Gato Island resembles a sleeping cat from above, thus its name. (Image: Evolution Diving)
Gato Island in Daanbantayan, northern Cebu holds many wonders for divers and adventurous travelers. The small, rocky island is a fish and sea snake sanctuary where the balingkasaw (yellow-lipped sea krait) roams. Beneath its waters, one can see puffer fish, mantis shrimp, scorpion fish, and many other sea creatures. The island also has a cave where white-tip reef sharks rest.
To get to Gato Island, one can take a bus from the Cebu North Bus Terminal going to Maya Port. From there, one can take a boat to Malapascua Island, then take an outrigger boat to Gato Island.