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Bantayan Island Itinerary 2024: 4 Days and 3 Nights Itinerary and Budget

Our Bantayan Island Itinerary 2023 outlines the schedule of activities in Bantayan Island and breaks down the expenses for 4 days and 3 nights. Check it out!
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Bantayan Island is one of the must-visit tourist spots in North Cebu where you can find most of Cebu’s best beaches. Our Bantayan Island Itinerary 2023 outlines the schedule of activities in Bantayan Island and the travel expenses for 4 days and 3 nights.

At the end of this 3D2N Bantayan Island DIY Itinerary, you will find out the total budget for this trip. Our Bantayan Island Itinerary covers these tourist spots:

  • Kota Beach
  • Sugar Beach
  • Paradise Beach
  • Sandira Beach
  • Bobel Beach
  • Balidbid or Baigad Lagoon
  • Virgin Island
  • Hilantagaan Island
  • The Ruins
  • Ogtong Cave
  • Omagieca Obo-ob Mangrove Garden
  • Bantayan Market
  • Sts Peter and Paul Church
  • Kota Park

If you want to add activities like skydiving, kitesurfing, or a side trip to Kinatarkan Island, you need to add at least 1 more day to your Bantayan Island Itinerary.

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What Is Bantayan Island Known for?

Bantayan Island is known for its crystal-clear white sand beaches. In fact, Bantayan Island is home to most of the best beaches in Cebu such as Paradise Beach, Kota Beach, Bobel Beach, and Baigad Lagoon Beach. Aside from white sand beaches, Bantayan Island is also famous for its skydiving, the only place in the entire Cebu Island that offers this extreme activity.

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What Is the Best Month to Visit Bantayan Island, Cebu?

Bantayan Island is best visited in the summer months, between March and May, when it’s hot and dry. However, you can definitely visit the island any time of the year and still be able to enjoy the beaches, tourist spots, and all the things to do in Bantayan Island.

Is Bantayan Worth a Visit?

Yes, Bantayan Island is definitely worth a visit. I have been to Bantayan Island several times, and I must say I would never stop enjoying its beautiful white sand beaches, the historic sites, and the island vibe. If you are looking for ultimate rest and relaxation in Cebu, Bantayan Island is the best place to go.

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How to Go to Bantayan Island 2023?

Go to Cebu North Bus Terminal and take a Ceres Liner bus to Bantayan Island. Get off at Santa Fe Port. The regular bus fare is 305 PHP (~6 USD) while the ferry fare is 305 PHP (~6 USD). The total travel time from Cebu City to Bantayan Island is 5 hours. For a more detailed guide, check out How to Get to Bantayan Island!

You can also charter a private vehicle to take you to Hagnaya Port from Cebu City or Mactan Airport. Book a Private Intercity Transfer here!

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Virgin Island Best Beaches in North Cebu
The crystal clear blue water of Virgin Island near Bantayan Island, Cebu

3D2N Bantayan Island Itinerary 2023

DAY 1 (ARRIVAL)ACTIVITYBUDGET
4:00Taxi to Cebu North Bus Terminal100 PHP (~2 USD)
5:00Bus to Santa Fe Port, Bantayan Island300 PHP (~6 USD) bus fare
8:00Hagnaya Port to Santa Fe Port (Bantayan Island Ferry and Bus Schedule)360 ferry fare + 25 PHP terminal fee
9:30Scooter to hotel600 PHP (~12 USD) for 2 days + 210 PHP (~4 USD) for 3L gas
10:00Leave bags or check in at SMAK’s Hotel4,500 PHP for 3 nights
11:00Brunch200 PHP
12:00Ogtong Cave200 PHP
1:00The RuinsFree
3:00Sandira Beach60 PHP
4:30Sunset at Kota BeachFree
7:00Dinner150 PHP
8:00Party at Hr Musicbar

NOTE: You can also charter a private vehicle to take you to Hagnaya Port from Cebu City or Mactan Airport. Book a Private Intercity Transfer here!

