The Last Frontier of Cebu
By John Xtian
Kinatarcan Island – Unspoiled Beauty! Let’s keep it that way!
For some, this might the be first time to hear of this place: Kinatarcan.
Well, you’re not the only one. Because when I heard of this name, that was also the first time I heard of it.
Maybe because you might have heard of a totally different name but referred to the same island.
For the people in the surrounding area of the island (Daan Bantayan, Bantayan Island, Bogo, San Remigio), they call it as Gintacan, Gintakan, Gintarkan.
Erm, in the later part of the following years that went by, the term Kinatarcan was coined .
In any case, it sounds almost the same as Gintacan.
This blog post will primarily showcase the beauty of Kinatarcan.
I got to know and visit the place because of Gina Lopez. If it was not for her, I would not know of this beautiful place.
She made a lot of efforts to promote the island and convert it, in time, into a premier tourist destination.
Accommodation used to be a challenge in Kinatarcan. No hotels, nor resorts. But, it was never a problem for the adventurous.
However, it all changed when Gina Lopez took the effort to convert the place without actually destroying it.
Came the Kinatarcan Island Wellness resort, an eco-tourism facility.
Eco-domes can house multiple people.
There was no better model for this eco-dome other than Antoinette Taus.
Glamping tents are also available for accommodation. These are huge tents that can accommodate up 5 (five) people.
Accommodation is not going to be a problem any longer.
If you want to book an accommodation in Kinatarcan, you may visit the Kinatarcan Wellness Resort by going to this link:
Alternatively, you may call them at (032) 238 2671. A call is highly suggested.
Kinatarcan Island, without a doubt and with conviction I will say that it is gorgeous! There is not a need for me to describe the place with highfalutin words.
Partly because, I also do not know what other words to use aside from gorgeous and beautiful!
Emerald green waters! The whole island of Kinatarcan is surrounded by this crystal clear beauty.
With how clear the water is, one can just literally swim anywhere.
The Kinatarcan lighthouse which we regrettably missed to visit.
The Laaw Lagoon
The Laaw Lagoon is home to lato seaweed. I love lato, but this is a different kind of lato they have here.
Legend has it that the Laaw is guarded by the elementals. In fact, on the way going to the lagoon, there is a huge open space that gives off the feeling that someone is living there.
If you know what I mean.
Tambo-an ni Leon
I didn’t even care to ask who Leon is.
Life of simplicity
Chill! One adjective that I can use to describe the way of life of the people of Kinatarcan Island.
Sunrise and Sunset
I love sunrises and sunsets. During this time of the day, everything just feels still, unmoving, as if on pause.
I did not lack any of these when I was in Kinatarcan, combine it with a quiet place, carefree people and a beautiful sunrise and sunset, one would never want to go back to the city.
We were graced with the presence of Maymay and Edward during. I will have a totally different post about these two, being in Kinatarcan, on a different day.
Maymay is really tall. Such a jolly lady.
“Kinatarcan Island, without a doubt and with conviction I will say that it is gorgeous!“
Gallery of some of the livelihood of the people!
Check out this gallery (scrollable gallery):
Kinatarcan is an island beauty. Yes, it is far. But, the travelling will be all worth it.
It definitely left an impression on me, and surely it will leave one on you, too. Because beauties like this is scarce nowadays.
If ever you’re visiting the place, make sure to help maintain its beauty.
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