CEBU TO BANTAYAN ISLAND – HOW TO GET THERE GUIDE

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Bantayan Island is an off-the-beaten-path tourist destination in Cebu! There are so many epic things to do in Bantayan Island including white sand beaches, saltwater lagoons, mangrove boardwalks, cave pools, old ruins, skydiving and island hopping! Bantayan Island is said to be the Boracay of the south and it sure gives it a run for its money!

In this guide, I’m going to sort you out with all the information you need to know on how to get from Cebu to Bantayan Island.

I’m going to be covering everything from getting from Cebu to Bantayan Island via the ferry but also how you can get from Cebu City to Bantayan Island if you are arriving by plane.

 

Cebu To Bantayan Island – Bus & Ferry

The most common route is from Cebu City to Bantayan Island with the use of the public bus and then a short ferry ride to Bantayan Island.

The bus from Cebu to Bantayan Island operates on a daily basis and departs every hour from the Cebu North Bus Terminal bound for Hagnaya Port on the northwestern coast of Cebu Island.

The cost of the bus is around 185 pesos and the journey time is 4 hours.

Another option of how to go to Bantayan Island is to ride in a shared minivan or take a private transfer which includes a pick-up from your hotel in Cebu City and drop-off at Hagnaya Port in North Cebu.

This is the option that I went for because it was much more comfortable than the bus and the journey time was faster.

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Ferries depart from Hagnaya Port, mainland Cebu to Bantayan Island, 7 days a week, between 4:00 am and 4:30 pm. The cost of the ferry from Hagnaya to Bantayan is 185 pesos.

You can book both your private and public transport from Cebu City to Bantayan Island using klook.com. They have some great deals and I’ve used them so many times before to book my tickets.

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How To Go To Bantayan Island – Plane, Bus & Ferry

Not many people know but you are also able to get to Bantayan Island via plane. This is a slightly more complicated and less direct route, however, if you’re coming from overseas outside of the Philippines, this is a great option for you. 

One of the most convenient ways to reach Bantayan Island is via Cebu City. If your route is Cebu airport to Bantayan, you’re going to fly into Mactan-Cebu International airport which is the second busiest and most important hub in the Philippines.

Check out below exactly how you can get from Cebu to Bantayan Island if you’re arriving by plane:

After landing at Mactan-Cebu airport, you’re going to take a mybus to the Cebu North Bus Terminal which leaves every 20 to 30 minutes for around 25 pesos. Alternatively, you can grab a taxi or Uber which will cost around 200 to 300 pesos, depending on traffic.

Upon arrival at the Cebu North Bus Terminal, you’re going to board a Ceres bus, bound for Hagnaya Port.

Travel time between the Cebu North Bus Terminal and Hagnaya Port is around 4 hours and will cost 165 pesos.

You’ll find for 200 pesos you can take a direct route, where the bus boards the ferry and drives directly onto Bantayan Island. This route, however, is a little more complicated.

Board the Island Shipping or Super Shuttle ferry at Hagnaya Port bound for Santa Fe Port in Bantayan Island. The travel time for this journey is 1 hour and the fee is 170 pesos. An additional 10 pesos terminal fee will also apply.

At Santa Fe Port, take the covered walkway to the Tourism Office where you will also have to pay a 30 pesos ecological fee.

From here you can find your transport to your resort on Bantayan Island with the most popular form of transport being tricycle for 20 to 30 pesos. If you have pre-arranged a shuttle service, this is also where they will collect you.

So there you go, a little more complicated journey but that’s to be expected when flights are involved. The total journey time from Cebu City to Bantayan is around 5 to 6 hours, excluding waiting times.

Cebu to Bantayan Island

 

MALAPASCUA TO BANTAYAN ISLAND

If you happen to be on Malapascua Island and heading to Bantayan Island from here, the most convenient option is taking an outrigger boat and the cost is around 800-900 pesos per person.

It’s best to find a small group of people heading from Malapascua to Bantayan so you can split the cost of the boat between you all. Simply ask your accommodation on Malapascua and they will be able to help organise a boat and skipper for you.

