Bantayan Island Things to Do
Bantayan Island is an island in the Visayan Sea of the Philippines, whose largest city is the same-named munincipality of Bantayan. The warm winds and inviting coastline mean there are plenty of things to do when on Bantayan Island.
The Virgin Island is the first stop on many snorkeling tours. The island is privately owned by Villa Carlos, so dropping by, even just to take some photos of the island, will cost you 100 pesos per person. This is in addition to the 800 pesos it costs for your boat rental. There is a snorkeling spot right beside the island, and the best part is how clear the water is. Even after you’ve dropped two or three meters in the water, you can still see fairly clearly. If you have fish or pork to be grilled, or even rice that needs to be cooked, the staff of the island will cook it for you for a fee. Once on the island, the boatman will wait for you. You can leave anytime you want up until it’s about to get dark, or unless he senses that the ocean is beginning to build up big waves. If the seas are getting choppy, your boatman will most likely ask you to leave early. Travel time from Bantayan to Virgin Island takes 30 minutes. There’s also a small store on the island that sells sodas, ice, toiletries, onions, condiments, and other things commonly used by tourists. Be aware that it’s the only store on the island.
Visitors to Bantayan should not miss a visit to Ogtong Cave. The cave is around 600 meters from Sugar Beach Resort, and costs between 100 and 120 pesos to enter. This underground cavern contains a natural pool. If you want to have a simple cave experience, try this one and take a plunge to its water. Fortunately, guests don’t have to worry too much, as there are no bats, stalactites, or stalagmites to concern yourself with. The cave is a regular destination for groups and families alike.
Bantayan Proper is just a few kilometers away from the Budyog resort. Nearby, the Bantayan Market sells danggit (dried fish), dried squid, and other dried fishes that the Cebu is popular for. You can bargain for better prices, especially when you buy in bulk. There are also many places where you can try a local dish called Kinhason. This is actually a local term for a kind of mollusk, and many people agree that it is delicious.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about things to do on Bantayan Island.