Guintacan Island is also known as Kinatarcan Island and Guintarcan Island. It does not ring a bell since it is one of the last frontiers of Cebu. The island is located on the northwestern coast of Cebu and is a part of the Bantayan group of islands. It has an elongated shape with a length of around 6.8 kilometers and a width of around 2.5 kilometers. The island has a hilly topography with a large lagoon situated on its eastern coast. Guintacan Island is a part of the municipality of Santa Fe and has three barangays.
Guintacan Island has remained relatively undeveloped even though it already has three barangays. The beaches of the island have remained pristine since it was not developed as a tourist destination. Due to this, only a few people know this island paradise. If you ever decide to visit the island, you can drop by the following places:
- Bitoon Beach – The Bitoon Beach of the island features fine white sand that can rival the best in the archipelago. The fact that it has remained undeveloped makes it more appealing to people looking to enjoy nature at its best.
- Laaw Lagoon – Situated in Barangay Hagdan, Laaw Lagoon is surrounded by rock formations that add to its charm. Since the area is thickly forested, it will require you to hike around twenty minutes from the jump-off point.
- Coral Cliffs – Located close to the Laaw Lagoon are some coral cliffs where you can test your courage. You can jump off the cliff into the pristine waters of the island.
The journey to Guintacan Island starts at the Cebu North Bus Terminal where you can catch a bus headed for Daanbantayan. Once you reach Daanbantayan, you can get on a ferry headed for an island. You can also opt to hire a motorized boat if you are a part of a big group.
Guintacan Island is one of the remaining unexplored places in Cebu. It is a good place for anyone looking to get away from the stress of life in the city, even for a weekend. Have you visited Guintacan Island already? Tell us about your experience in the comments section below.