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2019 BUDGET TRAVELING Guide to Sta. Fe, Bantayan Island

Undeniably, Bantayan Island has definitely one of the best beaches in the Philippines; no wonder, it’s a go-to tourist destination in Cebu. Its most popular municipality is Santa Fe where you can find the fine, pristine white sand beach and stroll around other beautiful attractions just within the vicinity.

STA. FE, BANTAYAN’S MAIN ATTRACTIONS

Before anything else, we strongly suggest to rent a motorbike which only costs P300 for 24 hours to fully enjoy and roam around the Bantayan Island at your own pace. There are many rentals available, you can ask around.

Alternatively, there are many habal-habals or motorbikes in the island but it gets costly in the long run if you plan to visit the following spots (around P50-80 per head per destination).

Resort hopping is a MUST DO activity in Bantayan, to really make the most out of your stay in the island. Don’t be confused though, you are NOT actually required to book / check-in to any of these resorts. Later, we will give some recommendations on where to stay that’s budget-friendly.

• KOTA BEACH – Camp Sawi & Mini Sandbar (Resort Hopping)
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Technically, there’s an entrance of P50 per head among visitors who are not checked in. But this can be waived when you eat in their restaurant. And sometimes, some staff are generous enough to allow guests to enter with no entrance fees and let them enjoy the beach.

With or without the entrance fee, you will never regret visiting this paradise. Because surely, your Bantayan experience won’t be complete without this.

• OGTONG CAVE IN STA. FE BEACH CLUB (Resort Hopping)
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There’s an entrance fee of P200 per head, which already includes access to the outdoor pool and Ogtong Cave. When it gets scorching hot outside, it’s much better to swim in the cave that feels very cool and chill.

• PARADISE BEACH RESORT (Resort Hopping)
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Technically, there’s an entrance fee of P50 per head. But there are cases, when it doesn’t get too crowded, they consider of not charging any entrance fee. See those beautiful rock formations fronting the pristine white beach of Bantayan? P50 is nothing compared to the unforgettable experience.

• MARLINS BEACH RESORT (Resort Hopping)

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Marlin Beach Resort, Bantayan Island Cebu Philippines

There’s an entrance fee of P50 per head only. At times, entrance is given for free especially during low season.

• MANGROVE ECO PARK
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Walk with nature at Mangrove Eco Park. Entrance fee is only P50 per head.

• SUNRISE / SUNSET WATCHING

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We are witnesses of the beautiful sunrise / sunset in Bantayan Island. It’s really one of the BEST I’ve seen in my life. Watch it by the seashore to appreciate it even more. it’s just breathtakingly beautiful.

HOW TO GET THERE?

Buses that will bring you to Bantayan Island are found at the North Bus Terminal. Take the bus going to Hagnaya. Travel time is approximately 3 hours. From Hagnaya take the Express Ferry Boat to Sta. Fe, Bantayan Island. Travel time is approximately 1-hour ride to Sta. Fe, Bantayan Island. A Ro-Ro vessel from Hagnaya to Santa Fe is also available.

FARE

Bus – P175 per way / P350 roundtrip (20% discount for students, present School ID)
Ferry & Terminal Fee – P185 + 10 per way / P390 roundtrip

SCHEDULE

Updated as of March 2019.

CEBU TO BANTAYAN (3.5-4 hours bus, 1 hour ferry)
Trip Bus Departure (Cebu City to Hagnaya) Ferry Departure (Hagnaya to Sta. Fe)
1st Trip 10:45 PM 3:00 AM
2nd Trip 12:15 AM 5:00 AM
3rd Trip 2:00 AM 6:30 AM
4th Trip 5:00 AM 9:30 AM
5th Trip 6:00 AM 11:30 AM
6th Trip 8:00 AM 1:30 PM
7th Trip 10:00 AM 3:30 PM
LAST Trip 12:20 PM 5:30 PM
BANTAYAN TO CEBU (1 hour ferry, 3.5-4 hours bus)
Trip Ferry Departure (Sta. Fe to Hagnaya) Bus Departure (Hagnaya to Cebu City)
1st Trip 5:00 AM 6:00 AM
2nd Trip 7:30 AM 8:30 AM
3rd Trip 9:30 AM 10:30 AM
4th Trip 11:30 AM 12:30 PM
5th Trip 1:30 PM 2:30 PM
6th Trip 3:30 PM 4:30 PM
LAST Trip 5:30 PM 6:30 PM

WHERE TO STAY?

Check out our new article: Top 10 Beach Resorts in Sta. Fe, Bantayan Island

You don’t need to stay in those renowned hotels especially when you’re on a budget. Here are your options:

  • Kota Beach Resort – for as low as P800, room for 2, 0956-276-4410 / (032) 438-9042
  • Bantayan Cottages – for as low as P400, room for 2, 0908-309-4717 / (032) 438-9358
  • Search on the best deals in Agoda and AirBnB. You can find one as low as P500, room for 2.

IN SUMMARY…

As a general rule, you can save more when you travel with a group. If you are on your own, you can join the other groups to save more on the inland and island hopping tours.

• Transportation: As mentioned, it is strongly recommended to rent your own motorbike which only costs P150 for 24 hours to fully enjoy and roam around the Bantayan Island at your own pace.

• Accommodation: Again, you don’t need to stay in those renowned hotels especially when you’re on a budget. Apart from what we have suggested above, don’t be shy to ask around. The people of Sta. Fe are very friendly. You can ask where you can find a room (good for 2) under P500, then they will give you their suggestions and (sometimes) take you there.

• EXPENSES:
Bus – P170 per way / P340 roundtrip*
Ferry & Terminal Fee – P110 per way / P220 roundtrip*
Kota Beach – P50 per head (sometimes for free)
Ogtong Cave & Pool – P200 per head
Paradise Beach Resort – P50 per head (sometimes for free)
Mangrove Eco Park – P50 per head
Marlins Beach Resort – P50 per head (sometimes for free)
Sunset/Sunrise watching – FREE
Motorbike rental – P300 for 24 hours
Accommodation – P400-500 a night
*Present School ID to avail 20% discount for students


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11 comments

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    Hello! Thank you very much for this info! At first, I thought it was impossible to see that sandbar without booking a room at Kota Beach Resort lol. However, is the rates posted in here for Kota Beach updated as of March 1, 2019 as well? Thanks!!

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    Is there a parking space where we call leave our vehicle on hagnaya port?

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    Please do update your blog as of now. It is 175 for ceres bus and 185 for ferry + 10 terminal fee.

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    Good for how many persons ang motorbike?

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    where maka rent ug motorcycle sa island?

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    Elvira Escario Cortes

    Very helpful information

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    Thank you very much for your guide in visiting Bantayan Island.
    Indeed, we are friendly.

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    This really help a lot. But, are you going to update this site monthly? Me and my family are planning to visit Bantayan probably by month of October or November and I have already set a budget for the plan.

    Thanks.

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    Hi, I just want to make sure if the schedule of the bus is legit? because from what I read from other sources the first trip is at 11:45 to 12:15. Is this a new sked? Hope you will reply.

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    this site really helps a lot. THANKS :)

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