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.

CUYO ISLAND FERRY GUIDE


Ferry Boat to and from Cuyo Island

Ferry Boats docked in Port of Cuyo

These RORO/Ferry schedules and fares are sourced from the ticketing offices found in Port of Iloilo, Municipality of Cuyo and Port of Puerto Princesa. 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. Your continued patronage (please share it to your Facebook account) and generous contribution -any kind- will be highly appreciated.

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FERRY GUIDE IN/OUT OF CUYO, PALAWAN

ROUTE: CUYO-ROXAS, PALAWAN vice versa
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M/L MILENYO

Monday at 9 in the morning (Note: schedule may varries). Fare per Pax is 700 Pesos only.

ROUTE: CUYO, PALAWAN to CORON/MANILA

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Vessel: M/V D’ Sea Journey

J.V. SERRANO SHIPPING LINES
Contact nos. #09199637024/or #09496241871

Departure: every Wednesday for Coron/Manila at 11pm
Fare: Cuyo to Coron Php 950 (Tourist)
Php 850 (Economy)
Cuyo to Manila Php 1,900 (Tourist)
Php 1,700 ( Economy)

ROUTE:  CUYO TO ILOILO/ PUERTO PRINCESA

Iloilo to Cuyo Island, Palawan-109 nautical miles
Iloilo to Puerto Princesa, Palawan- 242 nautical miles
Cuyo to  Puerto Princesa, Palawan-154 nautical miles

M/V Maria Isabel

Fares/Pax to Puerto Princesa is Php 968 (Economy) and Php 125

MONTENEGRO SHIPPING LINES

 email: mlsi_bacolod@montenegrolines.com.ph / or at bacolod_msli@yahoo.com
FROM ILOILO  Every Wed and Saturday at 8 in the morning.
Php 710/ to Php 923 (Economy/Mabuhay Class)
TO PUERTO PRINCESA Wed & Saturday at 8in the evening Php968 to Php1258(Economy/Mabuhay Class)
FROM PUERTO PRINCESA
Thursday & Sunday evening.
Vessel: M/V Maria Isabel
MILAGROSA J-Tres

MILAGROSA J-Tres

MILAGROSA  SHIPPING LINES
email: milagrosa_jshipping@yahoo.com.ph

FROM ILOILO

Every Mon & Thurs at 7 in the evening. Fare: Php 475 to 575 (Economy/Deluxe)

TO ILOILO

Every Tues & Fri

Vessel: M/V Milagrosa-J Tres and M/V Millagrosa-J Cinco

FROM PUERTO PRINCESA

Every Thurs & Sun at 3 in the afternoon Fare: Php 725 to 980 (Economy/Tourst)
TO PUERTO PRINCESA Every Tues & Fri at 3 in the afternoon. Vessel: M/V Milagrosa-J Tres and M/V Millagrosa-J Cinco

 

 

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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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: Batangas Port


Batangas Port

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BATANGAS

Better known as the “Industrial Port City”,  Batangas is one of the fastest growing economy in CALABARZON province-an export driven industrial development region that stimulated the growth of shipping activities in Batangas Port. Bordered by the Province of Cavite and Laguna to the north; Quezon Province to the east, crossing Verde Island Passage to the south is Mindoro, and to the west is the West Philippine Sea. It’s capital is Batangas City.

Long before the arrival of the Spaniards in the country, large communities are already settled along the Pansipit River- a navigable channel (it used to be- that is before Taal volcano’s eruption in 18th century) connecting Taal Lake to Balayan Bay. These community have been engaging trades with Japanese during Muromachi period, and Chinese traders since the Ming Dynasty in the 13th and 15th century.

The first Spanish missionaries arrived in 1572, later on in 1581 a settlement was established and named it “Batangan”  because of the numerous big logs that were seen at Calumpang river. The logs by the way were named “batang” by people settled near the river, and later on the word batang were replaced and it became Batangas in 1601.

On 21st of June 1969, the late President Ferdinand Marcos signed a law (Republic Act No. 5495) creating Batangas a City. On 23rd of July 1969, Batangas City government was formally established.

