Kandugyap House by the Sea: Bantayan Island’s Greece-Like Escape

Bantayan Island is another top destination in the province of Cebu. It may already be teeming with lots of resorts and overnight rooms for rent, but an isolated and private property off the island’s edge offers a Greek-like escape and pure solitude.

Kandugyap House by the Sea was once a private villa that was exclusively owned and used by the family of Dolores, the proprietor of Kandugyap. In 2011, the family decided to share and open to the public their stylish abode that will make you feel as if you are in Greece.

Kandugyap’s intricately detailed designs and colors are so attractive that practically any spot inside the premise is worth capturing in a photo.  For example, their wooden gate is with a painting of Señor Santo Niño, with green vines hanging above it.

Kandugyap is a term that aptly translates to “house by the sea”. It offers its guests a perfect view of the sea from its cliffside location. One of the highlights in Kandugyap is their pool that overlooks into the beach below.

If you’re up for some sand and saltwater, you can descend into their private beach. Their location is quite far from the port of Bantayan Island, and it’s also a bit distant from neighbouring establishments and resorts so you get to experience the sea in solitude.

They have 3 accommodations. 2 bungalow structures – Maria Veronica and Maria Isabel. Each room has one queen bed and private bathroom, strategically located a few meters from the beach.

The main building, Villa Dolores, is much bigger and is good for 2-6 persons or a whole family. It has 1 king bed and 2 double beds. Room reservations come with a free breakfast already.


Room rates:

  • 2 guests: P4,000 per night
  • 4 guests: P5,000 per night
  • 6 guests: P6,000 per night

You can check their available rooms and current room rates at Agoda.

Other information:


Exact location: Tourist Road, Barangay Pooc, Santa Fe, Bantayan Island, Cebu — approx. 4-5 hours away from Cebu City (includes ferry transpo).

BY BUS: Buses bound for the Hagnaya port (jump-off point for Bantayan Island) are stationed at the Cebu North Bus Terminal. Travel time from Cebu City to Hagnaya is around 3 hours and fare is around P180.

From Hagnaya to Santa Fe, Bantayan Island, you can take a ferry boat and the ride is around 1 hour (fare around P180). They arrange for their guests to be picked up by a tricycle from Santa Fe port. Coordinate with the management the date and time of your arrival.


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