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Dumaguete to Bantayan Island

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Dumaguete to Bantayan Island

How do you get to Bantayan Island from Dumaguete. How long is the trip. by bus, by ferry.

Thanks fellow TA travellers.

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1. Re: Dumaguete to Bantayan Island

I have done it, but not all at once.

One option is to fly on the less than daily service that Cebu Pacific has from Dumaguete to Cebu.

If going all the way by land, a Ceres Liner (yellow) or other bus from Dumaguete City to the South Bus terminal in Cebu City will take about five hours, including a reasonably quick transfer by RoRo (RollOnRollOff) ferry from Negros Island to Cebu Island. The cost will be about 136 pesos which is a bargain.

You then must transfer (taxi is best) to the North Bus Terminal from where another Ceres Liner or other bus will take you on the three to four hour trip to Hagnaya where you can then catch a frequent ferry or hydrofoil to Sta. Fe, Bantayan Island.

If you are a glutton for punishment, start at 0430 or 0500 from Dumaguete and you may be on Bantayan by sunset; if not, see www.asiatravel.com for some suitable hotels in Cebu City to overnight.

Much time is spent negotiating Cebu and environs' traffic: bank on an average road speed of 30kmh for the trip given the slow speeds in urban areas due to so many other vehicles.

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2. Re: Dumaguete to Bantayan Island

Thanks again, VictorianLad for your suggestion to go via Cebu. If we could start the trip Manila-Cebu then we can go to Negros from Bantayan to Cadiz. Here’s my revised draft of our Central Visayas tour in January:

Fly Manila to Cebu . Stay Cebu one day.

Take taxi to North bus terminal. Take CBL bus to Hagnaya (around 3 hrs.) Take fast craft (30 min) or ferry(1 hr) to Bantayan. Stay in Bantayan.

From Bantayan, take ferry or pumpboat to Cadiz, Negros. Stay in Cadiz.

From Cadiz to Dumaguete (via San Carlos) to Siquijor via Delta fast ferry (09:00) Stay in Siquijor.

Take Delta fast ferry from Siquijor back to Dumaguete (10:00-11:30) Stay in Dumaguete.

Take Ocean Jet (2:20 p.m.) Dumaguete to Tagbilaran (Bohol) Take shared van/taxi to Panglao. Stay in Panglao

Tagbilaran to Dumaguete via Ocean Jet ( 08:00 a.m.- 09:40)

Dumaguete to Bacolod by Ceres Bus Liner. Stay in Bacolod.

Bacolod to Iloilo by Weesam Express or other ferry.(09:15)

Iloilo to Jordan, Guimaras by pumpboat. Stay Guimaras .

Guimaras to Iloilo . Stay in Iloilo

Fly Iloilo to Manila. Stay in Manila.

Fly Manila to Canada (stay a year to recover from the jetlag and boat trips and plan next trip to P.I.)

N.B: Timetables are subject to change. Confirm. Take seasick pills for boat/ferry ride.

Suggestions or feedback to the above are greatly appreciated.

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