Bantayan Island, Manjuyod Sandbar, and Dumaguete City tour: Six-Day DIY Itinerary + Cost

December 29, 2022

Sample DIY travel itinerary and actual expenses during our recent trip to Bantayan Island, Manjuyod Sandbar and Dumaguete City.

This Bantayan Island, Manjuyod Sandbar, and Dumaguete City six-day do-it-yourself (DIY) itinerary with the cost is intended for travelers who are looking for a quick guide on what to do, where to stay, and where to eat during the course of your travel to the aforementioned destinations. This article also contains our expenses, inclusive of total spending as well as cost per item, during our recent trip to Bantayan Island, Manjuyod Sandbar, and Dumaguete City.

Ogtong Cave in Bantayan Island, Cebu

Bantayan Island, Manjuyod Sandbar, and Dumaguete City tour: Six-Day DIY Itinerary + Cost

    We hope you find this guide helpful. This is not a budget itinerary but you can definitely remove some details to fit your travel budget. In the end, if you have the money and means, do splurge when you are traveling. Don't scrimp on your food and accommodation if you can. Go ahead and order that food that you like to eat or stay in a hotel that suits your fancy. Traveling is meant to be enjoyed. 

    By the way, we did not include airfare in this budget guide because it's variable. Who knows, you might be lucky enough to score a flight via seat sale soon.

    Day 1 (Manila to Cebu)

    > NAIA to Mactan International Airport (5:15 AM ETD to 7:15 AM ETA via AirAsia)
    > Travel from Cebu City to Hagnaya Port via Ceres bus (Cebu North Terminal to Hagnaya port to Sta. Fe port)
          Taxi = Php160
          Terminal fee = Php10
          Bus fare = Php200/head

    > Travel from Hagnaya Port to Bantayan Island
          Ferry ride = Php140/head
          Terminal fee = Php10/head

    > Arrival at Sta. Fe town, Bantayan and Anika Island Resort check-in (Php 1,700/night)

    > Lunch at Anika Island Resort's Chloe Cafe: fish tinola, grilled pork belly, pancit canton (Php714)

    > Dinner at Anika Island Resort's Chloe Cafe: tuna sandwich, coffee, and Milo (Php341.25)

    Day 2 (Island-Hopping Tour and Sta. Fe town sightseeing)

    > Breakfast at Anika Island Resort's Chloe Cafe: pork tapa & waffles (Php415.8)

    > Buy supplies at public market for our island-hopping tour
         Water and chips = Php225
         Tricycle fare = Php100

    > Buy packed lunch at Anika Island Resort's Chloe Cafe (Php420)

    > Island Hopping Tour at Virgin Island
         Boat rental = Php1000
         Admission fee (min. of 2) = Php500
         Snorkeling gear rental = Php75/head

    > Ogtong Cave (Sta. Fe Beach Club)
         Admission fee = Php100/head
         Tricycle = Php240

    > Kota Beach (Camp Sawi) - free admission and visit to the sandbar

    > Dinner at HR Seafood Restaurant (Php1115, grilled fish, baked oysters, chili crab, crispy shrimps, rice, and drinks)

    Day 3 (Bantayan town tour and travel to Dumaguete City)

    > Bantayan town Tour (visit St. Peter and Paul Church and public market)
        Tricycle = Php50
        Multicab = Php50
        Breakfast = Php150 for 2
        Jeep to Sta. Fe = Php50

    > Check out from Anika Island Resort

    > Ferry ride from Sta. Fe Port to Hagnaya Port
          Ferry = Php170/head
         Terminal fee = Php20/head

    > Travel from Hagnaya Port to South Bus Terminal via Ceres Bus (Php165/head)

    > Ceres bus ride to Bato Port (Php205/head)

    > Ferry ride from Bato Port to Tampi Port (Php70/head)

    > Ceres bus ride from Tampi Port to Dumaguete City (Php65/head)

    > Tricycle ride from Ceres bus terminal to Golden Gate Suites (Php40)

    > Check-in at Golden Gate Suites (Php1700/night)

    > Dinner at McDonald’s (Php339)

    Day 4 (Manjuyod Sandbar and Dumaguete City tour)

    > Ceres bus ride from Dumaguete City to Bais City (Php55/head)

    > Manjuyod Sandbar Tour (this includes tricycle pick up from Bais City proper to Capiñahan wharf, boat ride to and from the sandbar, then another tricycle ride back to the city proper)
         Php1600 + Php50/head payment for use of shower

    > Ceres bus ride to Dumaguete City (Php55/head)

    > Tricycle ride to Lantaw Seafood Restaurant (Php30)

    > Lunch at Lantaw Seafood Restaurant (Php1008, we ordered baked talaba, grilled tanigue, garlic buttered prawns, adobong kangkong, buko shake, buko lychee, bibingka ala mode, and plain rice)

    > Dumaguete City Tour by foot (P1,048, coffee, dessert, and pasta at Sans Rival Restaurant). We also went to the night market on the boulevard and had some street food.

    Day 5 (Atmosphere Resort & Spa)

    > Breakfast at Sison's Painitan (Dumaguete Public Market)
         Hot chocolate = Php10
         Coffee with condensed milk = Php24
         Kabog = Php15
         Puto = Php20

    > Check out from Golden Gate Suites

    > Travel to Dauin municipality (Atmosphere Resort & Spa) - Free shuttle c/o Atmosphere

    > Check in at Atmosphere Resort & Spa (Php11,500/night)

    Day 6 (Dumaguete City to Manila)

    > Check out from Atmosphere Resort & Spa (Food = Php2405)

    > Travel to airport (Free shuttle c/o Atmosphere)

    > Flight back to Manila

    The total cost for two of our Bantayan Island - Manjuyod Sandbar - Dumaguete City Tour is Php31, 270.05, or Php15,635.03 per head, inclusive of 12% VAT. Note that costs and prices are updated as of the publishing date of this post.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to post it in the comments section below. You may also send me a private message via e-mail or through my Facebook page.

    Enjoy your travel!

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    4. Negros Oriental Diaries: Dumaguete City Food Guide
    5. Negros Oriental: Manjuyod White Sandbar and Dumaguete City
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    1. Thank you for sharing complete details po dadi iv mas ok na din yung may ganito listahan ng lahat ng gastos para kung sino man yung may plano mag punta sa lugar na nabanggit aware na sila and may idea kung magkano ang need nila pera.

    2. Sarap mag stay dyan daddy ivan. Sure na mag eenjoy talaga ang boong pamilya Dito. Worth it po ang pag punta dito.. Anyway, thankyou po sa pag share ng Complete Details ..

    3. nice detailed itenerary for people who want to experience Bantayan island, manjuyod sandbar and dumaguete city. this gives us idea on how to budget and also to think of other options to make the trip more budget friendly

    4. Thanks for guiding us to this wonderful places. this blog will really help us to make a trip plan accordingly