8 Perfect Tips for Pandanon Island Hopping this Summer 2013

Pandanon Island is located between Cebu and Bohol. This is the final destination for Cebu island hopping package if you scheduled it this summer. Either you begin in Cebu or Bohol, you will be able to visit this resort conveniently or call me at 09202449658 for freelance tour guide.

Semi Public Island Resort in Cebu and Bohol worth P150 per heads
Nalusuan is semi public resort so it has affordable entrance fee.

 What you will love there is the wide sand which you can play sports, sleep and relax while listening to your itunes.


It’s pump boat  travel time is 45 minutes to 1 hour but if you plan to visit some fish sanctuary like the Olango Island, Sulpa Island and Hilutungan Island then it will take 2 hours or more. This is actually a island hopping offered by locals. They will give you 3 choice of island for the certain amount.

price - island - hopping
If you are going there less than 10, you can have this P800 peso package.

I suggest not to visit most of the islands (although its nice to feed some fishes there) since it will deduct your best time to enjoy with your main destination which is the Pandanon island resort. Island hopping is tiring since you need to swim to feed the fishes and see the corals, the best place to relax and take lunch is the pandanon island where the white sand is powder size, the water is crystal clear and the sand bar is perfect for jogging.

Land Travel:

Punta Engano Port is located in Mactan island at the back of Hilton Hotel. If you are more than 10 persons, then i suggest to find rent a VAN service in Cebu worth P1500 only consisting of pick up and deliver or hatid and sundo service. They will bring you in the morning and pick-up in the afternoon (dial 09202449658 for multicab and van rental).

This is also best for Philippines call center agents, virtual assistant and home based workers.

If you ride a taxi which can accommodate 4 persons only, then it will cost you P500 per taxi fare. You can ride a jeepney from Cebu City to Mactan island at P12 and take a jeepney again going to Punta Engano. It will be a hassle for your family if you keep transferring from time to time so i suggest to rent a P1500 worth van rental or multicab rental service. Call now if you need transportation at 09202449658.

boat rental rates in Cebu for Island Hopping Pump Boat Rate:

Prices for the boat rental service in Cebu or Mactan is depending on size, season and time. If you came there at morning you will have lot of choices. The lowest inquiry you can got is P2700 for the whole day while for more than 4 target destinations like olango, hilutungan, Sulpa island, Kawhagan island and pandanon then it will surely cost you P4000 or more. In general prices of pump boat rental for island hopping in Cebu and Bohol is Between P2500 to P4500. Take my advise, you can visit all the islands due to time constraint so just pick up the package.

3 +1 Island Package for island Hopping is worth P2700 + P700 (Pandanon) or P3400 (Entrance and food not included)


Entrance  Fees and Cottage cost

The cottage is worth P250 for the whole day. So again my advice is to go there in the morning so you can enjoy the high tide and low tide in the noontime then leave at 4pm. You will be able to walk for a long sand bar during low tide. As mentioned earlier, entrance fee is P150 including children.

Cottage Rates is P250
The island is usually high tide in the morning so you will feel the morning breeze of the sea


Food & Drinks:

There are some small stores in Pandanon Island but it is always advisable to bring your own foods. You can buy fried chicken on the market of Lapu Lapu for P150 each. There are rice or puso there too. Make sure you and your friend able to bring litters size mineral water, soft drinks and beer.

Front of the Island


Fresh Seafoods:

As you go island hopping, fisherman will approach you with fresh seafoods like sea urchin, squids, crab, red and blacklobster and fishes. It is usually sold in kilos so if you plan to buy it then bring a charcoal for cooking. Otherwise you will eat it uncooked which Cebuano called it Kinilaw.

San Miguel Beer drinking foreigners almost everyday
Beer drinking foreigners almost everyday

Some Advises:

1. Bring your DSLR camera either Nikon or Canon and musical gadgets. It is a lifetime experience so never lost the kodak moment.

2. Visit the island with friends. It is more memorable if you stay there with friend and love ones. It is perfect bonding moment.

3. Bring your own food such as rice, chicken (andoks or san pedro), pork, nature spring mineral water, Clover or chippy finger foods, San Mig or Red horse beer, mangoes, Pina and water melon fruits.

4. Bring your volleyball or soccer ball. The huge white sand is perfect for sports. Other visitors might challenge you in volleyball and football.

5. Bring datu puti vinegar and caladryl in case you contacted Dikya or jelly fish. Its summer so you can expect jelly fish around.
6. Bring Lenovo, sony, Toshiba or asus laptop. If you enjoy watching movie or playing game while seating on the beach front with friends and family. This is the perfect time to enjoy the year of regular work.

7. Rent a 10 seaters multicab or hyundai or starex van so somebody will bring and pick your group from your house to Punta Engano and vice versa.

8. Fo affordable Pump Boat rental contact Ricoriks at 4914090 or 09228361941 and 09197761941. Visit his facebook account: rd8guzman@yahoo.com or Ricorik’s Guzman. They can give P2500 to P2700 boat rental for 3 islands. Then you need to add P700 for pandanon Island. Therefore the total cost is P3400 for 4 islands.

Best also for your kids because it is just knee deep island resort.



Since the resort island is located between in Cebu and Bohol, then visitors including foreigner  are perfectly safe. You will find some noisy Koreans but they are generally peaceful and beer drinkers. Once you arrive there, you will see lot of expats married to Filipina there. You will also see some call center company officials with their employees doing summer outing there.


Aerial View

pandanon island photos
pandanon island aerial picture

Map of the Island Hopping Destination

Video of the Resort



  1. Hi! I was planning to go there this first week of januray.

    My plan is to go to pandanon island first and stay there for awhile and since you cant stay there overnight, we’ll go to nalusuan island for overnight stay. Is that possible. There are 6 of us. How much will it all cost?

  2. Hi mag inquire ako if meron bang pump boat na good for 50 persons? saka magkano naman sya?

  3. Hi Jo,
    The price of the boat is the same. They will wait for your for the whole day.
    Its 4k per day


  4. hi. may i ask how much is the boat rental if we go straight to pandanon? without going thru the other islands

  5. hi

    is this offer still available, we are planning to have this as a team building activity..


  6. Hi Al,

    Philippines is a tropical country in which typhoon arrives during the month of Sept, Oct and December.
    Generally it is ok as long as you keep reading the news about typhoon.

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  8. Nothing to worry about boat charter cebu because there are lot of pump boat located in Mactan resort just a few meters from the Plantation bay resort. You can go there without appointment. If you are more than 10 it is advisable to hire the pumpboat or boat charter cebu for your friend or family but if you are just few visitors then go to P800 per person package located on Punta Engano Port.

  9. hi, my friends and I are planning to go to pandanon. only pandanon. how much will be the boat rate from mactan island? and if we stay there for the night, is it easy to get boats back to mactan?

    1. Hi Ms Sunshine,
      Prices for the boat for whole day is between 3K to 4K. Smaller boat with 20 passengers is usually 3K while bigger boat is 4K. This is good for family
      Contact Ricoriks at 4914090 or 09228361941 and 09197761941. Visit his facebook account: rd8guzman@yahoo.com or Ricorik’s Guzman.
      The 800/person package is also available at the port

  10. The island hopping specially the pandanon island cebu trip is very good on summer. If it is ber season you need to impose safety with your family and friends. You know what i mean

  11. For those looking for the island hopping in mactan rates then the price is P4000 for the 20 seaters boat. For smaller boat you can get it at 3K but you need to get there earlier because they are favorite of the visitors. You can call ricoriks guzman as the contact person for island hopping in Cebu

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