30 Awesome Things To Do In Bantayan Island This Summer

Planning to spend the summer break in the awesome island of Bantayan? TheCebuano lists down 30 of the most awesome things you can do (aside from swimming, of course) in Cebu’s Summer Capital!

Ready? Let’s go!


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Bantayan Island is famous not only for its crystal clear waters and white beaches. It is also known for its age-old churches. In fact, the church in Bantayan is one of the oldest in the Philippines. And the parish is considered one of the country’s oldest.

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A trip to Bantayan Island is never complete without a visit to nearby islands. The Virgin Island, for example, which is only fifteen minutes away, is to die for! Ask some locals for help. They’re friendly to visitors!

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During the summer season, Bantayan Island is the home-base of many Cebuano artists. Walk around and you’ll find finely-crafted art pieces ready to buy and use! Amazing trinkets (which are perfect souvenir items) can be found all over the island.

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One of the most well-attended activities in Bantayan is the annual Holy Friday solemn procession. A lot of tourists from all over come to Bantayan for the sole purpose of taking part in this religious activity. Give it a try!

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Wall climbing facilities are available in Bantayan Island during the summer months. Are you in the mood for a little adventure? Or do you feel that now is the time to conquer your fear of heights? Why not do it at the beach? It’s uber fun!

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Bantayan’s local market sells some of the freshest and most amazing items you can ever imagine. From dried fish and fresh fruits and vegetables to newly-woven mats and textile, you can find all of ‘em here.

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Bantayan Island is considered a photographer’s haven. And why not? It has the most amazing sights and the most beautiful people. If you see a photographer aiming at you, why not smile and just strike a pose?

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Whether you’re a photography enthusiast or simply an excited tourist who wants to document his adventures, Bantayan is the perfect place for you. Take out that camera and just start shooting!

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The Virgin Island, just fifteen minutes from mainland Bantayan, is considered one of the most beautiful places in Cebu. See what the fuzz is about and check it out! Ask some local fishermen about how to get there.

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Craving for fresh seafood? Bantayan has ‘em all! Want spicy shrimp, or clam soup, or grilled tuna? Friendly locals are willing to catch, prepare, and cook them for you for a small fee.

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During Lent, favorite Cebuano snacks like maruya, budbud, biko, binignit, and many others are sold in busy joint in Bantayan. Roam around and you’ll see local kids carrying baskets of these goodies. They’re very cheap, too!

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Want to make a statement or just add a little accent to your swimwear? Get a tattoo! Permanent or temporary, you can get one right at the beach! You can even get inked while you doze off in the shade!

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During the quiet moments on the island, go out and comb the beach. Look for a heart-shaped shell or a uniquely-colored piece of stone! Who knows you might find something precious!

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Been wanting to climb a coconut tree but the city life doesn’t allow you to do it? Now is your perfect time to shine! Climb a coconut tree! They’re everywhere! Just make sure you know how to climb down.

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Spend quality time with loved ones and friends by doing fun activities with them. Go swimming together, eat out together, or simply play a friendly game of go fish or tong-its with them.

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The Holy Week is the busiest season in Bantayan. So, it is also the perfect time to meet the locals. Mix and mingle and get to know the culture and the ways of the Bantayanon.

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Drop by the town church and light a candle. Say a little prayer for good health, more adventures, and a life full of fun, happiness, and good surprises.

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The Holy Week is the perfect time to roam the streets of Bantayan. Rent a motorbike or ATV, or buy your own bicycle. The island is perfect for fun and relaxing rides especially in the late afternoon.

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Want to do something romantic while in Bantayan? Take off your shoes and just stroll on the beach! Enjoy the amazing sensation of fine sand and cool water on your feet as you enjoy the wonderful view and the glorious sunset.

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Summer nights in Bantayan are never dull. Just after dinner, go out to the beach and just wait. You will soon see someone doing the fire dance. Take out your camera and just shoot away!

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If you are bold enough, buy your own materials and do the fire dance yourself. Hordes of people will soon be flocking your way. Just make sure you don’t mess up and burn yourself.

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Want to enjoy the simple things in life? Before sunrise or sunset, sit on the beach and just relax. And when the perfect time comes, take it all in and just marvel at how amazing life can be.

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It is a sin to go to Bantayan Island and not get a tan. So, enjoy the sun and just have a swell time in the water. Get a tan. You deserve it!

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If you want to stay in shape while on vacation, you can join a marathon in Bantayan Island. Race along some of the island’s most famous beaches while enjoying the awesome view at the same time.

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Beer is sold all over the island during the summer months. If you want to indulge yourself, make sure that you are in the company of people you trust. And make sure you know how and when to stop. Bantayanons are friendly to tourists, but nobody wants someone who does crazy things after having one bottle too many.

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A lot of people go to Bantayan during the summer months. So, a lot of companies also go there to give our free samples and freebies. Even if you’re just sitting in the shade, someone would eventually come to you and offer you free stuff. Cool, right?

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Bantayan Island ia big camping ground during the Holy Week break. So, buy a tent and prepare to go camping. It is so fun!

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Always feeling tired and depressed? The island will make you feel brand new. Get some much-needed z’s on the beach while listening to some of your most favorite island rhythms.

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Bantayan Island hosts some of the best summer parties in the country. So be ready with those awesome move and prepare to have an awesomely amazing time.

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Even if it’s Lent, you are allowed to eat meat when you are in Bantayan. You heard that right. While the rest of the country is eating fish and veggies, you can have all the lechon you want when you’re in Bantayan Island!



So what are you waiting for? Packing those bags and head to the most happening destination in Cebu this summer!

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