Bantayan Island is located at the northern most tip of the Cebu mainland and is composed of three municipalities, namely Sta. Fe, Bantayan and Madridejos.
During the Spanish regime, forts or watchtowers were built all over the island to serve as lookouts for invading Moros from Mindanao. These forts were then called "Bantayan sa Hari" or the watchtowers of the King of Spain. Locals then began to call their place as such. However, saying the complete phrase was not favored at that time that the place came to be known as Bantayan.
Bantayan is one of the well-known tourist destinations in the country. Aside from having one the oldest churches in the Visayas and Mindanao, it is also known for its white sand beaches and crystal clear waters. Beach resorts line the island's shores and offer a mixture of local and international cuisine. Vast arrays of seafood are also served in most restaurants in the area. Varieties of dried fish, locally known as buwad, also abound in the island and are a favorite pasalubong for local and foreign tourists. The island is also known as the "Egg Basket of the Visayas" and can produce more than 100 tons of eggs per day to supply the growing demand for eggs in mainland Cebu, Negros, Panay and Leyte.
Although foreign and local tourists frequent the island for a much needed vacation, Bantayan particularly comes alive during the Easter season and has been dubbed as the "Lenten Capitial of the Visayas". People all over the country visit Bantayan during the Holy Week to witness the processions that feature life-size images that depict the passion and death of Jesus Christ.
Beach Resorts in Bantayan:
Maia's Beach Resort Bantayan
Basawon Sulangan, Bantayan, Philippines
Located in the city Cebu on Bantayan Island, Maia's Beach Resort is well placed such that guests can explore points of interests such as Heavenly Temple of Charity, Casa Gorordo Museum and Magellan's Shrine.
Designed in European standard, each of the six well appointed cottages are loaded with modern amenities such as air conditioner, colour TV, internet access, DVD player and a shower.
Guests at Maia's Beach Resort in Cebu can savour delicious dishes at the onsite restaurant. At the bar they can choose a drink from a wide selection of cocktails.
Santa Fe Beach Club Resort Bantayan
Municipality Of Sta. Fe, Bantayan, Philippines
The Santa Fe Beach Club Inc. Hotel is perfectly located for both business and leisure guests to Cebu. The Santa Fe Beach Club Inc. Hotel boasts a convenient location with modern amenities in every guestroom and superb service. This hotel is characterized by a combination of modern comfort and traditional element of Cebu, making it a distinct accommodation. For your reservation at the Santa Fe Beach Club Inc. Hotel Cebu, please choose your period of stay and fill out our secure online booking form.
Bantayan is accessible by air, land and sea. There are daily trips by bus and vehicles for hire at the North Bus Terminal in Cebu City to Hagnaya and from there, one can take a ferry to Sta. Fe. There is also a night ferry from Cebu City to Bantayan everyday except Mondays and there are also regular, as well as chartered flights from Mactan Cebu International Airport to Bantayan.