Getting around in
the Philippines is not the same as Europe or USA, important here if you
want to travel this wonderful country is "be patient" often the
coordination between land-/sea-/and -air transport is unbelievable bad.
Waiting 3 - 4 hours between each journey is common. For a local Filipino
it is no problem though, just lean back and take a nap or chika chika
with people around you. Getting up to us in Bantayan Island, foreigners
do not have to spend time bite their nails or unpatient look at their
watch. The connection between bus and ferryboat is fairly good. The trip
with bus, just to mention, is actually a beautiful trip and sometimes
even a cultural experience, all depending on the bus company you choose.
Bus connection from Cebu North bus terminal, Cebu City - Hagnaya port
Departure start 3 AM. there is 4-5 different bus lines driving to
Hagnaya, calculate your travel time by bus to around 3 - 3,5 hours, they
mostly make a 15 minutes break at the halfway. (Filipinos do seldom
travel more than 1 hour without having or bringing snack) the price for
the trip from Cebu City - Hagnaya is 130-150 peso, depending bus lines
and if with or without aircon
The trip, with Island Shipping, from Hagnaya - Sta. Fe, Bantayan Island,
takes around 1 hour, though it is also a nice trip, occasionally you can
watch dolphins but always you can see flying fish end fishermen standing
up in their small bancas in open sea, that even the waves is fairly high
for such a small "nut shell". The ferryboat is not European standard,
though the safety equipment is there and in order. Departure is 06.30 AM
-thereafter mostly every hour till 5.30 PM. therefore if you like to
arrive in daylight, then you better get up early in Cebu. The price for
this trip is 180 peso including pier tax.
guest Chris Den Dulk, the
trip is to look at as follow (he is right) Once you are in Cebu it is a
piece of cake. Go to the Nothern bus terminal.
Take the bus for Bogo. There are many, and we took the basic bus for the
open windows and the photographic opportunities.
No aircon but it is not a problem once the vehicle is in motion.
Trip is about 3 hours. It is so cheap that I even forget the price.
Bogo is a great city so get a pension house there for the night. ( Very
cheap. ) No need to book in advance unless there is a festival. Take a
look around in a tricycle, wonderful.
Take a tricycle to Hagnaya Port. Few pesos and 20 minutes ride.
The ferry service to Bantayan Island is excellent. One every 2 hours
Again, just a few pesos.
Then it is a tricycle ride to St Bernards, pedal power. Do give the
young blokes at least 50 pesos for this service, they work hard. But
then you will be rewarded with a huge smile and exclusive service at all
The reverse trip we did to Cebu in less than 5 hours. ( 9.30am ferry
from Banayan Island saw us in Mandaue Cebu by 2.30pm.)
To everyone at St Bernards, THANKYOU. We will return.
Chris den Dulk Dunedin New Zealand.