Islandhopping 101: Best Guide In and Out of Roxas City


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La Playa de Roxas, People’s Park Brgy. Baybay Roxas City

“I really love this city, It is beautiful and It’s so multidimensional. People say it has a darkness and a decadence, which it tries to hide; they say it’s full of the pretentious and opulent trying to strangle the dark reality. But that’s true for most of the other great cities too. . . .
There is a soul here . . . and that soul is as pure as the heat of the sun that shines down on it and the rain that falls to purify it.”

Umair Naeem, Drowning Shadows

The first time I set my foot here,  first thing comes on my mind is the scent of its air, like a perfume that goes inside my head and send me to a euphoria that brought me back to my good memories of the beautiful Obando in Bulacan. The familiar scent of a fishpond, rivers and muddy sea; it smells fish, crab and oysters- and most of all it smells MONEY. However,  Roxas City is much better version. The city, dubbed as the”Seafoods Capital of the Philippines” looks classy and yet simple on my first impression, and so does my second. It has a well maintained city street  with flourishing businesses on each and every corner, at the other side of the river is the century old structure and a museum which I believe a welcome treat for every first timer here; their “Baybay” or beach front – facing the Sibuyan Sea, known to be a rich fishing ground – it has plenty of reasons to fell in love with, for one is their restaurants (along Baybay) which offers variety of mouth watering seafood; two, is the many places to explore and get a change to grab some photos- almost filling the entire 8Gb of memory of my dslr camera. Pueblo de Panay on the other hand, is quite unique to my eyes because of the vast landscape of greenery with establishments (worthy of a visit) sprouting all over the rolling hills- it made me wish to stay for few more days and maybe, just maybe I might be coming here every now and then. And finally,  the most promising tourist attraction is the majestic shrine of Sacred Heart of Jesus standing over the hilltop comparable to that of the Christ the Redeemer of Brazil which can be seen far off-shore. How about that for Roxas City!

I have been here twice before, the last one was just three weeks ago- exactly five days after New Year’s celebration. Coming here together with a friend was a welcome treat for us. As planned months earlier, we embarked on a 36 hours long Island hopping adventure coming from Dumaguete on our way to Batangas/Manila. Actually, traveling here  was like a mere familiarization to the once Off-the-beaten-path, but for my companion being his first time it was an adventure of a lifetime. Our trip here (as my traveling companion have said “rather unusual because we were traveling on foot at the not so quite familiar road heading to our destination”) was rather not easy as we took every transportation available- slow boat, bus, jeep and tricycle ride; our trip took us on a route from Dumaguete heading to Bacolod City then on Dumangas-Zarraga up to the City of Roxas. And after few hours of strolling and gazing on a landscape of the city within late afternoon we were sailing on a calm sea towards the island of Romblon, Romblon, and then further more to Port of Batangas before heading to Manila. After a two days of rest, I myself, on my homeward bound took the same road again, the Manila to Batangas (2 hours bus) then took a 19 hours boat trip for Roxas City, then another two hours bus ride to Iloilo City before heading to Bacolod via fast craft,  and culminating my trip is a six hour drive down south to Dumaguete City, indeed a  back-breaking and mind boggling travel. So eager to know how to do it? Well, follow this easy tips:

Coming from the Backdoor

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Going to Bacolod via Dumaguete is not really a big problem as big buses of Ceres Tours plies on this route every now and then,  it goes directly to Mabinay then to the City of Kabankalan before heading to the City of Smiles- after several more stop. The trip  last for six hours and cost 270 Pesos for ordinary buses and 359 Pesos for air-con buses.

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If you’re coming from Cebu City just head to Port of Toledo in Toledo City,  from there board a fast craft for San Carlos City in Negros Occidental. Once arrive you have to take a short tricycle ride to the bus terminal going for Bacolod City.

Click on the link to see ferry schedule: Toledo to San Carlos ferry 

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Once in Bacolod City take a public transport vehicle to BREDCO Port and then hop on-board on one of these RO-RO vessel forDumangas Port. Fare charges for each person cost less than a hundred pesos, travel time usually last about two hours.

Click on the link to view Ferry schedule:  Bacolod-Dumangas vv.  RORO Guide (2016 update) 

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Note: You may also board a Fast craft such as this heading to Iloilo City or vice versa. The lowest fare for this fast craft per person usually at 200 Pesos plus terminal fee of 30 Pesos, and travel time last about an hour or more.

Dumangas Port

Upon arrival in Dumangas Port you only need to take a little walk heading to the exit, a barker will approached every passenger and points to the numerous tricycles queuing one after another awaiting for passengers, I took one of these public transport to reach the town of Dumangas. Travel time usually last for about 10-15 minutes and cost about 15 Pesos per head.

Side note: Photo above shows the Fast craft terminal in Iloilo City. Just in case you opted this destination upon arrival to this Port you need to board a Jeep heading to SM Delgado and then from there another Jeep going to Tagbak Terminal. Bus terminal (the newly constructed building along the highway) going to the northern destination such Caticlan or Roxas City is located in Tagbak, Jaro.  Cost for the two Jeepney ride would be at least 30 Pesos per person. If you’re not in the mood for a Jeepney ride then you may opt for a Taxi ride, flag down rates cost about 40 Pesos and if you’re lucky your fare would reach to about 100 Pesos less.

To view latest ferry schedule, please click your mouse on the link: Roro & Ferry Schedules

On the other side of the town away from Iloilo City is the sleepy town of Dumangas – 24 kilometers away from the capital- about a hundred meters away from its town hall is the public transport terminal for passenger Jeepney’s and Vans which usually all in queues to take  passengers. Their service usually last from sun up to sun down. Jeepney route usually goes to Iloilo City via Zarraga and vice versa, whereas Van for hire take the Coastal Road in route to Iloilo City (Baldoza Terminal, La Paz).

Side Note: Back in Iloilo City the biggest bus lines in Panay Island (perhaps in the whole country) that often preferred by almost every tourist and local passengers because of their reliability, convenience and availability even at night. Buses often leaves every hour (from sun-up to sun-down) to Roxas City and vice versa. Travel time takes about three hours (traffic and road repair works means it may take more than that), cost per person depending on bus line or van for hire but usually it never goes beyond 200 Pesos.

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Again if your coming from Dumangas there is no need for you to go to Iloilo City to have a decent bus ride to Caticlan or Roxas City, just ask the Jeepney driver to drop  you at the town of Zarraga (at the National Highway), and from there a handful of bus lines goes to and from Caticlan or Roxas City. Length of travel  usually last for two hours and fare cost per person is about 170 or a little less.

See the video showing the Highway:   Zarraga Iloilo

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The Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral located in the old Pueblo de Capiz (Capitol area), from here it only takes a tricycle ride from a much better public transportation hub in Roxas City ( Buses normally stops here and it will never venture near the city street- I wish Dumaguete can emulate their willingness to make their city organized to lessen the problem on traffic) located in Pueblo de Panay.

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Remember: Traveling here is pretty easy just follow the few road tips above and you’ll be in Roxas City in no time.

From Manila 

Unfortunately there are no passenger ship that connects this two cities, one must travel on a bus (plying LRT-Buendia to Batangas Port) for at least two hours via SLEX. Almost every bus companies serving this route offers air-conditioned with entertainment on-board of course, and fare cost is somewhere between 150- 200 Pesos.

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2GO Travel’s M/V St. Anthony de Padua sails from Batangas to Roxas City via Romblon, Romblon every Tuesday and Friday at 10 PM. Sea travel usually last to 15 hours and fare cost start at 1,100 Pesos for economy accommodation. Trying it myself last three weeks ago, I think the experience I have on-board was over-all pleasant although the food served to economy passenger wasn’t that good at all. I know first class accommodation was way better, but sorry to say I am no fan of first class accommodation and so does majority of sea-going public.