Batangas City is approximately 112 kilometers southwest of Manila. Batangas Port (declared as a national port in 1956) on the other hand, is located in Barangay Sta. Clara, about two kilometers from the city proper; and situated in the northeastern part of Batangas bay, a strategic site for the development of port facilities. The bay area has a 180 square kilometers of body of sea while the mouth of the bay is approximately 16 kilometers across, and is well-protected by Mindoro, Maricaban Island, and Calumpan Peninsula. Batangas Bay has a steep underwater slope, thus for the most part the bay is calm and deep perfect for large ocean going vessel to anchor near the shoreline.

PORT OF ENTRY:  Port of Batangas

This ISO 9001:2008 certified port was first constructed in the middle of 1930’s, its facilities were utilized as the entry/exit for people and products going to and from the Province of Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan (MIMAROPA). More importantly, Port of Batangas served as the strategic shipping venue for all industries in the areas of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon (CALABARZON-as it was popularly known).

The port facilitates the transport link by land and sea routes using inter-modal buses, ro-ro/lo-lo vessels, motorized out-rigger boats, and mono-hauled/trimaran fastcraft (introduced in 1995) within the Ports of Calapan, Puerto Galera, and Abra de Ilog in Oriental Mindoro. It also links the west coast ports of San Jose and Sablayan in Occidental Mindoro, Ports in Sta. Cruz and Balanacan in the province of Mariduque, Port of Romblon and Odiongan; so does the Port of Coron in Busuanga Island, and major Ports in Cebu, Iloilo, and Cagayan de Oro as well.

Batangas Port form part of Port Authority’s Strong Republic’s Nautical Highway (SRNH) project bridging the island of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao in an extensive network of highways and ro-ro inter-connectivity. Western Nautical Highway is composed of RORO Ports linking between:

– Batangas City and Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro;

Roxas, Oriental Mindoro and Caticlan, Aklan;

Dumangas Port, Iloilo  and BREDCO Port, Bacolod City ;

Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental and Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte.

Batangas Port ferry schedules and fare, click here: RORO/FERRY 2015 Schedule

How to get here?

Ceres Bus at Batangas Port

Ceres Bus at Batangas Port

Port of Batangas is strategically located on the northeastern section of Batangas Bay along the southwestern part of Luzon. The port is about three to four hours away from Manila’s business and commercial district via South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) which then connects to Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (Star Tollway), and its extension  Alabang -Calamba-Sto. Tomas Toll Expressway (ACTEX).  Bus lines like the RRCG, Ceres Transport, Alps Express, JAM Trans, Supreme Transit Liner Inc., DLTB Co., N. de la Rosa Transit, and Batangas Star Express are amongst competing on this route. You may be familiar with their dashboard signage:

  1. Buendia/Taft-Batangas Pier
  2. Cubao-Batangas Pier
  3. Taft/Pasay-Batangas Pier
  4. Lawton-Batangas Pier
  5. Ortigas-Batangas Pier
  6. Alabang-Batangas Pier

Pre -Development Stage

Batangas Port started its roll on-roll off operation to Mindoro Province in 1981. And by 1994, the volume of  sea-going passengers heading to Calapan, Puerto Galera, and Abra de ilog steadily increased due to influx of vacationers and local tourist during holidays and weekends to take advantage of beautiful sand beach, and breathtaking sceneries that offer leisure and relaxation. Passenger traffic among  various shipping liner with connections to Mindoro’s west coast ports of San Jose and Sablayan, Romblon’s Odiongan and Tablas Port, so does Coron Port in Busuanga Island, have all been picking up its pace in succeeding years thus competing to giant inter-island shipping companies which offers  Manila direct route.

Due to the congestion and over-capacity of Port of Manila in the early years, government agency planners seek alternative ports to address these issues. A major opportunity for development of Batangas Port were then foreseen because of the fact that it sits on a strategic location-which is near proximity to the thriving economic zone of CALABARZON region, the Agri-Marine products of  MIMAROPA, and the growing economies of the provinces in Vis-Min region. It has been established that vessels sailing from major ports of origin around the Visayas and Mindanao area, would likely save fuel and time if it chooses  Batangas Port rather than the usual North or South Harbor as their port of destination, the reason behind it is because sailing to North harbor for example add six hours more; sailing in both the northward and southward direction will cost more fuel and precious time (approximately 12 hours turn around).

Batangas Port then was once considered one of the two most underdeveloped ports in the country (the other is port of Cebu), and  already struggling to accommodate rolling cargo traffic and large number of domestic vessels. Existing port facilities then are “cramped and dilapidated making orderly and efficient operation impossible” (5). The Port itself cannot meet the necessities needed for tourist/passenger’s convenience especially during peak season, thus contributed to the inefficiency in shipping services.

The Port neither had any berth specifically built for ro-ro vessel, thus limiting ferry operators to three companies. It was customary then for a ferry vessel to remain at berth even past their scheduled departure time just waiting to fill all the vacant spaces with vehicles and passengers, forcing the next vessel in-line to wait for more hours for their turn.

In 1981, a preliminary study were made by Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), instituting a plan to relieved Manila’s premier ports of portions of the international and domestic liner shipping trade. A major development project was formed together with the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), and is considered to be one of the anchor projects for the Cavite-Laguna-Batangas-Rizal-Quezon regional development program. It aimed to:

i). Improved the function as the access point to Mindoro Island: To promote the supplies and distribution of agricultural products from Mindoro to Southern Tagalog Region, thereby contributing to the development of Mindoro Island.

ii). Function as a hub port contributing to the economic development of its hinterlands: To stimulate the regional economic development of the Southern Tagalog Region, the industrial heartland of the Philippines.

(iii). Functions relating to the National Capital Region: As a second port to supplement Manila Port’s North and South harbor where traffic congestion is worsening.

In 1984, the Batangas Port Expansion Program were formulated by the Philippine Government and Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

On December of 1985, a feasibility study were conducted for the Development Project of Batangas Port (known as Batangas Port Study). It was initiated by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), upon the request from Philippine government and it became the basis for a loan from Japan’s Overseas Economic Cooperation Fund (OECF)  for the construction of Phases 1 and Phase 2 project. Within the feasibility study, the development plans were divided between short-term and long-term elements.

Executive Order No. 385, issued by then former President Corazon Aquino on the 19th of December 1989 delineated the territorial jurisdiction of the Port of Batangas, an important moved to increased its land use for future expansion. But it also raises future tensions, problems, issues, resulting to court battles between affected land owners/settlers on the affected community, and government implementing agencies. Issues such as land ownership, forced-eviction, compensation, re-settlement, so on and so forth.

Department of Transportation and Communication likewise were given a task to prepare a National Port Transport Plan to address regional development needs, and comply with the privatization program integrating an inter-modal transport network that would link road, rail, sea, and air transport systems efficiently. Executive Order Nos. 212, paves the way for the deregulation of all government ports in the country.

Batangas Port Development Project (BPDP) of the Philippine Ports Authority was one of the major flagship programs of Philippines 2000, the development plan of then President Fidel Ramos Administration in its bid for a globally competitive economy.

Facilities of Batangas Port before the implementation BPDP

Facilities Size

Size

Use

Status

Construction Date

Pier I Length 135mtrs.Width 15mtrs.Water Depth 6mtrs. Shared between Ro-Ro and general cargo vessel

Under repair

(from typhoon damage)

1940’s

Pier II Length 48mtrs.Width 12mtrs.Depth 4mtrs.

Shared between Ro-Ro and general cargo vessel

Extremely dilapidated

1971

Pier III Length 85mtrs.Width 15mtrs.Depth 2.67mtrs.

Inner side for ship repair, outer side for barge mooring

Extremely dilapidated

1971

Parallel wharves  Length 93mtr.Width 15mtrs.Depth 7.5mtrs.

General cargo vessels (domestic and foreign)

Wharf entrance

congested with cargo vehicles

1972

Land for Portfacilities

2.6 ha

Offices, customs house, passenger terminal, parking space

Cramped and crowded with vehicles,passengers and cargo.

N.A

Vessels serving Batangas Port  in 1994 (MARINA franchised)

OPERATOR/NAME OF VESSEL

TYPE OF VESSEL

ROUTE

AC SHIPPING LINES. CO.

