Postcard of the week: Guintarcan Island – A secret island in Cebu, Philippines

Postcard of the week: Guintarcan Island - A secret island in Cebu, PhilippinesThis photo was taken in Laaw Lagoon. A hidden Lagoon located in Guintarcan Island. It is a part of Bantayan group of islands, in the province of Cebu in the Philippines. The locals call it as Kinatarkan. This destination is not common, therefore it is not touristy. Once you get here you can have the Lagoon all by yourself.

On the way to the Lagoon is quite an adventure too. As we were heading to the Lagoon, our boat cannot go near, we have to swim our way to get to the island across the cove. We passed by a tunnel-like rock. Also, we climbed and conquered 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.

The Laaw 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? You can do cliff jumping. It is almost 15 feet high. 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. Another activity that is Snorkeling at the La-aw Cove. Though there’s not much to see, but it was still fun.

We also spend our night in this secluded island. We camped at the beach. We brought our own food knowing that the island it is not commercialized yet. Another thing is, it was quite difficult to find comfort rooms in the island. However, the locals are nice and you can ask them to help you do your business.

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.

Postcard from: Roneth Politud
Roneth was born and raised in Tandag City, Philippines and shares her travel experiences, tips and guides mostly about her country on

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Postcard of the week: Guintarcan Island - A secret island in Cebu, Philippines

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