Daanbantayan is a first class municipality in the province of Cebu, the Philippines, occupying the northern tip of Cebu island. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 74,897 people. Malapascua Island is part of the jurisdiction of the municipality of Daanbantayan.
The name Daanbantayan was derived from two words: the word "Daan" (which means "old" in the Cebuano language, and the word "Bantayan" which refers to a place that served as a "look-out-station" for Moro raiders before the Spaniards obtained control of the Philippines. The original site of the town might have been located at an elevated vantage point near Punta which is situated in Tapilon. Some older maps and publications use the two words separately, as "Daan Bantayan".
Daanbantayan is now known for its pristine powder-like white sandy beaches – one of which is Malapascua Island. With its vast and rich marine resources, there are also dive sites that offer unique marine life and beauty.
As a tourist destination, Daanbantayan stages the Haladaya Festival every year as an added attraction to tourist and balikbayans from all over the world who come to visit the place.