 

M/VPRINCESS AC – IV

PAX-FERRY

PGalera -BTGS-PGalera

MB QUEEN AC -II

PAX-FERRY

PGalera -BTGS-TGLY-BTGS – PGalera

MB PRINCESS AC-VI

PAX-FERRY

PGAL -PISA-TGLY-BTGS- TGLY-PISA-PGAL

 

BERNARDO ATIENZA

 

MB AC-1

PAX-FERRY

PGAL-BTGS-PGAL

 

MONTENEGRO SHIPPING LINES

 

MB DON VICENTE

PAX-FERRY

BTGS-ABRA DE ILOG-BTGS

MB DONA MATILDE

PAX-FERRY

BTGS- ABRA DE ILOG -BTGS

MB DON FRANCISCO

PAX-FERRY

BTGS- ABRA DE ILOG -BTGS

 

SI-KAT FERRIES INC.

 

MB SI-KAT II

PAX-FERRY

PGALERA-BTGS-PGALERA

 

VIVA SHIPPING LINES

 

M/V VIVA PENAFRANCIA II

PAX-FERRY

BTGS-BUAN-GSAN-ODIO-LOOC-SAGU-ROMBON-SAGU-LOOC-ODIO-GSAN-BUAN-BTGS

M/V LADY OF LOURDES

PAX-FERRY

BTGS-CLPN-BTGS

M/V VIVA PENAFRANCIA IV

PAX-FERRY

BTGS-CLPN-BTGS

M/V VIVA PENAFRANCIA VI

PAX-FERRY

BTGS-CLPN-BTGS

M/V VIVA PENAFRANCIA IX

PAX-FERRY

BTGS-CLPN-BTGS

M/V VIVA STA ANA

PAX-FERRY

BTGS–SANJOSE-BTGS

Post-Development Stage

Batangas Domestic Cargo Berth

Batangas Domestic Cargo Berth

Phase 1 Project

Domestic area project correspond to the short term portion of Batangas Port Development Plan’s overall plan, and aimed on improving, and expanding the cramped and inadequate facilities of the Port- so that movement of passengers, vehicles, cargoes, and roll-0n-and roll-off vessels become more efficient. It was constructed at a cost of P1.60 billion under the 17th Overseas Economic Cooperation Fund (OECF). Completed on march of 1999, three years and seven months behind scheduled completion date of august of 1995. Their new and modern facility includes:

A total berthing capacity of 16 berths with controlling water depth of between 5 to 10 meters, ready to serve at at any given time;

It has a modest capacity to accommodate 11 RORO vessels (six roll-on/roll-off ramp at 680 meters in total length);

It has seven berths for high speed ferries of 540 meters in total length;

and two berthing facilities for cargo vessels of 200 meters in length.

Three fully Air-conditioned Passenger Terminal Buildings (PTB’s) capable of handling three million embarking passengers annually.

A range of modern cargo handling equipment including quay cranes and forklifts are available. A computerized cargo tracking system is also being used.

Storage warehouses, reefer vans, maintenance shop, power and pump houses;

A 25,000 sq. meters of marshalling yard;

It has a total land area of 206,349 square meters.

Batangas VTMS Radar Station 2

Batangas VTMS Radar Station 2

For passenger safety, vessel security, and traffic monitoring along the harbor, baseport Batangas installed a total port security system; this includes vessel traffic management system or VTMS (manned by coast guard personnel). Crowd monitoring system, Gate management system, Mobile x-ray scanning machine, and Harbor patrol craft.

Changes in fastcraft  operation between Batangas and Calapan

 

1997

(Before completion of the project)

1998

 (After completion of the project)

Number of specialized berths

0

7

Number of ferry operators

2

3

Round trips for ferry/day

3-6

4-7

Number of vessels

7

7

Crossing time (Batangas ~ Calapan)

45 mins.

45 mins.

