Bantayan Island Tours

Bantayan Island 2 Day Tour
$497 per person, Per trip, with Hotel One Night

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Charles Harman Your Tour Guide and Friend while in the Philippines. The Tour Includes your tour guide for 48 hours, ground transportation (car, van or motorcycles) and hotel in Bantayan for one night. Does not include air fare to the Philippines, food and drinks, which are at your own expense although cheap here. Bring your laptop many businesses here have free WiFi. If you would like to stay longer I can negotiate a lower price with you and leave you in Bantayan after the tour, then you would have to return on your own. I can customize your tour the way you like, what you want to do and for your reasons. Some suggestions might be to see how other expats are living on Bantayan Island, and see where and how they live, visit beach resorts and restaurants or tour the interior of the island via motorcycle. We could also meet some expats or Filipinos and sit and talk to them, see what they think of foreigners.

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Day 1

1. Pick up at Mactan Internetional Airport. If you arrive ahead of your scheduled tour date, I will still pick you up at Mactan International Airport and transport you to your hotel if you have one in town. I recommend getting one here in Lapu-Lapu City as it is close to the airport and comparable to prices in downtown. My recommendation is to use Gouldberry Suites found here along with other Lapu-Lapu City hotels on that page, free breakfast pass.

2. Grab the Bantayan Island Ferry (one hour trip preferably in the morning)

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3. Arrange for Hotel in Sta Fe. at CouCou Bar and Hotel on the beach. Contact CouCou: +63-32-438-9385   Mobile: 0918-454-1960 (+63-918-454-1960 outside Philippines) Get your reservations for the tour date one night or chance it on location. There are plenty of available hotels in Bantayan Island in town and at resorts.

4. Breakfast at  in Sta. Fe.at the CouCou Bar and Hotel 10% discount if you stay in their hotel.

Cool Motorcycle/Van Tour Bantayan Island

1. Tour Sta. Fe Town area via motorcycle or Van depending on weather.

2. Visit Ogtong Caves resort, swimming in underground pool bring swimwear.

3. Visit Sta. Fe Beach Resort tour many of the buildings are from the Japanese occupation in the 1940s.

4. Tour the  back roads or central Areas of Bantayan Island.

5. Dinner in the St. Bernard Beach Resort & Restaurant is located on Alice Beach in Santa Fe, Bantayan Island Cebu Philippines.

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6. Back to the Hotel Relax on the beach with drinks or at a restaurant. Le Petit Bonheur has great Banana Splits and mixed drinks.

Day 2

1. Breakfast in Sta. Fe at Le Petit Bonheur. (photo below) The have an excellent breakfast for Php 195

Cool Tour Bantayan Town by Tricycle
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1. Visit St. Peter and Paul Parish Church built in 1863.

2. Take a look at the Market and Food Park.

3. On the beach swimming anywhere on the island.

4. Grab the ferry back to Cebu evening.

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Your Hotel in Sta. Fe Town, Bantayan Island

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Around Bantayan Island

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Le Petit Bonheur Restaurant French Owned and next to the Hotel

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Le Petit Bonheur (open 7am-10pm) Restaurant and great Banana Splits.

 

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Le Petit Bonheur Great Banana Splits, many ice cream dishes. Great French Restaurant

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Ferry back to Cebu here.

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Sta. Fe Beach Resort Sta. Fe Bantayan Island. This was once a Japanese Fort during the occupation.

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Sta. Fe Beach Resort Sta. Fe Town,  Bantayan Island

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Bantayan Town Market area on the ocean.

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More Restaurants near the hotel

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European owned Restaurant: lots of good European and American food here. I had a great Bacon Cheeseburger. They also have great burrito’s, American style Apple Pie ala mode. This was the first time I had American styled Apple Pie in more than two years, it was soooo good.

 

 

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Waiting for my bacon cheeseburger with apple pie ala mode. European owned lots of great food.

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Bantayan Island History 

The origin of the name: BANTAYAN – As the name implies has a very interesting history as an island group.

During the time of Governor Sebastian Hurtado de Corcuera ( 1635 – 1644), the Visayas were continually harassed by the Moros. Consequently, tall stone walls and watchtowers wer built in the different parts of the archipelago, for refuge and protection of the people from the moro aggression. The tall walls surround the convent and the church including half of the area where the Public Plaza now is. These watchtowers were loacally known as “BANTAYAN SA HARI ” , meaning, ” WATCHTOWERS OF THE KING” “KING OF SPAIN”. The watchtowers served as look-outs for the incoming moro pirate vessels. In the course of their vigil after the moros, it became the common expression for them to say, BANTAYAN! BANTAYAN!, meaning, “KEEP WATCH! KEEP WATCH! , and that was how this island-group got its name. The presence of the relics of those watchtowers till today, attest to the well-fitting name BANTAYAN.

There are no dates to fix the time when the first people came to Bantayan, nor do we know of their places of origin. NO conscious records of their doings were left to us to arrive at amuch certain conclusion. Some said, they can be traced back to Panay, others believed that the bulk of them were of cebuano origin, and still others say, they came from Leyte and Bohol.

However, there are indications that there existed some connections between Bantayan and the aforementioned places are the mixed dialects spoken by the people, the family names of the prominent old inhabitants, and their ancient culture such as cloth weaving, dances and architecture. As to family names, the Rubios, the Arcenaces, and the Alvarezes, can be traced back to Panay, the Rodriquezes, the Ancajases, the Mansuetos and the Villacrusises to Cebu, the Villacins, The Villaflors, the Ortegas, and the Carabios to Leyte, the Hubahibs, the Garcias, the Caquilalas to Bohol. The majority of the old inhabitants, however, agree that they are a mixture of all these, a product of different blood and cultures. Source: http://bantayan.gov.ph/profile/historical-background

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