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Bantayan Island, located in the northern part of Cebu province in the Philippines, is one of the most beautiful destinations in the country.
With its crystal-clear waters, powdery white sand beaches, and laid-back island vibe, it’s the perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.
But what can you do on this paradise island besides soaking up the sun? Here are some ideas on what to do in Bantayan island to keep you busy during your visit!
In case you don’t know, Bantayan Island is different from Bantayan, Cebu, check out the highlighted text to go to our article about it.
Bantayan Island is home to a number of stunning beaches, each with its own unique charm.
From the popular Sugar Beach, which boasts a long stretch of powdery white sand and crystal-clear waters, to the secluded Paradise Beach (or Sandira Beach), which is perfect for those who want to escape the crowds, there’s a beach for everyone on Bantayan Island.
One of the best things about visiting Bantayan Island is the opportunity to indulge in its delicious cuisine. The island is known for its fresh seafood, which is caught daily and prepared in a variety of ways. From grilled squid to steamed crabs, there’s no shortage of seafood dishes to try.
If you’re not a seafood lover, don’t worry – there are plenty of other options available.
Here is a list and a clickable map of what and where to eat in Bantayan Island. These are just a few of the other food options that you have around, we just find these as the best options after trying a number of food stops around Sta. Fe.
In case you’re in Kota Beach, there is a food park there too that you might want to check out!
With its clear waters and abundance of marine life, Bantayan Island is the perfect place to try out a range of aquasports. From snorkeling and diving to kayaking and paddleboarding, there’s no shortage of activities to keep you busy on the water.
If you’re looking for a more adventurous activity, why not try kiteboarding? Bantayan Island is a popular destination for kiteboarding enthusiasts, with its strong winds and wide open beaches providing the perfect conditions for this exciting sport.
You can check out Kite Bantayan as they offer lessons, courses and they even have a kite shop if you fancy getting one! Also, it would be best to check out Indai Aquasports and Beach Resort if you’re in the mood for paddle boarding or kayaking.
At this kiteboarding haven, the crew of spirited licensed instructors aren’t just avid riders themselves, but they absolutely love sharing their expertise and stoke with each student who joins them on the water.
Image used with permission from Kite Bantayan Facebook Page’s
These instructors know the ins and outs of mastering kiteboarding and are all about creating a fun, safe, and exhilarating environment for students to ride the learning curve. Brimming with experience, they follow the safety guidelines and standards laid out by the IKO & BKSA like the back of their hand.
Here are some details about their lessons and courses this 2023*:
1 Hour Kite Lesson (P2500): Discover the exhilarating world of kiteboarding with a one-on-one hour-long lesson designed for beginners. Get a taste of the excitement as you learn the basics of kite control and power handling in a fun, safe environment.
2 Hour Taster Session (P4000): Dive into the thrill of kiteboarding with a two-hour taster session that skips some intricate details and gets you started with water-based fun. Master basic piloting skills and body dragging across the water’s surface for a smile-inducing experience.
3 Hour Refresher Course (P7500): Boost your confidence with a refresher course tailored for those seeking extra support or guidance in overcoming learning hurdles. With personalized attention from certified BKSA or IKO instructors, achieve the level you’ve been aiming for.
1 Day Kiteboarding Course (P7500): Immerse yourself in a full day of kiteboarding excitement, perfect for beginners embarking on their journey. Cover a safety briefing and follow an easy-to-learn protocol with the guidance of a professional instructor, setting you up for riding success.
2 Day Kiteboarding Course (P15 000): Comprehensive and popular, this two-day course is ideal for beginners, covering everything from theory to power handling. Gain independence and focus on transferring power into board speed and riding, setting you up for future kiteboarding adventures.
Zero to Hero Course (P22 500): This three-day course, featuring nine training hours, aims to make you an independent kitesurfer by following BKSA or IKO teaching standards. Starting with a safety briefing, progress through levels 1, 2, and 3 to reach your first water start.
VIP Kiteboard Course (P32 500): Get the full kiteboarding experience with this VIP course, covering everything from wind window theory to upwind riding. Complete the course with supervised kite rental and all necessary equipment included for a comprehensive learning experience.
