Catching a banka from Lilo-an boat terminal – Cebu to Negros Oriental (trip to Negros (part 4)

banka (Boat) to NegrosOur banka (Boat) was already waiting at the harbourside when we got there. If you look at the sign closely on the front of the boat it says capacity 80! which to me would seem a bit risky at the best of times. We were within eye shot of  Negros so shouldn’t be too far if we had to swim for it..lol

V-Hire at Lilo-an boat terminal, cebu,philippines

The port itself was nothing short of basic we knew it was a port because it had a sign at the same time doesn’t really need much else. For those looking to travel via V-Hire (minibus) they do run here from Cebu city as you can see two waiting for passengers at the Port to head back to Cebu. Another important thing is this is NOT Liloan which is North of Cebu city this is Lilo-an boat terminal which is at the Southern tip of Cebu island. I find it often confusing when people say they are in a certain place when its actually a completely different location to where I expected and its always worth asking “on which island?” and “what is your nearest city?” because Naga for example there are several Naga cities scattered around the Philippines.

The odd thing was the pricing as even having a pee here cost P2. But Aga thought things would be cheaper going by banka rather than ferry so first things first was the cost of passengers P45 each and P100 for the motorcycle which didn’t seem too bad. Oh wait a minute then there is P75 to get the motorcycle onto the banka as a loading charge then another P75 to take it off and a terminal fee of P30 for the guard on the gate at the other side?? hmm.. Total = P370.00 not so cheap. You also do have to give them the paperwork for the motorcycle and they wander off to an office somewhere before returning with it. Polite notice here though go via the RORO ferry (Roll On Roll Off) as its only P250 for 2 passengers including the motorbike. We weren’t in a rush and pretty much experimenting with modes of transport which is why we went on this route and came back on the RORO. I took a photo of a RORO on the way in lucky enough so you can get an idea of what it looks like, its a bit like a large landing craft with the drop door on the front. At the rear is all the seating areas.

Super shuttle ferry - RORO ferry Anyway while waiting for the motorcycle to be loaded had time to look around and was pleasantly surprised to see a lot of fish life in the water. As well as catch the video below of the motorcycle being loaded, I did ask Aga if he thought they were insured (incase they dropped it into the sea) at which point a cautionary “no” was the response.

 

 

fishing boat, lilo-an boat terminal Boats near lilo-an boat terminal guys going to load the motorcycle onto the boat tropical fish at lilo-an boat terminal tropical fish at lilo-an boat terminal tropical fish at lilo-an boat terminal fisherman near lilo-an boat terminal banka docked near lilo-an boat terminal banka docked near lilo-an boat terminal afisherman near lilo-an boat terminal fisherman near lilo-an boat terminal

2 comments for “Catching a banka from Lilo-an boat terminal – Cebu to Negros Oriental (trip to Negros (part 4)

  1. Kevin
    June 28, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    So they don’t have a DIY option where you can put the bike on the boat yourself eh? I think I could have lifted that bike by myself and had it on the boat in a fraction of the time but I guess I would have put 4 people out of work so probably not a good idea lol!

    Good song!

    • Profile photo of OLDARTICLES
      June 29, 2011 at 1:45 am

      Better to leave them to it to be honest as its likely they would help if you were going to put it on yourself anyway but then end up with too many people trying to do it and more likely to see the bike making a splash.