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.

CEBU to ZAMBOANGA, DAPITAN/DIPOLOG via DUMAGUETE RORO/FERRY GUIDE


Sergio Osmena Bridge

Sergio Osmena Bridge connecting Mactan Island and the City of Cebu.

These Ro-Ro/Ferry vessel schedules and fares are sourced from the ticketing booth found at Port of Cebu.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 operator and Port terminal policies can be found at their own respective websites/or Facebook pages, and at their designated ticketing offices found in the Port of destination mentioned below.

Shipping schedules posted below are painstakingly gathered from different sources 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 stated. 

Cebu City to Zamboanga City via Dapitan City and Dumaguete City

GP Ferry 2 at Pier 1, Port of Cebu

DAY

VESSEL ETD DESTINATION

FARES

         
Monday-Wednesday- Thursday- Friday and Saturday Zamboanga Ferry or GP Ferry 2 10 pm Dapitan via Dumaguete

Dgte- Php 310 

Dapitan-  Php 660 

Monday & Wednesday Zamboanga Ferry 10 PM via Dgte   Zamboanga City Php 1,500 Tourist
Sun-Tues-Wed-and Friday  GP Ferry 2  9 PM Dapitan City (Direct)  Php 660 Economy

Note: No schedule for Cebu- Zamboanga City as of August 2015.  For Dapitan to Cebu  City ferry schedule, click on the link.

Cokaliong Shipping Lines Pier 1, Port of Cebu.

Cokaliong Shipping Lines Pier 1, Port of Cebu

DAY

VESSEL ETD DESTINATION

FARES

         
Mon-Tue-Wed-Friday Filipinas Iloilo 7PM Dumaguete 310 Pesos (Economy)
 Mon-Tue-Wed-Friday -Same-   Same  Dapitan 660 Pesos (Economy)
Sunday Filipinas Dinagat 12 PM Dumaguete Php 200 (Promo)

Note:  For return trip from Dapitan to Cebu via Dumaguete please click on the link provided: Dapitan to Cebu City ferry trip.

Medallion Shipping Lines

Medallion Shipping Lines docked at Pier 4

Cebu City to Dipolog City (Galas Port) and Vice Versa

DAY

VESSEL ETD

FARES

       
Mon-Wednesday and Friday Lady of Good Voyage

8:30 PM

(From Cebu)

660 Pesos (Economy)

950 Pesos (Tourist)

Tueday-Thursday and Sunday Lady of Good Voyage

7:00 PM

(From Dipolog)

-Same-

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

Copyright: mcgutib

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

Featured Philippine Ports: Port of Dumaguete


Rizal Blvd. Dumaguete City

View of Dumaguete City bay area

DUMAGUETE CITY

Dubbed as “The City of Gentle People”, Dumaguete City is bounded on the southeast by Bohol Sea and Tañon Strait in the north. Tañon strait (a major sea lanes) connects Visayan Sea to the Bohol Sea, and is regarded as a protected fishing ground.

Dakbayan sa Dumagueteis the Capital of the Province of Negros Oriental, and considered as one of the fastest developing cities in the Philippines. The proximity of the location, and the convenience of the modern and affordable Land, Air, and Sea transport access from Manila, Cebu and Bacolod City, makes Dumaguete the ideal jump-off points to the enchanting Island of Siquijor-as well as the Island paradise of Sumilon.  And because of these natural location, the warmth hospitality of the people, and the tropical climate of the province; large numbers of foreign and local tourist/vacationers visits  the many serene beach resorts of the northern coastal town, as well as the majestic dive paradise in the south particularly Apo Island (boasting their one of the best community managed marine sanctuaries in the country).

 Point Of Entry: PORT OF DUMAGUETE 

Dumaguete Lighthouse and Passenger Terminal

Philippine Ports Authority’s Port District of Visayas (PPA-PDO Visayas) manages the six (6) Port Management Office in the three geopolitical regions in the visayas (except for the Ports/Wharfs in the city or Province of Cebu, which is under the operational and administrative supervision of the Cebu Port Authority), and this include the Port of Dumaguete City.