*Prices and availability are subject to change without notice
It would be best to check out their website for any changes but you can also head on to their Facebook Page to message them directly. They also offer accommodation choices!
Exciting, right? So, grab a board and let the wind take you away! Remember to catch the breeze while you can!
Indai Aquasports and Beach Resort
If you’re up for another challenging water sport, you can try paddleboarding or kayaking.
These activities require a bit of skill and experience, but the island’s waters are perfect for both. Paddleboarding is a great way to explore the island’s coastline, and so is kayaking with your friend or loved one!
Image used with permission from Indai Aquasports and Beach Resort website
And why go somewhere else when they also have a front-beach resort and a restaurant that is acclaimed for its coffee and meals!
Image from Indai Aquasports and Beach Resort Facebook Page
Their location is also perfect for those who prefer a more private and quiet beach (Bobel Beach) as Kota Beach can become quite busy at night. Plus they are conveniently located near boats that offer island hopping services if ever you’re thinking of having one!
It would be best to check out their website or you can also head on to their Facebook Page to message them directly.
Or click on this number (+63-999-580-8824) to contact the host and owner herself Ms. Jewel Nicky Meraviglia (details from the website).
Bantayan Island is just one of the many beautiful islands in the area, and island hopping is a popular activity for visitors looking to explore the surrounding waters.
I recommend checking out your accommodation if they also offer an island hopping tour or if they know someone (locals may most likely have someone they can recommend or they may point you to people who offer a boat tour).
One of the best spots for snorkeling on the island is the stunning Virgin Island, which is located just a short boat ride from Bantayan Island. Here, you can snorkel around the island’s vibrant coral reefs and spot a variety of tropical fish, sea turtles, and other marine creatures.
Best to carry your snorkeling gear for these islands!
A land tour of this captivating island reveals a rich cultural history and breathtaking landscapes that will leave visitors in awe. From age-old churches to lush mangrove forests, Bantayan Island promises a unique and unforgettable experience for every traveler.
The island’s land tour begins with a visit to St. Peter and Paul Parish in Bantayan Municipality, an ancient church built in the 16th century. Its coral stone walls and intricate woodwork showcase the island’s deep-rooted Catholic faith and Spanish influence. The church, standing as a testament to Bantayan Island’s history, is a must-see for history buffs and architecture enthusiasts alike.
Venture further inland, and the Obo-ob Mangrove Eco Park awaits. This extensive mangrove forest serves as a sanctuary for various marine and bird species, making it an ideal destination for nature lovers.
Visitors can stroll along the park’s wooden walkways, immerse themselves in the tranquil atmosphere, and catch glimpses of the vibrant ecosystem that thrives within the mangroves.
No land tour of Bantayan Island is complete without exploring its quaint towns and vibrant markets. We best recommend renting a vehicle/motorcycle so you can fully explore the island.
Preferably we’d tell you to get a motorcycle so you can also easily move from one beach to the other, even when you’re wet!
A leisurely stroll through the island’s charming streets also offers a glimpse into the daily lives of the locals. From sampling delectable Filipino street food to browsing through colorful handicrafts, a Bantayan Island land tour guarantees a fascinating journey into the heart of Filipino culture.
Wrap Up: What to do in Bantayan Island, Cebu
I hope that this brief article has given you some idea of what to do when you visit Bantayan Island.
From learning about what to do in Bantayan Island maybe you’d like to look for where to eat around the island (with map) too. If yes, then just check out our previous articles by clicking the highlighted text.
From beach hopping and food trips to aqua sports, island hopping and landtour, how we wish we can do it all! Whether you’re looking for adventure or relaxation, this beautiful island paradise has something for everyone
So pack your bags, book your tickets, and get ready to experience the beauty of this hidden gem in the Philippines.
You may want to read:
Where to Eat In Bantayan (2023) with Clickable Map
Bantayan, Cebu vs. Bantayan Island, Cebu: Discovering Sta. Fe Bantayan’s Beach Paradise
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