Cebu is considered to be one of the top tourists destinations here in the Philippines… so when I saw that the airline tickets are on sale, I told my friend about it and we booked it in a heartbeat. LOL
Then my friend suggested that we do Cebu – Bohol, since it’s just a ferry away.. but given the time that we have, we are now torn between North of Cebu or South of Cebu. If we still want to go to Bohol, we need to choose one… The problem is, we don’t want to choose. 😂
We only have 4 days in our hands, and we wanted to go to all 3 places!
South Cebu, North Cebu, and Bohol. In 4 Days? Was it possible?
Manila – Cebu
We left Manila around 6 PM and arrived at Mactan Airport around 8 PM. We went directly to The Stopover Hostel, where we’ll be spending the night. They don’t really have tricycles on main roads, usually taxis, so it would be handy to have a Grab or an Uber app on your phone.
The Stopover Hostel was a good place for, as their name says, a stopover. They have a chill lounge place at the top floor that you could hangout at. This is a nice catch for backpackers.
We looked for a place to eat, and decided on Chika-an Restaurant. Sadly, they don’t have Lechon, so after that.. we looked for a store that sells lechon, and bought 1/4 kilo, because you cannot go to Cebu, and not eat Lechon.
Look at that. That’s Lechon. Roasted pork at it’s finest.
Are you really going to pass on that? Because I wouldn’t and DIDN’T. 😄
DAY 1: South Cebu, Oslob
Our travel begins. We left early in the morning to catch an early bus ride going to Oslob. Our hostel is an hour drive away from the terminal. We took the Ceres bus going to Bato via Oslob. Travel time usually takes around 3-4 hours. Ceres Bus Schedule
We were able to arrive at our hostel, Germaroze, almost around lunch time. Germaroze is located along the road, so you could just ask the driver to drop you off there.
Germaroze is a very beautiful place, it has a homey feel that I really love. Their photos in Agoda doesn’t really show how beautiful the place is. It’s huge, and the staffs are very kind and accommodating. I highly suggest this place for travelers. They offer different tours as well.
Speaking of tours, we didn’t go for the whale shark diving. After all the things that we’ve heard about it, we didn’t really like the idea of supporting it. It’s actually harmful for the whales, so it’s a NO for us. Read on: Why we do not swim with whale sharks in Oslob
So we decided to just go to Sumilon Island, and just chill. It was a beautiful place. You could scuba dive on your way to this island.
We went home around 4pm? or 3pm? then at night time, we hangout with some tourists that we’ve met at Germaroze. We were on tour with them. :) We ate dinner at this street market (forgot the name). The vendors sells fresh grilled sea foods, chicken and pork. It’s near the area, just one tricycle ride away.
DAY 2: North Cebu, Bantayan Island
OSLOB –(bus 4 hours)– SOUTH BUS TERMINAL –(taxi 30 minutes)– NORTH BUS TERMINAL –(bus 4 hours)– HAGNAYA PORT –(ferry 1 hour)– SANTA FE PORT, BANTAYAN ISLAND 🎉
So from Oslob, we need to go back to South Bus Terminal in Cebu City, then from there, go to North Bus Terminal, catch a bus going to Hagnaya Port, then a ferry to Bantayan Island. Yeah, all of those.
We left around 6AM and waited along the street, just outside our hostel, for a bus to pass by that is bound for Cebu City. We hopped on the first bus that passed by, it was a non air-conditioned bus. If you have more patience and time than us, then wait for an air-conditioned bus, they have lesser stops and you will arrive faster.
Once at the South Bus Terminal, find a taxi, go to North Bus Terminal. This takes around 30 minutes. Then from there, find a Ceres Bus bound for Hagnaya Port. Travel time is around 4 hours.
At Hagnaya Port, board the Island Shipping or Super Shuttle ferry bound for Santa Fe Port. We took the Super Shuttle. Travel time to Bantayan Island is 1 hour. Their last trip is 5:30 PM.
At Santa Fe Port, take a tricycle to your resort. If you have pre-arranged shuttle service with your resort, they will be picking you up there.
