the rich and radiant tropical destination of the Pacific,
is located at the northern tip of Cebu. The coral island
is 116 square kilometers in size and around 15 kilometers
off mainland Cebu. It is composed of three municipalities:
Bantayan, Madridejos, and Sta. Fe.
Bantayan is also the primary egg producer of Cebu and
neighboring islands producing over a million eggs daily.
The island boasts
of its beautiful beaches blessed with long stretches
of fine white sand and crystal blue waters. It is considered
to have one of the finest beach destinations in the
Visayas that can equal Phuket and Caribbean resorts.
Bantayan sunset will certainly zest up those lovely
late afternoon walks on the beach.
Aside from its
paramount tropical beauty, Bantayan Island is known
for its unique tradition of observing Holy Week or "Semana
Santa". A caravan parade features life-size antique
statues illustrating the life of Jesus Christ from His
birth to resurrection. But most notably, Bantayanons
during this season are exempted from following the customary
penitence of not eating meat. Because during this period
when Jesus Christ is dead, fishermen in the island decline
to venture out to sea, thus, their families are forced
to slaughter their livestock and eat meat.