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It is never easy being alone. When you travel, you have to be with someone who is as crazy and random as you or else the trip won’t be as exciting as you thought it will be.
I didn’t have any idea at first where to go when I booked my flight going to Cebu. Then, I saw the place in the movie Camp Sawi. The timing was just perfect. I was fascinated with the beauty of Island featured in the movie. So, I told myself, I think it’s time for me to scrape off that thing on my bucket list: to travel alone and to check this paradise for myself as well.
Cebu is known as one of the tourist destinations in the country. On the northern part of Cebu is where Bantayan Island is located. Approximately, 3-4Hours by land then a ferry ride for an hour. The island is divided into three: Bantayan, Sta. Fe and Madridejos. You’d be able to see most of the scenic beaches in Sta Fe.
From Mactan Airport, you can take a cab going to North Bus Terminal. It will be roughly 3-4hours travel by bus. There are ordinary bus and airconditioned bus going to Hagnaya Port with fare of P200.00. Terminal Fee: 10.00
After almost 4hours of travel by bus with one stopover, we reached Hagnaya port.
There is also a terminal fee to and from Hagnaya for P10.00. Super shuttle ferry from Hagnaya to Sta Fe port takes about an hour of travel. (Fare: P170.00). Getting off from Sta Fe port, there are habals offering ride for P20.00.
Check on the pic below for the schedule of Ferry.
Taxi from airport to terminal: 180
Terminal fee :10
Bus to hagnaya: 200 (airconditioned)
Ferry to sta fe: 170
Terminal fee in hagnaya 10
Sta port terminal fee: 10
Habal to resort : 20
Resort: 1700/night (beach placid) vary depending on the room (rates can be as low as 800 or lower, try to check their website for more information) Bike rental:150/24hrs or if u know how to drive a motor, it will be much better (for 350) Tour: 400 within the city (optional) you can do it by yourself if u want
(There are some bangkeros offering virgin island tour for 600-800) Mangroves entrance: 50 Ogtong entrance: 100 Tricy back to port: 25 Terminal fee sta fe: 10 Ferry back to Cebu :170 Bus to Cebu city : 170 Taxi back to the airport: 150
Total expenses : 5225 Php for 3 days.
Airfare not yet included
Plus other expenses like souvenirs and pasalubong.
(It will be much cheaper if you’re travelling with a group or someone)
For others, who are planning to visit the island, there are still a lot of things to do in Bantayan. Ive read other blogs and still so many places i never had the chance to visit. I was in pure bliss already on what i was seeing and i just wanted to relax.
It was indeed a great first time solo backpacking.