Virgin Island, also known as Silion, is a privately owned island located off the coast of Bantayan, roughly 140 kilometers from Cebu City. It's a favorite of our Cebu insider Jay Aldeguer, owner of Islands Group of Companies. Virgin Island's beach is fringed by white sand and just a few meters from the shore is a colorful coral reef, a good spot for snorkeling. There are cottages right on the beach for rent. Entrance fee to the island is P500 (less than $11) for the first two people in a group, and P100 for each succeeding person.
Basic open thatched cottages cost P1,500 for two people. Contact +63920 746 6053. Visit Cebu City Tourism Commission on Facebook.
How to get there
Fly from Manila to Cebu via Philippine Airlines or Cebu Pacific. From the airport, take a taxi to the North Cebu Bus Terminal and hop on a Ceres Liner bus bound for Hagnaya Port in San Remigio, Cebu. Travel time is two and a half to three hours. At Hagnaya port, catch a ferry headed for Sta. Fe port in Bantayan Island, about an hour's travel. At Bantayan there are outrigger boats you can hire to take you to Virgin island, a trip that should take less than 30 minutes. A boat hire costs about P1,000 a day.
Cover photo is a screengrab from @imvann on Instagram.
By Celia Nachura
Published December 2016