Our 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
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.
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.