The cheapest fare around at 950 Pesos (Air-conditioned room) per person is via Super Shuttle RoRo 2 which plies three times a week from Batangas and every Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 3 PM coming from Culasi Port. It is highly recommended if your bringing along with you your SUV, pick-up and/or sedan going to Caticlan or down south Iloilo. They do have cheaper charges on each vehicles as compared to the rival. But honestly I won’t recommend it to any tourist as facilities were not acceptable by decent standard such as toilet facilities, I’m disappointed really about such neglect, it was simple necessities that should have been looked at carefully.  Decent dining table coupled with fresh cook foods (if any) must be accorded to paying passengers, if possible. I’m fed up with on-board canteen whose expertise is to serve instant noodle. I think the management should address this simple passenger necessities to  garner better feedback and perhaps win more patron- just my humble opinion.

Click on the link to see ferry schedule:  Batangas RoRo/Ferry schedule 

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Caticlan Jetty Port in Malay – a transportation hub for RORO vessels coming from Port of Roxas in Mindoro Oriental, Odiongan Port in Tablas Island as well as Port of Batangas-  a  jump off to the island of Boracay Island is another alternative point of entry, although the drawback is that of the punishing land trip that is quite stressful. From here it takes only 2 to 3 hours scenic drive to Roxas City via Capiz-Aklan road network, Van for-hire as well as Ceres Tours have a daily trip here; Fares  between Roxas City to Caticlan  cost around 200 Pesos more or less per head.

Click on the link to see ferry schedule:  Caticlan-Mindoro ferry

 Images along  City of Roxas

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That seemingly arms length away island known as Mantalinga, as viewed on my camera. This miniature like island was known as  perfect diving spot for scuba practitioners and a perfect roundabout for sailboat (dilayag) and kayak during contest.

The old Passenger Terminal Building of Culasi Port

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The statue of St. Michael the Archangel, it can be seen on one of the Rotonda in Pueblo de Panay estate.

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The statue of Sacred Heart of Jesus standing tall on the hills over-looking Roxas City, Sibuyan Sea and Jintotolo Channel. This statue is said to have dwarfed the statue of the Christ the Redeemer in Brazil.

Islandhopping 101: Guides and Tips On Your Trip in a Ferry Boat


A fun and inexpensive way to do Island hopping in this country.

“The trail is the thing, not the thrill of the trail. Travel too fast and you’ll miss what you’re travelling for.”

– Louise le’ Amour

Are you one of those people who dream of going on a holiday trip to far away land, but worries over the cost of getting there… at your dream destination? Do you often wonder what was it like cruising on-board a ship? – and feel the gentle summer breeze, while smothering the salty warmth air at sundeck as you anxiously scanning the horizon waiting for the right moment before pressing the shutter button of your camera. I say wonder no more! traveling on a ferry boat is a lot cheaper and more exciting than flying a commercial aircraft. Imagine cruising for an hour to a day or two, then after inspiring evening spending on the loneliness of the turbulent sea you woke up and saw your dream destination slowly coming at you almost within arms length, isn’t it a melo-dramatic like epic of some sort? Whatever.

Island hopping is a trend nowadays for young and not so young generation of adventure seekers who’s not really on a tight schedule and doesn’t mind being in a slow boat while it cruises the sea heading to the summer get-away islands of Cebu, Bohol,  Boracay, Siquijor, Palawan and many more.

Below are list of my own tips, guide, and suggestion on how to Do It Yourself  (DIY) island hopping adventure via ferry boat. These information are based on my experiences while on-board a ferry on a countless years of traveling, covering wide sort of passenger ships/boats plying on different ports in this country. You as first time ferry traveler will gained insight and ideas on what to expect on buying a ticket, to getting around the ferry terminal, on boarding and dis-embarking a boat, and most importantly getting your way in and out of the pier safely.

First Three Important Tips

  1. Ferry travel in a Philippine setting is far more different from that of American or European standard on sea travel. Why so? head further to learn more about it.
  2. Be prepared. Do some research about Philippine culture, tradition, the settings, its people, and most importantly the weather (click it here).
  3. Island hopping via ferry boat is generally safe- the country’s Maritime Safety Standard have been improved over the years- so need not to worry. It can be tiring and boring especially during long voyage, but rest assured that upon arrival on each and every destination you will be awed with what every Island can offer.

Eager for more? here it goes.

One of the many outrigger boats found in Boracay  Island.

On Choosing a Ferry, Delays, and Cancellation of Trip

  1. There are ferry-boats that carries passengers and cargoes, and connects to one or more islands in a single trip.
  2. There are long distance passenger ferries that regularly sails from either Manila or Batangas, with destination to major ports in the Visayas, and Mindanao. Overnight ferries, on the other hand, sails to and from Port of Cebu, Batangas, and other ports along Vis-Min area for example falls to this category. Whereas, short-distance ferries usually travels less than an hour or to more than hour,  from one island connecting another island.
  3. Meanwhile, medium to large sized ferry boats are typically the RORO (Roll on-Roll off) type of vessel that carries passengers and rolling cargoes. These types of boats are commonly used in a long or short distance haul.
  4. Medium sized freighter like ferry-boats on the other hand, has a forward crane mast generally used to haul palatalized cargoes. These boats by the way accommodates passengers on a short trip, some on an overnight trip.
  5. Small ferry boats normally are those single hulled or catamaran fast craft that you may often see in Port of Batangas or in Cebu Port. These type of boats are the most convenient among the last two mentioned type of boats as it is fast, on-time and comfortable, although the drawback is its not so cheap fare tickets. There are also motorized outrigger boats that plies on a regular short distance route and can take passengers on a daily basis, they are normally cheap, often slow and uncomfortable especially when crossing a rough sea.
  6. When buying a ticket, there is one or more accommodation to choose from. The more expensive are the one that offers first class amenities (a Filipino standard amenities), the least expensive are mostly preferred by locals but it usually has minor inconveniences for passengers.
  7. Most ferry companies doesn’t have website, but many of them does have Facebook page wherein you may inquire or view their posted schedule.
  8. Most ferry companies doesn’t have online booking arrangement either.
  9. Foreign tourist planning their travel itinerary and would want to try a ferry trip may book in advanced through travel agencies which are often found over the net.
  10. For locals, buying a ticket is usually done on a ticketing office or booth found on every port, and even inside a shopping malls located on a major thoroughfare of a city.
  11. Tickets are commonly issued hours before departure, sometimes a few minutes before the vessel departs. As a general rule tickets are sold at first come first served basis.
  12. Buying a ticket at least a day or week ahead will save you from long queue of people, and usually tickets are priced lower.
  13. Ticketing offices/booth does not accept credit or debit cards.
  14. If you’re traveling on holiday season (particularly Christmas and Lenten vacation , long-weekend, etc), I recommend you to secure your ticket as early as you can. Tickets during this time are often hard to find or none at all, sometimes tickets double its price-why am I not surprised! And more often the inexpensive economy accommodations are fully book, and you will likely opted to buy the first class tickets instead.  FYI: Port of Cebu, Port of Batangas, and Port of Matnog in Sorsogon, Caticlan Jetty Port are few of the many ports in the country with heavy concentration of passengers during holidays so expect some delays, long queuing lines and crowded terminals during this time.
  15. Tickets by the way are refundable and re-bookable, but seldom re-routable. Normally refunds are subject to fees, and honored only in a ticketing office where you actually bought it.
  16. Tickets does not include terminal fees.
  17. A purchased ticket may include charges for Insurance fee, government tax, fuel surcharge and other fees. It may also include Filipino meal for long distance route. You may chose not to pay the fees for the meal should you prefer, just inform the ticket issuing officer ahead.
  18. Normally toddlers, elderly person, and person with disabilities are subject to discounted tickets. Foreign tourist/travelers unfortunately are not covered on these privileges.
  19. You can transport your motorized vehicle from one island to another island with ease, just bring those necessary papers and have it all photocopied.
  20. Ferry schedules are posted here in Islandhopping Geek’s Travel Guide, they are all updated every now and then.
  21. Bringing pets is possible, just secure a permit to carry from the Bureau of Plants and Animal Industry’s office found near every port. Reminders: office hour’s is until 5 PM,  and to my surprise there were no fees for my pet when I requested for a clearance.
  22. Some ferry company charges you a minimal fee for every pet or animals brought on-board.
  23. If you’ve been notified ahead that your planned trip were cancelled due to non availability of a ship… don’t get surprised! most likely the ship undergoes repair.  You see almost all ferry boats plying between every port in this country are old, and acquired second-hand from Japan.
  24. More often, areas affected by weather disturbances would likely caused shipping delays on departures and arrivals. Expect trips will likely be cancelled for a day to a week should the government’s weather agency PAGASA, declares storm strength as it is approaching a land mass- it can be heard all over radio and television station nationwide, better have Plan B set aside.
  25. Delays on departure or arrival can also be attributed to cargo loading and unloading process. Cargoes by the way are the lifeline for every RO-RO boats plying on every route, more often these ferry boats carries a full load of vehicles on its cargo bay to compensate for their expenses- indeed a long waiting time for passengers.

