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

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Featured Philippine Ports: SIQUIJOR’S PORT


Sun rises over the mountains of Siquijor.

Sun rises over the mountains of Siquijor.

 SIQUIJOR ISLAND

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ports of Entry: Ports in Siquijor

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

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

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

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

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

Municipality of Siquijor

View of Siquijor Port

View of Siquijor Port

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

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

Geographical coordinates: 9.2000° N, 123.5000° E.

FERRY GUIDE IN/OUT OF SIQUIJOR PORT

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

Siquijor Island 1

Name of Operator

Orlines Sea-Land Transport Inc.

 Contact nos. 09357742678

Dumaguete to Siquijor

Siquijor to Dumaguete

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

Siquijor to Cebu City

Cebu City to Siquijor

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

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

Siquijor Wharf

Siquijor Wharf

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

Municipality of Larena

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

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

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

1. Tagbilaran City approximately 32 nautical miles.

2. Plaridel in Misamis Occidental approximately 51 nautical miles.

3. Port of Cebu approximately 66 nautical miles.

4. Port of Dumaguete approximately 18 nautical miles.

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

Geographical coordinates:  9.2500° N, 123.6000°E

FERRY GUIDE IN/OUT OF PORT OF LARENA

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

copyright: mcgutib

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

Municipality of Lazi

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

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

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

FERRY GUIDE IN/OUT OF LAZI PORT

Name of Operator

Orlines Sea-Land Transport Inc.

Vessel:  M/V Siquijor Island 1

Route:

Plaridel to Lazi  

Lazi to Plaridel

Fare: Php 600-Economy

Php 700- Tourist

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

Cebu City to Lazi

Fare: Php 400

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

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

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

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


References:

1.  Siquijor.gov.ph

2.  news info.inquirer.net

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

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

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

6.  Philippine Port Authority, Baseport Dumaguete

7.  Five Lesson Learned at M/V Siquijor


TERMS OF USE

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

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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