My elementary classmate, Joey, asked me to post an entry on some information about Bantayan Island. Well, here it is...this is based on experience and some info from the internet.
How to get there?
From Cebu City: You can take a bus (from North Bus Terminal) going to Hagnaya. You can choose between aircon and non-aircon buses that are leaving Cebu City daily. It's about 2 hours travel with bus fare at around 60 - 75 pesos (basta not more than P100). Or you can take Seair from Mactan Airport. (i have no idea of the airfare)
From Hagnaya: You take a boat ride about an hour going to Sta. Fe, Bantayan Island (This is where the white sand beaches and resorts can be found). There's also a fast craft that would take only 30 minutes travel. Rates for both are between 75 - 130 pesos.
Around Sta. Fe: You can take a trisikad, tricycle or bicycle in roaming around Sta. Fe or better use your feet instead coz it's just a little town anyway. Rates for trisikad is P5 and P10 for tricycle. You can also rent a bicycle for P50/day.
There are a variety of resorts in Sta. Fe which offer cheaper rates. Peak season is usually on holy week and they increase up to 20-30% of their usual rates. The following are the cheapest rates i know for offpeak season (May - October):
Budyong Beach Resort: 800 - 1400/per night
Kota Beach: 1000 - 1500/per night
St. Bernard Resort: 550 - 1200/per night
Sta. Fe Beach Clug: 1500 - 3000/per night
Marlins Beach Resort: 900 - 2000/per night
You can also put up a tent @ 300-400/per day
Whew, that was quite a task...hehehe(just kidding joe).
Hope you got everything you need to know about Bantayan. If you need some relaxation away from the city, Bantayan is the place...but i cannot assure you of some vitamins for the eyes (you know what i mean) coz cebuanos are kinda' conservative. You're lucky to spot some "white leg horns" in their skimpy bikini or going topless on your visit
to the place.
Ciao for now! And enjoy your Bantayan escapade...I just did!