When you sit back
in your office chair with your feet up on the desk
and begin to dream of a powdery white sand beach with crystal clear
blue water, you are dreaming of Bantayan Island.
I have been to several countries around the world and I have never seen
a more beautiful white sand beach than those on Bantayan Island. Even
the incredibly beautiful island of Kauai with the beach at Hanalei Bay,
which was recently listed as one of the most beautiful beaches in the
world, does not come close to the white sand beaches of Bantayan Island.
I have walked on the white sand beaches, swam in the surf and snorkeled
off shore on the island of Kauai at Hanalei Bay. I really
that Kauai had the most incredible beach and water that I had ever
seen. That was until I walked on the powder soft white sand beaches of
Bantayan Island at Santa Fe, and swam in the crystal clear aquamarine
waters. For one thing, the white sand on Bantayan Island is much finer,
whiter and softer than Hanalei Bay. When you are standing in the water
at 100 yards offshore, the water only comes up to your waist. The sand
under your feet has the same texture as creme with a slight fine
sandiness. Scoop up an handful of the white sand under the water and
rub it between you fingers and you will be amazed. There literally are
no other white sand beaches in the world like Bantayan Island.
The whites sand beaches of Bantayan Island are pristine and unspoiled
by over development and excessive tourism as in most other locations
around the world. On any given bright and sunny day when the winds are
calm and the surf is as flat as glass, the water is so crystal clear
and blue that a leisurely swim in the 85 degree water will satisfy your
senses as nothing else you have ever experience before.
The Amazing Powdery White
Sand Beaches of Santa Fe on Bantayan Island
There is perhaps no other place on the earth that has a more pristine
beach than those of Bantayan Island. this writer has traveled the world
and seen some the the most acclaimed beaches, but none can compare to
the powdered texture of the white sand on Bantayan Island.
Walk into the 85 degree surf and continue your stroll 100 yards and you
feel the wet sand beneath your toes so soft it feels like confectioner
Put your goggles and snorkel in place and dip your face into the
refreshing water and discover water so clear and beautiful that the sea
seems to come alive before your eyes.
One of the best beaches on Bantayan Island is located right in front of
the cottages at Beach Placid.
White Sand at
Beach Placid Resort on Bantayan Island
Beach Placid is
on one of the best beaches on Bantayan Island. There is about 50 yard
from the front door of your beach front room, to the edge of the water.
The beach has a very gentle gradual slope into the water that does not
increase in depth past your wast at over 100 yards into the surf.
At about 100 yards you will begin to feel the sea grasses and coral
begin as the depth increases at a faster rate. It would be at this
place that you would put your mask, snorkel and fins on and begin your
exploration of the beautiful clear waters the exhibit fish, coral, sea
vegetation and many other underwater features.
I like Beach Placid
because the Tri-Plex Beach front room is only P1,800 Pesos, or about
The Tri-Plex Rooms
(Because there are three) have a double bed, wood shelve for your
belongings, a small but adequate bathroom with shower, toilet and sink
and wall mounted air-con.
The first room on the right where my wife Marissa is standing is the
blue room and also includes hot water. The other two rooms have all the
above listed features but do not have hot water. Filipinos do not
normally build their homes with hot water as a part of the plan. They
prefer the refreshing room temperature of the water without being
heated, so you may not always find a room that has hot water. You must
ask before making your final reservation. Beach Placid has some rooms
with hot water and others without.
The Duplex accommodation right next to the Tri Plex has a much larger
room with hot water, and one of the rooms even includes a kitchen with
hot plate, and compact refrigerator. These two rooms rent for 3,500
Pesos per night each and can sleep four people.
The Duplex Cottage
Beach Placid Resort on Bantayan Island
When you make your reservation
on line, you will most likely get a reply and further clarification of
your needs and reservation from July Ann. She is a lovely girl who will
do anything to help make your stay as pleasurable as possible. In fact
I have found in my past stays at Beach Placid that all of the staff is
not only very kind and friendly but they work extremely hard to insure
you have a wonderful time on your vacation with Beach Placid.
The rooms at Beach Placid are fine for a few days stay. They are
cleaned and stocked with fresh towels, toilet paper and soap. The
carpet in the rooms is not really desirable as I feel that a beach
front room here on Bantayan Island should really have marble or tile
floors due to the sand and water that is constantly tracked in. The
carpet in the rooms really needs to be replaced as it is showing signs
of wear and age. This however does not detract from the wonderful beach
front location you will be staying at for just $40.00 a night. Please
do not be a traditional foreigner and complain about everything. This
is not an American style resort and you should prepare yourself for
island living before you depart for your trip by lowering your
expectations of a luxurious accommodation. All of the resorts and
hotels on Bantayan Island are much different than any on American or
European soil. Be adventurous and expect to stay in a resort and room
that is comfortable, adequate but not luxurious.
If you desire a more luxurious room, the best on the island is the
Resort at Ogtong Cave with it's five separate beach view bungalows for
3,500 Pesos per night, or about $85.00 dollars. You will be giving up
the feel of walking out of your door and being right on the beach as
with Beach Placid. The beach itself at the resort at Ogtong
cave is not a soft sandy bottom, but has coarse rocks and a very
Cottage three at the
Resort of Ogtong Cave, Bantayan Island
The small beach at Ogtong Cave Resort on Bantayan Island.
The Following is a video taken in Decmber of 2010 at the Ogtong Cave
Resort on Bantayan Island: