Paradise Beach Bantayan, also known as Sandira Beach, is one of the best Bantayan beaches and a must-see during your visit to this incredible island destination in North Cebu!
I spent a good hour or so enjoying the idyllic vibes at Paradise Beach Bantayan and have put together this travel guide which includes where to find it, how much it costs and what to expect!
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WHERE IS PARADISE BEACH BANTAYAN & HOW TO GET THERE
Paradise Beach Bantayan can be found on the southeastern coastline of Bantayan Island. Using Google Maps, simply type in Paradise Beach or Sandira Beach and this will direct you to the exact pin location.
From the main hub of Sante Fe, it’s approximately a 15-minute drive or a 45-minute walk to Paradise Beach Cebu.
There’s 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 down 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 Bantayan 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 which you can purchase to take down with you to Paradise Beach Bantayan and potentially have a picnic.
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Paradise Beach Bantayan
Beach huts at Paradise Beach Bantayan Island
Arriving at Paradise Beach Cebu
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.
Access to Paradise Beach Bantayan 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 relax in the shade under the sheltered beach huts.
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Small caves at Paradise Beach Cebu
Drone shot of Paradise Beach Bantayan
PARADISE BEACH BANTAYAN – CONTINUED
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.
Beach umbrellas on Bantayan Paradise Beach
Azure waters at Paradise Beach Bantayan Island
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WHERE TO STAY NEAR PARADISE BEACH BANTAYAN
Bantayan Island has dozens of accommodation options to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay near Paradise Beach Bantayan to fit the needs of budget backpackers and luxury travelers.
See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Coral Blue Oriental Beach Villas
Coral Blue Oriental is one of the best semi-luxury accommodations near Paradise Beach Bantayan and centrally located in Santa Fe. Offering beachfront villas and suites with free wifi, private beach area, seaside restaurant and a bar. There are one-bedroom and two-bedroom villas available which air-conditioned and fitted with a flat-screen tv, dvd player, lock safe, fridge, and balcony with ocean views. Recommended for couples, families and friends!
Mid Range: Sf Cantina
I personally stayed at Sf Cantina, a small and cosy guesthouse located right on the beach in Sante Fe. The property features a beach bar and restaurant, free wifi, lounge chairs and oceanfront accommodation. The rooms have air conditioning and fitted with a flat-screen tv, large bed, wardrobe and private bathroom. Continental breakfast is also available at Sf Cantina. Affordable place to stay fro couples, friends and families.
Budget: Edsan Apartments
Edsan Apartment is the best budget accommodation in Bantayan Island. The property is centrally located in Santa Fe and features a garden, bbq facilities, shared kitchen area, terrace and free wifi. Enjoy your privacy in these budget apartments which can sleep 2 people and up to 6 people and fitted with air-conditioning/fan-cooled, large beds, private bathroom and a patio. Perfect for solo travelers, couples, friends and families!
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WHAT TO PACK FOR PARADISE BEACH BANTAYAN
Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables, drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.
Universal Power Adapter: Don’t leave home without one! I highly recommend getting this Universal Power Adapter so that you are able to charge all of your electronics when you’re on the road. Compatible in Asia, UK, Europe, Africa, USA, SA and Australia.
Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!
Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.
Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.
Microfibre Travel Towel: To pack a towel or not to pack a towel? A standard bathroom towel can take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Get your hands on a quick-dry Microfibre Travel Towel which is perfect for the beach, backpacking, camping and general traveling.
Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.
Kindle: The best alternative for books! Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, reading on the beach or a quiet evening away from the bars. Kindle’s are waterproof with rechargeable batteries and adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions.
Packing Cubes: My favorite item in my backpack! Perfect for organizing your shirts, pants, jackets, socks, underwear and more. This 5 Set Packing Cubes makes packing easier and more efficient, adding extra space in your bag for your next trip.
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MY CAMERA GEAR
Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included.
Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.
GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!
Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket.
Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!
Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.
GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!
Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.
External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 year worth of content.
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FINAL THOUGHTS OF PARADISE BEACH BANTAYAN
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