Bantayan Island is a separate island in northern-most part of Cebu. You have to cross here by barge or boats. It is 136 kilometres (about 4 hours travel by road) from Cebu City. Bantayan is bordered to the north by the town of Madridejos, to the southwest is the Tañon Strait, to the east is the town of Medellin and to the south is the town of Santa Fe. Don’t confuse Bantayan Island with Bantayan (Daan Bantayan). Bantayan Island is no doubt the best place if you’re a beach lover. Dozens of great beaches in Cebu are in concentrated in this place. Note, it is an island, but you also have a night life here like that of the city – Find yourself in Sta. Fe!
The Origin of the name of “Bantayan”
According to folklore, these watchtowers were known locally as “Bantayan sa Hari”, meaning “Watchtowers of the King”, and they served as lookout towers for incoming vintas (Moro pirate vessels). In the course of their vigil, it became common to say, “Bantayan! Bantayan!”, meaning, “Keep watch! Keep watch!”, and that was how this island-group got its name. This watchtower stood still to this days.
Check these places when in Bantayan Island
North Ville Beach Resort
The heavens are declaring the glory of God; The skies above proclaim the work of his hands.
Kick off your shoes and walk barefoot on the powdery and spongy white sand. The clean air, peaceful,
Abaniko Beach Resort
A small beach resorts direct on the beach with a view of a beautiful sunrises that a waits you.
Paradise Beach Guest House Bantayan Island
This New Guesthouse is located near Paradise Beach and Sandira Beach in Bantayan Island, Cebu, Philippines. We have new spacious rooms with on-suite bathroom, balcony, a bar, food menu, seating area, Kubo and landscaped garden.