A day after I arrived here in Cebu I traveled to Bantayan island together with my younger sister and my mom. It was around 8:15am when my brother-in-law drove us to SM City Mall to ride a V-Hire going to Hagnaya port however there was no van available going to Hagnaya. We took a cab and proceeded to the North Bus Terminal to a ride a bus instead. We boarded a Rough Riders bus but had to wait for 30 minutes before we left the bus terminal.
Buses plying to Northern and Northwest Cebu are now mostly non-airconditioned buses. I was quite surprised that despite being non-airconditioned, the bus fare drastically increased. I remember March of last year we took a non-airconditioned bus going Maya, Daan Bantayan and the fare was below PhP70. Hagnaya is nearer compared to Maya and the fare now is Php110.
The day started out beautifully with the sun shining brightly and with blue skies. It was great to be out on the road again. Traveling always brings me joy. The journey took more than 3 hours passing by Mandaue city, Consolacion, Liloan, Compostela, Danao city then Carmen wherein we have a short stopover before continuing our journey to Sogod, Borbon, Tabogon, Bogo City and finally San Remigio.
We arrived in Hagnaya port past 12 noon. I was surprised that the barge fare was only PhP50 for Island shipping and Super Shuttle Ferry was even giving out free rides to Sta. Fe. I’m not sure if the reduction of prices or the giving of free rides has something to do that it was an off-peak season. I thought it was great though as the fare for a non-airconditioned bus was already expensive.
The boat trip took an hour an thirty minutes. Around 3:30pm we finally docked at Sta. Fe port.