Number of departures per day

32

35

First and last departures from Batangas

5:00 am/6:30 pm

4:45 am/6:30 pm

Changes in Ro-Ro vessel operation between Batangas  and Calapan

 

1997

 (Before completion of the project)

1998

 (After completion of the project)

Number of specialized berths

0

6

Number of ferry operators

3

8

Round trips for ferry/day

2

3

Number of vessels

10

18

Average vessel GT

480GT

590GT

Crossing time (Batangas ~ Calapan)

2-3 H

2-3H

Number of departures per day from

24

52

First and last departures from Batangas Port

1 am-9 pm

12:30 am/11:30 pm

Phase II Project

Batangas Port Development Plan Phase II project represent the long-term plan for Batangas Port. Costing three billion pesos,  it sits on 128 hectare expanded area specifically built for large-scale cargo handling, with capacity to handle foreign/domestic cargoes at 4.34 million tons per year (in 2005); to which it could promote its functions as a supplementary port for Manila. It was planned to serve not only the Visayas-Mindanao region, but design to meet the demands of growing trade, and commerce between the countries in the ASEAN region. The Phase II loan agreement was signed on March 1997; assisted by five and a half billion pesos loan grant from Japan Bank of International Cooperation (JBIC). It was inaugurated on January 19, 2008, two months ahead of the scheduled completion.

Phase II Project is subdivided into Packages 1, 2 and 3 namely:

Package 1 are civil and marine works; it includes container terminal and handling equipment instillation (estimated cost of P1.06 billion), general cargo berth, dredging, and reclamation works, building construction and support facilities.

Boarding bridge

One of five boarding bridges installed in Batangas Port.

 Package 2 on the other hand, are construction of five boarding bridges and elevated walkways were completed.

 Package 3, better known as Arterial Road Links Development Project is a port access and flyover construction. These includes the P1.5-billion Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (STAR) projects, and the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) road widening and expansion project.

Batangas Port Management

Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) is a government-owned corporation attached to the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC). It was created by virtue of Presidential Decree (PD) No. 505 dated 11 July 1974, its functions are to coordinate, streamline, improve and optimize the planning, development, financing, construction, maintenance and operations of ports or port system in the country.

The Port District of South Luzon (PDO-SOLUZ) is one of the five (5) port district offices created in 1988, to promote the de-centralization of authority and pursue local and regional development programs and strategies. The District Office supervises the Port Management Offices (PMO) and likewise serves as their linkage with the Philippine Ports Authority’s head office. PDO Southern Luzon has four (4) management offices in its wing, namely;

  1. PMO Batangas (Baseport)
  2. PMO Calapan
  3. PMO Legazpi
  4. PMO Puerto Princesa

On the other hand, Baseport Batangas has the jurisdiction of the six (6) Terminal offices, namely;

  1. TMO BAUAN   Brgy. Aplaya Bauan, Batangas,
  2. TMO LUCENA  Brgy. Talao-Talao, Lucena City
  3. TMO BALANACAN  San Andres Point, Balanacan Marinduque
  4. TMO STA CRUZ  Marinduque
  5. TMO ODIONGAN  Brgy. Batiano, Odiongan Romblon
  6. TMO ROMBLON  Municipality of Romblon,  Romblon Island

Batangas Port is exclusively operated by Aries Arrastre Services Inc. (subsidiary of Asian Terminals Inc.) with the charges set by PPA,  and a prescribed portion of the profits are paid to the PMO Batangas.

Batangas Port Characteristics

LATITUDE: 13° 45.2′ N
LONGITUDE: 121° 06.6″ E

Navigational Approach From the south, between Motoco Point and Malajibo manok  Islands with an opening of 3 ½ miles, white flashing beacon on Malajibomanok Island Center, duration 0.3 seconds every 10 seconds visible within 8 miles in clear weather. Islands and point can be approached within ½ miles.

Anchorage: The anchorage area is 0.37 km. from shoreline, southwest of the piers with depth of 27.4 to 32.9 meters mud bottom. During southwest monsoon, vessels may anchor off Mabini, Batangas. Good holding grounds off 0.46 km. from the shoreline, with depths of 21.9 to 25.6m. Foreign vessels find good anchorage area southwest of the piers.

Sea Distance:

Batangas to Calapan- approximately 25.65 nautical miles

Batangas to Puerto Galera- approximately 15.47 nautical miles

Batangas to Manila- approximately 92.23 nautical miles (via North of Maricaban Island)

Batangas to Cebu- approximately 303 nautical miles.


 REFERENCES:

1. Batangas Port Development Project

2. http://bulatlat.com/main/2007/02/10/12-years-of-privatization-of-the-port-of-batangas/

3. batangascity.gov.ph
4. Nathan Associates Inc. 1994. Liner Shipping Route Study, Final Report, vols. 1 and 14. Manila: United States Agency for International Development.

