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Kinatarkan / Batbatan
Guintacan Island.jpg
Southern portion of Guintacan Island
Guintacan is located in Bantayan Island
Location Visayan Sea
Coordinates 11°19′30″N 123°53′30″E / 11.325°N 123.8917°E / 11.325; 123.8917Coordinates: 11°19′30″N 123°53′30″E / 11.325°N 123.8917°E / 11.325; 123.8917
Area 13.34 km2 (5.15 sq mi)
Length 6.8 km (4.23 mi)
Width 2.5 km (1.55 mi)
Region Central Visayas (Region VII)
Province Santa Fe
Municipality Santa Fe
Population 7,208 (2015 census)[1]
Pop. density 540 /km2 (1,400 /sq mi)

Guintacan is an island of the province of Cebu in the Philippines. It lies about 25 kilometres (16 miles) off the west coast of Cebu, 12 kilometres (7 mi) northeast from Bantayan Island, and 10 kilometres (6 mi) from Hilantagaan Island. The island is within the municipality of Santa Fe and comprises three barangays: Hagdan, Kinatarkan and Langub.

The island has an elongated elliptical shape, about 6.8 kilometres (4.2 mi) long (N-S) and 2.5 kilometres (1.6 mi) wide (E-W). Offshore are numerous coral reefs and seagrass beds. The topography of the island is hilly and along the eastern coastline is a large lagoon.[a] The coast of the island is dominated by numerous towering rock cliffs, which are interrupted by some flat beaches. The vegetation of the island consists of dense tropical vegetation, in the interior there are also large intensive agricultural areas.

A number of sinkholes have formed at various locations on the island.[2] While one appeared in 2014, it is thought that others had developed some years earlier. As from August 2014 their cause is still being assessed.

The island can be reached by ferry from Daanbantayan, and from Santa Fe by pump boat.

There is a lighthouse - LS Guintacan[3] - to the southeast of the island (⛯ 11°18′06″N 123°53′28″E / 11.30167°N 123.89111°E / 11.30167; 123.89111).



  1. ^ Census of Population (2015). Highlights of the Philippine Population 2015 Census of Population. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  2. ^ Philippine Star, Jessica J Agua (7 August 2014). "DENR to re-assess sinkhole". Retrieved 1 November 2014. 
  3. ^ Coast Guard District, Central Visayas Lightstations

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