After a hectic week of traveling here and there, we reached the island of Bantayan in Cebu. We were predetermined on squeezing in 2 islands in one week. Making that 3 islands in 2 weeks. Not only is it more time consuming to travel with a full itinerary, but it’s money consuming as well. With Morten being sunburned resembling a lobster, blister on his left food, coral cuts on his right, and a deep coral cut under my foot, we thought it best to just slow down. When we woke up to bright sunshine, an incredible view, a pristine white beach all to ourselves. The choice was easy, we just stayed put doing absolutely nothing. When you see the pictures I’m sure you can understand our decision to stay. We arrived this paradise island on Monday, and since then we’ve been sleeping on sun beds under the shade drinking San Mig lights, eating Magnum almond ice-cream and playing cards. By playing cards I mean trying to teach Morten how to play cards, his memory of card games is equal to a 3 year old. And of course we finally sent up that drone, taking some seriously nice overview shots of the beach. Check it out, and if you get the crave for Bantayan, the deets on how to get here is at the bottom of the post.
Bantayan is situated to the west of the northern Island of Cebu. It’s divided into 3 municipalities – Bantayan, Madridejos and Santa Fe. With the latter being our designated home for the week. Here’s a map of Cebu.
To get here you have to first fly in to Cebu, you can probably take a boat if that is easier for you, I haven’t checked up on that. Depending on the time of day you arrive, spending one night in Cebu first might be a good idea to check out what’s what, also because the last ferry to Bantayan leaves at 4pm.
Take a taxi to the Northern bus terminal in Cebu city, and find the bus that goes to Bantayan. The price for the bus is 220 pesos, the trip takes about 3 and a half hour with one bathroom break. There will be signs in the bus window, if in doubt just ask and they will gladly point you in the right direction.The bus drives to Hagnaya port where you take the ferry over to Bantayan Island. All you have to do is get off the bus, buy your tickets, walk through the port and back to the boat where the bus is waiting for you. The ticket price for the ferry is 180 pesos, and takes about one hour. When you reach Bantayan Island, the first city will be Santa Fe, so remember to make arrangements with the bus driver beforehand, so he can drop you off in the right city. The buses are air-conditioned, with plastic covering the seats and the head rest. There is a TV screen with movies playing the whole time. We were lucky and got to watch Kung Fu panda 3, London has fallen and Maleficient.
A friendly tip! The bathrooms in the stops are really gross to be honest, and the smell is terrible. So remember to work on those squat muscles and bring toilet paper as there is none here. Let’s just say I’ve had my share of unpleasant toilet visits while driving around here in the Philippines.
There you have it, it’s easier than you would’ve thought so it’s definitely worth the trip. This is what awaits you on the other side.