• Beaches, Weather Updates

    Posted on October 19th, 2011

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    Weather Update: Thursday October 20, 2011

    Weather Update: Thursday October 20, 2011

    Weather on Bantayan Island has been clear and beautiful this past week. With the onset of “Habagat”, the winds have changed to onshore, bringing much debris to the white sand beaches.

    The upside of this change in wind direction is that the nights are cool and refreshing and perfect for a great night’s rest if you are near the coast. Last night we enjoyed a wonderful cool breeze until about 3 am when the winds became calm.

    Weather for this weekend should be near perfect, with the coming of any future tropical storm far off from the coast of the Philippines. There are two weather systems developing in the pacific that we are watching that could become tropical storms systems in the next week. Both these systems look to move north of Bantayan Island, should they further develop into a tropical depression.

  • PAGASA, Typhoon Watch, Weather Updates

    Posted on October 14th, 2011

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    The Problem with PAGASA: You Are Too Late…

    The Problem with PAGASA: You Are Too Late…

    During the recent approach to Cebu and Bantayan Island by Tropical Typhoon “Ramon” a few days ago, it became quickly apparent that PAGASA is not doing a sufficient Job in closely monitoring the weather in the Philippines.

    From my vantage point, it was clear that when Ramon changed direction before making landfall with Cebu, that no one was aware of the change in course, because PAGASA does not conduct rapid enough assessments of approaching storms. Instead of an every six hour or twelve hour assessments, perhaps it would be advisable to give updates every fifteen minutes or so when a storm is on final approach to a populated landmass.

    Unless PAGASA changes their present approach to predicting approaching Typhoon’s in the Philippines, I predict that many will be looking for new jobs.

    As inhabitants of the Philippine islands, we need faster and more frequent updates on the status of approaching Typhoon’s or tropical storms, so that we might be better prepared. How many lives have been lost because the weather updates are too late for citizens to get out of the way before disaster strikes?

    If you agree that PAGASA needs to do a better job, write or call your local government official and let them know a change is needed.

  • Typhoon Watch, Weather Updates

    Posted on October 11th, 2011

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    Typhoon Ramon Will Strike Bantayan Island Thursday

    Typhoon Ramon Will Strike Bantayan Island Thursday

    Upon the entrance of Typhoon Ramon into the Eastern area of Mindanao and Southern Leyte, this growing storm has increased it’s wind speed to signal number 2.

    It is certain that by midnight on Thursday, October 13, 2011, Ramon will make direct contact with Bantayan Island.

    Current indicators, as shown on the latest map below, show that Ramon likely will increase to signal number 2 as it comes into contact with the shores of Santa Fe, on Bantayan Island.

    Although the map below indicates signal number one for Cebu and Bantayan Island, this wind strength will likely be updated to signal number 2 by late Wednesday evening.

    Storm Status Updated at 7:00 am Wednesday October 12, 2011, See the complete Post.

  • Typhoon Watch, Weather Updates

    Posted on October 10th, 2011

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    Typhoon “Ramon” Tracking Towards Bantayan Island

    Typhoon “Ramon” Tracking Towards Bantayan Island

    Low Pressure Area: “92”, off the coast of Mindanao is growing in intensity and making a North West track towards Cebu and Bantayan Island. Estimates are that within 6 to 24 hours this low pressure system will become the next Typhoon in the Philippines, called “Ramon”.

    It would be advisable now to make early preparations for the possibility of a signal 1 or 2 Typhoon striking Bantayan Island as early as Wednesday or late Thursday of this week. Make sure you have plenty of fresh water, enough food for a few days, fresh batteries for a good flashlight and perhaps have some extra cash on hand as ATM’s may be out for a day or two.

    There is a possibility that once this low pressure area becomes a Tropical cyclone, it may take a more Northerly route and not strike Northern Cebu and Bantayan Island directly.

    We will post updates on the progress of this low pressure area in the next 24 hours.

    If you have been planning a trip to Bantayan Island this week, you might pause for a day or two until the final disposition of this low pressure area is know. In the event that “Ramon” does strike Bantayan, or skirt the island with a band of rain and wind, coming to the island or leaving the island will not be possible for a few days. Island Shipping does not provide Ferry service on or off Bantayan Island during a Typhoon.

  • Weather Updates

    Posted on October 6th, 2011

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    Bantayan Island Weather Update: Friday October 7, 2011

    Bantayan Island Weather Update: Friday October 7, 2011

    A massive low pressure system off the coast of the Visaya’s has brought very wet weather to Bantayan Island. Rain prevailed throughout most of the night Thursday. As I write this Friday morning at 7:20 am, there is heavy cloud cover with heavy rain on and off.

    The seas are rough, which should cause Ferry service between Hagnaya and Santa Fe to be delayed until the seas calm, if they do today at all.

    If you are planning a trip to Bantayan this weekend, the forecast is for more rain and continued rough seas until Sunday.

