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Top Tourist Spots in Bantayan Island That Everyone Should Visit

Bantayan Island is known as an island paradise in the Philippines. With its clean, unspoiled and clear beaches, shimmering white sand and laid-back culture, it really is a paradise found here on Earth.

Here are the top tourist spots in Bantayan Island that you should visit:

1. Saints Peter and Paul Church

Saints Peter and Paul Church
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Established during the 15th century, the Saints Peter and Paul Church is the oldest parish in Cebu. It’s just appropriate to locate it here, as Bantayan Island is also named as the Lenten Capital of the Visayas.

Since the Moros destroyed its original structure, the church was completely rebuilt and made from coral stones back in 1863.

  • Location: Sillon Rd., Bantayan Island
  • Operation Hours: 7AM to 5PM
  • Fees: Free
  • What You Need To Know: Fulfill your religious duties here and spend a few minutes marveling at the life-sized statues of saints and other Catholicism figures. For culture buffs, the church also has its own in-house museum.

2. Obo-ob Mangrove & Eco Park

Obo-ob Mangrove Eco Park
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Home to thousands of mangroves, the Obo-ob Mangrove & Eco Park was established to promote environmental awareness and preserve the island’s mangroves.

It’s also a symbol of the people’s resilience and bayanihan culture, as its revival after Typhoon Yolanda is due to the help of the island’s volunteers.

  • Location: Barangay Obo-ob, Bantayan Island
  • Operation Hours: 8AM to 8PM
  • Fees: PHP50/person entrance fee
  • What You Need To Know: Make the most of it by taking Instagrammable shots down a bamboo boardwalk, up the bamboo tower, or during a kayak ride. There’s also an in-house restaurant available if you want to eat there.

3. Virgin Island

Virgin Island

Just a boat ride away from Santa Fe port, you can place the Virgin Island as the first beach you’ll visit on your trip.

  • Fees: PHP500/2 people entrance fee
  • Operation Hours: 9AM to 5PM
  • What You Need To Know: Depending on your negotiation skills, renting a boat can be around PHP1,500 for the 20-minute boat ride. You can ask your boatman to make a scrumptious seafood feast for you and your group for an additional fee.

4. Paradise Beach

Paradise Beach

If you’re more of a private person and your idea of a vacation is lounging around the beach with your bae, head on over to Paradise Beach. It’s a 20-minute tricycle ride from Virgin Island.

  • Fees: PHP50 per person entrance fee
  • Operation Hours: 9AM to 5PM
  • What You Need To Know: Paradise Beach is located in a secluded part of the island. It may be difficult to find a phone signal. Don’t forget to bring your own food if you’re staying for a couple of hours!

5. Ogtong Cave

Ogtong Cave

Want to try something unique? How about something with natural limestone rocks? The Ogtong Cave is one tourist spot in Bantayan Island that you should include in your itinerary.

It’s a freshwater cave located in Ogtong Cave Resort, a popular accommodation in Bantayan Island. Even as a non-guest, you can still enjoy it for a minimal fee.

  • Location: Santa Fe, Bantayan Island
  • Fees: P200 per person gives you access to the resort’s public pool, beach and cave
  • Operation Hours: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • What You Need To Know: Put on your freshest swimwear, cool down at Ogtong Cave’s pool, and strike a pose. The cave’s crystal clear water and rocky terrain are sure to make a good background.

6. Kota Park

Kota Park

Home to the Spanish fortress ruins, Kota Park was built by the Spaniards in 1790 to serve as a military camp and watch tower. After the Spanish occupation, it was then transformed into a public cemetery.

Decades later, the park underwent another major overhaul as it was transformed into a park with an in-house museum of cultural and historical relics.

  • Location: Bantayan – Madridejos Roadd, Madridejos
  • Fees: Free
  • Operation Hours: 9AM to 5PM
  • What You Need To Know: If you’d also like to see what the Cebuanos used as a fortress against pirates, the Kota Part’s fort was strategically located at the northernmost island because of this purpose. You can check out the exterior of the fort but the park doesn’t allow visitors inside.

7. Bontay Walk

Bontay Walk
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It is a 187-meter footbridge that gives you a breathtaking view of the sunset – perfect for whispering sweet-nothings to your life partner, or for taking family selfies.

  • Location: Bantayan – Madridejos Road, Madridejos
  • Fees: Free
  • What You Need To Know: Make sure to come here around late afternoon so you can witness the sunset. If you want to feel like a local, come here and experience the unfiltered, unprocessed and uncensored version of the people of Bantayan Island. You’ll thank yourself for it later.

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