Bantayan Island is a small island in the coast of Cebu. We discovered the island by accident two Decembers ago on our way to the more popular Island of Malapascua. Our quick detour in the Island turned out longer than planned because none of the boats would travel to Malapascua due to the heavy rains. Travelling to Cebu or anywhere in the Visayas region in the Philippines in general during the “ber” months can be quite challenging.We unfortunately learned this the hard way. The monsoon season lingers in the islands of Visayas from September until the first week of January which means occasional heavy rains in your trip if you go out there without checking the weather forecast.
Despite the change of plans and weather mishap, we still managed to enjoy our stay in Bantayan Island. The island is very laid back and quiet most of the time. Not a lot of tourist ventures out there and It’s normal to see its pristine white sand beaches empty with just a few tourist walking and lounging around.
The Island is a good place to go to if you want a little peace and quiet. It’s still undeveloped unlike most of the big touristy Islands of Visayas. Time there passes slowly. Biking around the island and visiting underground caves, walking at the beach, swimming,reading a book or just staring at the night sky are just some the things you can do to pass the time.I normally don’t like travelling anywhere where I can’t surf or do anything active but the unhurried life in the island is something that I surprisingly enjoyed in my stay there.
I like seeing a new landscape under the light of a full moon. It’s actually one of the reasons why I travel when there is one. It just makes the place looks surreal. Biking around under the full moon is one of the most memorable experience I had in Bantayan. It made up for most of the rainy mornings we spent there.
The sun finally came out on our last 2 days in Bantayan and we were lucky enough to see it in its full tropical beach glory. The Island on a sunny day is picture perfect with it’s wide, blinding white sand beach and turquoise waters. There’s also not a lot of tourist in the beach so it feels like the Island is your own!
Bantayan is perfect if you want to relax, slow down and not do anything. We left the Island feeling thankful that we accidentally got stuck there to see its beauty. It’s too bad though that we didn’t get to see its sunset but hopefully we will on a different time. I’m sure watching the sunset there in the summer would be awesome. 🙂