person and the boat fare P175 on regular days; these could go up a little more during the Holy Week, owing to the great number of visitors headed for Bantayan. Getting a ...

  • Lawyer Releases New Book On Envt Protection

    A cebuano environmentalist and lawyer recently launched a picture-and-story book about how to care for the environment.

    Atty. Antonio Oposa Jr. showcased his advocacy through stories, pictures and paintings in his book "Shooting Stars and Dancing Fish."

    It is his fourth book.

    Oposa, a recipient of the Ramon Magsaysay Award for public service in 2009 for his legal advocacies for the environment, launched the book with the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc., his publisher.

    During the book launching at Casino Español in Cebu City last Friday, Oposa emphasized the need to shift the people ...

  • What To Do In Bantayan Island In 24 Hours

    Among the Philippines' 7,107 islands, towards the northern tip of the mainland Cebu is a small dot of paradise they called Bantayan. One of the favorite summer destinations, the island promise to be a perfect escape from a daily routine and a dozen of workload.


    Upon arrival at the Santa Fe Port, you're bound for a hearty breakfast. and is a perfect way to kick off your trip. From American staples such as ham, bacon and eggs, to local favorites like fried bangus, buwad (dried fish) and pork tocino, complemented with refreshing pineapple juice or a sooth ...

  • Day 6 And 7 Bantayan Island

    And off I go to this part of Cebu that I have always wanted to go to ~

    I woke up early so I can reach the last boat ride to Bantayan island. Although I first had breakfast in this nice restaurant in Moalboal (try it, I highly recommend it!)

    Anyway, to go to Bantayan, I need to ride a bus Sta Fe port in the North Cebu bus terminal. Running late, I immediately hired a habal-habal driver and rode a bus back to Cebu city. It was a 2 hour ride from Moalboal to Cebu city. Upon reaching the South Cebu bus terminal, I rode a jeep towards the North bus terminal. Just ask around for the bus headin ...

  • Cebu Bantayan Island

    We decided to visit Cebu again and this time we made sure we visit some local museums and explore the famous Bantayan Island.