The journey time between Malapascua Cebu and Bantayan Island is 2 to 3 hours depending on the sea conditions.

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THINGS TO DO IN BANTAYAN ISLAND

Now that you’ve got all the information on how to get from Cebu to Bantayan Island, you may want to read my Ultimate Bantayan Travel Guide which includes 15 Awesome Things To Do In Bantayan Island!

 

WHERE TO STAY IN BANTAYAN

Bantayan Island has dozens of accommodation options to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay in Bantayan to fit the needs of budget backpackers and luxury travelers. See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:

Luxury: Coral Blue Oriental Beach Villas

Coral Blue Oriental is one of the best semi-luxury accommodations on Bantayan Island and centrally located in Santa Fe. Offering beachfront villas and suites with free wifi, private beach area, seaside restaurant and a bar. There are one-bedroom and two-bedroom villas available which air-conditioned and fitted with a flat-screen tv, dvd player, lock safe, fridge, and balcony with ocean views. Recommended for couples, families and friends!

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Mid Range: Sf Cantina

I personally stayed at Sf Cantina, a small and cosy guesthouse located right on the beach in Sante Fe. The property features a beach bar and restaurant, free wifi, lounge chairs and oceanfront accommodation. The rooms have air conditioning and fitted with a flat-screen tv, large bed, wardrobe and private bathroom. Continental breakfast is also available at Sf Cantina. Affordable place to stay fro couples, friends and families.

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Budget: Edsan Apartments

Edsan Apartment is the best budget accommodation in Bantayan Island. The property is centrally located in Santa Fe and features a garden, bbq facilities, shared kitchen area, terrace and free wifi. Enjoy your privacy in these budget apartments which can sleep 2 people and up to 6 people and fitted with air-conditioning/fan-cooled, large beds, private bathroom and a patio. Perfect for solo travelers, couples, friends and families!

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FOR ALL OTHER PLACES TO STAY IN BANTAYAN, SEARCH ON AGODA OR SEARCH ON BOOKING.COM

 

GETTING AROUND BANTAYAN

There’s a couple of options on how to get around Bantayan Island and they are by scooter, habal habal, tricycle or jeepney.

You can rent a scooter in Bantayan for as little as 250 pesos per day and make your own way around to all of the Bantayan Island tourist spots at your own pace. The best place to rent a scooter is via your accommodation.

If you are not confident driving a scooter, the other option is to hail down a tricycle or habal habal (motorbike taxi) along the main road in Santa Fe. For a 15-minute drive, you can expect to pay around 50-100 pesos.

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AIRBNB BANTAYAN

Another option for accommodation in Bantayan is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals on Bantayan Island.

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Dumaguete City Guide: Best Dumaguete Tourist Spots

Sumilon Island Guide: Sumilon Island Itinerary

 

MY CAMERA GEAR

• DSLR Mirrorless Camera: Sony A7ii 

• Drone Camera: DJI Mavic Pro 2

• GoPro: GoPro Hero 8 Black

• Everyday Lens: Sony F2.8 24/70mm

• Camera Bag: Lowepro Protactic 31L

• Selfie Stick: Sandmarc Metal Edition 1.2m 

• Tripod: Joby Flexible GorillaPod

• GoPro Dome: Underwater GoPro Dome

• Power Bank: Anker Powerbank

• External Hardrive: WD Elements 4TB

 

WHAT TO PACK FOR PHILIPPINES?

• Waterproof Phone Case: Universal Waterproof Case

• Reusable Water Bottle: Hydro Flask Water Bottle

• Rain Jacket: North Face Rain Jacket

• Water Shoes: Slip-on Water Shoes

• Day Bag: Nomatic 20L Day Bag

• Power Adapter: Universal Power Adapter

• Packing Cubes: 4 Set Packing Cubes

• Microfibre Towel: Quick Dry Travel Towel

• Travel Insurance: World Nomads Travel Insurance

• Money Belt: Hidden Money Belt

 

I hope you enjoyed reading this article and if you have any questions at all about getting from Cebu to Bantayan Island, please leave me a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Happy Travels!

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