    CPA's Passenger Terminal Building

    CPA’s Passenger Terminal Building

    On Getting Your Way To These Seaports

  26. The convenient way going to a major ports like the one in Manila, Cebu, or Davao is through taxicab. Normally the cost of flagging down a taxi depends on what was on the taxi meter’s display, other taxi driver may charged you for a  fix price which is normally expensive especially if you’re a foreigner-don’t bite it if I were you; try to find a taxicab that would rather charge you based on what was on the taxi meter’s rate.
  27. Ordinary metered taxi (white) from NAIA terminals to North Harbor Port Terminal would normally cost in between 300 to 500 pesos, that’s if it never encounters heavy traffic; it may also cost you a little more during late at night. Whereas airport taxi (yellow) will cost you double than the normal but you can be assured by their well mannered and professional service. You may check the link here to learn more about taxicab fare rate.
  28. However port access on a smaller cities are conveniently reached through public transport such as Jeepney, multi-cabs, tricycles and commuter buses. Fares for this vehicle are per person or per trip basis.
  29. There are uniformed porters inside the terminal area ready to assist every passengers.  Manila North Harbor Terminal by the way regulates the collection of fees to passengers for every baggage checked-in, so no need to haggle for the price for each of the porter’s services. Other port does not have such arrangement like in Manila so the rule is you need to find amicable deals.
  30. If you happen to take the services of these porters make sure you have his name, or the number of his uniform, or at least remember his face, after all you are entrusting your belonging in his hands…don’t get too confident.
  31. Before entering into a passenger terminal, you will be required to present your boarding ticket together with the terminal fee (ticket).
  32. Terminal fee will cost from fifteen pesos to a hundred pesos more depending on a port terminal.
  33. Terminal tickets are issued only to passengers.
  34. Major ports have spacious passenger terminal building, with modern facilities to handle and accommodate large numbers of passengers on a given time.
  35. During holiday rush and weather disturbances, ship’s  schedules changes more often thereby resulting to delays and cancellation of trip; passenger terminal building- on this situation- are normally busy accommodating crowds of stranded passengers. These passengers often littered on a terminal’s benches, floors, and corners together with their baggages, luggages, and boxes they brought in; and most likely a hundred more passengers are waiting outside eager to get inside the building .
  36. Arrived three hours ahead of scheduled departure. When I was island hopping in Palawan a month ago, I was actually at the terminal six hours ahead of the scheduled departure. Later on after spending five hours in the terminal waiting for a boat, a ferry company representative went to announced that the boat’s arrival would be delayed for another more hours (what a poor Press Released). It turned out that the announced “more hours” of delay means it would reach to agonizing 12 hours of waiting until the boat departed from the port.
  37. Is these are the normal settings? I remember I was once asked by a confused foreign couple the same question, honestly, in such circumstance wherein weather is the main caused I’m looking at it as a normal phenomena. The best thing to do when your in such unbelievable situation, is to ready your option A and C, which is to either wait or ask for refund. 
  38. Most of the ports implements port security; expect your bags, luggage and other things you brought in with you are gonna be checked and subjected to thermal scanners. Passengers will be required to undergo metal detector and body frisking as well.
  39. Filipinos loved to travel that’s the fact. If you find them around jolly and very friendly- sometimes noisy to the point it would distract other passengers- some are walking back and forth endlessly, while others are laughing to the point it would annoy fellow passengers… just relax they’re just  too eager to board a ship, you see almost all of us pinoy are first time ferry boat travelers. 

    Expect long queuing lines during peak season

    Boarding a Ferry Boat

  40. During boarding calls almost all Pinoy travelers would want to board a ship as quickest as possible… too eager as I noticed. Some would resort to pushing and hustling with one another, others will create their own lines instead of following what was the normal queuing lines… while foreigners calls it “Chaotic”, I call it culture. You have to understand that these Filipino travelers do not have the luxury to travel more often, so they have this tendency to get too excited on a feeling of what was like traveling on a ship. Why join the euphoria? relax and wait till the situation calms down.     
  41. Don’t lose your ticket.
  42. Always carry your ticket with you.
  43. Your seat or bunk assignment will be based on what was indicated on your ticket. If someone other than you occupies your assigned seat or bed, tell the boat crew.
  44. If you’re on economy accommodation then expect that you will be staying for the rest of your journey together with the other passengers on a non-air-conditioned, crowded, noisy, and a bit of chaotic surrounding.
  45. Why chaotic? Most of foreign travelers on a first time ferry trip didn’t expect what was it like being on a budget accommodation. Actually for us locals what was in there were pretty normal…you would be sleeping with fellow fellow human being on an inch apart- more often than, you will be sleeping side by side with people who snores and cough like a German guard dog. Families with kids often running here and there sometimes knocking out things; annoying passengers keep on talking, laughing, and singing on a videoke machine in the middle of the night; ship’s engine is quite noisy especially if your near rear section. Others are eating in front of you and not on a dining or mess hall; luggage’s, boxes, pets, electronic appliances and other household stuff are blocking your way almost like occupying the entire ship.
  46. And oh, you might wondering why do most Filipinos carries almost every stuff inside their house when they travel? That was a question asked by a puzzled foreign guy…a question were only Filipino travelers knows the exact answer.
  47. Never leave your bag open or display any valuables – laptop, smartphone, jewelry, money- to anyone especially if your on a crowded room or public places (a disaster waiting to happen).
  48. Person with disability will find it a little difficult while on-board a ferry as most do not have facilities that would address their needs.

    Sometimes you have to deal with reality…toilets are closed and under repair.

    Sanitation & Hygiene

  49. Here’s more…you wish to use a toilet (“loo”, “john”, or “room 100” as what foreigners call it) and you’ll be stunned with what you see when opening the door. If you’re traveling on a ferry carrying a hundred to a thousands of passengers, then expect that most of the hundreds of passengers before you will be using the same toilet room on a given time. Most ferry does not have dedicated crew whose task is to clean the toilet every now and then.
  50. If you are traveling on an overnight ferry, the best time to visit the toilet is during late at night wherein almost all people are asleep, and more likely toilets are cleaned and sanitized.
  51. If you’re traveling on a short distance trip and you can’t live with the toilet, try to hold on it for a while. Or visit a comfortable toilet before boarding a ferry boat.
  52. Almost all toilet found on every ferry do not have hand soap in a soap dispenser, neither do have any toilet paper on its tissue paper holder.
  53. Expect that toilet flush isn’t working, more likely you will be using a bucket!
  54. Toilet exhaust fan maybe working maybe not.
  55. Neither have any hand washing facilities near mess area, more often you need to visit toilet room to wash your hand.
  56. The general practice is you bring your own toiletries or buy it in a store on-board.
  57. Let me reiterate that what you pay is what you get. You choose for a budget accommodation then expect those mentioned above inconveniences.
  58. But if you wish to venture for more comfortable and relaxing trip on board you may upgrade to cabin or suite accommodation, rest assure you wil have the luxury and the privacy on your entire trip.
  59. Meals are not free unless stated on your ticket. Meals serve are often local dish of various taste and style, first class dining offers better meal experience suitable for tourist and well to do passengers . On-board stores offers snacks, sodas, instant coffee, and more choices of instant noodles- hey, don’t ask me why first thing you would notice on an on-board stores is nothing but instant noodles, I, too, get puzzled.                                                                                                                                                                              

     “If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.”– James Michener

    Got a good camera? moments such as this are worthy of a snapshot.