By virtue of the Executive Order No. 254 in 1950 and formalized by the R.A. No. 1173 of 1954 thus created the Subport of Dumaguete.

PMO-Dumaguete has the jurisdiction of the Management of all government and private ports in the Province of Negros Oriental and Siquijor Island since 2002. This government ports handle both passenger and cargo traffic, while privately owned and/or maintained piers, and/or wharves are generally utilized for the shipment of cargoes coming from local as well as International shipment (with the exception of few wharf that serviced passengers like Maayo Shipping in Tampi, in the town of San Jose). These three (3) government ports/terminals are:

TMO TandayagApproximately 18 kilometers North of the City proper is the town of Amlan. The Port itself has a total land area of 2,150 square meters with an open storage area of 800 square meters. Its berthing facilities consist primarily of;

One (1) 12-meter by 24-meter reinforced concrete wharf and;

One (1) 15-meter by 20-meter reinforced concrete beach ramp

Tandayag Port is accessible only to small vessels going to and coming from Bato, Samboan in Cebu Province. This port also serves as an alternate pier for docking of small vessels in case Dumaguete Port is not operational. To view ferry schedule, you may click the link below:

Cuadro Alas Navigation Lines 2015 ferry sched here

TMO Guihulngan Approximately 116 kilometers north of the City, this port provides access to via small ferry vessels plying the route between Basak, Guihulngan and Tangil, Dumanjug, Cebu. Port facilities include an L-type reinforced concrete finger pier 6-meter wide by 55-meter long, and a berthing area of 99 meters with six (6) cleats mooring fixtures.

You may check ferry schedule here: 2015 sched

TMO LarenaIs the main entry point to the province of Siquijor. It can accommodate ships of up to 1000 gross tonnage. A Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) was built to complement the Roll-on Roll-off transport system, fast craft and ferry boats now plies directly to and from Dumaguete or Bohol on a regular basis. There are also ferry boat trip connecting Cebu, and Plaridel in Iligan on a weekly basis.

Port of Dumaguete is the main gateway to the province of Negros Oriental and is also a  major link to Mindanao’s passenger and cargo traffic, and forms part of the western seaboard’s  Strong Republic Nautical Highway (SRNH).

Other National/Municipal Port:

1. Bais City- Jump off point for Dolphin watching

2. Siquijor, Siquijor

3. Sibulan-Jump off point for passengers to and from Liloan, Cebu

4. Malatapay, Zamboanguita- Jump off to Apo Island

Private Port under jurisdiction of PMO Dumaguete includes:

