Daanbantayan - Cebu Province Destinations


Daanbantayan is actually a combination of two Cebuano terms: daan which means old; and bantayan which means "to guard".

Daanbantayan is a 1st class municipality situated in the northern tip of the island of Cebu. The name Daanbantayan was derived from the Cebuano words “Daan” which means “old,” and “Bantayan” which refers to a place that served as a “look-out-station” for Moro raiders before the Spaniards obtained control. Daanbantayan’s main industries are fishing, seaweed farming, agriculture, and tourism.

Daanbantayan has become famous because of Malapascua Island (also known as Logon). Dubbed as a "mini-Boracay," Malapascua boasts of its beautiful white sand beaches, magnificent coral gardens and excellent diving spots. This exotic and enchanting island lies 8 kilometers off the northern coast of Cebu. Swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving are just among of the popular activities in the area. It attracts many tourists from across the country and all over the world. Malapascua has several resorts situated all over the island that offer accommodations for its visitors.

The Municipality of Daanbantayan celebrates its annual Haladaya Festival every Easter Sunday. Haladaya came from the phrase “Halad kang Datu Daya,” the leader of the first Malayan settlers in Daanbantayan. A fluvial parade displays patron saints of the different barangays placed in decorated bancas. There is also a talent competition called the Haladaya star search, a “sayawit,” and a street dancing competition or grand parade called “Haladaya.” This dance is where the people of Daanbantayan show the heroism of Datu Daya and the celebration of victory, life and good harvest.




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Attractions at Daanbantayan

Haladaya Festival
Malapascua Island