Featured Philippine Ports: SIQUIJOR’S PORT

Sun rises over the mountains of Siquijor.

Sun rises over the mountains of Siquijor.


“Down under Siquijor” got its first foreign attention and curiosity in 1565, courtesy of Spanish conquistadores who got mystified by the eerie glow of lights visible at night emitted by colonies of sylvan fireflies that sheltered on Tugas (Molave) trees, thus referring this place as “Isla del Fuego” or Island of Fire. It was first sighted by Spaniards during the Legazpi expedition led by a certain Capitan Esteban Rodriguez.

These attention and curiosity continued during American occupation led by James Fugate,  a U.S. Infantry Scout later on became the Governor of Siquijor. Americans planted their own influence to inhabitants settled here by building school houses and introduced their learning system; they also built two large water reservoirs to solved the water problems of the many residents here. There were also massive recruitment of farm laborers to work in the pineapple fields of Hawaii, and the orange orchards of California.

The manganese deposits discovered by a German national on 1937 in the town of Enrique Villanueva, Larena,  and Maria spurred mining activities in the province- it was fully operational the following years after discovery, and were managed by American personnel. Japan on the other hand, shared the same interest on this island during World War II. In fact they too spread their sphere of influence by occupying it, and introduced their own militaristic rule. During those times, Japanese conquerors were also operating  manganese mining in the northern part of Siquijor.

Until this day that same curiosity and attention still prevailed on this “Mystical Island”, the same way during early foreign exploration and colonization centuries ago. With the help of modern technology foreign tourists mostly originated from either Europe, North America, Australia, Korea and Japan arrives here almost  on a daily basis; and most of these visitors took advantage of abundant gift of nature in an inexpensive and favorable way. The beauty, serenity, and tranquility of the many white sand beach; the richness of its treasures beneath its blue waters (Siquijor was declared a Marine reserve in 1978); and most especially the peaceful and simple way of life here make it their top vacation destination- and some of these foreigners permanently settled and do business here.

Affluent and middle class Pinoys spent their weekend/holidays here too, just to see and experienced the richness of its historical and cultural heritage. The province’s “Solili” festivities, and Lenten Festival of Herbal Preparation are few of the many attractions only found on this Island. Furthermore, people from all walks of life comes here to seek alternative healing medicine to relieved them of their ailments. It is widely said that some “Sikihudnon” by tradition have been practicing magic and sorcery (as a way of treating sickness and injuries) for generation- and for many, supernatural phenomena are way of life for people living here. In fact most of their town’s festivities focuses on primordial healing rituals where conjurations are sung while indigents created potions “haplas”, and amulets “anting-anting” which are made of either rare stones,  insects, herbs, roots,  and tree bark- thought to be very  unique and admired because of the contribution it had to the diverse Philippine culture and tradition.

Founded in 1783, the town of Siquijor became the citadel of Christianity on this island, under administration of the diocese of Cebu. As for Civil Administration, it was under the political jurisdiction of Bohol from 1854 to 1892, before administered and politically attached to Negros Oriental as a sub-province in 1901. But on 17th of September 1971 by virtue of Republic Act No. 6398, it formally became politically independent province. Larena was used to be the “Cabezera” of the province during Spanish era, but was transferred to the municipality of Siquijor in 1972 with the Presidential Proclamation nos. 1075.

Ports of Entry: Ports in Siquijor

Siquijor Province considered one of the smallest province in the country,  is part of the booming region in central Visayas wherein Cebuano dialect is widely spoken. It is by the way separated from the neighboring island of Cebu in the north, and Negros Oriental in the northwest via Bohol Sea; Bohol province on the other hand is in the northeast section, while Camiguin Island is in the eastern section; whereas on its south corner across the sea is the Port City of Dapitan in the island of Mindanao. It’s capital by the way is named after the island itself, and is fronting the protected sea of Tañon Strait.

Several ferry vessel bound for Siquijor tied to the piers of Dumaguete Port.

Several ferry vessel bound for Siquijor tied to the piers of Dumaguete Port.

Province of Siquijor has ports and wharves that served all types of vessels, three of these ports -Siquijor, Larena, and Lazi are purposely built to accommodate roll on- roll off/load on-load off (RO-RO/LO-LO) type of vessels, fastcrafts, and other marine craft coming from different ports across the region. The other municipal/and or private wharves caters mostly motorized outrigger boats known locally as pumpboats, cargo vessel, and small fishing boats; they are mostly found in Barangay Tambisan in San Juan, Barangay Tambisan in Solong-on, and in Barangay Poblacion in the town of Maria.

