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Bantayan Island is located in the west of the northern end of Cebu IslandThe island is not a place for shopping or adventure, this island all about peace. If you want to escape in the crowded city, the noise, the pollution, the stress, then visit Bantayan Island and discover what living in the paradise.

Bantayan Island is a very small island with three municipalities which is composed of Bantayan, Santa Fe and Madridejos. This island is not too much crowded it is like the other famous beaches in the Philippines. It becomes more and more popular as a greater number of tourists came from all over the world and witness the hidden charm of the island


Bantayan Island can be reached via ferry services from Hagnaya Port (San Remigio) to Santa Fe Port, and from Estancia Iloilo to Bantayan municipal port. Bantayan Island has its own airfield but no commercial airline fly to this island it only handles infrequent flights from chartered planes arriving from Mactan-Cebu International Airport. The price ranges approximately start from Php 10,000.00 – 20,000.00 per flight.



Getting to Bantayan Island, if you are coming from Cebu city take the bus in Cebu North Terminal, time interval every 20 minutes, there’s a bus that leaves Cebu City as early as 4:00 in the morning to Hagnaya in town of San Remigio and fare is P180, travel time is approximately 3 hours.

In Hagnaya port catch a ferry going to San Fe port. It will take an hour and fare is P180. The ferry leaves Hagnaya port every hour as early as 6:00am with the last trip of 4:00pm daily same as well in Santa Fe port to Hagnaya port.


Mactan-Cebu International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the country, most of the budget airline like Cebu Pacific Air, Air Asia Zest and the flag carrier Philippine Airlines fly to Cebu from Manila, Iloilo, Roxas, Kalibo Caticlan, Puerto Princesa, Davao, Cagayan De Oro, Zamboanga and Bacolod. It is also accessible from other Asian country like Hongkong, Singapore, Malaysia, China, Taiwan and Japan.


If you are coming from Iloilo City, take a bus in Iloilo Tagbak Terminal going to Estancia. There’s s bus leaves Iloilo City as early as 4:30 in the morning. Travel Time is approximately 3 hours and fare is P180 for air-conditioned bus.

In Estancia port catch a pump boat going to Bantayan Municipal port. The boat leaves Estancia once a day every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at exactly 9:00am. Travel time is roughly 4 hours and fare is P300. From Bantayan to Estancia the same boat that leaving Bantayan Municipal port once a day every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at exactly 9:00am

There is a direct flight to Iloilo from Manila, Cebu, Cagayan De Oro, Puerto Princesa, General Santos, and Davao. There’s also a flight coming from Singapore and Hongkong via Cebu Pacific Air and Philippine Airlines.



Most of the travelers are staying in the beach area of Sta. Fe where some of accommodation range is P450 for a fan room near in the beach.

For budget travelers RR Lodge have a budget room for P450 good for two persons with fan room and Shared bathroom, just 2 minutes’ walk to the beach.

List of cheap accommodation in Bantayan Island

RR Lodging House
Sta. Fe
Price start at P450

Beach Placid Resort
Sta. Fe
+63324065686, 09177222993
Price start at P1500

Blue Coral Oriental Beach Suites & Villa
Sta. Fe
+63324389009, 09474979761

St. Bernard Resort
Sta. Fe
Price Start at P950

Mayet Resort
Sta. Fe
09085575509, 09232768461
Price start at P600

Sea view Apartelle
Sta. Fe
+63324389058, 09198615979, 09194381296
Price start at P950

Halles Tourist Inn
+63323525182, 09215373348
Price start at P650

Sacred Heart Apartelle
Price start at P150

Island Pension House
+63324605730, 09208457989
Price start at P150

Montemar Pension House
+63324605722, 09104668413
Price start at P350


Take an Island Hopping Trip to Paradise Beach or Virgin Island
Swim in the Crystal Clear Waters of the Ogtong Cave
Take a Scooter Trip to neighborhood municipality
Visit the 500 year old Saint Peter and Paul's Church at Bantayan
Watch sunset at Bantayan Municipal port
Walk on the Powder White Sand Beaches of Santa Fe


Estimated Expenses per person via Estancia Port Iloilo

Iloilo Tagbak Terminal – Estancia bus terminal – Iloilo Tagbak Terminal - Php360.00 Roundtrip fare
Estancia bus terminal – Estancia Port – Bus Terminal - Php30 .00
Estancia Port – Bantayan Port – Estancia Port – Php600.00
Bantayan – Santa Fe- Bantayan – Php40.00
RR Lodging House- Php550.00 good for two people with private bathroom
Foods/Personal needs – Php500.00

Total Overnight Expenses: Php 2.080.00


  1. Wowwwww! Looks amazing there! I'm working in Manila and the only downside would be the ticket prices but not to worry I'm looking out for those piso fare sales so I can visit this place! ☺

  2. Aaahh! Looks AMAZING! Want to get away from the city for a bit too and considering the budget, Bantayan sounds like a great option to consider. :) What activities did you do when you went here?

  3. I always thought that it's very expensive to go to Bantayan Island because the only option I know is the chartered flight. I haven't been to Cebu and I might consider going to Bantayan Island instead of just staying in Cebu. Bucketlist entry!!!

  4. This sounds great! I want to visit Bantayan Island soon!! It's perfect for family getaways this summer!! Thank you for sharing! xx


  5. I've been to Bantayan Island once, summer of 2012. Stayed there for 2 nights and 3 days. Because the island is small, we were actually able to stroll around the island. Rented a motorbike for 600 in 2 days. Want to go back there again.

  6. Very informative, gusto ko yun may accommodation with price list na very helpful. I'll add this tips for writing my itinerary for Cebu trip.

  7. Place looks great. Thank you for providing a lot of option on how to reach the island. Looks like a new budget trip for me and my boyfriend need to do this summer!

  8. Cebu has always been on my bucketlist but I am not aware of the Bantayan islands.. all i know about Cebu is the Mactan Shrine and that huge Monastery of the Holy Eucharist...Grabe naman kasi kamahal ang flight to Cebu hehe.. maybe there are coupons or Airfare discounts i can avail

  9. That's a nice and clean beach. I've also heard so much about Bantayan Island.

  10. BANTAYAN ISLAND looks so much fun. And, the way you've explained the whole thing about how to get there and all makes me feel like visiting this place at the earliest. Thanks. Worth reading post.

  11. I've never been to the Visayas region before and this guide is truly helpful in planning for my next trip. Thank you!

  12. This is indeed a great place to just relax from all the stress the city life is causing all of us and just enjoy the serenity of the place. I'm glad that in this post, you mentioned great details about transportation and expenses. Great information for first time travelers to Cebu.

  13. I'm returning to Cebu this year so I'm keeping this awesome guide handy. Thank you so much for the info!

  14. Placing the contact numbers for hotel accommodation is helpful and beneficial for readers like me. Thank you, you're so passionate. I like that you don't just blog for the mere expression or diary of your adventure but moreover tries to help out readers, on-point. *I just hope the numbers are still up to date though* :)

  15. Hindi ba nakakatakot yung boat from Estancia to Bantayan vice versa? Malaki ba sya? Ilan max passengers? Thanks!


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