Coming from Bantayan Island, I took the bus from the port of Hagnaya to Cebu City and a cab from the Cebu North Bus Terminal to the port of Cebu to catch the 15:35 Ocean Jet ferry bound for Tagbilaran.
Fare was supposedly Php800 for both Open Air and Tourist/Airconditioned classes, as indicated on the website, but paid P500 (plus Php20 for the terminal fee) because there was an ongoing promo. How lucky!
*Click here for Ocean Jet fares and ticket info for their other destinations like Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro, Camiguin, Iloilo, Jagna, Siquijor.
The issued tickets have seat assignments but they really let passengers sit anywhere they like as long as the seat is empty. I dislike being in the airconditioned areas of ferries because to be honest, much as I love boats, and I travel a lot, I have motion sickness. I have always had motion sickness. So much so that I never took fun rides. I have never been to Enchanted Kingdom! Only because I would not be able to do anything there. I always booked the top deck of the Super Ferry or Negros Navigation too. So on this ferry from Cebu to Tagbilaran, I took a seat, the best one actually, on the Open Air part of the ferry, with a direct view of the entire back part of the boat. And these are what I got because of that.
I don’t know what I was passing by but I took photos anyway.
What is it about taking boats that I love so much? It is watching the water while the wind blows strands of hair across my face as music plays loudly in my ears. The music seems to play most beautifully on times like these, when it is just me, water, sun, and wind and the vast expanse of space, between me, between other people, and everything else.
It is on these moments that I feel most at peace and sleep comes best.
There are other ferries plying the Cebu-Tagbilaran route. Aside from Ocean Jet, there are also Super Cat and Weesam Express. Travel time takes more or less 2 hours. You may check out the full schedule HERE.