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800-Peso Challenge: Kinatarcan Island in Northern Cebu

After Carnaza Island in Daanbantayan broke the internet last week for its breathtakingly beautiful beach comes another “hidden gem” that will surely capture the hearts of many local and foreign tourists. Introducing, the Kinatarcan Island (Guintacan) in the northern part of Cebu, fronting Daanbantayan municipality.

Geographically, it lies about 25 kilometres (16 miles) off the west coast of Cebu, 12 kilometres (7 mi) northeast from Bantayan Island, and 10 kilometres (6 mi) from Hilantagaan Island. The island is within the municipality of Santa Fe and comprises three barangays: Hagdan, Kinatarkan and Langub. The locals call this place as Kinatarcan.

Kinatarcan Island flaunts long white sand beaches and magnificent overlooking views. This island also consists of a number of caves and a lagoon.

Kinatarcan Island (1)
Photo by J-co Samz
Kinatarkan Island Cebu
Photo by Jack Ponpon

 

What to do here?

 

1. WHITE SAND BEACHES

Kinatarcan Island (5)
Photo by J-co Samz

 

2. PERFECT SUNRISE & SUNSET

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Photo by Neriza Paz Caballero
Kinatarcan Island (10)
Photo by J-co Samz

 

3. LAAW LAGOON

Kinatarcan Island (9)
Photo by J-co Samz
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Photo by Neriza Paz Caballero

 

4. CORAL CLIFFS COVE

Kinatarcan Island (14)
Photo by J-co Samz
Kinatarcan Island (12)
Photo by J-co Samz
Kinatarcan Island (15)
Photo by J-co Samz
Kinatarcan Island (16)
Photo by J-co Samz

 

Rates & Other Information

FEES:

  • ₱384 (₱192 /way) – Airconditioned bus from North Bus Terminal to Daanbantayan. Travel time is 4 hours.
  • ₱20 (₱10 /way) – Tricycle from/to Daanbantayan Public Market and Maayahay Port.
  • ₱100 (₱50 /way) – Regular boat going to Kinatarcan Island. Travel time is 1 hour. Or you can rent the whole boat for ₱1,500 good for 20pax.
  • ₱200 per tent – Overnight fee (bring your own tent, or you can rent)
  • Going to Laaw Lagoon? ₱50 per head (motor, one-way); or ₱150 per head for whole day tour with the driver as the guide.

…so that’s a total of ₱754 and you’ll already get to experience this paradise!

Food available: Chips, canned goods, and softdrinks. They can also cook for you at an affordable price. Just hand them whatever you want them to cook. They cook delicious food.

Overnight:

Want to stay overnight? You can bring a tent or rent a tent at Manong Willy’s place. Unfixed amount, just pay minimum of ₱200 per night for one tent.

Kinatarcan Island (2)
Photo by J-co Samz
Kinatarcan Island (13)
Photo by J-co Samz

 

HOW TO GET THERE?

Travel time: ~4 hours from Cebu City to Daanbantayan + ~60 minutes from the port to Guintacan Island.

From the North Bus Terminal, take a bus bound for Daanbantayan, tell the driver or the Bus conductor to drop you off at the Daanbantayan Public Market. Then ride a tricycle going to the port bound for Guintacan Island where regular passenger boats are lining up. Ask for a boat bound to Pasil Kinatarcan Island.

If you’re going there as a group, you can rent a boat from Daanbantayan for only ₱1,500 roundtrip, can fit up to 20pax.

GOING BACK TO CEBU CITY:
1. You can ride a boat near Kuya Willie Resort at 7AM ONLY. Be sure to leave early or you have to rent an entire boat to bring you back to the mainland. Fare is ₱50 Only.
2. From Maayahay Port, ride a Tricycle to bring you to the Bus Terminal. ₱10 fare.
3. From Daan Bantayan Bus Terminal, ride a bus bound to Cebu City. ₱192 aircon bus fare.

 
PHOTOS BY Jack Ponpon, J-Co Samz, Neriza Caballero



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17 comments

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    Jan erik Johansson

    What is the price for one night bed and breakfast in your place

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    Vincent Nieto Laquian

    For more information’s regarding your stay in Kinatarkan just PM me at Facebook. Vincent Nieto Laquian. There’s a lot more you need to know about that place. You will definitely enjoy the stay. “LAAW COVE” now open for public. Ideal day to go there is on SATURDAY, when you step into that island it’s already in the afternoon (biyahe pa by motorized pumpboat) SATURDAY your half tour day (go to BITOON take a dip there, LANGUB see the stretch of the island going to the sandy beach of PASIL and dip in for fish feeding, HAGDAN the upper view of the side strech island, LAAW COVE the most awaited place to see in that island, then the cliff diving at TABOGON). If you can’t finish it on that day, continue it on SUNDAY, then depart the island on MONDAY. SULIT!!!!

    Just buy your raw food items at Daan Bantayan Market, then we do the grills on the evening, I will do the cooking for you guys. I have the boozes in my place no worries.

    What are you waiting for?

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    The place is marvelous!! What is d weather on the island at yearend? Planning to spend new year there with some friends. Im scared of high waters when i ride d pumpboat..

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    When we went there it was a blast with Ms. Gina Lopez. Having the intention to convert the place to a top premier tourist destination. I made a post about it

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    Going there on Wednesday alone for the first time. Wish to have a good experience. My carnaza experience was not so good last year.

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    Hi, how to get there if we travel from sta.fe bantayan?do you have any contact number I can directly call?thank you!

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    For more informations regarding your stay in Kinatarkan just PM me at Facebook. Vincent Nieto Laquian. There’s a lot more you need to know about that place. You will definitely enjoy the stay. “LAAW COVE” will resume to open this coming MARCH 2019. Ideal day to go there is on FRIDAY, when you step into that island it’s already in the afternoon (biyahe pa by motorized pumpboat) SATURDAY your whole tour day (go to BITOON take a dip there, LANGUB see the stretch of the island going to the sandy beach of PASIL and dip in for fish feeding, HAGDAN the upper view of the side strech island, LAAW COVE the most awaited place to see in that island, then the cliff diving at TABOGON). If you can’t finish it on that day, continue it on SUNDAY, then depart the island on MONDAY. SULIT!!!!

    Just buy your raw food items at Daanbantayan Market, then I have a ref and freezer, I will do the cooking for you guys. I have the boozes in my place no worries.

    What are you waiting for?

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    Hi if going to kinatarkan naa ray kabinlan sa service sa daanbantayan ?

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    i got some questions,,
    1. how to get to NORTH BUS TERMINAL from mactan airport?
    2. how long is the travel from the airport to NORTH BUS TERMINAL?
    3. what is the ideal time that i should be in MACTAN airport? so that i could book it properly.
    4. is there comfort rooms and shower rooms available? and if it’s available for those whose renting tents.
    5. or is there a house for rent since for large group like us.

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    Hi to all,

    If you guys wanna go to “Kinatarkan”, stay at my place. Bed and Breakfast.. Free motorbike ride just PM me at Facebook. Vincent Nieto Laquian. There’s a lot more you need to know about that place. You will definitely enjoy the stay.

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    Hi, im planning to do Sta. Fe, Bantayan – Kintarakan – Carnaza in 4days.
    Is there any boat/ferry that can take me from point A, to B, then to C without needing to go back to mainland Bantayan and taking the boat rides for each island?

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