Paradise Beach Bantayan, also known as Sandira Beach, is one of the best beaches on the island and a must-see during your visit to this incredible destination in North Cebu!
I spent around 1 hour or so enjoying the idyllic vibes at Paradise Beach Bantayan and have put together this complete guide which includes where it’s located, how much it costs to visit, and what to expect when you arrive.
WHERE IS PARADISE BEACH BANTAYAN?
Paradise Beach can be found on the southeastern coastline of Bantayan Island.
From the main hub of Sante Fe, it’s approximately a 15-minute drive or a 45-minute walk to Paradise Beach Cebu.
HOW TO GET HERE
There are a couple of options on how to get around Bantayan Island and they are by scooter, habal habal, tricycle, or jeepney.
You can rent a scooter in Bantayan for as little as 250 pesos per day and make your own way around the island at your own pace. The best place to rent a scooter is via your accommodation.
If you are not confident driving a scooter, the other option is to hail a tricycle or habal habal (motorbike taxi) along the main road in Santa Fe and get a ride to Paradise Beach Bantayan.
For a 15-minute drive, you can expect to pay around 50-100 pesos.
PARADISE BEACH BANTAYAN ENTRANCE FEE
When you arrive at Paradise Beach, there is a small tourist office where you will have to pay the 50 pesos entrance fee before continuing down to the beach.
The tourist office also sells snacks, drinks, and other small items that you can purchase to take down with you to the beach and potentially have a picnic along the shoreline.
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WHAT TO EXPECT AT BANTAYAN PARADISE BEACH
Ultimate PARADISE is what you can expect to find at Paradise Beach Bantayan!
Azure waters, a powdery white shoreline, small beach caves, and tall coconut palm trees are good enough reasons to visit this natural beach haven on Bantayan Island.
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Access to the beach is via a set of stairs that are built into the small-scale cliffs, leading directly down to the water’s edge.
From here you are free to roam up and down the coastline, dipping in the ocean, discovering the rocky outcrops and small caves, or relaxing in the shade under the sheltered beach huts.
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At the western end of Paradise Beach Cebu, you can find half a dozen beach chairs and umbrellas which makes for another good spot to beach bum for an hour or so!
A small reef can also be found just offshore so you may want to bring snorkeling gear with you to explore the underwater world.
Do note that Paradise Beach Bantayan is quite exposed to the sun throughout most of the day so make sure to apply sunscreen and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
WHERE TO STAY ON BANTAYAN ISLAND
Bantayan Island has dozens of accommodation options to choose from when planning your trip.
I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay to fit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers, and everyone in between.
LUXURY: AMIHAN BEACH CABANAS
Amihan Beach Cabanas is the most luxurious resort on Bantayan Island, featuring a restaurant, bar, outdoor terrace, and a private beach area, and breakfast is included for all guests.
Choose from either a sea view room, a villa, or a family room. Each room has air conditioning, views from the balcony, a private bathroom, flat-screen TV, and free Wi-Fi.
It’s the perfect place to stay for couples, a group of friends, or families on a luxury budget.
MID RANGE: SF CANTINA
Sf Cantina is a small and cozy guesthouse located right on the beach in Sante Fe, featuring a beach bar and restaurant, free Wi-Fi, lounge chairs, and oceanfront rooms.
The rooms have air conditioning and are fitted with a flat-screen TV, large comfortable beds, a wardrobe, and a private bathroom.
Sf Cantina is an affordable place to stay for couples, friends, or families.
BUDGET: EDSAN APARTMENT
Edsan Apartment is the best budget accommodation on the island. Centrally located in Santa Fe and features a garden, BBQ facilities, a shared kitchen area, a terrace, and free Wi-Fi.
Enjoy your privacy in these budget apartments which can sleep 2 people and up to 6 people and are fitted with air-conditioning/fan-cooled, large beds, a private bathroom, and a patio.
It’s the perfect place to stay for solo travelers, couples, friends, or families on a budget.
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