So that’s about it. We reached Bantayan Island past 4PM LOL no biggy, just 10 freaking hours! 🤣 but it was worth it. The island feels like heaven, it was so peaceful and clean. Love it here. 💙
We stayed at Yooneek Inn. They have 2 hostels. One is at the beach front, the other is just a very short walk from the beach. We were on the later. It was nice. the room was big, the thing is, we’re not sure, but we kept hearing voices from the other room, but there’s nobody there.. We left our things and my friend was changing into her swimwear, and she told me she heard someone crying, I told her I did not. then in the morning before we left, I heard a child playing. but when we got out, the other room seems unoccupied.. well heck, who cares? we’re leaving anyway. XD
DAY 3: Bantayan Island to Bohol
SANTA FE PORT –(ferry 1 hour)– HAGNAYA PORT –(bus 4 hours)– NORTH BUS TERMINAL –(taxi 15 minutes)– PIER 1 –(ferry 1 hour 15 minutes)– TUBIGON PORT, BOHOL –(van 1 hour) — TAGBILARAN CITY, BOHOL 🎉
We left early and went straight to the ferries going back to Hagnaya Port, then board a bus going back to North Bus Terminal, from the terminal ride a taxi going to Pier 1.
By reading blogs over the internet, I’ve found out that the cheapest way to get to Bohol from Cebu is to take the ferries from Pier 1 to Tubigon Port, Bohol. Travel time is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. We took the Star Craft Ferry.
Once at Tubigon, look for the vans that are headed to Tagbilaran City. They will drop you off at a terminal, then from there, ride a tricycle going to your hotel.
We stayed at Casa Rey Pension House and good thing we only stayed there for a day. For budget travelers like us, it will do if you’re not picky, and I mean NOT AT ALL picky. but if you are, even a bit, take your money somewhere else. 😬
DAY 4: Bohol
We spent our last day exploring Bohol. Our flight leaves at 8PM so we need to get back to Cebu around 3PM, because we would still travel back to Mactan Airport, and that would take more or less 3-4 hours.
Anyway, we were only able to go to the Chocolate Hills, Tarsier Sanctuary, Bohol Python and Wildlife Park, and the Man-made Mahogany Forest.
How to get to these places? We’re coming from Tagbilaran, so what we did is we took a van near Island City Mall going to the Chocolate Hills. It takes about 1-2 hours. We asked the driver to drop us off at Chocolate Hills. There’s a billboard on the road, you won’t miss it.
From the drop off point, we hired a motorcycle to give us a tour of the other spots that we’d like to visit. You could try public transport, but we don’t really have that much time to wander so we opted for the bike tour. It’s convenient and easy.
After our tour we went back to Cebu City, and did a little side trip to Magellan’s Cross before heading to Mactan Airport.
BUDGET FOR 1 PERSON (group of 2, 4D5N)
AirAsia Round trip (MNL-CEBU & CEBU-MNL) = PHP 1425
The Stopover Hostel PHP 739/2 = PHP 369.50
Germaroze – PHP 1049/2 = PHP 524.50
Yooneek Inn – PHP595/2 = PHP 297.50
*original price was 1103 for 2, but we had a gift card from Agoda, so we had a discount.
Casa Rey Pension House = PHP672/2 = PHP 336
CEBU to OSLOB
Ceres Bus Air-conditioned – PHP 190
OSLOB to BANTAYAN ISLAND
Oslob to South Bus Terminal, Cebu – Non Air-conditioned Bus = PHP 130
South Bus Terminal to North Bus Terminal = *taxi, depends on rates
North Bus Terminal to Hagnaya Port – Air-conditioned Bus = PHP 150
Hagnaya Port to Sta Fe Port, Bantayan Island – Super Shuttle RORO = PHP 170
BANTAYAN ISLAND TO BOHOL
Santa Fe Port to Hagnaya Port – Super Shuttle RORO = PHP 170
Hagnaya Port to North Bus Terminal – Air-conditioned Bus = PHP 150
North Bus Terminal to Pier 1 = *taxi, depends on rates
Pier 1 to Tubigon Port, Bohol – Star Craft Ferry = PHP 200
Tubigon Port, Bohol to Tagbilaran City – Van = PHP 70
BOHOL TO CEBU
Tagbilaran City to Tubigon Port – Van = PHP 70
Tubigon Port to Pier 1, Cebu City – Star Craft Ferry = PHP 200
Oslob Tour – PHP 3500 (we shared with 3 other tourists)/5 = PHP 700
Bohol Motorbike Tour – PHP 1500/2 = PHP 750
TOTAL: PHP 5902.50
*Excluding food and other minor transport fares
So there, I probably spent more or less around PHP 10,000 for this trip, if I were to include the food, pasalubong and minor transport fares such as the ones for taxis.