    What to Bring On-Board

  60. Bring ear plugs or earphones. This may help you sleep soundly even on a noisy environment.
  61. Buy pack meals, snacks, bottled water, motion sickness tablets, and toiletries while your in the city. On-board store sell this stuff but often at higher price.
  62. Smartphone or your ordinary phone. Smartphone will help your kids ease their boredom on a long distance trip, especially if they can play their favorite games.
  63. You can bring your cellphone charger and have it hook-up on a wall socket on-board. Just ask the crew where you can safely plug it.
  64. Telephones services by the way (i.e. Calls, SMS, and 3G mobile internet) can also be access even far shore- usually your phone may pick a not too strong signal but good enough to send or receive a text message. Often a 3G signal will only be picked-up by your smartphone only if there is an island nearby.
  65. Identification papers in case you need it.                         
    Zaragoza Gate Pier 4 Manila North Harbor.

    Zaragoza Gate Pier 4 Manila North Harbor.

    Upon Arrival

  66. Check your belongings especially when dis-embarking a boat, make sure that all things are within your reach.
  67. Arrival on a daylight posed no difficulty when finding a public vehicle going to a city. During late at night things maybe difficult especially when few public transport vehicles are found, most if not all will charge you high. The best thing to do (if you think fare is too stiff and not safe to travel at night) is to stay for a while at the port’s passenger terminal until daylight.
  68. Arrival at night in Manila is a bit of a test for those first timer especially for foreign tourist coming from Palawan or Cebu. Once outside Zaragoza Gate of the Manila North Harbor you will find  hundreds of passengers looking for a transportation just like you do; public transport like jeepneys are common here and most have different route with different fare, some will charge you minimum while others will charge double. Just ask the driver how much would be the cost before boarding any of these jeepneys. Be alert of snatchers and crooks lurking around.
  69. If you’re heading to the NAIA terminal’s 1 & 2 or at any of those hotels in Makati, Pasay or Manila, it’s better to take a taxicab as public transport like jeepney or buses are not available for this route. Again if you can find a taxi that is willing to charge you based on what was on the taxi meter’s reading the better, if not try to haggle for a better deal.
  70. If your boarding a vessel from Caticlan (Aklan), Romblon, Puerto Galera or Calapan in Oriental Mindoro and you wish to travel to Manila, the easiest way is through the numerous ferry boats that connects these provinces to the Port of Batangas. Upon arrival on this modern port located in Batangas City several bus companies (almost all of them offers air-conditioned buses) are waiting outside the terminal round the clock, some bus will take you to Alabang in Muntinlupa, others will go to Cubao in Quezon City, but most buses will end up to Buendia in Pasay City. There are a good bus competition around here so expect each bus company will offers nice and well air-conditioned coach, a well mannered driver and conductor, and a cheap fare.

“When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.”

 ― Clifton Fadiman

That’s it for now. If you have questions feel free to comment here, if you think this blog help  please do share it!  Thanks.

DUMAGUETE RORO & FERRY GUIDE – 2017 UPDATE


Port of Dumaguete

Rizal Boulevard  Dumaguete City

These Ro-Ro/Ferryu schedules and fares are sourced from ticketing booth found at Port of Dumaguete. The informations provided herein are accurate for the time being, but subject to change as per shipping operator’s policy.  Other pertinent information regarding shipping operator and port terminal policies can be found at their own respective websites or Facebook pages, and/or at their designated ticketing offices found in the port of destination mentioned below.

Shipping schedules posted below are painstakingly gathered and updated every now and then- without being paid in return or getting any monetary commission from any of the mentioned shipping companies below. Your continued patronage (please share it to your Facebook account) and generous contribution -any kind- will be highly appreciated.

Disclaimer: The author, in any way, shall not be held liable for any damages -personal and/or business related losses- caused by factual errors, omission and/or any unforeseen mistakes (I strive to make it accurate as much as possible, but being human it does happen), nor it expresses any warranties for the information it provided here. USE OF INFORMATION  ON THIS SITE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. Furthermore, any comments/or statements raised by yours truly are of personal opinion only and does not, in anyway, reflects the opinion of any authoritative bodies, unless otherwise stated. 

I.    DUMAGUETE  TO DIPOLOG ( VIA DAPITAN)

M/V GP Ferry 2 of George & Peter Lines. Copyright: mcgutib

Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Sunday and 6 AM

Fares start at  320 Pesos per Pax

M/V Filipinas Jagna of Cokaliong Lines. Copyright: mcgutib

 Departs every Tueday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday at 7 AM

Fares start at  320 Pesos per Pax

Super Shuttle Ferry 12

Super Shuttle Ferry. Copyright: mcgutib

Departs daily at 5pm

Fares per Pax starts at  385 Pesos (Promo Fares at  308 only)

SUV/SEDAN- Php 3,500

Aleson Shipping Lines. Copyright: mcgutib

M/V Danica Joy departs daily at 4 AM

M/V Krisha Kerstin departs daily at 1:00 PM

M/V Ciara Joie 5 departs daily at 3:30 PM

Fares per person start at 350 Pesos/ Air-con accommodation at 450 Pesos

SUV/Sedan- Php 3,000 (Promo)

Motorcycle- Php 1200 (include the driver)

 Schedule: Departs daily at 6 AM 

Fares start at  352 Pesos per Pax

SUV/Sedan- Php 3,525

Motorcycle- Php 1,408 with driver

FastCat M6 cruising her way to Port of Dumaguete

FastCat M6 cruising her way to Port of Dumaguete. Copyright: mcgutib

Departs daily at 6AM, 2PM & 10 PM

II.   DUMAGUETE CITY TO CEBU CITY

M/V Filipinas Jagna of Cokaliong Shipping Lines

Every Sun-Tue-Wed-Thurs-Sat at 12 MN 

Fares start at  320 Pesos per Pax

M/V Georich one of the oldest ferry on service as of today. Copyright: mcgutib

Schedule: Monday,  Friday, and Saturday at 11 pm

Thursday at 9 AM

Fares start at  320 Pesos per Pax

III.  DUMAGUETE CITY TO ZAMBOANGA CITY 

M/V Zamboanga Ferry. Copyright: mcgutib

Schedule: Every Monday

Fare per Pax start at 750 Pesos 

M/V St. Michael the Archangel of 2GO Travel

Sched: Departs every Monday at 11:59 PM

IV.   DUMAGUETE CITY TO LARENA OR  SIQUIJOR, SIQUIJOR

GL Shipping Lines. Copyright: mcgutib

Schedule: Daily except Saturday at 5:45AM, 8 AM, 10 AM, 12NN, 3 PM & 4:00 PM

 Fare per Pax: Php 175 Air-con

M/V Ciara Joie of Aleson Shipping Lines. Copyright: mcgutib

Schedule: Departs daily at 8:30 AM/10:30 AM/ 3:30 PM & 6 PM

Fare per person 100 Pesos

Mountain Bike- 100 Pesos

Motorcycle- Php 680 with driver

Four-wheeled vehicle(SUV) 1,300 Pesos

Cebu-Tagbilaran-Dumaguete v.v route

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Schedule: Departs daily at 7:20 AM & 4:0 PM (for Siquijor, Siquijor)

