|Anika Beach Resort, Santa Fe, Bantayan Island|
Summer 2013. I was then on Day 5 of my tour and I just finished touring at Malapascua Island. My last beach spot after visiting, Oslob, Moalboal, Olango Island, Malapascua Island and Camotes Island was Bantayan Beach. I saved the best for last!
How to get there
From Cebu City, you have to go to the North Bus Terminal.
Once there, you have to board a bus going to Hagnaya.
You can choose from either Ceres or Rough Rider.
I've always chosen Ceres as my bus whenever I travel in Visayas or Mindanao.
From either Camotes Island or Malapascua, you can also go to Bantayan Island (I made a separate blog for this)
From Cebu City, travel time is 3 hours. Fare is P150.00 for aircon buses.
But I came from Malapascua Island, so I went back to Don Pedro (intersection of going to either Maya or Hagnaya). I hired a tricycle for P100.00 and went to Hagnaya Port.
There are only 2 shipping companies operating at Hagnaya Port.
Schedule of trips
Super Shuttle Ferry
Hagnaya to Santa Fe
4:00 am, 7:00 am; 8:00 am; 10:30 am; 12:30 pm; 2:30 pm; 4:30 pm
Santa Fe to Hagnaya
6:00 am; 8:30 am; 10:30 am; 12:30 pm; 2:30 pm; 4:30 pm; 6:00 pm
Santa Fe- 0909-258-2875; 0916
Hagnaya - 0916-905-2348
For Island Shipping Corporation (the interval of 30 minutes as against Super Shuttle Ferry)
Fare is P170 for ordinary and P185.00 for aircon room. The ro-ro trip is 1 hour only.
After an hour, I reached the Port of Santa Fe in Bantayan Island.
I had no plans of staying in Bantayan due to my tight schedule last summer.
I have to finish this tour in 2-3 hours only.
There are so many resorts in Santa Fe and Bantayan. But I chose Santa Fe only due to lack of time to visit the next town (Bantayan).
I've visited only 6 resorts/accommodations while in Bantayan Island and I'm going to rank them according to the best resort.
1. Anika Island Resort
Lowest - P1,750.00
Highest - P3,000.00
Contact nos. - 0917-328-4898; 0922-843-9517
2. Coral Blue Oriental
Lowest - P5,500
Highest - 9,950.00
Contact nos. - 0912-498-6746; 032-438-9009
3. Santa Fe Beach Resort
Lowest - 900.00
Highest - P6,000
Contact nos - 032-4389090; 032-438-9107; 0928-778-7770; 0932-541-2954
Lowest - 1,500
Highest - P7,000
Contact nos. - 0917-722-2993; 032-406-5686
6. And the last one, Coco Beach
If there is another thing I love about Bantayan, it's the food! Imagine this squid (which measures 12 inches) was worth P150.00 only. I wanted it grilled but the owner of the restaurant told me that it will take them half an hour to grill it, but only 10 minutes to cook it in Adobo. So I chose the Adobo.
LATEST IN BANTAYAN (April 2015)
Ceres Aircon - P200
First trip - 12 am
Last trip 12 noon
boat trip is 3 hours to Hagnaya
boat trips - 3 am - 5 pm
Side trip - WHALE WATCHING IN OSLOB
How to get there
From Cebu City
Option 1 (best option)