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Weekend chill in Bantayan Island

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It was Labor day, when we decided to treat ourselves with another weekend getaway with my friends. We decided not to wander too far from the city but still travel around 3 hours to get to a beach! I know it’s far but Bantayan Island is worth the travel time, trust me! I’ve been there a couple of times and the place never disappoints!

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It was an impromptu decision to hit the beach so we anticipated that all resorts were already fully booked. We decided to bring our tents and do it the backpacking way! We stayed at Villacastin Resort — (right beside the infamous Sugar Beach which was unfortunately closed during our last visit), and rented a cottage for 300.00php and 200php/tent set up. Last photo was taken at Sugar Beach.

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I can’t stressed out how Bantayan Sunset is a bomb! I have posted several snaps on my last post however the sunrise won’t disappoint you as well. Just imagine yourself waking up hearing the waves, you open your tent and that peaceful sunrise will greet you  “Good morning!” I bet you might forget to take an “I woke up like this” selfie and just cherish the moment.

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These were taken at Budyong Resort, one of the many resorts you can choose from on the island.  

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It’s the perfect place to be vain.. haha!

Aside from the crystal clear waters, you have the option to roam around the island and visit some other tourist locations. You can rent a motorcycle for 300.00php for 24 hours. We opted to stay on the beach , although we were eager to grab the island hopping offer for 250.00php/head to visit the nearby island surrounding Batayan. The food was very affordable as well, we decided to cook our own food — sea food galore! Imagine scallops for 30php/kilo (it was 5.00php/kilo last November), that’s how cheap their seafood is!

 

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The island also holds one of the oldest churches in the country.  St. Peter and Paul church is a  15-20 minute drive from the beaches of Sta. Fe, Bantayan. According to a friend who lives on the island, the church used to be a hiding place of the locals during calamities and war. The structure was commenced in 1839 and was finished in 1863.

To sum it all up, it was a short but sweet visit. I hope I can go back again..someday soon. How about you, have you been on the island? Tell me about it on the comments! 🙂

How to get there:

  • Ride a bus from North Bus to Hagnaya – 150.00 php (earliest available time is 4:00 AM)
  • Ride a ferry from Hagnaya port – 170.00 plus 10.00 terminal fee.
  • Rent a motorcycle to go around the island – 300.00 php (good for 24 hours)
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    Humberto Maggard
    March 2, 2017 at 11:24 pm

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    Lisa Martin
    October 26, 2016 at 6:55 am

    Oh I need to get to the Philippines. That water looks so clear and the sky is so blue. I need some beach time! I’ll definitely be adding it to my list of places to visit.

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    Arnav @ Eat, Travel, Live and REPEAT
    October 25, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    The first picture itself won me over. Bantayan Island looks like such an amazing place to chill for the weekend .Love the idea of camping in tents on the beach, making it an experience to be remembered.

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    Nadine Smith (Scenes From Nadine)
    October 25, 2016 at 11:04 am

    Wow!!! This is amazing! I’ve been to Cebu but not to Bantayan Island. The water is so clear! Love your photos! And based on your expense report, it looks like we don’t even need to shell out that much cash. Bookmarking this! 🙂

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    Abhinav Singh
    October 25, 2016 at 9:24 am

    I used to live in Mumbai, India which had many beaches. Even Goa near Mumbai had some of the best beaches in India. I have now moved to New Delhi and miss the beaches. Seeing your post makes me want to rush to one of the beaches. Budyong resort looks really cool. I enjoy living on such huts in my beach holidays!

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    Joanna
    October 24, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    Bantayan islands looks so beautiful! The crystal clear water and the fine sand have conquered me. It’s so great that you can actually camp on that stunning beach, among the palm trees. I bet it’s amazing when you wake up and the first thing you see is that beautiful sea.

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      kris
      October 25, 2016 at 4:57 am

      I totally agree to that! 🙂

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    Khansa
    October 24, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    I am definitely going to this beach when I visit the Philippines. How gorgeous does all these pictures you have look! Wow

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      kris
      October 25, 2016 at 5:00 am

      You won’t regret visiting Bantayan island. 🙂

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    Ozzy
    October 24, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    As living from other side of the world, I needed to search Bantayan on map and how much php equal to LOL. You guys are so lucky. How amazing and cheap place it is. Do you live in Philippines?

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      kris
      October 25, 2016 at 5:00 am

      Yes, the cost of living is very affordable here. 🙂

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    Nicki
    October 24, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    I was just in the Philippines but did not get to visit here. After seeing your photos I seriously need to go back.

    Where is your favorite place in the Philippines to visit?

