The main language spoken in Daanbantayan is Cebuano, which is also known as Bisaya. Many speak English as a second language as well as Tagalog. Sometimes, they also speak in Taglish (Tagalog + English) when they cannot find the appropriate word to use. The youth and the modern generation speak English with a Cebuano accent, often interchanging i and e as well as o and u while the ones from the older generations can barely converse in it.
Ceres Liner, D'Rough Riders and Cebu Autobus are among the bus companies with regular trips to and from Daanbantayan, via the North Bus Terminal in Mandaue. If you want to go to Malapascua Island, ride the bus that goes to Maya. Students and senior citizens with valid ID get a discount.
V-hire, shortened term for "Van for Hire", is also available in the North Bus Terminal. Fare ranges from ₱160-190.
There is a daily boat trip from San Isidro, Leyte going to Maya, Daanbantayan every 8AM. As of June 2012, boat fare is ₱200.
Do as the locals do and catch a colorful jeepney. Jeepneys in Daanbantayan only various routes. There are those that ply from Maya to Daanbantayan Public Terminal and vice versa. There are also jeepneys that go to Bogo City from Daanbantayan Public Market. Fare ranges from ₱7-25.
Tricycles are the most famous means of transportation in Daanbantayan. Simply ask the driver if the tricycle goes to your preferred destination. Fare ranges from ₱7-10.
Motorcycles, which are locally known as habal-habal, is also very common in Daanbantayan. Ask the driver in which place to go as most drivers know the places within Daanbantayan. Negotiate for a fare before riding. Fare ranges from ₱10-50.
- Malapascua Island
- Monad Shoal
- Gato Cave
- Haladaya Festival
Prince Hypermart is the largest store in Daanbantayan where you can buy various items at low prices.
- Bear and Rabbit Food Haus and Bar, Osemenia Street Poblacion Daanbantayan (Just past the fish market), ☏ . 10AM to 3AM. The only bar and nightclub in Daanbantayan. Serves excellent food and provides karaoke Sunday through Thursday and a disco on Friday and Saturday evenings. Indoor dining, fully air-conditioned.
Daanbantayan offers a wide variety of accommodations to choose from.
There is the high-end Kandaya Resort in Agujo that will cost you around ₱21000 per night.
Malapascua Island also have lots of resorts.
Pension houses are available as well.
Daanbantayan is a very safe town where violent crime is almost zero and pickpockets never exist. You can walk day and night with ease. If you are lost, the locals are very friendly and will gladly help you reach your destination. Just avoid groups of drunk men at night, as they might ask money from you.