Visit the Hidden Lagoon in Guintarcan Island

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Guintarcan Island, Cebu, Philippines

Last year, I was part of an adventure where we went island hopping for four days. It was epic. And since then I’ve tried to join these adventures organized by Outdoorsman’s hub, but it seems the universe is not on my side, or should I say my schedule was a mess. I keep on skipping those activities, until the day we went on a 2-Day trip to Guintarcan Island.

Does the island ring a bell? No. I thought so. Because this is not a common destination. In fact, I never heard of it until the Facebook group organized the trip. The unknown island made my heart pump faster. And so the Fickle Feet wanted to be on that island.

Just so you know. Guintarcan Island is a part of Bantayan group of islands, in the province of Cebu. The locals call it as Kinatarkan.

How to get to Guintarcan Island?

  • From Cebu City – Take a bus in North bus terminal going to Daan Bantayan.
  • From Daan Bantayan –  If you are in a group and want to rent a boat. It may cost Php1500-3000. Not sure of the rate since our trip was organized and had a fixed price. But you can also take a boat for Php50 as a regular passenger.

On the way  to the Lagoon

Passing by La-aw Cove

As we were heading to the Lagoon, we passed by this Cove. Since our boat cannot go near, we have to swim our way to get to the island.

Guintarcan Island, Cebu, Philippines

We passed by a tunnel-like rock. Also, we climbed and conquered those rocky cliffs. And then got lost on our way and went back from the beginning. So if you’re going there. Remember this, after the climb, go RIGHT. Don’t get lost. You might find a dead end like we did.

Take a dip in the La-aw Lagoon

Laaw Lagoon, Guintarcan Island, Cebu, Philippines

The La-aw Lagoon is a small inlet located inside the island. It is partially blocked by huge rocks that we passed by. The water is greenish since there’s a lot of seaweed under the water. It is quite scary actually. But regardless of that fact, it was a beautiful paradise.

What else?

Cliff Jumping

Guintarcan Island, Cebu, Philippines

After passing the tunnel, the climb on the right side is the way to the lagoon, the climb to the left side is the way to the cliff jump. Be careful on your way because the area is rocky. The cliff jump is almost 15 feet.

Snorkeling at the La-aw Cove

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We did some snorkeling in the La-aw cove. There’s not much to see, but it was still fun.

Camping at the beach

Guintarcan Island, Cebu

 

I’m suggesting this because this is what we did. But I must tell you that it was quite difficult to find comfort rooms in the island since it is not commercialized yet. However, the locals are nice and you can ask them to help you to do your business.

Final Note:

In other words, if you are seeking for some privacy and want to go in a secluded area. Guintarcan Island is for you. The only thing that will cost you is the travel expense. Little cost for a wonderful paradise.


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6 Comments

  1. tashasoyster

    This lagoon looks so beautiful and untouched. I’d love to visit the Philippines and have added this to my list of places to visit there. Thanks for sharing.

    31 . Oct . 2016
  2. Camilla

    This place looks so magical! Definitely have to go there if I ever visit the Philippines (:
    Camilla | http://cammi.dk

    03 . Nov . 2016
  3. Ara Lim

    hi! where do we get off at Daanbantayan to rent pumpboats to Guintarcan?

    04 . Apr . 2017
    • Roneth Politud

      Hello Ara! You can rent pump boats in Maya Ferry Port. 😀

      04 . Apr . 2017
  4. Arche

    Hi. Thanks for this blog. It is helpful for those who want to take a vacation in an unfamiliar place. Can’t wait to be there next next week. 🙂

    07 . May . 2017
    • Roneth Politud

      Welcome! Hope you’ll enjoy your trip. 😁

      07 . May . 2017

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