Chillin @ Bantayan Island

Bantayan Island is an island located in the Visayan SeaPhilippines. It is situated to the west of the northern end of Cebu Island, across the Tañon Strait. As per the 2010 census, Bantayan has a total population of 136,960.

The very first time I set foot on this beautiful island was more or less 15 years ago when a dear friend, a local of this island invited me for the weekend.

Fast forward in time, I have visited this island around 3 times already but I have never get tired of visiting this place.

After the trip to Bohol with the family, its now time for me time with T. This time we head out to Bantayan Island. A beautiful island to escape from the bustling city and hectic life.

From Cebu , we took a bus ( 3-4 hours ) to Hagnaya. You can take the bus at North Bus Terminal near SM City Cebu. Aircon type bus , as of this writing is 150 pesos per person. Bus usually leaves every 20 minutes .  We arrived in Hagnaya Wharf before 10:30 am, so we got our ticket for the 10:30 ferry (170 pesos/person) and had brunch at one of the food stall. There is also an additional Terminal fee 10 pesos/person.


Leaving the Hagnaya Wharf.


Bantayan Island !!!

20130517-102831.jpgSta. Fe Port from the Resort.

20130517-102856.jpgBaked scallops for appetizer.

20130517-102908.jpgPlaying with iPhone’s Panoramic feature.

20130517-102932.jpgStrolling around. A small Bangka and Sta. Fe Wharf

20130517-102923.jpgDusk in the Island

20130517-102948.jpgAnother Panaromic View

We stayed there  for 2 days doing nothing but relaxing in the beach. We were too lazy to venture out , except for the first night where we went out for dinner in Sta. Fe town proper.

Sta.Fe was definitely was not what I remembered it to be. There were definitely more choices of places to eat and drink.

Peace and quiet, a really great place to just relax. Bantayan Island definitely offered it. I just wish that it will stay that way.

On our third day, sad to say we have to leave and say good bye to this beautiful island. I hope to see next time and hopefully with the family.

20130517-102956.jpgSee you soon Bantayan.


For more information about the island visit WowBantayan.

41 Comments Add yours

  1. Blue sea and white sands …. love that panoramic shot.:)

    1. samokan says:

      Thank you very much. I try my best 🙂

  2. Sounds like a wonderful time and something you need every so often. Thanks for taking me along!


    1. samokan says:

      I’m glad you liked it. Yes we do need to unwind every now and then.

  3. Colline says:

    The perfect escape. What a lovely way to spend the day.

    1. samokan says:

      It definitely is.

  4. cynthiamc1 says:

    I hadn’t heard of this beautiful place. Thanks for sharing.

    1. samokan says:

      Thanks for dropping by. It’s a secret getaway place in Cebu 🙂

  5. Memory Catcher says:

    This is so beautiful. thank you, Sally

    1. samokan says:

      Thank you for dropping by

  6. galangpusa says:

    would love to visit this island someday. those scallops must be so yummy!

    1. samokan says:

      Yes they were very delish 🙂

  7. irisoniris says:

    This blog is one of the best and most tasteful user of the Adventure Journal Theme! Kudos. And my favorite is the baked scallops. It’s decadent food and it’s ocean-themed–the best combo for an escape! Great take on the challenge. 😉

    1. samokan says:

      Thank you .

  8. BobR says:

    Excellent – I’m going to begin researching Philippine islands pretty soon, heading that way in late November. Your blog looks like a good place to start that research. 🙂 Looking forward to it!

    1. samokan says:

      Thank you for dropping by. My travel in the country is still very limited but I hope the information will help you.

  9. mithriluna says:

    So beautiful and serene. The baked scallops look divine!

    1. samokan says:

      Thank you for dropping by. It was really good. Fresh everyday,

  10. TBM says:

    I don’t think I would tire of this place either. Wow!

    1. samokan says:

      One of my favorite island to chill and relax.

  11. mariekuran says:

    I always want to visit Bantayan island. Thank you for this nice post, it gave me an idea for my next travel xx:)

    1. samokan says:

      Yes, I highly recommend it, but do not go in July or you will be swimming together with the jelly fishes 🙂

  12. LindaGHill says:

    It really does look beautiful!

    1. samokan says:

      Yes, a really nice place to meditate and enjoy nature.

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