Refined white sand at Sugar Beach in Bantayan Island

Where the sand resembles the finest refined sugar, that’s Sugar Beach! Sugar Beach is the widest white sand beach in the coasts of Sta Fe, Bantayan Island.

Sugar Beach is an expansive beachfront with plenty of space, over 90 meters wide at some areas! The beach stretches to over 1 km long with plenty of it passing through resorts and beachside restaurants. The beach is perfect for scenic strolls and water sports.

Photo by Blas De los Santos
Photo by Blas De los Santos
Photo by Blas De los Santos

Aside from the wide walking areas and the gentle slope of the beach towards the sea, Sugar Beach is special because of the quality of its sand. Not only is the sand soft and fine, but you also won’t find sharp corals or rocks lining the beach. That makes walking barefoot not only possible, but also highly enjoyable!

The long beach is located at the southeastern edge of Bantayan island, making it a prime spot for sunrises. Witness a grand display of vibrant sunrise colors above a vista of the sea with Daanbantayan in the backdrop. It might have something to do with the waters around or the location, but Bantayan Island is one of the best places to watch both sunrise and sunset. So set that alarm and get up early!

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Sugar Beach is a great destination if you’re looking to enjoy the simple pleasures of the beach. Take a leisurely walk down the coastline, sip a beer or a cocktail under a palm tree, or just gaze into the horizon and let time pass like the countless waves. Any activity becomes a great use of time here at scenic Sugar Beach.

There is also a resort, aptly named Sugar Beach Resort, that offers simple accommodation and necessities for travelers and visitors. The beach resort offers accommodation only. There isn’t a restaurant, but there are plenty of beachside bars and restaurants serving food and refreshments.

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Day Use:

  • Entrance Fee: ₱30
  • Tent pitching is allowed, and is free if you bring your own.
    • Tent rental: ₱150 to ₱200
  • Open cottages are available.

Other information

  • A handful of accommodation options are available. Rates and availability vary. Contact Sugar Beach Resort should you want to avail of rooms.
  • Sugar Beach Resort contact numbers:
    • 0921-775-5058
    • 0918-371-0627


Exact location: C. Batiancila Street, Santa Fe, Bantayan Island, Northern Cebu — approx. 4-5 hours away from Cebu City.

BY COMMUTE: From the North Bus Terminal, take a bus heading to Hagnaya. You may also opt to ride a van, but that will be pricier. Ask to be dropped off at Hagnaya Port. The bus trip will cost ₱175 and will take around 3-4 hours; less for vans.

Hagnaya Port charges all persons ₱10 for their terminal fee. From Hagnaya Port, take the Express Ferry Boat to Sta. Fe, Bantayan Island. This costs ₱180 one way, and travel time is approximately an hour. A Ro-Ro vessel from Hagnaya to Santa Fe is also available.

BY CAR: Your private vehicle can be ferried over to Sta. Fe so you can use your vehicle in Bantayan Island. Alternatively, you can leave it in the parking area of Hagnaya Port and opt to commute in Bantayan.

  • Vehicle Ferry Prices (one way):
    • Motorbike: ₱500 to ₱700
    • Car: ₱1,270
    • Van & SUV: ₱1,850
    • Truck: ₱3,500
  • Daily Parking Fee in Hagnaya Port:
    • Motorbike: ₱20 per day
    • Car: ₱50 per day
    • Van: ₱70 per day
    • Truck: ₱100 per day

Once in the island, navigate with Waze or Google Maps and set your destination to “Sugar Beach” in Bantayan Island, Cebu.

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