9:40 AM & 6:20 PM for Larena, Siquijor

Fare per Fax: Php 235

LCT Delta Car Ferry

Delta Fast Ferries (no longer exist)

Schedule: Sun-Fri (10:15am & 4:30pm)/ Sat (9am, 12nn, & 4:30pm)

Pax Fare: Php 160

Montenegro Shipping Lines. Copyright: mcgutib

Daily Trips at 10 AM & 6 PM (goes to Port of Larena)

Daily Departure at 7 AM & 2 PM (goes to Siquijor, Siquijor)

Fare per Pax to Larena- Php 170 (economy)

To Siquijor – Php 130

Four-wheeled vehicle (SUV) 1,430 Pesos

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Mbca Jaylann of GL Shipping Lines

Departs daily to Siquijor, Siquijor

Fares per Pax: Php 175 (Air-con)

Orlines Shipping Lines. Copyright: mcgutib

No schedule as of the moment

V.  DUMAGUETE CITY  TO TAGBILARAN CITY

Dgte-Tagbi route

Schedule: Departs daily at  8:30 AM & 3:00 PM

Fares start at 700 Pesos per Pax

 VI.  DUMAGUETE CITY TO MANILA

M/V St. Michael the Archangel of 2GO Travel

Depart every Wedneday at 1 PM

BATANGAS PORT RORO/FERRY GUIDE-2019 UPDATES


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Ferry schedules and fares posted here are base from the information provided by the shipping company’s ticketing personnel found in the Port of Batangas. Related information can also be gathered either from the shipping company’s website or in the port of destination listed below. The information provided herein is accurate for the time being, but subject to change as per shipping operator’s policy. Other pertinent information regarding shipping operators, cargo rates, wharfage fees and policies can be found at the ticketing/booking office of shipping companies mentioned.

Shipping schedules, by the way, are painstakingly gathered and updated every now and then- without being paid in return or getting any monetary commission from any of the mentioned shipping companies below. Your continued patronage (please share it on your Facebook account) and generous contribution -any kind- will be highly appreciated.

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I.  BATANGAS to  SIBUYAN & ROMBLON, ROMBLON

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NAVIOS SHIPPING LINES

VESSEL

DESTINATION DAY TIME

FARE

GRAND VENTURE

Batangas to Cajidiocan (Sibuyan Island)

Sun/ Wed/Fri

3 PM

 950 Pesos (Economy) + 30 Pesos trminal fee.

Batangas to San Augustin (Tablas Island)

Sun & Wed

4 PM

850 Pesos

GRAND UNITY

Batangas to Romblon 

Sun/ Wed/Fri 3 PM

 850  Pesos (Economy) + 30 Pesos terminal fee.

Batangas to San Agustin (Tablas) Sunday & Wednesday 4 PM

Php 850 (Economy)

You may contact this number for updated schedules mobile# 0908 146 2243

MV Princess Anavell

MV Princess Anavell

 CSGA FERRY CORP.

VESSEL

DESTINATION DAY TIME

FARE

See above photo

For Romblon

For Odiongan

Thurs and Sat

Tuesday

4 PM

Php 610 Economy + 30 Pesos terminal fee.

St. Ignatius of Loyola

St. Anthony de Padua

2GO TRAVEL

Vessel

Destination Day Time

Fare

St. Ignasius de Loyola Batangas to Odiongan

 Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri/Sat/Sun

10 AM

Please check 2GO website for details.
 

 
  Batangas to Romblon

See https://travel.2go.com

 
 
M/V Maria Xenia

M/V Maria Xenia

MONTENEGRO SHIPPING LINES

Destination

DAY ETD

FARE

Batangas to Romblon

Monday Thursday and Saturday

5 PM

954 Pesos Economy *

Batangas to Odiongan  Daily except Tuesday   5 PM  

762 Pesos Economy*

Batangas to San Jose, Occ. Mindoro Mon/Wed and  Friday

6 PM

726 Pesos Economy *
San Jose, Mindoro Occidental to Coron, Palawan

Daily

6 AM

590 Economy *

  • plus 30 Pesos terminal fee

SUV Fares for Batangas to Romblon: Php 6,656 (includes driver) + wharfage fee.

Romblon to Batangas Ferry Guide, please follow the link: Romblon Guide 2019

II.   BATANGAS TO MASBATE- CEBU & CAGAYAN DE ORO  
Super Shuttle RORO 3

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 SUPER SHUTTLE RO-RO 

ROUTE

DAY/TIME

FARE

Batangas to Masbate Tuesday at 3 PM Php 655* (Bunk)/ Php 555* (Theater)
Masbate to Cebu Wednesday at 12 NN Php 655* (Bunk)/ Php 555* (Theater)
Cebu to Cagayan de Oro Thursday at 7 PM Masbate to CDO- Php 1,200*
Cagayan de Oro to Cebu Saturday at 6 PM

Cebu to Masbate Sunday at 12 NN Php 655* (Bunk)/ Php 555* (Theater)
Masbate to Batangas Monday at 11 AM Php 655* (Bunk)/ Php 555* (Theater)
Batangas to Odiongan Tue-Thurs-Sat at 3 PM  ticket fare+ terminal fee
III.   BATANGAS TO  CULASI, ROXAS CITY

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SUPER SHUTTLE RORO 2

Departs every Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday at 3 PM

Fares at Php 800 Economy/ Php 950 Air-con + 30Pesos terminal fee.

Note: You may contact Super Shuttle ticketing booth for updated schedule: mobile# 0915 646 6857 or 0916 415 3322

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2GO TRAVEL (see travel.2go.com for the latest update)

Departs every Tuesday and Friday at 10 PM

Fares at Php 840 ++ (includes tax and other fees) + 30 Pesos terminal fee.


IV.  BATANGAS to CATICLAN 
St. Ignatius of Loyola

M/V St. Ignatius of Loyola

2GO TRAVEL

Please see 2GO travel website for updated schedules, fares and discount offers.

VBATANGAS TO CALAPAN CITY 

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BESTA SHIPPING LINES

Departs daily at-

MORNING TRIPS

AFTERNOON TRIPS

12:30

12:30

2:30

3:30

6:30

5:30
7:30

7:30

9:30

9:30

Minimum fare is at 192 Pesos/Person + terminal fee. SUV Fares at Php 1,500 (incudes driver) + wharfage fee.

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SUPER SHUTTLE  FERRY

Two trips a daily departing every 5:15 AM and 5:15 PM

Minimum fare is at 192 Pesos/Person + 30 Pesos terminal fee.

MONTENEGRO/MARINA SHIPPING LINES 

Departs  daily at :

MORNING TRIPS

AFTERNOON TRIPS

12 MN

12 NN
2:00

2:00

4:00

4:00

6:00

6:00

8:00

8:00

10:00

10:00

Economy fare is at  240 Pesos + 30 Pesos terminal fee.

SUV Fare:  1,536 Pesos (includes driver) + Wharfage fee.


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FASTCAT 

Departs daily at:

MORNING TRIPS

AFTERNOON/EVENING TRIPS

12:00

2:30
1:30

6:00

6:00

8:00

9:00

11:00

Economy fare is at 240 Pesos/Person + 30 Pesos terminal fee. Check their website for added infos.

St. Sealthiel

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SUPERCAT

Departures daily at:

MORNING TRIPS

AFTERNOON TRIPS

6:00

12:30

7:30

2:00

9:00

3:30
10:30

5:00

12:30

6:30/8 PM

Economy fare is at 360 Pesos/person + 30 Pesos terminal fee. You may check their websites for more infos.

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OCEAN JET

Departs daily:

MORNING TRIPS

AFTERNOON TRIPS
4:50

12:20

6:20

1:00/1:50 PM

7 AM/7:50

3:20

9:20

4:50

10:50

6:20/ 7 PM

Economy fare is at 300 Pesos + 30 Pesos terminal fee. You may check their websites for more infos.

