Taxi drivers are crazy....but, safe. ...a long ride to Oslob 2-3 hours depending on traffic and day of week. At 3am on a thursday there was not much traffic on the well paved but, slightly curvy country road...had to dodge village dogs sleeping in the middle of the road during the day. Traffic is heavier on the way back to Cebu City. If you make this a day trip, the ride back takes quite a bit longer. Stop for lunch at a village restaurant...and pick up some chicharron in Carcar on the way back. About $100 US including tip for round trip taxi to Oslob and back to the city. Driver hangs out until you are ready to return.
Taking a ro-ro (roll-on roll-off) is the best way to go to Bantayan Island from Hagnaya, Cebu. Fare for one way trip costs P140. Kids can avail of discount. Regular ferry service from Hagnaya Port to Santa Fe, Bantayan Island is from 6am until 5pm. Travel time is about 1 hour.
Santiago Bay Resort provided a special trip for its guests for P180 per person. I was surprised to see so many guests that some of us were not able to have a seat. Maybe because it is Holy Week with plenty of people having their vacation. We took the boat at Green Lagoon Park in Compostela, North of Cebu City. The ride is not comfortable especially for those seated below. Worst that it was 2 hours late and we were able to reach the island past noon with a very late lunch due partly to poor & slow service at the resort resto. Our half day was just wasted away.
The trip is not comfortable and we have to act quickly to ensure a seat. Since it was holy week, the boat is overloaded and some people were not able to have a seat. It's more comfy at the upper level & provided a better view. Being able to buy a ticket costing P180 for special trips intended for resort guests does not guarantee a seat. Regular fare from Danao pier is P150. Special trip is from Green Lagoon Park in Compostela to Mangodlong Rock Resort in Camotes.
Getting around Cebu, one may take a colorful jeepney or a bus at a minimal fare. Tricycles (motorcycles with sidecars) are popular in outlaying areas and in the suburbs, quiet notably within Mactan Island. Taxicabs are widely available.
It takes less than an hour to get to Cebu by plane. Cebu Pacific Air has regular flights to Macatan International Airport. Its cheaper if you can avail there promo. For flight details and current fares you can visit to there website.
We had a great time with our road trip to Moalboal from Lapulapu City which took us about 2.5 hrs. to reach there. The trip was quite pleasant. It's more convenient to take your own car along than to commute by public transport. Road trip highly recommended. Nice views along the way.
There are two main fastcraft ferry companies that services Tagbilaran-Cebu route. One is Weesam, and the other one is Oceanjet. By Weesam (350 pesos one way), travel time is about 2 hrs, and Oceanjet is about 1.5 hrs.
There are some great deals either travelliing from abroad to Cebu or planning your trip from Manila.
Philippine Airlines offers some great packages including flights, transfers to and from the Mactan airport and 4-5-star hotels for very good prices in the low season.
By rule, taxis in the Philippines are cheap.
Difficult is though make them use the meter... although here in Cebu this is not actually an issue, since most of the taxi drivers will turn it on as you board the car.
Taxis are normally white-coloured in Cebu.
I mostly saw these in the provinces or smaller cities, not in Manila. Forgot the name. Someone told me that this cost around 90,000 pesos or less than 2,000 USD.