1. Caltex Philippines Inc.(Tandayag, Amlan)

2. Candanay, Siquijor

3. Central de Azucarera de Bais in Tanjay

4. Pryce Gass Inc. in Brgy. Awaan, Ayungon

5. Dumaguete Coconut Mills Inc. (DUCOMI) in San Miguel, Bacong

6. Orica Nitrates Phils. Inc.(Former Dyno Nobel Phils. Inc.), Bacong

7. Herminio Teves Co. Inc. (HTCI) in Tolong Sta. Catalina

8. Maayo Shipping Inc. (Tampi, San Jose)

9. CAB Port in Luka, Tanjay City

10. Phil-Am Timber Co.(PATIC)

11. PETRON Phil. Inc.(Amlan Fuel Depot)

12. Lo-oc Lead Ores Inc. Port in Lo-oc, Ayungon

13. Tambisan San Juan, Siquijor

14. United Robina Sugar Milling Corp. (URSUMCO) in Manjuyod.

DUMAGUETE CITY HARBOR FACTS and INFORMATION

Port Location:   Dumaguete City Negros Oriental, Philippines

Port Name:   Port of Dumaguete

Port Management:   Philippine Ports Authority, PMO Dumaguete

Address: Port Area Lo-oc, Dumaguete City Negros Oriental 6200

Phone:   (035) 225-0973  Fax:  (035) 225-0974

Email:   ppadgte@philwebinc.com

Web Site:   www.ppa.com.ph

Latitude:   9° 18′ 43″ N

Longitude:   123° 18′ 46″ E

UN/LOCODE:   PHDGT

Port Type:   Pier, Jetty or Wharf

Port Size:   Small

Harbor Characteristics

Harbor Size:    Small

Harbor Type:   Open Roadstead

Shelter:   Fair

Turning Area:   Yes

Maximum Vessel Size:   Up to 500 feet in length

Good Holding Ground:   No

Water Depth

Channel 76 feet – OVER (23.2m – OVER)
Anchorage 76 feet – OVER ( 23.2m – OVER )
Cargo Pier 11 – 15 feet (3.4 – 4.6 meters )
Mean Tide 2 feet

Pilotage

Compulsory:   Yes

Available:   Yes

Communications

Telephone:   Yes

Telegraph:   Yes

Radio:   Yes

Lifts & Cranes

0-24 Ton Lifts:   Yes

Mobile Cranes:   Yes

Supplies

Provisions Yes
Water Yes
Fuel Oil Yes
Diesel Oil Yes

Ship Repairs:   Limited

(Source: worldportsource.com)

PORT FACILITIES

PASSENGER TERMINAL Temporarily housed in a 265 sq. meter, 60 person capacities, fully air-conditioned one story renovated building. With amenities such as clean restroom, a nursing or breastfeeding room, food and beverage kiosk are also available for passenger waiting to board a ferry.

As safety and security procedure all in-coming/embarking passenger are required to pass to a walk-through metal detector, and have their baggage check by in-house baggage X-Ray machine inside the Terminal Building. Terminal fee cost only 15 Php for each passenger.

PIER

Three reinforced concrete Finger:

Pier 1 :  30 x 166 meter

Pier 2 :  16 x 80 meters

Pier 3 :  12 x 162 meters

ROLL-ON ROLL-OFF (RORO) RAMPS

One 9 x 11 meters and One 12 x 12 meters

CONTAINER YARD:  1,945 sq. meters

DUMAGUETE PORT STATISTIC 

Passenger Traffic

Disembarked 371,095*
Embarked 387,714*
Total Passenger Traffic 758,809*

*2008 un-official Summary

SHIP CALL 7,286*
CARGO (Inward/Outward) 393,878 metric tons*
TEU (Inward/Outward) 13,554 TEU*

*Un-official Summary (Source: PPA Port Statistic/2008 File)

PORT EXPANSION PROJECT

Dumaguete Port is currently under expansion. The project task is to reclaimed few hectares of sea to accommodate more container ships.

Port expansion includes excavation of existing seabed along the beach of Brgy. Lo-oc behind the PPA-Dumaguete Office. Constructing of back-up area, mooring and fendering system, drainage, fencing and Port lightning. Target completion is on the 6th of June 2010. Once completed, Dumaguete Port will be much wider by about 1.5 hectares and can accommodate two Inter-Island vessels, berthed simultaneously and with abundance of cargo space for storage and warehousing. The project covers 6,700 square meters and has a cost of P394 million.

Adjacent to Pier 2  fronting  Philippine Coast Guard and Bureau of Custom’s offices is the construction of the new Passenger Terminal costing 50 million pesos, which will soon to be completed. It would be equipped with enough facilities to handle large number of passengers, a fully-air-conditioned building, and with better aesthetic compared to other passenger terminals in other cities. The facility according to its designer was specifically outlined to blend with the architecture of the city. It has a semi-second floor area and can accommodate 1,300 passengers. The City Government has pushed for a Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) over the past years as it noted an increased in the number of port users in this city.