5. Dr. Emma Porio, Demolition and Resettlement of Sta. Clara Residents: Policy, Politics, and Personalities in the Batangas Port Development Project. Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)

6. Myrna S. Austria, 2003. Liberalization and Deregulation in the Domestic Shipping Industry: Effects on Competition and Market Structure.

7. philippines.wikia.com/wiki/Batangas

8. Introduction & summary of Batangas Port presentation by JICA-JCCIPI

9. pdosoluz.com.ph

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: PORT OF DAPITAN


Port of Pulauan, Dapitan City Zamboanga del Norte

DAPITAN CITY,  ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE

The province of Zamboanga del Norte or simply known as “ZANORTE” is located in the Zamboanga Peninsula, and is bounded by Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga Sibugay to the south; Misamis Occidental to the east, and Sulu Sea in the northwest. Its capital is Dipolog City generally known as the Gateway to Western Mindanao   but unfortunately the city has no wharf of its own and is relying on Port of Pulauan, located in Dapitan City about nine kilometers to reach the said capital. On 6th of June 2012, the province celebrated its 60th founding anniversary. (1)

Dapitan is derived from the word Dapit which means to invite in cebuano dialect. It refers to the group of Boholanos from Panglao Island who were invited by Datu Pagbuaya, the acknowledged founder of the city, to accompany him to the “Dakung Yuta”(big land) that is Mindanao; and the settlement they established was called Dapitan. This is the traditional version of how Dapitan got its name. (2)

On 22nd of June 1963, the once small town rich with history took a giant step forward and became a chartered city by virtue of Republic Act No. 3811 which was signed by then President Diosdado Macapagal, thus becoming the first city in the Province of Zamboanga del Norte. It is officially known as the “Shrine City of the Philippines”. Dapitan City is one of the four cities of Region 9 , the other are Zamboanga City, Pagadian City, and Dipolog City. (3)

Our national hero Dr. Jose P. Rizal spent his last four years in exile in Dapitan. His original estate here has been declared a National Shrine and is being administered by the National Historical Institute. It is envisioned that by the year 2020, the city aims to become the only Jose Rizal heritage center of the country, owing to the wealth of memorabilia and memorable places associated with our national hero.

PORT OF ENTRY: Port of Dapitan

Vehicular entrance at Port of Dapitan

Vehicular entrance at Port of Dapitan

Better known as Pulauan or Pulawan Port from the vernacular word “pulaw” meaning to stay awake even during the wee hours of the night, this because of its location that has been customarily known as having a prominent lighthouse to direct vessels from harms way once it enters and exit the harbor. It is the major point of entry and exit for sea going passengers; and main trading center of Zamboanga peninsula that link to Manila, Cebu and other commercial centers in the Visayas.

Pulauan Port- better known as Dapitan Port- is located in Barangay San Vicente in Dapitan City ( a mere seven kilometers away from the city proper). It is situated in a cove fully protected by mountainous terrain; and is navigable at night by the aid of two  Philippine Coast Guard lighthouses- one is visible at Tag-ulo Point, and another lighthouse placed on top of a hill adjacent to Pulauan Port itself. The harbor can be accessed through the waters of North Western Mindanao, particularly in Dapitan Bay which is part of the Sulu Sea. This port is about 404 nautical miles (650 kms.) southwest of manila, 156 nautical miles to Zamboanga City and 111 nautical miles to Cebu City. (4)

Port District Office-Southern Mindanao (PDO-SoMin) Baseport Dapitan is a major trunkline of the Strong Republic Nautical Highway (SRNH), created by the administration of then President Arroyo. It serves as the backdoor of the Western Nautical Highway, which connects seven other Ro-Ro Ports from Luzon and Visayas, namely:

1. Batangas City

2. Calapan Port, Calapan City Oriental Mindoro

3. Roxas Port, Municipality of Roxas Occidental Mindoro

4. Caticlan Jetty Port, Malay Aklan

5. Dumangas, Iloilo City

6. Bredco Port, Bacolod City

7. Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental

Dapitan was upgraded into a PMO from its former Terminal Management Office (TMO) status through a Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Memorandum Order Nos. 2008-D00742R dated 28th of July 2008, and was approved by the former President Gloria Arroyo. Philippine Ports Authority on the other hand also issued Special Order Nos. 2009-128, and 2009-310 for its transfer of jurisdiction to PDO-SoMin which is based in Davao City from formerly being part of the PDO-Northern Mindanao (PDO-NoMin) located in Cagayan de Oro City. (5)

