On our second day in Bantayan Island, we arranged a boat tour to Virgin Island. Virgin Island is an islet 30 minutes away from Bantayan Island. Like Bantayan, it is characterized by clear waters and white sand although I personally think that the sand quality in Sta. Fe Beach Club is better than that of Virgin Island. When I first heard of its name, I thought it was a sandbar like the Virgin Island in Bohol but it was not. It has trees on the interior of the islet and I think it’s bigger.
I find the rates and charges of Virgin Island a little too steep. A minimum entrance fee of 500.00 Php should be paid in the island. That is good for 5 people and another 50.00 Php for additional person. There are no accommodation in the islet but shaded cottages are available for 100.00 Php. There is also a small store in the island that sells softdrinks, chips, biscuits, etc. but the prices are doubled so it’s better that you bring your own goods in the island.
While our boatman prepared for lunch, we spent the morning snorkelling on the leftmost part of the islet, taking pictures of almost every corner, swimming on its shallow waters and resting on their shaded cottages. 5 minutes in the cottage and I went back to the waters and repeated the process. The beach and the waters are so charming that one round of exploring the island is just not enough.
Come lunch time, our boatman served us two grilled fishes and sauteed shrimp with a dipping sauce made up of calamansi, tomatoes, soy sauce, and vinegar. The dipping sauce was that good that I asked our boatman how to make it.
We were the only visitors in the island so we had the beach all by ourselves. We walked and swam from one end to the other end of Virgin Island.
After lunch, we asked our boatman to bring us to Sta. Fe Beach Club for our kayaking before we left Bantayan Island.
HOW TO GET THERE:
Click here for details on how to go to Bantayan Island. From there, charter an outrigger boat that could take you to virgin island and other islets surrounding Bantayan Island.
Our boatman was Kuya JP (0929-647-0185). He charged us 900.00 Php because we initally agreed on going to another islet, Hilantagaan Island but the waves were too strong that we didn’t proceed to the island.
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