Balidbid Lagoon is one of the most underrated tourist spots in Bantayan Island – a winding waterway of mangroves, saltwater and white sandy shores. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Santa Fe town, Balidbid Lagoon is a welcome respite for those looking to get away from the crowds of tourists at the better-known beaches.
For the ultimate Balidbid Lagoon experience, we recommend renting some paddleboards from SUP Bantayan and going on a scenic tour. We’ve put together this guide with all you need to know about going on a standup paddleboard tour at Balidbid Lagoon, Bantayan Island.
Best time to visit Balidbid Lagoon
How to get to Balidbid Lagoon
Bantayan Island is small, so most people get around by scooter which you can find from rentals all over the island. Another popular mode of transport is bicycle if you don’t plan on going too far. You can usually rent a bike from your accommodation provider, or ask them if they know anyone.
What to bring to Balidbid Lagoon
Prepare for your trip to Balidbid Lagoon with our must-have travel essentials.
Waterproof backpack & phone case: Earth Pak 35L or 55L Heavy Duty Backpack, IPX8 Waterproof Phone Case Included (click for price)
Snorkel, mask & fins: Cressi Adjustable Mask, Fin & Snorkel Set with Carry Bag (click for price)
Quick-dry microfiber travel towel: Wise Owl Outfitters Camping Travel Towel (click for price)
Insulated water bottle: Hydro Flask Vacuum Insulated Water Bottle (click for price)
Hiking Sandals: Teva Women’s Hurricane Hiking Sandals (click for price), Teva Men’s Hurricane Hiking Sandals (click for price)
If you’re just doing a DIY trip to Balidbid Lagoon, there’s a small 20 PHP entrance fee that you’ll need to pay the landowner to park on his property. If you end up doing the full paddleboarding tour it’s 600 PHP per person, which includes board rental for 2 hours and a guide. To book your tour ahead of time, you can contact SUP Bantayan on Facebook.
What to expect at Balidbid Lagoon
The best thing about Balidbid Lagoon is how relatively unknown it is for such a beautiful place. Most tourists will stick to island hopping and beaches like Kota Beach, so we ended up having the lagoon all to ourselves.