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Paradise Beach: Tranquility in Bantayan Island

Bantayan Island flaunts an amazing little corner named Paradise Beach. This secluded area is a privately owned strip of shore (about 200 meters) ideal for snorkeling, swimming, and beach sports.

February 27, 2017 — It was our second day on Bantayan Island and I could say nothing compares to the warm people here in this humble part of Cebu. For the whole day’s tour, we rented a scooter (instead of hiring a tricycle) to navigate around town. Although unfamiliar, it wasn’t difficult to ask the locales here for directions. Everyone was accommodating.

At 6:30am, we drove the same path as yesterday but this time passing by Ogtong Cave. While on the road, we noticed an abandoned structure by the cliff and we stopped by to take photos.

 

Paradise Beach Bantayan Island Cebu (3)

 

Going a bit further,  we’ve located a basketball court where we asked for directions once again. After some brief instructions, there were a few turns, a lot more asking around and soon left on our own, we got lost. The entrance to the beach was hard to find since there was no trace of establishments nearby, no signs pointing to the site, and no locals residing in this area. It was a good thing that we chanced upon two bikers whom we asked for directions and pointed us to the narrow pathway leading to the beach.

 

Paradise Beach Bantayan Island Cebu (3)

 

The path was uneven and very rocky that we had to leave our scooter by the trailhead. At 7:00am, we were walking down a track we weren’t 100% confident was right. Nobody advised us about a bit of a trek going to the beach, we still felt lost and were anxious about the scooter being taken away. After 10 minutes of walking, we heard the waves crashing. Finally, we reached the beach.

 

Paradise Beach Bantayan Island Cebu (3)

Paradise Beach Bantayan Island Cebu (3)

Paradise Beach Bantayan Island Cebu (3)

Paradise Beach Batanyan Island Cebu (3)

Paradise Beach Bantayan Island Cebu (3)

Paradise Beach Bantayan Island Cebu (3)

Paradise Beach Bantayan Island Cebu (3)

 

The bamboo fence was open and there was no one manning the entrance. We went inside and had the beach all to ourselves. It was a tiny coastline, but the water was clear, the sand was very fine. It was noticeable how the area was well-maintained. There was a tended garden, nipa cottages by the shore, some pebble pathways, and friendly cows chewing on the greens.

There were rock formations by the pristine coastline. The first thing that crossed my mind was the 2016 Disney movie  Moana. The whole place made me feel like I’m in Motunui Island! 😀

 

Paradise Beach Bantayan Island Cebu (3)

Paradise Beach Bantayan Island Cebu (3)

Paradise Beach Bantayan Island Cebu (3)

Paradise Beach Batanyan Island Cebu (3)

Paradise Beach, Bantayan Island Cebu

Paradise Beach

 

 

Guide to Paradise Beach, Bantayan Island

    • Getting to Paradise Beach, I suggest read this blog about Bantayan Island to know the spots and landmarks if you opt to rent a scooter. Should you hail a tricycle to guide you, it’ll cost around ₱100 per tricycle. You may also get here by boat (island hopping tour inclusions). Or take a banka (boat ride) to Kota Beach, if that’s where you are staying, for ₱50.
    • Operating hours is from 9am to 5pm daily. Go here during weekdays so you could have the whole beach to yourselves. Crowds flock the beach during weekends;
    • Bring food and drinks because there are no nearby stores in this place;
    • The beach is perfect for frisbee, beach volleyball, and snorkeling;
    • Lastly, take your trash with you before you leave.

 

 

Itinerary and Budget

Note: This is an itinerary fit for 2 persons during a 2017 trip. Be informed that this itinerary covers the whole Dalaguete-Badian-Bantayan Island Adventure.

February 24 (Day 1) 5:45 AM ETD from Manila ₱1,400/head (roundtrip airfare from seatsale)
7:00 AM ETA to Mactan Airport
7:30 AM ETD to Cebu South Terminal ₱300/ride (GrabCar to Cebu South Terminal)
8:05 AM ETA in Cebu South Terminal / eat breakfast
8:45 AM ETD from South terminal to Dalaguete ₱160/head (Bus fare to Dalaguete)
11:25 AM ETA in Dalaguete / ride habal habal ₱100/head (motorcycle ride to jumpoff)
12:40 PM ETA in Osmena Peak jumpoff/start trek ₱30/head (entrance fee)
1:05 PM Reach the peak / take photos
2:00 PM Back to registration area / ride habal-habal
2:20 PM Eat lunch at market
2:45 PM ETD from Market to Cambais Falls ₱30/head (entrance fee)
3:15 PM ETA in Cambais Falls / Start Trek
3:30 PM Swim / Take photos
4:30 PM Trek back
4:50 PM ETD to Cancalanog Falls
5:10 PM ETA in Chapel near Cancalanog / trek
5:20 PM Arrival at Cancalanog / take photos ₱30/head (entrance fee)
5:35 PM Back to chapel
5:45 PM ETD to Badian ₱600/head (from Dalaguete to Badian tour from Kuya Jun)
6:20 PM ETA to JoePro Hostel / check-in ₱300/head (lodging fee)
7:20 PM Dinner near chapel of Kawasan / wash
8:00 PM Socials
10:00 PM Sleep
February 25 (Day 2) 6:45 AM Wake up / prep
7:30 AM Breakfast / wear gears ₱1,500/head (canyoneering package)
8:20 AM Habal habal to canyoneering jumpoff
8:45 AM Registration / start trek
9:20 AM Canyoneering
12:40 PM End of activity / Reach Kawasan falls / lunch
1:20 PM Walk back to Joepro from Kawasan Falls
1:40 PM Reach Joepro / rest a while / wash / pack up
3:45 PM ETD to Cebu City ₱160/head (aircon bus from Badian to Cebu City)
7:45 PM ETA to South Cebu Terminal
8:00 PM Eat / roam around EMall
8:45 PM Check in at TMS Lodge / wash ₱550/room 12hrs (2pax)
9:30 PM Sleep
February 26 (Day 3) 5:30 AM Wake up / prep
6:10 AM Ride 01k jeepney to north bus terminal ₱8/head (jeepney fare)
6:30 AM ETA Cebu North Terminal /breakfast
7:00 AM ETD to Hagnaya Port ₱160/head (Ceres Aircon bus to Hagnaya Port)
10:45 AM ETA Hagnaya Port, Pay for Ferry / eat lunch ₱170/head (ferry); ₱10/head (terminal fee)
11:15 AM Boarding ferry to Bantayan Islands
11:35 AM Departure from Hagnaya Port
12:45 PM ETA Sta. Fe Port
12:53 PM Ride tricycle to Kota Beach Resort ₱20/head (tricycle to Kota Beach)
1:05 PM ETA Kota Beach Resort / Check in ₱900/room (non-aircon for 2pax)
2:00 PM Settle / rest / Rent Scooter ₱350/rental (scooter 24hours use)
3:00 PM ETD to Ogtong Cave
3:15 PM ETA Ogtong Cave / Swim ₱100/head (entrance fee)
4:30 PM ETD to Sto Nino Church
4:40 PM Eat ihaw / drive back
5:20 PM Back at Kota Beach / take photos / swim
7:30 PM Dinner at Kota / socials
9:45 PM Sleep
February 28 (Day 5) 6:00 AM Check out / ETD to Airport ₱100/ride (Uber to airport)
6:30 AM Check in at airport
9:00 AM Departure to Manila
10:10 AM ETA Manila
ESTIMATED EXPENSES ₱ 5,420 / head (not including food, airfare and other optional fees)

 

 

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