The province can be reached by a ferry vessel on a seven hours trip coming from Cebu, no less than five to nine hours from Plaridel or Iligan (Mindanao), three to four hours from Tagbilaran City, and two hours from Dumaguete City. Major ports in the Province of Siquijor are strategically located in the following Municipalities:

Municipality of Siquijor

View of Siquijor Port

View of Siquijor Port

Siquijor (pronouncedas “Si-kēē-hor”) Port is located in the town proper, and connects to Port of Dumaguete- approximately 14 nautical miles away via ferry boat. There are many trips to choose coming from Port of Dumaguete, in fact three shipping operators have been servicing on these route-so if you missed a ship/boat on your planned trip, you can easily hop-in to the next departing boat.

Dumaguete to Siquijor ferry connection is the most convenient, the shortest travel time, and had few pesos less fare as compared to Larena Port destination- most of incoming and outgoing passengers preferred this route.

Geographical coordinates: 9.2000° N, 123.5000° E.


Name of Operator: GL SHIPPING LINES  
Arrival from Dumaguete Departure to Dumaguete Vessel
5:45 am 5:30 am M/V Jaylann 2/M/bca Jaziel
10: 00 am 8:00 am M/bca Jaylann/ GL Express
12 noon 9:30 am M/BCA Jaziel
2:15 pm 12 noon M/V Jaylann 2
4:00 pm 3:45 pm M/bca Jaylann/GL Express
Reminder: No Trip on Saturday  
Fare: Php 130.00  

Siquijor Island 1

Name of Operator

Orlines Sea-Land Transport Inc.

 Contact nos. 09357742678

Dumaguete to Siquijor

Siquijor to Dumaguete

Vessel:  M/V Siquijor Island 1
Every Saturday at 9:30 AM and 5:30 PM Every Saturday at 7:00 AM and 3:30 PM Fare: Php 120-Economy Php 150- Tourist
Every Tuesday at 4:30 PM

Siquijor to Cebu City

Cebu City to Siquijor

Fare: Php 400
Every Sunday and Tuesday at 10 PM Every Monday at 10 PM  Same vessel
Name of Operator: Aleson Shipping Lines  
Arrival from Dumaguete Departure to Dumaguete Vessel
 8:30 AM  6:00 AM  Ciara Joie 1 or 3
10:30 AM 11:30 AM  Ciara Joie 1 or 3
3:30 PM 1:30 PM Ciara Joie 1 or 3
 6:00 PM  6: 00 PM Ciara Joie 1 or 3 
Fare: Php 100-Regular  
  Php 120- Aircon  
Name of Operator: Ocean Fast Ferries  
Arrival from Dumaguete Departure to Dumaguete Vessel
12:50 pm 1:50 pm OceanJet 5/ or OceanJet 6
Fare: Php 360- Bussiness  
  Php 210- Tourist  

Notable incident at sea in the past: On October 1971, the ill-fated pumpboat “Saranel” capsized at mid-sea due to bad weather. Among 30 passengers on-board, only four people survived.

Siquijor Wharf

Siquijor Wharf

On the 11th of July 1987, ferry boat St.Christopher departed from Port of Dumaguete only to be sunk by big waves (due to stormy weather) as it approaches Port of Siquijor. Among 200 passengers on-board, 122 survived.

Municipality of Larena

Larena Port located in Barangay Helen (Datag), is the main entry to the center of business activities in the Province of Siquijor. This town was once named Can-oan, but opted to renamed it instead to a gentleman named Demetrio Larena, best remembered as the first Filipino Governor of the Province of Negros Oriental and Siquijor.

Port of Larena (built during 1930’s) is under the management of Philippine Ports Authority’s baseport of Dumaguete, and form part of the Strong Republic Nautical Highway.  It boosted a much better facilities (as compared to Siquijor Port), such as the eight million pesos passenger terminal building inaugurated on 11th of March 2005 which aimed to attract tourist arrival and increased economic activities within the region. Together with the expanded and reclaimed areas of the port for its container yard, and berthing facilities, it was designed to accommodate much bigger ships of no less than 500 tons. But in reality Larena Port even though it has all the necessities of the modern seaport, still lags behind Siquijor Port in terms of annual ships and passenger traffic; and for many visitors, tourist, as well as Ship Spotter like  me, the reasons are obvious.

