With over 7000 islands, it’s no wonder that tourist numbers in the Philippines have been significantly increasing over the last couple of years. With this most recent boom in visitors, finding accurate travel advice regarding where to go and how to get there is a common issue that tourists experience once they land in Manila or Cebu. One trip that we highly recommend is flying into Cebu city and then heading northeast to beautiful Bantayan Island. Why Bantayan Island? Well, it’s still not overcrowded with tourists and the island is full of extremely nice and welcoming locals. Throw in some powdery, undeveloped white sand beaches and stunning ocean views and you get the idea. Below is a series of steps outlining how to get to Bantayan Island from Cebu City.

1. Take a local bus, jeepney or a taxi to the Cebu North Bus Terminal.  The price will differ depending on your point of origin, but a jeepney is usually the cheapest bet at 8 pesos ($0.18 US) per ride.

 

Entrance to the Cebu North Bus Terminal

Entrance to the Cebu North Bus Terminal

 

2. Take a bus from Cebu’s North Bus Terminal to Hagnaya (approximately 3.5 hours travel time). This will cost 160 pesos ($3.62 US). The bus will stop to pick up passengers along the way, so don’t expect a non-stop service. The bus will stop right at the Hagnaya Ferry Terminal.

 Ocean views during the ride from Cebu City to Bantayan Island


Ocean views during the ride from Cebu City to Bantayan Island

3. Board a ferry departing from the Hagnaya Ferry Terminal to Bantayan Island (approximately 1 hour travel time).  This will cost 170 pesos ($3.85 US) for an adult and ferries run hourly.

Ferry prices from Hagnaya to Bantayan Island as of the time of writing

Ferry prices from Hagnaya to Bantayan Island as of the time of writing

4. Since most tourists that visit Bantayan Island stay near the pleasant town of Santa Fe due its beautiful white beach, you can either walk or grab a tricycle to your selected hotel, resort or guest house.

The view as you approach Bantayan Island from the ferry

The view as you approach Bantayan Island from the ferry

 

How to find the cheapest rooms in Cebu and on Bantayan Island?

During our various trips in the Philippines we always find the following sites the most useful to find the cheapest rooms:

Agoda

This is the largest accommodation site in the Philippines (including Cebu and Bantayan).  Therefore, it’s a smart place to start your search.  I have created a link to Cebu which includes rooms on Bantayan:

Rooms in Cebu City and on Bantayan Island

Booking.com

This site is excellent if you’re planning your trip well in advance.  Great cancellation policies and customer service. If you can find a cancellation-free room for a discounted price, it’s the way to go! Here are links to their properties:

Rooms in Cebu City                  Rooms on Bantayan Island

Hotelscombined.com

If you want to compare room prices before booking in Cebu or on Bantayan then this site is ideal.  I have created relevant links below:

Compare Room Prices in Cebu           Compare Room Prices on Bantayan Island