  • Beaches, Culture

    Posted on October 6th, 2011

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    “Amihan” and “Habagat” on Bantayan Island

    “Amihan” and “Habagat” on Bantayan Island

    The beauty of Bantayan Island depends of two variations of weather that are well known to the native islanders. “Amihan” and “Habagat”.

    Beginning in late September or Early October the trade winds come across Bantayan Island from the northeast as a cool breeze. Temperatures are lower with little of no rainfall. These mainly easterly winds bring debris from the ocean onshore to the white sand beaches of the island, causing them to be littered with sea grass, garbage from Cebu and just about anything adrift on the ocean.

    The beaches begin to taper off and at low tide, the sea grasses on the sea floor near the island are nearly exposed to the air, giving some pretty spectacular views to those who walk out onto the wet sand to view them.

    These easterly winds usually change almost overnight beginning in late May or early June. The wind direction then begins to come from the West, taking all of the debris out into the deep ocean and away from Bantayan Island. This phenomenon is called “Habagat” by the native islanders.

  • Weather Updates

    Posted on September 28th, 2011

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    Bantayan Island Weather Update: September 28, 2011

    Bantayan Island Weather Update: September 28, 2011

    The ferry’s are running this morning from Hagnaya to Bantayan Island, although the seas continue to be rough.

    The skies are mostly clear and sunny with only a slight breeze.

    Many hundreds who were stranded during the recent Typhoon “Pedring” will be able to get to their destinations as of today. If you are coming to Bantayan Island today, welcome to paradise…

  • Weather Updates

    Posted on September 27th, 2011

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    Massive Typhoon “Pedring” Affecting Bantayan Island

    Massive Typhoon “Pedring” Affecting Bantayan Island

    A massive 500 mile wide Typhoon that struck the coast of Luzon early this morning, is causing massive 26 foot high waves and very rough seas around Bantayan Island. There are no Ferry’s currently running between Hagnaya and Santa Fe, leaving many people stranded until later this week.

    My wife and I have been in Cebu since before the Typhoon began it’s approach this last Sunday and were planning on making our way back to Bantayan on Monday. Those plans were delayed as we learned that Pedring was causing large waves at and around Bantayan and making travel to the island impossible.

    Forecasts are that the wind and waves may subside by Thursday, allowing for the Ferry’s to Bantayan to once again be available.

    I spoke to our friend on Bantayan Island a few minutes ago who told me that the waves around the island are massive and that the wind is howling, with driving rain.

    If you are planning a trip to Bantayan Island this week, look for delay’s in getting to the island until later this week. Friday to Sunday should be much better for travel.

  • Weather Updates

    Posted on August 30th, 2011

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    Bantayan Island Weather Update: Tuesday August 30, 2011

    Today we continue to enjoy mostly cloud free and sunny days. It has been hot and dry since last Saturday. If you are planning on a trip to the island, it is very hot, the waters are calm and there are many visitors to the island currently.

    If you are coming to Bantayan make sure you make a hotel room reservation in advance as the better resorts are currently fully booked.

  • Weather Updates

    Posted on July 25th, 2011

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    Bantayan Island Weather Update, Tuesday July 26, 2011

    Bantayan Island Weather Update, Tuesday July 26, 2011

    A low pressure system has remained over the northern part of Cebu for more than a week that has affected the weather on Bantayan Island with cooler and wetter days and nights.

    For those of us who live here, the lower temperatures have been a welcomed repose.

    Sunrise walks on the white sand beaches and a leisurely afternoon swim in the warm waters of Santa Fe have been increasingly more enjoyable with the overcast skies.

  • Weather Updates

    Posted on July 24th, 2011

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    Bantayan Island Weather Update: July 24, 2011

    Bantayan Island Weather Update: July 24, 2011

    For the past week, Bantayan Island has been experiencing a bout with wet weather. Beginning in the morning, clouds gather until mid morning when light rain turns into a torrential downpour by lunch time. Later in the afternoon, winds begin to pick up and by 4 or 5 pm the waves around the island have began to whitecap, bringing wave swells on to the beaches of Santa Fe.

    If you are planning a ride to Bantayan Island on the Ferry, expect rough seas at best and many delays in departures at the worst.

  • Weather Updates

    Posted on January 6th, 2011

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    Weather Update Wednesday January 6, 2011

    Weather Update Wednesday January 6, 2011

    A rainy weather pattern has moved into the region of Cebu and Bantayan Island for the past few days and looks as though it is here to stay for awhile.

    Beginning in the morning, clouds linger over the islands with a light rain off and on throughout the day. None of these conditions should prevent anyone from enjoying the beauty of Bantayan Island or Cebu. How peasant it is to feel the soft kiss of misty rain on your face as you meander down the coconut lined highway of the Island on your scooter and take it the beauty around you.

    A swim in the clear waters of Santa Fe are enhanced by the overcast skies that hinder sunburn and bring higher temperatures.

    The weather forecast for the rest of January is for much of the same overcast and light rain that we have experienced so far in this new year.

    Rob