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How To Get To Bantayan Island in Cebu?

Bantayan Island has been one of the famous destinations of both local and international tourists here in Cebu. In recent years, it has slowly become an alternative to Boracay because of the white sands as well as the serenity it offers to those who may wish to have a truly relaxing experience during their vacation. Bantayan island is not as crowded as Bora and the expenses there is way cheaper in comparison.

In this article, I will guide you on your travel to Bantayan Island from Cebu City. That  includes information about fare prices.
bantayan island resort
Bantayan Island beach

Getting to Bantayan Island: Landtrip from North Bus Terminal

The first step in getting to Bantayan Island is to ride a bus in Cebu North Bus Terminal. It was located in Mandaue City. For those coming from hotels and inns, it would be advisable to ride a taxi to get there. Or if you have the luxury of time, you can ask a hotel employee or a local friend to know the jeepney route that will pass in the North Bus Terminal.


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In the North Bus Terminal, take a bus ride (Ceres Bus) going to Hagnaya Port. It was long travel, ranging from 3 to 4 hours but after more than an hour, there is a short stop where you can buy food or go to the restroom. The fare is around 130 pesos for the non-air con and 150 Pesos for the air-con bus.

Travel by sea at Hagnaya Port

The bus will stop exactly at the Hagnaya Port. There, you have to ride a ferry going to Bantayan Island (Sta Fe Port). The sea travel takes about an hour. Typically, the sea is calm but it can be the opposite at times. The fare is 150 to 200 pesos depending on the type of cabin (aircon or non-aircon) and the shipping company. There are three companies operating at Cebu (Hagnaya)- Bantayan route.

The earliest schedule is as early as 12 AM but may change. Please contact the shipping company to be sure. See the schedule here.

Third Step: From Sta Fe Port to Your Chosen Resort

If have arranged a transport service with the resort where you would stay, then they will pick you up at the Port. If you don't have that arrangement, you can ride a tricycle, a motorcycle (locally termed as habal-habal) or tricykad (manually driven). Fare varies depending on the location of the  resort but it starts at 20 Pesos.

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