Bantayan Bay: The New White Sandbar Beauty in Cordova

Beach lovers will definitely itch to take a swim when they see the crystal clear waters of Bantayan Bay in Cordova.

A rising beach attraction made waves in social media and turned the heads of many beach-lovers to the municipality of Cordova. Many have been drawn in by the pristine natural beauty of Bantayan Bay in Sitio Bantayan and are falling in line to swim in the refreshing shallow waters of the beautiful sandbar.

Photo from Cordova Chill Phonography Facebook Page
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Photo from Cordova Chill Phonography Facebook Page
Photo by Chui Uy

Bantayan Bay is a white sandbar with mangroves just a few meters away from the shores of Cordova. It boasts beautiful turquoise waters that glisten like glass on a bright, sunny day. It definitely has the look of summer vacation with its open space far from the shore and a white sand bed under the waist-level water. Mangroves grow at the edge of the sandbar where the sandy terrain suddenly drops into a dark blue abyss in the ocean. Walking around the waters of the bay treats every visitor with scenic views of the pristine white sand beaches of Cordova – truly a gift of nature.

During high tides, the white sandbar seems hard to reach but when the tides recede, lo and behold, a white sand bridge appears which leads to the lovely destination.

Photo by Coleen
Photo by AI Villamor
Photo by Coleen

Bantayan Bay extends quite the distance so there is ample space to accommodate a lot of people. Visitors who appreciate having a space of their own have the option of riding a motor boat to find a suitable space for themselves.

There are spaces for rent on the shore where people can leave their belongings to fully enjoy everything this new sandbar destination has to offer without worrying about getting their personal belongings wet.

Photo by Coleen
Photo from Cordova Chill Phonography Facebook Page
Photo from Cordova Chill Phonography Facebook Page
Photo from Cordova Chill Phonography Facebook Page

Ride the waves and dive into the shallow waters of Bantayan Bay in Cordova.



  • Entrance Fee: P20 per head


Exact location: Sitio Bantayan, Poblacion, Cordova, Northern Cebu — approx. 45 minutes away from Mactan-Cebu International Airport.

BY V-HIRE: Go to SM City Cebu Van Terminal and ride a van going to Cordova. The van will drop you off at Gaisano Grand Mall Cordova. From Gaisano Grand Mall Cordova, you may ride a tricycle going to “Bantayan Bay” or you can ride a taxi.

BY PUBLIC VEHICLE: Navigate with Waze or Google Maps and set your destination to “Gaisano Grand Mall Cordova”. From there, ask around for directions going to Sitio Bantayan or Bantayan Bay.

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