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      kris
      October 25, 2016 at 5:01 am

      You should visit Palawan too. 🙂

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    Ivy
    October 23, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    You’re right, this IS the perfect place to be vain haha. Were you guys the only ones staying there? There doesn’t seem to be anybody else on the resort! I love beaches and hate crowds so this sounds like the perfect place for me. Also, 30php/kilo for seafood?!?! SIGN ME UP

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      kris
      October 25, 2016 at 5:03 am

      There were several tourists as well but it was off peak season..so that explain the much lesser peeps. 🙂

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    Janine Good
    October 23, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    Another confirmation that Philippines is my #1 bucket list destination at the moment! What an island paradise near Cebu! I have heard so much about this place since I used to work at a company who had an office in Manila and the team would constantly educate me on parts of the Philippines I must visit. This definitely looks like a paradise!

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    Clare
    October 23, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    I am going here when I go to the philippines. It looks like a stunning island and the beaches look so beautiful. I think I will be watching sunrise & sunset too 🙂

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    Jan Michael De Guzman
    October 23, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    Oh so this paradise is in Cebu. I have a chance to visit there next year. I fell in love with the island just by looking at your photos. I cannot wait to meet Bantayan next year 🙂

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    Theresa
    October 23, 2016 at 11:22 am

    What gorgeous pictures, and what a great idea to backpack. Bantayan Islands absolutely beautiful, and looks like it was a perfectly relaxing weekend.

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      kris
      October 25, 2016 at 5:06 am

      It was indeed a great weekend. Thabks for dropping by. 🙂

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    OmniyaFareed Shafik
    October 23, 2016 at 9:37 am

    I’m planning to visit the Philippines this year and I will be checking out this place. the photos are great as well and show how beautiful the place really is. Hope you had a great time xx

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      kris
      October 25, 2016 at 5:04 am

      I did! I hope you’ll like it here too once you visited the Philippines

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    Lauren West
    October 23, 2016 at 9:19 am

    This is amazing! Camping on the beach looks like tons of fun. The water in your photos is so beautiful, and that old church is pretty nice, too. Thanks for the tips!

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      kris
      October 25, 2016 at 5:05 am

      Awwe! Thanks, Lauren!

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    Harsh Gupta
    October 23, 2016 at 8:54 am

    Wow. That’s a scenic beach. Bantayan sure looks like an ideal weekend getaway. Your pictures look so gorgeous.

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      kris
      October 25, 2016 at 5:05 am

      Thabk you. 🙂

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    Bea De Guzman
    October 10, 2016 at 6:01 am

    Bantayan is getting famous in Cebu! The sand and the beach is so beautiful in your photos lang how much more in real life? Btw, I’m going to Kalanggaman Island on January and I heard that there are boats doing island hopping from Bantayan to Kalanggaman. Are there really boats available?

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    Ann Balisbis
    September 25, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    We’ll be in Cebu this Oct. Sayang, we don’t have extra free time to squeeze this place in our iti. Such a serene place and the water is so prestine. Your photos are the bomb. Made me wanna pack my things right now and go there. hehe

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      Kriswanders
      September 26, 2016 at 10:17 am

      Thanks, Ann! Sana makapunta kayo next time.. 🙂

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    Sam
    September 21, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    Bantayan island is just beautiful! This was supposed to be our destination last August. Including Malapascua island, that is. I’d love to beach bum around there the entire day!

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      kris
      September 22, 2016 at 4:57 am

      Awwe, I hope you can book another schedule to Bantayan. It’s worth the travel.:)

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    ROBERT LEE
    September 21, 2016 at 6:46 am

    WOW! It is so beautiful! I knew it. There are so many beaches na hindi ko alam. Breathtaking and that is coming from me who has lived on Boracay for five years. You know why? NO CROWDS! And bonus is visiting the OLD church. I love the beach so talagang doon ako naka focus sa photos mo sa beach. Haha.

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      Kriswanders
      September 21, 2016 at 9:37 am

      Haha! Given that you were living in Boracay for quite sometime, I totally believe na you really love the beach! Bantayan is well-known here in Cebu, Sir Rob. You may ask any locals for the beautiful beaches and Bantayan island won’t be a miss on the list. 🙂

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    michisolee
    September 21, 2016 at 1:57 am

    We’re supposed to visit Bantayan Island last summer but every time I reserved a room, the usual reply is no more available room. I can’t blame them because it is peak season so I just book a resort in Mactan. But hopefully, in our next trip to Cebu I can visit this island. I love your photos. 🙂

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      Kriswanders
      September 21, 2016 at 9:34 am

      Awwe! You can visit Bantayan the whole year round though, visiting the island around April or May, the last stretch of summer, for me is the better pick. Still sunny, less tourists. If you’re lucky, you can enjoy the beach for your group alone. 🙂

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    May 16, 2016 at 5:35 am

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      kris
      May 20, 2016 at 12:43 am

      Thanks Calvin! What happened after was another week of corporate work..haha! Looking forward to another weekend getaway. 🙂

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