Bantayan – Philippines – GRANDPAcking Costs

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MAY 2016:


My costs start in Panglao, Bohol Island and include:

  • Transport from Panglao to my Cebu City hotel
  • 2 nights in a GRANDPAcking Standard Aircon Room in Cebu City
  • Transport from Cebu City to my Bantayan Island hotel
  • 8 nights in a ‘below’ GRANDPAcking Standard Fan Room on the Beach
  • 7 days Scooter hire plus petrol
  • Food & Drink
  • Mobile Data / Communications
  • Visa cost apportionment


For more detail, read about Panglao to Cebu City, Cebu City to Bantayan IslandBantayan Information, and Where To Stay On Bantayan.

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Read About – GRANDPAcking Costs if you don’t know how to interpret my figures.



Cost Of Existence (COE):

My costs are purely provided for information purposes. I do not always follow ‘GRANDPAcking Standards’. But, my costs are real costs and they may help you formulate your own budget.

Accommodation: My main Bantayan Beachfront accommodation was BELOW ‘GRANDPAcking Standard’; It was a ‘backpacker’ Double Fan Room with Cold Water Ensuite (breakfast excluded).

Transport: I rented a Scooter for 7 days at PHP250 / day from a Trike driver; it was an excellent value for money scooter – reasonably new, mechanically sound, good acceleration, and economical on the gas. Petrol cost an additional PHP305 (which took me around the island and off each day on an excursion). There was no other need for transport other than a Trike to get me to / from the Ferry Port.

Communications & Fees: In Manila Airport, I purchased a 1 month Globe SIMcard with ‘unlimited’ data and no texts nor calls; I had to top this up for another month whilst in Bantayan.

Food: I averaged PHP370 / day. For my own convenience, I ate most of my breakfasts at my resort (paying PHP185 instead of PHP60 if I walked 100m up the road). My resort did not provide free drinking water so I purchased large 6.6L or 10L bottles.

My ‘Cost of Existing / Day’ was PHP1,201 / NZ$40 / US$27 / €24 / £19.


My available ‘LIVING Funds’ each day were PHP1,331 / NZ$44 / US$30 / €26 / £21.

Visa: The Philippines Visa isn’t cheap, so I have apportioned the Visa costs against my nights in Tablas Island. It comes out at just over US$1 / day.

Getting There: It cost me PHP1,240 to get from my Panglao Hotel to my Bantayan Island hotel. This consisted of Trikes, Taxis, Buses and 2 Ferries.

Drink / Partying: A small San Miguel costs PHP55 in the resorts (which is above average) but it is only PHP40 in Santa Fe town. However, I am becoming partial to the local rum and coke (which I buy at local shops) and, sometimes, I just relax on the beach with a ‘tipple’ socialising with other guests. I averaged PHP200 / night on drinks (I had a couple of ‘party’ nights).

Personal: I got my hair cut in Bantayan Town for PHP30.

Entertainment / Trips: I stocked up on my favourite cigarettes (which are hard to find).

Shopping: Whilst in Cebu, I took the opportunity to stock up on a few items: batteries, new shoes, new shorts …

Other / Gifts: Minimal.

My actual GRANDPAcking costs came in at PHP1,859 / NZ$61 / US$40 / €37 / £29 per day. This was 77% of my total budget… I still had 23% left to play with. But, this was mainly because I stayed in a ‘backpacker’ room on Bantayan.


To afford to take a GRANDPAcker ‘Holiday’ to Bantayan Island, you will need to choose Where To Stay very carefully. I suggest that you look for ‘specials’ online and compare it to my Where To Stay post. Then, you can pick the best deal for you.

Cost Of Existence (COE):

Accommodation: As usual for The Philippines, it is hard to find a decent ‘GRANDPAcking Standard’ Double Fan Room with Ensuite for less than PHP1,000 / night. In Bantayan, expect to pay more: PHP1,200 / night – after negotiating a discount. Target rooms in the PHP1,500-1,800 / night range and make them an offer. This should get you a nice fan room with cold water ensuite … with luck, you may even get a hot water shower.

Transport: You should be able to hire a scooter for PHP300 / day. This should get you a reasonably good scooter. Budget PHP80 for petrol; this should be enough to go anywhere on the island.

Communications: I have included a prepaid 1 Month Globe ‘unlimited’ data package with no texts and no talk time.

Food: You will need to eat all of your meals in Tinpots … these will not be on the beachfront.

The ‘Cost Of Existence’ of 2 GRANDPAckers is about PHP1,759 / NZ$58 / US$39 / €35 / £27 per day.


This is about PHP664 per day to LIVE on (i.e. 27% of your GRANDPAcking budget).

With that amount of LIVING funds available you could:

  • Buy 16 small bottles of beer
  • Buy 4 (750ml) bottles of Tanduay Rum with 1.5L bottles of coke
  • Upgrade your Dinner and eat in a mid-range restaurant (and still have PHP300 left)
  • Rent a scooter with petrol (and still have PHP300 left)


Bantayan Island is definitely worth a visit… but, again (like CoronTablas, Carabao, Boracay, Siquijor, and Panglao), it is more expensive than other destinations in S.E.Asia – mainly because of the higher accommodation costs.

You will (most probably) end up near Santa Fe town on the main beach near the Kota Beach Resort. In the beachfront resorts, you will pay ‘premium’ prices.

Bantayan Island has made it into my GRANDPAcking Retirement REVIEWS. Read about what the costs would be to live in BANTAYAN as a Retirement Location.

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