Islands Near Cebu
The northern tip of Cebu is endowed with rich waters and dotted with beautiful islands with white sand beaches, Bantayan Island is one.
Bantayan Island is made up of three municipalities of the province of Cebu – Bantayan, Madridejos and Sta. Fe. Bantayan takes up the western and central areas and known for its picturesque sunset and centuries old church. Madridejos is a fishing village and known for its rich history. Lastly, Sta. Fe boasts of its beautiful sunrise and famous for its wide stretch of fine white sand beach.
There is no easy way of getting to Bantayan Island, but the journey to this little paradise will be rewarded by the charm of this tropical island. Bask in the sun, feel the sand and enjoy the sea of the paradise that is Bantayan Island!
How to get to Bantayan Island
Bantayan Island has its own airfield but no commercial airline fly to the island since 2011 which makes Mactan Cebu International Airport as the nearest with commercial operation.
Cebu City to Hagnaya Port
Cebu City is the gateway to Bantayan Island. From Cebu City, catch a bus in Cebu North Terminal going to Hagnaya Port in the town of San Remigio. Travel time is three hours and fare is P160 for aircon bus (as of February 2014). There’s a bus that leave Cebu City as early as 4AM, with the last trip at around 5PM daily.
In Hagnaya Port, catch a public ferry to Sta. Fe. The ferry ride is approximately one hour for P170 (as of February 2014). Ferry departs Hagnaya Port to Sta. Fe as early as 7AM with the last trip at around 5PM daily.
San Ildefonso/Tacloban (Leyte) to Bogo City to Hagnaya Port
If you are coming from Leyte, there are buses to Bogo City from San Ildefonso and Tacloban City. These buses cross Camotes Sea via Ro-Ro barges in Palompon to Bogo City and from there Hagnaya Port is less than an hour ride.
Getting to Cebu City
Being a premiere Visayan city, getting to Cebu from any point of the country is easy for it serves as hub of most airlines and shipping companies.
There are direct flights to Cebu from Manila, Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Zamboanga, Puerto Princesa, Legaspi, General Santos, Surigao, Siargao, Clark, Dipolog, Ozamis, Butuan, Dipolog, Roxas, Caticlan, Dumaguete, Bacolod and Iloilo via Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific Air and Air Asia.
Cebu City is also accessible from major Asian cities with direct flights from Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Incheon, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, Taipei and Qatar.
Cebu City is accessible via ferry ride from different ports of call in the country. Numerous shipping lines dock in the city including 2Go Travel, Cokaliong Shipping, Montenegro, SuperCat and OceanJet.
By land from mainland Luzon, Cebu can be reached by bus from Manila through Central Philippine Nautical Highway that starts in Batangas via RORO to Masbate and onward to Bogo City. Another option is by traversing the Eastern Philippine Nautical Highway passing to Bicol, RORO to Samar, onwards to Leyte and via another RORO to Bogo or Cebu City.
*Please note that the schedule mentioned above are subject to change without prior notice
Getting Around and Away
Tricycle and motorbikes are the main mode of transportation around the island, minimum fare is P10. There are also jeepneys and multicabs that go from Sta. Fe to Bantayan and vice versa but the trips are limited. Bicycles are also available for rent in most resorts/hotels.
Goinf out of Bantayan Island, catch a ferry from Sta. Fe Port to Hagnaya. The earliest trip is at 6AM and the last is at 4:30PM daily. Fare is P170 (as of February 2014) and travel time is approximately one hour.
Where to Stay in Bantayan Island
Most tourists stay in the beach area of Sta. Fe where accommodation ranges from as low as P500.00 for a single fan room to by the thousands for fancy air-conditioned room on high end resorts.
For budget travelers, Kota Beach Resort and Mayet’s Resort have budget fan room for as low as P600 per night, both are strategically located along Sta. Fe Beach. Meanwhile Ogtong Cave Resort and Sta. Fe Beach Club and Yooneek Beach Resort have facilities for high end tourists.
CouCou Lodge (Non-beachfront)
Budyong Beach Resort
Yooneek Inn (Non-beachfront)
Yooneek Beach Resort
Anika Island Resort
Alice Beach, Sta. Fe, Bantayan Island
- Enjoy the beaches of Sta Fe: Alice Beach (fronting east), Sugar Beach (fronting south), Maricaban Beach and Paradise Beach
- Go scuba diving, free diving or snorkeling
- Drop by at Dalton Pass Shrine
- Ride a boat to Virgin Island/Silion Island or Hilantagaan/Cabulauan Island
- Swim in the water of Ogtong Cave
- Go biking around the island
- See the Kota Ruins in Kota Park, Baywalk and the fishing village of Madridejos
- Check out the centuries old Sts. Peter and Paul Church of Bantayan
- See the heritage houses and establishments in Bantayan
- Spend a day or two in Malapascua Island