In 2013, Siquijor Port’s management have concluded that the repair of damages to its port facilities brought about by typhoon “Pablo”, has been completed. The said repairs includes port lighting system, mooring, and fendering system among others costing nine million pesos more or less. A five-year deal was agreed by the Port Authority and Prudential Customs Brokerage Services Inc. to handle the port’s Stevedoring and Cargo handling needs. This port by the way connects to the following neighboring ports of:

1. Tagbilaran City approximately 32 nautical miles.

2. Plaridel in Misamis Occidental approximately 51 nautical miles.

3. Port of Cebu approximately 66 nautical miles.

4. Port of Dumaguete approximately 18 nautical miles.

Siquijor Port  is  just 10 kilometers away from here via public transport.

Geographical coordinates:  9.2500° N, 123.6000°E


Name of Operator: Montenegro Shipping Lines  
Arrival from Dumaguete Departure to Dumaguete Vessel
10:00 am 6:00 am M/V Reina Magdalena or
6:00 pm 2:00 pm M/V Reina Veronica
Fare: Php 136- Regular  
  Php 68- minors  
Name of Operator: Lite Shipping Corp.  
Route Day/Time of Departure Vessel
Cebu to Larena viaTagbilaran City Tuesday/ Thursday /Saturday at 12 noon M/V Lite Ferry 15
Fare: Php 290 Economy  
  Php 370 Tourist  
Larena – Cebu via Wednesday/Friday at 7pm M/V Lite Ferry 15
Tagbilaran City Sunday at 6 pm  
 Larena to Plaridel  Tue/Wed/Thurs/Fri/Sun at 1am  
copyright: mcgutib

copyright: mcgutib

Notable incident at sea in the past:  On the 4th of December 2012, typhoon Pablo brought havoc to Visayan region leaving behind millions of pesos in damages. At the height of the storm, the fastcraft named Delta 1 (former name: OMISHIMA 8, built in Japan 1988) owned by Delta Fast Ferries capsized, due to big waves as it tried to rescue another vessel along the coastline of Larena. Six crew members were rescued, and luckily no life were wasted except for the boat itself.

Municipality of Lazi

Formerly called “Tigbawan” (name of a plant that grew along the bay) before but were renamed Lazi during American period. The town of Lazi is located in the southern part of the province, approximately 32 Kilometers away from the capitol (via Siquijor-San Juan-Campalanas circumferential road), this agricultural town was founded in 1857.

On March of 2005, the provincial government of Siquijor announced the completion of 17.7 million pesos Lazi Port Project. The said project accomplished the full rehabilitation of the 49-meters pier deck; upgrading the 132-meters causeway, installation of Roll on-Roll of ramp, and the construction of Lazi Port Terminal. Upon operation, the municipal port of Lazi can now accommodate much bigger ship; and planned to serve as link between Port of Plaridel in Misamis Oriental (Approximately 32 nautical miles), Tagbilaran (Bohol), and the City of Cebu.

Geographical coordinates: 09°08′ North  123°38′ East


Name of Operator

Orlines Sea-Land Transport Inc.

Vessel:  M/V Siquijor Island 1


Plaridel to Lazi  

Lazi to Plaridel

Fare: Php 600-Economy

Php 700- Tourist

ETD: Every Thurs at 10pm  Fare: Php 400
 Every Friday at 3pm
Every Wed at 10 PM

Cebu City to Lazi

Fare: Php 400

Siquijor Island For updated schedule, you may contact: ORLINES SEA-LAND TRANSPORT, INC. Suite 2H, 2nd Floor Gemini Building 719 MJ Cuenco Avenue, Cebu City Tel. No.: 238-0296

One of the oldest ferry in service...M/V Georich.

One of the oldest ferry in service…M/V Georich.

Notable development on shipping in the past: On October 31, 1962 George & Peter Lines Inc. launched its first two vessels into their maiden voyage to Dumaguete, Larena, Lazi, Plaridel, and  Iligan.


1.  Siquijor.gov.ph

2.  news info.inquirer.net

3.  Coastal Environment Profile: Siquijor Province, Rey G. Bendijo et.al (2004)

4.  http://www.cebutravelguide.net/tools/mvsiquijorisland.shtml

5.  Negros Oriental from American rule to the Present: A History (vol. II) Part III: The Republic Period, by Caridad Aldecoa-Rodriguez. 1989

6.  Philippine Port Authority, Baseport Dumaguete

7.  Five Lesson Learned at M/V Siquijor


The schedules and fares posted above are sourced from the ticketing booth found at Port of Dumaguete and/or Ports in Siquijor.  The information provided herein is accurate for the time being, but subject to change as per shipping operator’s policy– please be guided.  Other pertinent information regarding Shipping operator, Port terminal policies, and its corresponding fees can be found at their own website or at designated ticketing office found at said above Port. 

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