Come to a vacation in Paradise, Bantayan island located just off the coast of North West Cebu. It can be reached by bus from the North Bus Terminal in the reclamation area of Cebu City, also near the SM shopping mall. Take one of the air conditioned buses to Hagnaya via Bogo the port city of Hagnaya is where you pick up the ferry to Bantayan Island. The trip is about 2 hour via ferry. Don’t do it during heavy seas or typhoons as we did, it’s hard on the ladies. My wife was sick all the way there due to the rocking of the ferry from the waves. Not to mention it is a little scarry when those big waves hit the ramp in the front of the ferry, that ramp is only held on by two steel rods made of rebar.
The Island is composed of three municipalities, Bantayan, Madridejos, Santa Fe. Bantayan Island barangays are, Atop-atop, Baigad, Baod, Binaobao (Poblacion), Balidbid, Kabac, Doong, Hilotongan, Guiwanon, Kabangbang, Kampingganon, Kangkaibe, Lipayran, Luyongbaybay, Mojon, Obo-ob, Patao, Putian, Sillon, Sungko, Suba (Poblacion), Sulangan, Tamiao, Bantigue (Poblacion) and Ticad (Poblacion) Reference: Bantayanisland.org
The original residents of Bantayan Island arrived from Spain around 1635. Bantayan Island was a lookout post for invaders trying to enter the Visayas and lookout towers were erected all over the island. The name Bantayan comes from Cebuano and means to “a place to watch”.
In 1942 the Philippines was occupied by the Japanese and they had a fort here on Bantayan Island that later became Sta. Fe Beach Resort. you can see the Japanese style in the huts and the Hotel was built by the Japanese during the war. It is said Silver bars are buried in various places around the Philippines. I wonder how many ghosts are there?
Marianne and I spent our honeymoon on Bantayan Island in 2004 and we just loved it. If you want to spend the rest of your life here you’s literally live your vacation permanently. A friend Larry Haydon is living there now and is in the process of building a restaurant on the beach… Life could not be better for him.
Then visit Paul James’s site by clicking the map below or link in here, he has some great info on hotels and resorts on Bantayan Island. And has some great photo artwork you can license for your own use.
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