Don’t worry about how to get to Bantayan Island, this wonderful place has its own airfield connecting it from the Mactan- Cebu International Airport (MCIA). However, only Air Juan has chartered and scheduled flights from MCIA to Bantayan. There is no direct flight from Manila to Bantayan, you have to land first in the MCIA and travel by land from thereon to Bantayan if you are coming from Manila.
There are other routes if you want to travel by land from Cebu City or if you are coming from Masbate or Leyte. ChasingWonders.ph has a lot of options for a budget-friendly tour.
To give you an idea about the different routes in getting to Bantayan Island from various origins, here are some of the best ways.
From Cebu City to Hagnaya Port
Hagnaya Port in the town of San Remigio, Cebu, is the gateway to Bantayan Island. You can catch a bus ride going to the town of San Remigio in Cebu North Terminal going to Hagnaya Port. Expect to arrive at the port after 3 hours of traveling in a bus.
There are two ferry companies that fetch passengers from Hagnaya Port to Sta. Fe in Bantayan Island, namely: Super Shuttle Ferry and Island Shipping Lines. Ticket price for both is at P180 one way. Travel time between the port and Sta. Fe usually takes just an hour.
From Masbate City to Hagnaya Port
If you are originating from the province of Masbate, there are ferries traveling to and from Masbate City and Bogo City (Iloilo). With a travel time of 5.5 hours, the ferry fare is P460 one way. From Bogo City, you can catch a jeepney or a bus ride in the downtown terminal of the city to Hagnaya Port which will cost P60.
From Leyte (Palompon) to Bogo City then to Hagnaya Port
If you are coming from the province of Leyte, the quickest way to Bantayan Island is via the Palompon-Bogo-Hagnaya Port route. There are ferries traveling to Bogo City from Palompon which normally has a travel time of 2.5 hours. Ferry fare is about P270 for a single journey. When you reached Bogo City, you can follow the route in going to Hagnaya Port and to the Gigantes Islands as we have described above.