Santa Fe Port – Bantayan Island
When you get to Santa Fe Port, you will be met by a herd of porters. The same price of fifty pesos per bag is fair if you need assistance with your luggage.
Direct Bus Riders
If you are ticketed on the direct RORO bus to Bantayan Municipality, just wait for it to drive off the ferry. You can then either retrieve your luggage and take a taxi to your resort, or you can get back on the bus and continue on.
You can get off the bus anywhere along the route to Bantayan Town.
The majority of the resorts are in the direction the bus is going. Let the conductor know which resort you are staying at and he will drop you off at the closest point.
Where Are You Going?
As you depart the ferry, many people will approach you asking about where you are going, do you have a hotel, do you need a tricycle, etc.
While they are all just trying to make a living, we recommend that you just keep walking through the covered walkway all the way to the exit by the tourism registration desk.
There, you can negotiate directly with a bicycle or motorbike-taxi driver.
That way, there are no “middle men” involved.
Tourist Registration and Ecological Fee
If you’re a tourist or non-resident, you have to stop by the tourism desk at the end of the covered walkway and register. You will also have to pay 30 pesos for the ecological fee.
You Need a Hotel?
The taxi drivers will be quick to “recommend” a hotel, but realize they are taking you wherever they can make a commission and it may not be the type of accommodations you are really looking for.
The local rate for a bicycle taxi is 10 pesos per person. This will take you from Santa Fe Port to the Santa Fe Town Center area (Batobalonos Street). If you are going past Town Center, you may have to pay a little bit extra.
Motorbike Taxis – “Tricycles”
The cost for a motorbike taxi is 20 pesos per person to the Santa Fe Town Center area.
As with any travel situation, make sure to confirm the price before you accept the ride.
This will prevent any conflicts upon arrival.
Most of the taxi drivers on Bantayan are fair and reasonable, but with increasing tourist numbers it’s better to know the price up front.
Ask Your Resort to Pick You Up at the Port
The larger resorts offer free guest pickup at the port.
If you already have a room booked, contact the hotel in advance and see if they can send a car for you.
If they don’t respond right away, don’t wait around. Jump in a bicycle taxi or a tricycle and roll! It’s cheap and you’re supporting the local economy.
Didn’t Make Any Plans?
For the adventurous types who have arrived on the island without making any plans, just tell the bicycle taxi driver to take you to HR Bar.
That’s in the Santa Fe Town Center area, so you’ll be within walking distance to several hotels.
Sip on a cold 35-peso San Miguel Pale Pilsen beer (happy-hour price) while you figure out where to stay.