Laag 02: Budget Friendly Bantayan Island



Anika Resort Sta. Fe Bantayan

One of the dream destinations since I started taking travel seriously is Sta. Fe Bantayan. The main problem way back then until now is the budget. Being the birthday celebrant – the pressure is on me. Not to mention that I want to celebrate my 25th birthday as memorable as possible. So, I’m sharing you my tips on how I was able to manage the P5, 000 budget for the group of 8 in an overnight stay at Bantayan Island.

Anika Resort Sta. Fe Bantayan Island


Research… research… research… Yes, I’ve been doing an intensive research for cheap accommodation in Bantayan Island. As much as possible, we need to look for a place to stay that would only cost us P1, 000. Looking for cheap accommodation during peak season is really a pain in my ass.

Cheap accommodations in Bantayan includes AnikaBeach, Kota, St. Bernard are among of the resorts that offer accommodations for P1000 – P1500. While there are pension house that offers cheapest accommodate such as the following:

Island Pension House offer P150/day with common CR

Sacred Heart Apartelle has P450/day aircon room with CR/show

Montemar Hotel offers P400/day aircon rooms with CR/Shower and P350/day fan room

Where to Eat?

Eating in restaurant at resort restaurant is so expensive. What we did is ask the locals to cook the food for us. We bought some seafoods from the public market then ask them to cook it for us. Once cooked, we brought our foods at the shoreline and did some picnic.

If you’re scared of your safety, there are restaurant in the town proper like Kermit’s formerly Froggy’s that offer less expensive price.

Sta. Fe Bantayan Island Cebu


In order to save on transportation, I would recommend that you look for a resort that offers free pick up and drop off at the pier of Sta. Fe. When we went there, tricycle drivers collected P100 each for 1km ride from pier to KotaBeach. If you’re resort is near to the points of interest in Bantayan, why not do the hike. You can also talk to tricycle drivers and ask them to tour you around the island. P500 – 800 island tour that would be good. The last thing that you should remember if you’re on a budget, don’t forget to haggle.

Sta. Fe Bantayan Island sunset

I hope this budget friendly tips would help you achieve your unforgettable Bantayan trip. Remember that it’s not the expensive accommodation or food that matters, it’s the company.  🙂

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9 Comments Add yours

  1. You are my aspiration, I own few blogs and rarely run out from brand :). “The soul that is within me no man can degrade.” by Frederick Douglas.

  2. Tremendous things here. I’m very glad to peer your article. Thanks a lot and I’m
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  3. heyy zel says:

    pwede mag ask? nkaigo ra ang 5k nimu sa 8 persons? hehehhe

    1. Kareen says:

      Hi Heyy Zel!

      Our 5k pocket money for 8 persons was enough kay nag dala man mi ug among food. Wala man mi nag order sa restaurant. Our expenses also sa island was only the accommodation. Transportation from resort to pier (vice versa) was free.

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