Daanbantayan

Daanbantayan

Daanbantayan is a municipality at the northernmost tip of Cebu province, about three hours away from Cebu City. It is a high-income municipality, with locals making money mostly through agriculture and fishing. Its name comes from a Spanish-era watchtower that guarded Visayan coastal towns.

The municipality’s coastal location has made it famous among tourists as a tropical getaway. Malapascua Island is especially renowned for its white sand beaches and breathtaking dive spots. Those interested in snorkeling and diving will appreciate the diverse coral reefs and marine life in Bounty Beach. Accommodations in this area of the island include Bounty Beach Copacabana Resort, Ocean Vida Beach and Dive Resort, and Malapascua Exotic Island Dive and Beach Resort.

Other sites in Malapascua include Gato Cave and Islet as well as Monad Shoal. Both of these locations are home to a wide range of stunning flora and fauna. Diving in these waters will give you a glimpse of thresher sharks, manta rays and marine mollusks that are much more colorful than land slugs.

Daanbantayan is not defined solely by its beaches: it also has a rich history to boot. Its town plaza commemorates a battle between locals and bandits that transpired in the 19th century. Tapilon Point, or Punta Sampero, is the site of the watchtower the town is named after, although there are no longer any remnants of the tower. San Pedro River’s northern bank is where Datu Daya, the protector of their town in the 19th century, founded a Muslim settlement in the precolonial era.

If you stop by on the 30th of August, you’ll be able to catch the Haladaya Festival. Daanbantayan locals celebrate this in honor of Datu Daya, as well as Saint Rose of Lima, the municipality’s patron saint. Dances and thanksgiving are done for the datu who defended the town from the Moro pirates at the time. Locals perform in intricate costumes and props — shimmering shields and colorful headdresses make the dances all the more eye-catching.

Top Rated Restaurants in Daanbantayan Browse All

  1. Ristorante Angelina
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  2. Ocean Vida Restaurant
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  3. Ging-Ging's Garden Restaurant
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  4. Aroi Mak
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  5. Mabuhay Bar and Restaurant
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  6. Malapascua Exotic Bar and Restaurant
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Top Rated Hotels in Daanbantayan Browse All

  1. Mike & Diose's Beach Cottage
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  2. Tepanee Beach Resort
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  3. Kokay's Maldito Dive Resort
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  4. Ocean Vida Beach and Dive Resort
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  5. Malapascua Legend Water Sports and Resort
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  6. Thresher Cove Resort
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  7. Kandaya Resort
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  8. Malapascua Exotic Island Dive & Beach Resort
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  9. Virgin Beach Resort
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  10. Blue Water Resort
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Top Rated Places in Daanbantayan Browse All

  1. Ristorante Angelina
    5.0 Stars
    Italian
    6 Reviews View
  2. Malapascua Island
    4.6 Stars
    Great Outdoors
    9 Reviews View
  3. Ocean Vida Restaurant
    4.7 Stars
    International
    3 Reviews View
  4. Mike & Diose's Beach Cottage
    5.0 Stars
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    2 Reviews View
  5. Ging-Ging's Garden Restaurant
    4.3 Stars
    International
    3 Reviews View
  6. Tepanee Beach Resort
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    2 Reviews View
  7. Kokay's Maldito Dive Resort
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    2 Reviews View
  8. Malapascua Legend Water Sports and Resort
    5.0 Stars
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    1 Review View
  9. Ocean Vida Beach and Dive Resort
    5.0 Stars
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    1 Review View
  10. Aroi Mak
    5.0 Stars
    Thai
    1 Review View

Popular Areas in Daanbantayan

  1. Malapascua Island

    Malapascua Island

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