FERRY/RORO Transport Operator in Dumaguete Port

The following are list of Shipping companies that operates passenger ferries in and out of Dumaguete.

  1. Aboitiz Transport System
  2. Sulpicio Lines
  3. Delta Fast Ferries 
  4. Ocean Fast Ferries or OceanJet
  5. Montenegro Shipping Lines
  6. Asian Marine Transport
  7. Cokaliong Shipping Lines
  8. Trans-Asia Shipping Lines
  9. George & Peter Lines
  10. GL Shipping Lines
  11. Oceanic Shipping Lines
  12. Aleson Shipping Lines

Shipping destination in/out of Dumaguete Port

For updated RORO/FERRY schedule, please click here: 2014 RORO/FERRY sched

 PORT OF MANILA

Superferry 1/5

Offers once a week trip to and from Dumaguete, their itinerary for this route is: From Dumaguete it will depart every Wednesday at approximately 09:45 in the morning and arrives to the Port of Cebu at around 2 pm (Approximately no less than 4 hour trip). Then at around 5:45 in the afternoon it will sail again for Manila, thus arriving the next day at Pier 15 around 6 in the evening (24 hour trip).

For Manila to Dumaguete, Superferry 1/5 departs from Pier 15 of South Harbor every Monday at 10:45 pm. Then arrives on Tuesday 11:00 pm at Cebu International Port, then finally depart for Dumaguete at 2 am Wednesday morning.

Note: Schedule is subject to change, please check superferry website for further infos.

M/V Princess of the Carribean

Leaves Dumaguete for Manila every Monday at 1 pm

Leaves Manila for Dumaguete every Wednesday at 12 noon

Note: You may check their website for further infos.

PORT OF CEBU

Two pioneer RORO shipping companies are still active to date in this Visayan route, these are Cokaliong Shipping Lines and George & Peter Lines (GPL). While Ocean Fast Ferries Inc. is the only fast craft company that serves Dumaguete.

Their schedules are listed as follows:

1. COKALIONG SHIPPING LINES

Departures are everyday of the week except Monday. Departures at 12 midnight and arrives at Pier 1 Cebu City at around 6 in the morning (Approximately 6 hour run).

Please click here for schedule: Cokaliong Shipping Lines

2. GEORGE & PETER LINES

Cebu-Dumaguete route: Mon/Thurs/Fri at 10 pm.

For Dumaguete-Cebu City route: Thursday at 10 am/Friday at 11 pm.

3. OCEAN FAST FERRIES INC.

Cebu – Dumaguete via Tagbiliran route:  Daily 6:00AM & 3:35 PM

Dumaguete – Cebu via Tagbilaran route: Daily 7:30 AM & 2:20 PM

Please click to this link to view complete schedule: Ocean Jet

PORT OF DIPOLOG/DAPITAN

With distance of only 44 nautical miles southwest of Dumaguete, most of the ferries can cover this route for about 3 ½  to 4 hours. RORO serviced to and from Dapitan/Dipolog started only in 2003 (Pioneer on this route is the shipping company George and Peter Lines, serving this area since early 80’s).

Since then the number of RORO ferries and Operators have increased due to the growth of Passenger and Cargo traffic. While Dipolog City has Galas Feeder Port, Dapitan City meanwhile has RoRo ramps at Pulauan Port, which form part of the Strong Republic Nautical highway (SRNH).