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 STARLITE FERRIES

Departs daily at:

MORNING TRIPS

AFTERNOON TRIPS
1:00

1:00

3:00

3:00

5:00

5:00

7:00

7:00

9:00

9:00
11:00

11:00

Economy fare per is at 250 Pesos + 30 Pesos terminal fee.

* Four-wheeled vehicle (cars/suv) fare cost at 1,536 Pesos not including the wharfage fee.

VI. BATANGAS TO ABRA DE ILOG
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MONTENEGRO SHIPPING LINES

Schedule: Daily at 1 AM, 5 AM, 9 AM, 1 PM, 5 PM & 9 PM

Minimum fare at 260 Pesos/person + 30 Pesos terminal fee.

Motorcycle (125 cc) + driver- 900 Pesos + wharfage fee.

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BESTA SHIPPING LINES INC.

Daily trip: 12 MN, 4 AM, 8 AM, 12 NN, 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM

Economy Fare is at 260 Pesos + 30 Pesos terminal fee. SUV Fares at Php 1,870 (includes driver) + Wharfage fee.

VII.  BATANGAS TO PUERTO GALERA

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MONTENEGRO SHIPPING LINES

Schedule: Daily at 7AM and 12PM

Minimum fare at 170 Pesos/person + 30 Pesos terminal fee.

Starlite Ferries

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STARLITE FERRIES

Ro-Ro daily schedules at 10 AM & 6 PM. Economy fare is at 180 Pesos + 30 Pesos terminal fee.

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Starlite Juno. Copyright: mcgutib

Departs for Puerto Galera daily every 5:30 AM, 11 AM & 3:30 PM

Departs for Balatero daily every 7:30 AM, 1:30 PM & 5:30 PM

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BANCA TRIPS

MINOLO SHIPPING LINES

MORNING TRIPS

AFTERNOON/EVENING TRIPS

 5:00 (Peak Season)

6:00

12 NN

6:30

12:30

7:00

12:45

7:15

1:00

7:30

1:30

7:45

2:00

8:00

2:30

8:30

2:45

9:00

3:00

9:30

3:30

10:00

4:00

10:30

4:30

10:45

5:00

11:30

11:45

Fare per Pax- Php 250 (Muelle) + 30 Pesos terminal fee.

 – 300 Pesos (White Beach) +30 Pesos terminal fee

-350 Pesos (Aninuan/Talipanan) + 30 Pesos terminal fee.

FATHER & SON SHIPPING LINES

MORNING TRIPS

AFTERNOON/EVENING TRIPS

5:00

12 NN

5:15

12:35

5:30

12:45
5:45

1:05

6:15

1:30

6:30

1:45

7:00

2:00

7:15

2:30

7:30

2:45

7:45

3:00

8:10

3:30

8:25

3:45

8:45

4:00

9:00

4:15
9:35

4:30

10:00

10:45

11:15

11:30

11:45

Fare per Pax: Php 250 (Muelle & Sabang) + terminal fee.

GALERIAN

MORNING TRIPS

AFTERNOON/EVENING TRIPS

5:15

12 NN

5:35

12:30

6:15

1:10

6:45

1:45

6:50

2:15

7:30

2:35

8:00

3:00

8:20

4:00

8:45

4:30

9:30

5:00

10:00

5:30

10:30

11:00

11:30

 

CHALLENGE & PASSION

MORNING TRIPS

AFTERNOON/EVENING TRIPS

5:20

12:25

5:45

1:30

6:30

2:15

7:00

2:40

7:30

3:30
8:25

4:45

9:10

9:30

10:00

11:55

DEL MUNDO

MORNING TRIPS

AFTERNOON/EVENING TRIPS

6:15 (Seasonal)

7:30

1:15

9:15

3:15

12:15

5:15

RHEALAINE

Morning Trips- 9 AM

Afternoon Trips- 1 PM & 4:30 PM

Featured Philippine Ports: ILOILO PORTS


Aerial view of Iloilo Strait, taken on-board a commercial aircraft.

Aerial view of Iloilo Strait, taken on-board a commercial aircraft.

 ILOILO CITY

Widely called “Syudad sang Iloilo”in hiligaynon dialect, these historical city is located in the south coast of Panay Island- in the western visayas region and is the main entry point of the Province of Iloilo.The city lies on a flat alluvial plain, reclaimed mostly from the swampy areas due to urbanization and industrialization in the late 19th century up to this day. Traversing the city are the rivers of Iloilo, Batiano, Jaro and Dungon Creek; iloilo river in particular is an estuary that separates the districts of Molo, Villa Arevalo and the rest of the city proper. On the other hand, Jaro river is fed by its tributary the Aganan, and Tigum passing-by the flood plains of the Jaro, and La Paz districts. The city is 337.6 nautical miles south of the nation’s capital, Manila. (1)

Iloilo RiverIn 17th century, during early Spanish colonial period, the spaniards moved their seat of power to the village of Irong-Irong due to recurrent raids by the Dutch privateers and the moro pirates. With its natural advantage (as compared to their former settlement in Ogtong now named Oton) the Spaniards later built Fort San Pedro to better guard against moro raids, which were the major threats to the settlement. Fondly called “Irong-Irong or Ilong-Ilong”, meaning “nose-like” shape if viewed from above (see the image above for better visualization), the river’s old name was shortened to Iloilo, and later on became the capital of the province in 1673- converted to a city in 1890.

In 1900, during American colonial period, the commonwealth government returned the city’s status into a township again, but because of its continuous commercial activities (during the development of sugar industry in Iloilo and its neighboring island of Negros); and being an important port of call in the Visayas-Mindanao area, iloilo regained its city status on July 16, 1937 through Commonwealth Act 158. (2)

PORT OF ENTRY:  Ports of Iloilo

There are five (5) ports of entry/exit in Iloilo. One is Port of San Pedro, the largest port in Panay Island in terms of land area and the ability to handle thousands of passengers and cargoes annually. Another is La Paz wharf, wherein a new passenger terminal building is being constructed, and soon to operate within a year; Ortiz or Parola wharf, home of the many outrigger boats going to the Island of Guimaras,  is as important as the aforementioned; and the last is the famed Muelle Loney wharf. These mentioned ports serves passenger and cargo vessel that plies within the ports near Iloilo City, some vessel plies far to Bacolod City, others to Cebu, Zamboanga, Cagayan de Oro, and Manila.

The last but certaily not the least is the Port of Dumangas, located in the town of Dumangas- approximately 29 kilometers east of the city, and is considered important part of the Strong Republic Nautical Highway (SRNH).

ILOILO DOMESTIC PORT (formerly the old foreign pier)

Port of Iloilo Passenger Terminal

Port of Iloilo Passenger Terminal

The Iloilo Domestic Port or popularly known as ” Port San Pedro”, serves numerous inter-island passenger and cargo vessel which plies the routes between Manila, Bacolod, Cebu, Zamboanga, and Cagayan de Oro. It’s geographic location is in-between:

10° 49′ 56.7″ N Latitude, and 122° 29′ 35.2″ E Longitude

Port San Pedro is considered one of the safest harbors because of Guimaras Island, that perfectly covers, and protects the harbor from strong winds. Beside the Port of Iloilo is the Fort San Pedro, a historical landmark at the entrance of Iloilo Harbor built in 1616 to resist the invasion of pirates.

Port San Pedro is the port of call for several domestic shipping companies such as 2GO Travel, Cokaliong Shipping Lines, Trans-Asia Shipping Lines, among others. The vernacular name “Fort San Pedro” refers to the old Spanish fort adjacent to the port premises that was destroyed during World War II. (3)

There are weekly RORO/Ferry boat trips to Iloilo City to and from South Harbor in Manila (18 hours sailing time),  Zamboanga City(14 hours sailing time), and Cebu City (12 hours sailing time).

