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.
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Beach umbrellas on Bantayan Paradise Beach
Azure waters at Paradise Beach Bantayan Island
WHERE TO STAY IN 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 in 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 on Bantayan Island 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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Another option for accommodation in Bantayan is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals on Bantayan Island.
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MY CAMERA GEAR
• DSLR Mirrorless Camera: Sony A7ii
• Drone Camera: DJI Mavic Pro 2
• GoPro: GoPro Hero 7 Black
• Everyday Lens: Sony F2.8 24/70mm
• Camera Bag: Lowepro Protactic 31L
• Selfie Stick: Sandmarc Metal Edition 1.2m
• Tripod: Joby Flexible GorillaPod
• GoPro Dome: Underwater GoPro Dome
• Power Bank: Anker Powerbank
• External Hardrive: WD Elements 4TB
WHAT TO PACK FOR PHILIPPINES?
• Waterproof Phone Case: Universal Waterproof Case
• Reusable Water Bottle: Hydro Flask Water Bottle
• Rain Jacket: North Face Rain Jacket
• Water Shoes: Slip-on Water Shoes
• Day Bag: Nomatic 20L Day Bag
• Power Adapter: Universal Power Adapter
• Packing Cubes: 4 Set Packing Cubes
• Microfibre Towel: Quick Dry Travel Towel
• Travel Insurance: World Nomads Travel Insurance
• Money Belt: Hidden Money Belt
I hope you enjoyed reading this article and if you have any questions at all about Paradise Beach Bantayan, please leave me a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.