OGTONG CAVE in Bantayan Island, Cebu

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Ogtong Cave is a small cavern with a natural freshwater turquoise blue pool. It is privately owned by the resort – Ogtong Cave Resort, quite small but it’s worth visiting if you’re looking for a unique Bantayan Island tourist spot. It is located in the municipality of Santa Fe, a 10-minute drive from the port.


You have free access to the cave if you are staying at Ogtong Cave Resort. You’ll also have complimentary day-use access if you’re staying at Santa Fe Beach Club since the two properties share the same owner.

But if you are like us who stayed at different accommodations on the Island, you need to pay an entrance fee. The fee includes the usage of their other amenities like their pools, cottages, and private beach.

  • Adult Entrance Fee- Php 225
  • Kids Entrance Fee- Php 120
  • Ogtong Cave Operating Hours – 08:00 AM to 4:00 PM

How to go to Ogtong Cave

From Cebu City – Go to Cebu North Bus Terminal near SM City Cebu and ride on a bus bound for Hagnaya. The estimated travel time is 3.5-4 hours. Once in Hagnaya Port, you will ride on a barge bound for Santa Fe Port (travel time is approximately 1 hr). The Tourism Office in Santa Fe port will collect P30/person for all incoming guests to the Island as per ordinance approved by local and provincial councilors as an Environmental or Ecological Fee. Upon arriving at Bantayan Island, you can reach Ogtong Cave either by car, bike, motorcycle, or the most convenient way – if you are on a tour.

BY CAR: Navigate with Waze or Google Maps and set your destination to “Ogtong Cave” on Bantayan Island. Parking space is available.

BY TRICYCLE: From Santa Fe Port, or Kota Beach, even at your accommodation, you will find tricycle drivers offering a land tour to Santa Fe Bantayan tourists spots that includes a trip to Ogtong Cave for Php 600 per tricycle that can accommodate up to 3 pax.

BY BIKES/MOTORCYCLES or SCOOTERS: Most accommodations in Bantayan Island offers bikes for rent or scooters for rent. The bike rental fee is P100 to P150 per day while Motorcycle/Scooters Rental Fee is P300 to P350 per day with two helmets and P50 gas. The ride is about 20 minutes.

Contact 09302956221 for motorcycle rental or land tour.

What to Expect at Ogtong Cave

I’ve seen so many beautiful photos of Ogtong Cave online. Its most noticeable feature is its turquoise water visible from the mouth of the cave. That makes me want to visit it and want to see it in person.

I already expected that there will be a lot of tourists and somehow managed my expectation that it will be a challenge to get a nice photo without photobombers or at least decent photos for the blog. So, given that they are only open from 8 am to 4 pm, my strategy was to go when most people are somehow occupied and I had chosen lunchtime.

We arrived at exactly 12:10 pm. We paid Php 225 each for the entrance fee. To be honest, it’s a little expensive for me who travels on a budget. I even asked the receptionist if we can pay less since we only wanted to see Ogtong Cave and not the whole resort but were told we still need to pay that amount even if we choose not to stay long.

Look at how many slippers they were. So many people in a small cave. Apparently, my strategy in choosing the time to visit didn’t work. BUT…we were patient. We stayed swimming inside the cave. The water and the shade inside are so refreshing given that it was so hot outside. Then…we got a small window – a quick 5 minutes to take photos. A big thank you to kuya guide for helping us.

It’s a mixture of fresh and saltwater, and the water level depends on the tides. We were able to stand and even sit in some parts.

If you are interested in staying at Octong Cave Resort or Santa Fe Beach Club during your Bantayan Island visit, you can book through their AGODA link below.

BOOK HERE ➡ Octong Cave Resort
BOOK HERE ➡ Santa Fe Beach Club

Accommodation / Rooms at Ogtong Resort

You will have loads of choices at Ogtong Cave Resort. You should also know that they offer all sorts of guests including big families, groups, honeymooners, couples, and even solo backpackers.

Seaview Villa (Php 3,500+/night)
It has 1 matrimonial bed or 2 single beds, mini bar, TV, DVD, hot and cold shower, etc.

Garden Villa (Php 3,200+/night)
It has 1 matrimonial bed or 2 single beds, a mini bar, a local TV channel, PABX, hot and cold shower, etc.

Row House (Php 3,200+/night)
Family Room Triple (PhP 4,300+/night)
This has 3 single beds & 1 sofa bed. Has similar facilities and amenities as the other rooms.

Family Room (PhP 6,200+/night)
This family room has 1 matrimonial bed, 3 single beds, and more amenities including a refrigerator.
Family Room with Adjoining

(PhP 6,000+/night)
The 1st room has 2 single beds, airconditioned, mini bar; the 2nd room has 1 matrimonial bed, aircon, and TV. Both rooms have hot and hot showers, etc.

Deluxe Room (PhP 4,300+/night) It provides 1 matrimonial bed, minbar, satellite cable TV, showers, etc.

White House (PhP 7,000/night)
This accommodation can only be booked on the spot.
This is more of a family accommodation that plans on staying for more than a day or so. It has 2 rooms, a living room, kitchen facilities, outdoor grilling/dining facilities, and more.

De luxe Suite with Jacuzzi (PhP 16,000+/night)
Well, this is a luxurious room. Included are a new swimming pool and sauna bath with breakfast for 2 people. The room has the usual 1 king-size bed, minibar, coffee/tea making facility, etc. The bathroom has both hot and cold showers, a hair dryer, bathrobes, and a safety deposit box.


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