2GO Travel

M/V St. Francis Xavier

2GO Travel

 Cokaliong Shipping Lines

 Trans-Asia Shipping Lines

Note: Click on the link provided for updated schedule and other relevant information.

LAPUZ DISTRICT

Iloilo City's newest ferry terminal

Iloilo City’s newest ferry terminal

Roll-on/Roll-off ferry services are catered here in Iloilo City RORO Terminal in Lapuz, across the famed Muelle Loney a few minutes by public transport. A plan by Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), together with the local government to develop the site that was once used as shipyard at Barangay Progreso,  Lapuz. The said location will soon be transformed into a modern ferry terminal that will cater to fast crafts and passengers plying the Iloilo-Bacolod route and vice versa as well as roll on-roll off vessels.  (4)

There are three shipping companies’ serves here that ferries passenger and cargo to Guimaras Island, Cuyo Island and Puerto Princesa both in Palawan. This are;

Montenegro Shipping Lines

Iloilo to Cuyo-Puerto Princesa, Palawan

Every Wednesday and Saturday at 8:00 AM

Milagrosa Shipping Lines

Iloilo to Cuyo Island-Puerto Princesa, Palawan

Every Monday and Thursday at 7 pm

F.F. Cruz Shipping Corporation

Bgy. Lapuz Norte, La Paz, Iloilo City
(033) 3371046 / 3369329 / 3364195

Name of Vessel: M/V Felipe 

Daily Schedule:

To Jordan Port, San Jose (Brgy. Hoskyn)

Morning Departure – 7:30 and 9:30

Afternoon Departure – 2:00 and 4:00

To RORO Port in Lapuz, Iloilo City

Morning Departure – 8:30 and 10:30

Afternoon Departure – 3:00 and 5:30

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Archipelago Philippines Ferrries Corporation

Iloilo Departure: Every 8 AM and 2 pm

Bacolod (Banago Port) Departure: 11 AM and 5 PM

Fare (Economy): Php 200

Note: Schedules are subject to change, you may call the numbers provided above for more information.

MUELLE LONEY

It is the original Port in Iloilo City, similar to that of Muelle de la Industria (The old port during Spanish times) located at the bank of Pasig river in Manila. Muelle Loney is opened to international trade on 1855, it served as the trans-shipment docks for muscovado sugar in the late 19th to the first half of the 20th century. The river has undergone expansion and improvement several times for the past years, and this include dredging the river basin, to massive clean-up drive, and lately relocating the berthing of small craft, batels, fishing boat, coast guard patrol boats, and other boats that pestered the river ways away from the Aduana building.

Muelle Loney, located in the west side of Iloilo river was named after the Englishman Nicolas Loney, the “Father of the Sugar Industry”. Muelle Loney opened to foreign trade in 1855 that faved way to sugar boom in this province that once called the “Queen City of the South”. The Nicholas Loney monument was erected in his honor as he was  the “Paladin of Philippine Progress.” (5)

There are three shipping companies that operates high speed monohaul/catamaran vessel here, and each company has passenger terminal in Muelle Loney. Fast crafts from Bacolod City to Iloilo City vice versa takes around 60 minutes minimum, depending on a vessel and the weather.

Shipping Company that operates here are:

Supercat

Weesam Express

Oceanjet

Note: Click on the link provided for updated schedule and other relevant information.

ILOILO TO GUIMARAS WHARF (Banca wharf) 

Iloilo City is the gateway to the captivating island province of Guimaras, just 20-30 minutes away via outrigger motorboat from Parola and Ortiz Wharf.

Jetty ports for Guimaras bound passenger are located at Calle Ortiz, Iloilo City and BAMODA Terminal near Parola (a lighthouse near the opening or mouth of the river). The terminal at Calle Ortiz served Jordan Wharf (Brgy. Rizal)  bound passenger and cargoes. (6)

Banca Trips:

– Daily Trips from 6:00 AM – 8:00 PM (every 15-30 minutes)
– Travel Time = 20 minutes minimum

From BAMODA (Buenavista Motorbanca Owners Association Inc.) just near Parola, Iloilo City to Mc Arthur’s wharf  (built by Gen. Douglas Mc Arthur in 1903 when he was the head of the company of the US Army Corps of Engineers)  located in Sto. Rosario, Buenavista vice versa:

Banca Trips:

– Daily Trips from 5:30 AM – 6:00 PM (every 15-30 minutes)
– Travel Time = 15-20 minutes

DUMANGAS RORO PORT

Dumangas (formerly called the town of Araut) is claimed to be the landing place of the Spaniards in Panay. Dumangas is located at the Southeastern part of Panay and lies at 122 degrees 42′ 34″ longitude, and 10 degrees 39′ 22″ latitude. Barotac Nuevo bounds it in the north, Guimaras Strait is in the southeast boundary of Dumangas, and at the west is the Municipalities of Pototan and Zarraga.  (7)

Dumangas is a coastal town about 29 kilometers away from Iloilo City and is accessible via public transportation such as Jeepney and L-300 vans stationed at Baldoza Terminal in La Paz (daily trips start at around 8 am until 5 in the afternoon).

The coastal road network from Dumangas Port to Iloilo City vice versa, which is still under construction will shortened the land travel in between these two ports.

Dumangas port is located in Sitio Nalu-oyan, in Barangay Sapao some four kilometers away from the town proper. A three-wheeled motorcycle can take you to the port for 25 Php, but beware because the road is unpaved all the way, making it dusty during summer and muddy during rainy season. The Port complex has a total land area of around 7.0 hectares. The construction of this port was made possible thru the development assistance made by the government of Japan at a cost of 60 Million pesos.

Dumangas to Bacolod route at present has four (4) shipping companies that operates RORO vessel, this are:

Millenium Shipping

Montenegro Shipping

Tristar-Megalink Corp.

Jomalia Shipping

Crossing the Iloilo Strait bound for Bredco Port in Bacolod City or vice versa takes approximately 2 hours at a cost of 60 Php per person per trip. For travelers, backpackers, and motorist who wish to leave for Dumangas or Bacolod, the vessel departure/arrival is almost every hour or two depending on passenger and rolling cargo traffic. The trip for both ways starts usually early in the  morning until late evening.

For updated RORO sched, please click on the link provided: 2015 RORO Schedules

Refferences (Please click on the link):

1. Socio-Economic Profile 2004 of Iloilo City, The City Government of Iloilo, 2004

2. Iloilo History

3. Port of Iloilo

4. Lapuz District

5. Muelle Loney Wharf

6. Iloilo to Guimaras

7. Dumangas

Featured Philippine Ports: Caticlan Jetty Port


 

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MALAY, AKLAN

Is one of the two first class municipalities in the Province of Aklan (the other is Kalibo, home of Ati-atihan Festival). It is also in this province you will find the Island of Boracay, the premier tourist destination in the country.

Malay was used to be part of the Municipality of Buruanga,  but on June 15, 1949 the house of congress pass a bill (Republic Act Nos. 381) creating the municipality of Malay in the province of Capiz. On April 25, 1956 the municipality of Malay became part of the newly created province of Aklan. (1)

The town of Malay can be found at the northwestern tips of Panay Island and is known to be the fastest growing Municipality in the country. It is bounded on the north by Jintotolo channel, on the east is the town of Nabas, by the south is the province of Antique, and on the western portion is the town of Buruanga.(2)

PORT OF ENTRY: Caticlan Jetty Port

Caticlan Jetty Port

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Located in Brgy. Caticlan in the town of Malay, is the main entry/exit point to the Island of Boracay. A short 10 to 15  minutes boat ride crossing Tabon strait will bring you to the closest entry/exit point of Cagban Jetty Port (located in the south side facing the strait) in Brgy. Manuk-manukan, Boracay. Whereas Tambisan (facing east), is the alternative entry/exit point during habagat season. Tourism by the way is at its peak during summer season.

