Things you should be careful going to Bantayan

Beautifull place

Beautifull place

Hi in the post  i will just talk how row experience me traveling from Cebu to Bantayan.  I had scooter Mio 125cc i full my take in the city. left the city 12.30pm after non. it was alot of trafic in the city. well as soon getting out of the city road my clear and open. some places the road was broken

some road are broken so you have to care full

some road are broken so you have to care full

some places on the read are under construction

some places on the read are under construction

you can easly find the map on the google and once you are on the north road then there no turn. just fallow the road.

i had 4 letter gas tank. i put gas around 130php . on the way to hagnaya port i put 1 letter gas again. I arrived to the port and then they charge 580 for the scooter and 45 for CI fee or what ever they call it. Then 20 paso for Terminal fee.

Thing now you shoud be care full. They asked me extra 185 or around 200 Php to put the scooter on the ferry. I said i will drive my self and i did it. they were all angry at me. I told them for what i should pay i drive my self to put my scooter on ferry. They had no aswer and same thing happend when i arrive to the island  i had big argue with . they were asking for money for no reason . Bringing the scooter down from the ferry. i said i did not get any one help . i did not pay.

What i will say that you should get on roro or big barge. so you do not have to face this problem.

After arriving the island it was easy to find the beach resort. i had booked online my first night AT NORDIC IN .it was good place the price i paid 900php staff was  very good.

The night time went to eat and found a really good place i cant rember the name but it is 2 big resturent in the main street. you will find it. food cost me 250php but it was really good.

Next day stay at the beach went around the island on the scooter and found an other beach resort which was really good.

Paid 1400 and had really nice break fast this resort is left side from the port. and it is quite inside it might be tricky but you will find it. it is own by  Danish guy. they had really good staff and food. I loved there room. They were really nice . good each few.

This is the front gate

This is the front gate

This cost 1400 it had aircon warm water

This cost 1400 it had aircon warm water

Then put the scooter back and drive to cebu . hole trip takes 6 hours bu scooter. it is so much fun on the scooter then bus. love it.


Driving Rules in Philippines

Can I drive in Philippines without driving license?

The answer is simply in one word NO. You cannot drive in Philippines without having driving license.

How does local people drive without license?

Most of the people in province does not have driving license, but they drive a motorbike without it. When you go far from the city, there are no police stations and check points, so you might able to drive in province without driving license. If you made an accident and get caught. You will charge with high penalty.  The motorbike will be taken in to police custody. It will be release to the owner, who has driving license.

How much is the ticket without driving license? (Click this link to get official site)

There are 2 system of police in Philippines, one traffic police which  is called (CITOM), and one city crime police called (The law enforcer), both have different  fine rates.

The law enforcer, will charge you 500 PHP for each violation.  CITOM has high price rates. Driving without licensee can cost you 6 month prison.

Driving without helmet (Click this link to get official site)

Driving without helmet will cost you 2000 PHP, it is the highest fine you can get. You can buy cheap helmet for 600 PHP in 138 mall, unitop. 2 Person are allow to ride on motorbike, both should have helmet on.

Prevent getting ticket from Traffic police in Philippines

There are some rules, but if you fallow you can avoid getting ticket

1 The rider should wear shoes

2 The bike should have both left and right mirror

3 Side indicator should be working all time

4 front light and back light should be working

5 you should carry your driving license original all time

6 OR CR, Motorbike registration

7 Don’t drive if motorbike is not register in Land transportation office.

Can I drive with foreign driving license?  

Yes you can drive for 3 months if you have foreign driving license, after 3 months you have to convert your driving license. Or apply for new one.

How to convert foreign driving license to Philippines

If you have a foreign driving license, you can easily convert in to Philippines license. You need to go LTO office and bring passport with you. It cost 650 PHP approximately. It take only 1 hour if there are not so many people. Best time to go after 4pm. Do not go early in the morning it is the worst time to go.

Beware of the scammer, there are a lots of people standing outside the LTO office   to scam you, mostly they charge 2500 PHP, and somehow they able to provide you license if you are lucky.

How to convert car deriving license to motorbike In Philippines

Bring your driving license to LTO and first apply for conversion, while you doing that ask them, you would like to include motorbike as well, it is called 1,2 There are numbers. 1 for car, 2 for motorbike. You might have to take Practical test, you have to make appointment and go with officer and show him that you can ride a motorbike. It might cost you few hundred PHP.

How to get new driving license?

For local people bring one valid ide.

For foreigner, you should have at least 5month valid visa. you cannot apply if you only have tourist visa.

There are some agent who can provide you without having visa they charge some amount. It can be also scam you might get it or not.

Police check points

In the night  there are road blocks and check points in Philippines. It can be anywhere  anytime. If you have your license, and papers of the motorbike they will let you go. This happens because a lot of people steal motorbikes by doing that they are able to catch them.

Where can i  rent a motorbike in the Philippines

There are plenty of rental shops in Philippines. You can visit at Most of the shops require your passport. You have to leave passport and show valid driving license for able to rent a motorbike/scooter in the Philippines. The minimum rates are 500 a day. The rental shop gives you 2 helmets.

Do I get insurance with a motorbike

All motorbike comes with 3rd party insurance. It is a basic insurance. If you like to get private insurance you can also get one. It overs theft insurance, personal injury and own damage claim.

How much it cost to get personal insurance

It depends on until price and model. With my personal experience, I had motorbike worth 50k I paid around 2200 PHP a year.