To date there are five (5) Shipping lines servicing this route, these are:

1.  COKALIONG SHIPPING LINES

MV Filipinas Iloilo

Departs to Dapitan every Tuesday / Thursday / Saturday at 7 am

Departs for Dumaguete Tuesday / Thursday / Saturday at 4 pm

MV Filipinas Dumaguete

Departs to Dapitan every Wednesday / Friday / Sunday at 7am

Departs for Dumaguete every Wednesday & Friday at 4 pm

2.  ALESON SHIPPING INC.

Ciara Joie

Departs daily from Dipolog to Dumaguete at 10:30AM

Departs daily from Dumaguete – Dipolog at 4:00AM

3.  ASIA MARINE TRANSPORT CORP.

Super Shuttle Ferry 12

Daily : Dumaguete – Dapitan at 5:00PM

Daily : Dapitan – Dumaguete at 5:00AM

4.  MONTENEGRO SHIPPING LINES

Maria Beatriz and Maria Helena

Daily at 6 am (ETD) and 5pm (ETD)

5. GEORGE AND PETER LINES

MV Georich and/or MV Zamboanga Ferry

Please click the link for updated schedule  and Fare. George and Peter

PORT OF TAGBILARAN

Referred  by locals as the “Tagbilaran City Tourist Pier”. The Port of Tagbilaran is the city’s main seaport and is located on the northern edge of the city. Travelers to and from Bohol island uses this port as its main mode of entry. Bohol particularly Tagbilaran surpasses Negros Oriental and Siquijor in terms of volume of domestic and international visitors. The insular Port of Tagbilaran was also adjudged as one of the region’s healthy port by the Department of Health.

Please click the link of Ocean Fast Ferries Inc. to view detailed schedule, fares and promotion provided above.

SIQUIJOR PROVINCE

Siquijor has three (3) Passenger Port/Wharf in the whole province, it serves as docking and berthing for fast craft, ferry boat and motorized banca that carries passenger and cargo traffic from Dumaguete and nearby provinces. These Ports are:

TMO Larena formerly known asthe town ofCanoan” during the Spanish period, is the main entry point and major hub for commerce and business activities in the whole island of Siquijor. Shipping Lines that has schedules:

Delta 1 & 3 (Delta Marine International Pty.Ltd.) – Daily

M/V Marie Kristina (Montenegro Shipping Lines) – Daily

Villa Shipping Lines – MV Canoan Jet

Tanjuan Shipping – LCT Engatan/ LCT St. Joseph

GL Shipping Lines- M/Bca Jaylann 2

Siquijor is the Capital of the Province.  Siquijor Port/wharf serves as one of the most important port in the province (next to Larena Port).  Fast Craft and Motor Banca Operator serve this route:

Delta 1 & Delta 3 (Delta Marine International Pty. Ltd.) – Daily

Delta Car Ferry – Daily

M/V JAYLANN/MBca JAYLANN 2

MBca JAZIEL

MBca REMI DEO

MBca Prima 1

Villa Shipping Lines – Canoan Jet

Lazi wharf

Lazi wharf are visited by boats/ships from Cebu, Bohol, Negros Oriental and Northern Mindanao. Copra, peanuts, tobacco, livestock, maguey and kapok are exported from the island through this port.

MV Siquijor Island (Orlines Sea-Land Transport Inc.)

Minor wharf for Motorized Banca:

Solong-on, Tambisan Siquijor to Dumaguete v.v – MBca Prima 1

San Juan Siquijor to Dumaguete v.v -MBca Bienbe, MBca Siquijor II, MBca Siquijor Princess.

PORT OF CAGAYAN DE ORO

PORT of  CAGAYAN is located in barangay Macabalan facing the Macajalar Bay in the northern coastline of Mindanao, approximately 97.9 NM southeast of Dumaguete City. Cagayan de Oro particularly Port of Cagayan is the Gateway to Northern Mindanao’s passenger and commercial traffic. The port is a modern International Seaport situated near the estuary of Cagayan de Oro River; it has an anchorage depth of 18 meters and is around 400 meters from the shoreline. Shipping Company that serves from Dumaguete to this Port v.v-Cebu Ferries Corporation (Subsidiary of Aboitiz Transport System).

Cebu Ferry 01 – Every Sunday at 10:30 AM (from Dumaguete) Arrival Sunday at 5:30 PM (Cagayan).

Please click the link for added info: Cebu Ferries

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