Port statistics shows that between January to March of this year, there are 325,000 recorded numbers of tourist visited the Island of Boracay via Caticlan Jetty Port compared to 210,804 on the same month of 2011.

Cagban Jetty Port

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Caticlan Jetty Port is fully utilized for the RORO vessel operations, connecting Roxas Port in Oriental Mindoro; Lo-oc in Romblon, and Batangas Port. It form part of the Strong Republic Nautical Highway (SRNH) which was launched on April 12, 2003. (3)

This so called nautical highway combines several provincial road leading to RORO Ports/Wharves connecting the Island of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. It provide cheaper alternative in transferring of perishable goods, vehicles, and people (tourist and vacationers) as compared to costly liners and air transport.

Caticlan Jetty Port is managed by the Provincial Government of Aklan. It is currently implementing expansion project to be able to accommodate a million tourist visitors by 2013; their reclamation project includes reclaiming a 2.56 hectares of sea next close to the terminal itself. (4)

Caticlan Jetty Port Passenger Terminal building has two wings. The wing on the left side (facing the terminal) are used for ro-ro passengers bound for Mindoro and Batangas. Whereas on the right wing (again facing the terminal) are used by foreign/local tourist and aklanon residents boarding fast craft or motorized outrigger to Cagban Jetty Port.

Connecting both wings is the spacious lobby that houses Administrative offices, Medical Clinic, Shipping company offices, Information kiosk, and Baggage x-ray machine. For the convenience of the passengers, the terminal building are fully air-conditioned with cable television, and WI-FI connection while awaiting for the next boarding call.

Outside the terminal building is a ticketing booth for ro-ro vessels plying Caticlan-Roxas and Caticlan-Batangas  route,  another is the ticketing booth for fastcraft owned by Montenegro Shipping (started on August 8, 2008), and Oyster Ferry Boracay Transport; whereas booth/desk for  Boracay Transport Multi-Purpose Cooperative with 90 operator/boat member are all house just near the other booth. On the other hand, terminal (fee is 50 pesos), and environmental (fee is 70 pesos) booth can also be found near the ticketing booth. For short of cash, there are two ATM machines on the right wing. Beyond terminal premises are food establishment, drugstore, convenience store, buses and for hire vans to and from Iloilo city.

You may also find large passenger type motorized outrigger going to Lo-oc, Romblon in the leftmost part of the pier, outside the terminal premises.

RORO Schedule to and from Roxas Port please click  here: 2015 Updated Schedule


Reference: 

1. philippinelaw.com.info/statues/ra381

2. www.en.wikipedia.com/boracay

3. Socioeconomic Reports on Central Philippines, 7th July 2006 by Sec. Romulo Neri (Secretary of Socioeconomic Planning).

4. www.aklan.gov/ph

Featured Philippine Ports: ROXAS PORT


Port of Roxas, Brgy. Dangay in the town of Roxas, Oriental Mindoro

ROXAS, ORIENTAL MINDORO

Dubbed as “The gateway to Paradise” Port of Roxas is the transient point for local and  foreign tourist, vacationers and backpackers, who want to travel in an inexpensive way to reach Caticlan- the jump-off to the world class resorts in Boracay Island.

Named after the late President Manuel Roxas, this town was formerly known as “Paclasan” originally part of the town of Bulalacao in the province of Oriental Mindoro-but later on transferred as barrio in Mansalay, before it got its present status.

The town of Roxas is accessible by all types of vehicles from the Southern and Northern parts of island via the national road. It is approximately 148 kilometers, or no less than three hours drive on a scenic and smooth road to and from the City of Calapan (jump-off to Batangas City).

The town is bounded in the north by the town of Bongabong; Tablas Strait in the east, the town of Mansalay in the south, and in the west is the portion of the town of Bongabong and Mansalay.

The town’s top industries includes Tourism, Agri-businesses, Aquaculture, and Transport services (shuttle buses and for-hire vans ferries locals, and tourist alike to and from the City of Calapan); and because of the continuous influx of travelers and cargoes transiting in this once laid back community, several commercial establishments mushroomed. This once sleepy town turned into a booming town and is fast urbanizing-it became a haven for Commerce and Eco-tourism businesses. Thanks to the development of the RORO Port and its inclusion in the Western Nautical Highway it definitely created positive growth.

PORT OF ENTRY:  Port of Roxas

Located in Barangay Dangay, approximately one (1) kilometer from town proper. Its geographical coordinates consist of;

LAT: 12° 35′ 30” N

LONG:  121° 30′ 45″ E

 Roxas Port form part of Philippine Ports Authority’s Strong Republic Nautical Highway (SRNH) project. Western Nautical Highway is consists of the RORO Ports in:

  1. Batangas
  2. Calapan, Oriental Mindoro
  3. Brgy. Dangay, Roxas Oriental Mindoro
  4. Caticlan, Malay Aklan
  5. Dumangas, Iloilo
  6. Bredco Port, Bacolod
  7. Dumaguete Negros Oriental
  8. Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte

SRNH’s Western Nautical project facilitated the South/North bound movement of people and goods from Batangas City all the way down to Dapitan City, and vice versa. Data from sources say’s that from 2003 to 2006, vehicular traffic in Roxas Port increased to 46,218 from 9,269. During early year’s of port’s existence  only one registered RO-RO company operating in between Caticlan-Roxas route; but by 2006 it reaches to three roro/ferry operators. To date, shipping operators grew to four with seven vessels sailing back and forth round the clock, to capitalize the steady passenger and vehicle traffic in between this two ports especially during peak season. 

Inter-modal bus exiting Roxas Port

TMO Roxas is under the jurisdiction of Port Management of  Calapan. Their facilities includes a 7,270 sq. meters of well fenced lot area. Past the entrance gate is a building that houses the Office of PPA-TMO Roxas; inside the modern and air-conditioned Passenger Terminal is the waiting lounge complete with amenities such feeding area for breastfeeding  mothers, diaper changing area, hot and cold water dispenser, cable television, and of course clean comfort room (that was clean when I used it). A food kiosk for hungry travelers are also available upstairs.

This port has a two 9×9 meter fixed protruding ramp with depth of 4.5 meters designed to accommodate roro vessels. It also has berthing space for large motorized outrigger banca that ferries passengers in the nearby Tablas Island’s capital Odiongan (approximate distance of 30 nautical miles), for minimum fare of 335 pesos per person one way.

Port of Roxas has secured parking provision for travelers called Park and Sail, so much like the one in Manila Domestic Airport. Travelers from Manila or Batangas who brought their vehicles here but doesn’t wish to bring it to Caticlan, have an option to leave it at the port’s secured parking area for a fee of not less than 40 pesos per hour.

On the other hand, President Benigno Aquino III issued on the 14th February 2014, an Executive Order nos. 158-declaring and delineating Roxas Port Zone, and placing it under the administrative jurisdiction of the Philippine Ports Authority. (1)

Caticlan Jetty Port by the way is approximately 47 nautical miles from here, a four hours sailing for a minimum fare of 400 pesos per person one way. The following are shipping companies and their corresponding vessels that plies between Roxas and Caticlan (note: vessel departs every hours at most, from early in the morning until late evening).

  1. Montenegro Shipping’s M/V Reina Timotea, M/V Reina Del Cielo,  and M/V Reina de los Angeles.
  2. Starlite’s M/V Starlite Atlantic
  3. Asia Marine’s M/V Super Shuttle Ferry 18
  4. Philharbor’s (Navios Lines) M/V Grand Unity 

To view shipping schedule in between Port of Odiongan in Tablas Island and Roxas Port please do click on your mouse here: 2016 Schedules

To view shipping schedules in between Caticlan Jetty Port and Roxas Port please click your mouse here: Caticlan-Roxas  schedules

Referrence:

1. Executive Order nos. 158