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