Bantayan Island, is situated north of Cebu and is the largest of the Bantayan Group Of Islands. It is consist of 3 municipalities namely Bantayan, Madridejos and Sta. Fe.
The company that I work with, Bantayan Island Power Corporation, is serving the people of Bantayan Island with electricity. Bantayan Island is not new to me anymore. I’ve been there before, year 2016.
If you’re like us (RamNine) and you love to get into the water, Bantayan Island should be your next trip on your list.
Northbus in Cebu City – Hagnaya Port
Travel time: 4 hours
Transportation: Ceres Bus, Ordinary Bus, Van, Taxi (optional)
|Cebu North Bus Station to Bantayan Town – Departs:||Bantayan Town to Cebu North Bus Station – Departs:|
|11:45 pm||5:00 am|
|12:15 am||7:45 am|
|3:00 am||9:45 am|
|6:00 am||11:45 am|
|8:00 am||1:45 pm|
|10:00 am||2:30 pm|
|12:30 pm||5:20 pm|
- P 200 – Air-con bus direct to Bantayan Island
- P 160 – Air-con bus to Hagnaya Port
- P 132 – Non air-con bus to Hagnaya Port
Hagnaya Port – Sta. Fe, Bantayan
Travel time: 1 hour
Transportation: Island Shipping and Super Shuttle
Island Shipping Ferry Schedule
Super Shuttle Ferry Schedule
- Php 10.00 in Hagnaya Port (Hagnaya to Sta. Fe)
- Php 5.00 in Sta. Fe Port (Sta. Fe to Hagnaya)
|Ticket Type||Island Shipping||Super Shuttle|
|Kids 1 – 11||85.00||85.00|
|Motorbikes||500.00 – 700.00|
|Van & SUV||1850.00|
You can contact the ticket booths and shipping companies if you have any questions. Here are some contact numbers:
Hagnaya Ticket Booth
- 0919 525 1388
Santa Fe Ticket Booth
- 0918 704 7196
- 0922 865 8518
- 032 343 7441
- (032) 435 8099
- (032) 438 9006
- (032) 460 5608
Super Shuttle Ferry
- (032) 435-8090
- 0995 618 9124
- 0915 646 6857
- 0999 889 9999
- 0942 445 3708
When you arrived at the Sta. Fe port, you will need to pay for the Tourism Ecological Fee of Php30.00 each person.
So we’ve checked-in Kota Beach Resort, where they shooted their movie Camp Sawi. Starring Andi Eigenmann, Bela Padilla, Yassi Pressman, Sam Milby, and Arci Muñoz.
Kota Beach Resort is rightly called by its name due to its safety curve-shaped beach resort.
Effective October 1, 2017, room rates will have an increase. Check rates here: http://www.kotabeachresort.com/reachus/
Just message Kota Beach at 0956- 276- 4410 or their driver for pick up at 0918-224-2123.
We booked 4th row, because 3rd row was not available. Here are some of our photos.
The Parking Spaces
The Waiting Area
The 1st Row Rooms
The 2nd Row Rooms
The 3rd Row Rooms
The 4th Row Rooms
We checked-in here.
Inside 4th Row Room
The Standard Fan Rooms
The sexy view. LOL
That was not the end of our adventure, I will share some other places to visit in Bantayan Island.
First of, I recommend to rate motorcycle to roam around Sta. Fe to Bantayan.
Rates of vehicles for rent:
- Bicycle – Php 150.00
- Motorcycle – Php 200.00 to Php 300.00
Bicycle rentals are available at Kota Beach Resort. For motorcycles for rent, contact this number or PM them on Facebook.
Contact number: 0930-571-4215
They will let you sign papers before giving the motorcycle.
TERERENTEREN! We spotted Ate Mae, our fellow Batohanon. Indeed, what a small world.
Budyong Beach Resort is just across Kota Beach.
If you are hungy, there are also many restaurants nearby. They are selling combo meals for breakfast and we had our breakfast here (*I forgot the name*). Their serving per plate is really really worth it with two (2) eggs per plate, main dish, fried rice or plain rice and any choice of drinks. YUMMY!
It’s kinda obvious that I was really hungry because I took a blurry photo. HIHIHIHI
Aside from their breakfast meals, they have seafood menus. And you should try it! There were locals selling scallops that will roam the beaches, 3 pieces for Php100.00. But if you want, there are also people selling seafoods in the market.
After boosting our energy, our adventure started…….
I highly recommend you to visit these places:
- Sta. Fe Beach Club or Ogtong Cave
Day use rates:
- Php 200 Ages 11 and up
- Php 100 Ages 3 to 10 (Free entrance for kids below 3)
- Php 160 PWD or Senior citizens (Senior Citizen I.D. is required)
- *Note: Price may change without prior notice.
- Sta. Fe Cliff Diving Spot
- Map from Ogtong Cave to Sta. Fe Cliff Diving Spot: http://bit.ly/2xXpMxB
This is definitely the best place for snorkeling. There were no jellyfishes, no sea urchins, and most especially, very clear water.
- Omagieca Obo-ob Mangrove Garden
- Map from Sta. Fe Cliff Diving Spot: http://bit.ly/2xcjwOn
Kayaking is also available at Omagieca Obo-ob Mangrove Garden.
Aside from roaming around the area, Ola! they have restaurant. You can’t bring your own foods and drinks as per their rules and regulations.
What a beautiful place!
It’s time to go back! 😦 I wish we could stay longer. Till next time, BANTAYAN ISLAND!
“In Life, It’s Not Where You Go, It’s Who You Travel With”