HARBOR FACTS and INFORMATION

Port Location:   Barangay San Vicente, Dapitan City

Port Name:   PMO Dapitan

Port Management:  Port District Office-Southern Mindanao

Address: Km. 10 Sasa, Davao City Philippines

Web Site:   www.ppa.com.ph

Latitude:   8° 39’ 21 N

Longitude:  123° 23’ 26 E

Port Type:  Pier, Jetty or Wharf

Port Size:   Small

Total Area: 18,255 sq. meters

Terminal Area: 186 sq. meters

RORO Ramps: 2 11x 9 meters

DAPITAN PORT STATISTICS for 2012

Total number of Ship (Foreign & Domestic)

2,904

Gross Registered Tonnage

2,926,970

Deadweight Tonnage

3,069,992

Total Cargo (m.t)

914,445

Domestic / Foreign (m.t)

566,207/ 348,238

Total Passenger

620,512

Source: http://www.ppa.com.ph/dapitan port-stats

DAPITAN RO-RO/FERRY GUIDE

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

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

Via Dumaguete City every Wednesday at 9 AM.

DEPARTURES For Dumaguete City
Fastcat M6 docked in Port of Dapitan.

Fastcat M6 docked in Port of Dapitan

Departs daily at 10 AM, 6 PM and 2 AM. See Fastcat website to view updated fares.

M/V Georich of George & Peter Lines as seen here in Dapitan Port

Every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 4 pm.

Suoer Shuttle Ferry 12

Super Shuttle Ferry 12

Daily departure at 5 AM (385 Pesos per Pax)

M/V Maria Gloria of Montenegro Shipping Lines

M/V Maria Gloria of Montenegro Shipping Lines

Daily departures at 2 AM and 2 PM. Promo Fare is at 352 Pesos per head.

M/V Trisha Kerstin of Aleson Shipping Lines

Daily at 10:30 AM. Fare per Pax is at 350 Pesos. SUV is at Php 3,000.

M/V Filipinas Jagna of Cokaliong Shipping Lines

M/V Filipinas Jagna of Cokaliong Shipping Lines

Please check their website for updated schedule.  www.cokaliongshipping.com

Departures FoR Cebu City (direct)
M/V Georich of George & Peter Lines

M/V Georich of George & Peter Lines

Wednesday & Sunday at 7 pm (Schedules are subject to change)

 DEPARTURES For Bato, Samboan (Cebu)
M/V Lite Ferrry 16 of Lite Ferries Shipping

M/V Lite Ferrry 16 of Lite Ferries Shipping Lines

Daily at 3 AM (Schedules are subject to change)

Fare per Person:   Php 350 for sitting and Php 360 for bed/bunk accommodation.

Four-wheeled vehicle(SUV)- Php 4,220

DEPARTURES For  Zamboanga City
M/V Zamboanga Ferry of George and Peter Lines

M/V Zamboanga Ferry of George & Peter Lines

Every Tuesday at 12 NN, arrival at Zamboanga Port is on Wednesday at 2 AM. (Schedules are subject to change). Please see G&P’s Facebook page for updated schedules.

Side note: The ferry schedules and fares posted above are sourced from the ticketing booth found in the Port of Dapitan. The information provided herein is accurate for the time being but subject to change as per shipping operator’s policyOther pertinent information regarding shipping operator and port terminal policies can be found at their own respective websites/or Facebook pages, and on their designated ticketing offices found in the port of destination mentioned below.

Shipping schedules posted herein are painstakingly gathered from reliable sources and updated every now and then- without being paid in return or getting any monetary commission from any of the mentioned shipping companies. 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 herein. THE USE OF ALL 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.


REFFERENCES:

1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dipolog_City

2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dapitan

3. http://www.dapitancity.gov.ph/

4. http://www.zamboanga.com

5. http://www.ppasomin.com

Featured Philippine Ports: Caticlan Jetty Port


 

Only in the Philippines

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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