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DAY 2 (BANTAYAN ISLAND HOPPING TOUR)ACTIVITYBUDGET
8:00BreakfastComplimentary
9:00 – 5:00Virgin Island + Baigad Lagoon + Hilantagaan Island200 PHP entrance, 1,200 PHP boat for 5 pax (2-way)
Lunch at Virgin Island150 PHP (~3 USD)
7:00Dinner at The Hungry Beach Co150 PHP (~3 USD)
8:00Live band at TapaMaster Bantayan Island

NOTE: You may book a packaged island hopping tour in Bantayan Island through your hotel. Or, go directly to Santa Fe Tourism Office to arrange an accredited boat transfer to Virgin Island or a cheaper Bantayan Island hopping tour.

DAY 3 (COASTAL TOUR)ACTIVITYBUDGET
8:00BreakfastComplimentary
9:00Omagieca Mangrove Garden55 PHP
11:00Lunch near Bantayan Market150 PHP
12:00Sts Peter and Paul ChurchFree
1:00Drive to Kota Park, MadridejosFree
3:00Drive back to hotel
4:00Swim at Bobel BeachFree
5:00Sunset at Sugar BeachFree
7:00Dinner at Coucou Bar150 PHP (~3 USD)
DAY 4 (DEPARTURE)ACTIVITYBUDGET
7:00BreakfastComplimentary
8:00Drive to Santa Fe Port
8:30Santa Fe Port to Hagnaya Port305 PHP (~6 USD)
10:30Bus to Cebu City300 PHP (~6 USD)
Lunch (next bus stop)150 PHP (~3 USD)
3:30Taxi to hotel150 PHP (~3 USD)
8:00Dinner150 PHP

Where to Stay in Bantayan Island

For more details, check out the Best Resorts in Bantayan Island!

Bantayan Island Budget

The estimated budget for our Bantayan Island Itinerary is around 9,755 PHP (~175 USD), including meals, transportation between islands, scooter rentals and gas, accommodation, tour fees, entrance fees, and environmental fees.

The budget for a decent Filipino meal at local eateries is 150 PHP (~3 USD). You can definitely spend more or less on food, depending on your taste, appetite, and diet.

The budget for the accommodation per night is set at 1,500 PHP (~30 USD) which is usually good for two with complimentary breakfast. You can find budget accommodations in Bantayan Island for 500 PHP (~10 USD) per night.

We did not include transportation within the islands in the breakdown of expenses, assuming you are renting a scooter. A scooter for rent in Bantayan Island costs 900 PHP (~20 USD) for 3 days. Three liters of gas cost around 210 PHP (~5 USD).

Overall, here’s the total expense for a Bantayan Island trip:

Meals150 PHP x 2 meals x 3 days900 PHP
Accommodation1,500 PHP x 3 nights4,500 PHP
Scooter in Bantayan300 x 2 days600 PHP
Gas70 PHP x 3 liters210 PHP
Tours, fees, and other expenses4,445 PHP
TOTAL9,755 PHP (~175 USD)
Beaches in Bantayan Island
Virgin Island (top left), Paradise Beach (top right), Kota Beach (bottom left), Balidbid Lagoon (bottom right)

Bantayan Island Travel Guide

Still in the process of finalizing your trip to Bantayan Island? Our Bantayan Island Travel Guide can help you. This guide highlights the best things to do in Bantayan Island, top tourist spots, the best beaches, how to get there, and more.

Continue your trip to Cebu by checking out our North Cebu Itinerary and South Cebu Itinerary.

If you have questions, drop them in the comments. I will get back to you ASAP!

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Mario Manlupig
Mario Manlupig

Mario is the Founder of CEBU INSIDER. In March 2018, he left his full-time job at the Philippines' biggest TV network and became a digital nomad, traveling all over the country until the pandemic happened. He now calls Cebu City his home.

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