Islandhopping 101: Life’s Lesson-Reckoned While Traveling The 0ff The Beaten Path



Having been on the road, and at sea, for countless times over the span of seven years, I feel I had a better confidence to go on a solo flight once again without a slight vexation of getting adrift over so many uncertainties – the reason? personal gain outweigh the risk. The sight of foreign backpackers roaming around the city street and off the beach made me think of doing a modest wayfaring of my own; and so, here I go again getting ready for my next island hopping trip which I’m about to begin few days after New Year’s celebration.

“Why you keep on traveling that far, what’s the drama?” A curious friend once asked me.

I still remember vividly when I first step on a backpacking trip way back 2008- two weeks after I resigned from my previous job as a Chief Steward of a prestigious club in Makati City- I boarded a bus in Araneta Bus Terminal (Cubao) heading down south by way of Bicol, Samar, and Ormoc (Leyte) looking for ideas; searching for an answer to my life’s conundrum. The moment I step-out of the bus after 29 hours of back-breaking, and butt burning trip I finally got an answer.

In my own perspective, back-packing, wandering off the beaten-path, and/or Island hopping are all synonymous to mind/heart probing. Often times solution or ideas are not easily found inside one’s home,  you need to go outside the box and stare over the horizon; see inspiring scenery, clear some clatters over one’s head; whilst, having a moment of peace and tranquility for days to a week could freshen one’s mind, and eventually ideas will surely pops-out. Trying it myself, after moments of contemplating I was surprised to find the answer to the puzzle of life, it was all along the corner waiting to be tapped on.

Looking at the vast empty space of the sea, the seemingly distant islands over the horizon that grew larger every minute served as a form of meditation on finding my sanity, self awareness, and heart. During those years of traveling I met no one who came near of disclosing to me how the world works,  no learning institution either had successfully thought me the same craving that I yearned- it was upon series of walk to some of the Off the beaten-track then came a revelation of the teaching of life:

 My Life’s Purpose 

Having been working on Food and Beverage Industry for almost twenty years, honestly 124I got drained. The mere presence of bosses screaming day-in and day-out, the office politics (Pinoy style) that works like sickening, the heated competition over position and pay; the drama, and the intrigued were too much for me until one day I said, “I need something new,  something different.”  It was one of the most daring decision of my life which I did not regret, and I’m glad the heaven above showed me the right way. Financially, I was a little off (unlike before when I was working) but the peace of mind while living a meager life far away from the hectic schedule of city living, and the travel I did once in a while are far more rewarding.

“Tomorrow is tomorrow.
Future cares have future cures,
And we must mind today.”

Sophocles, Antigone

 Reality bites, but that is the Reality!

129“You can’t have all the pies and eat it” say’s my former boss. I agree wholeheartedly, sometimes you need to choose which life is best for you. Most the time you need to choose between what your brain tells you to do, and what your heart is yearning you to do! The reality is, in choosing the latter you may let go as well of the former (or vice versa)- the decision I made on not to live on a chaotic city, and rather dwell on unpretentious way of life is not without complexities- but the bottom line is,  it made me happy!

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”

Robert Frost

 Hope for the Best, Expect for the Worst!

123Going to several stage of career failure, I said I had enough. The mere experience of failing one life adventure after another was a bit overwhelming, and yet it keep on  coming. The good side of all of these head/heart aches are the lesson you learn out of it. Every failure turns out to be a valuable education not keenly thought in any classroom; they’re like a priceless scar that often leaves you like a battle hardened soldier bruised after grueling engagement- and I darn like it- a reminder that after all I’m simply a human being….

“All of old. Nothing else ever. Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”

Samuel Beckett

  Each of us has a fight of its own

122I mean who hasn’t, right?  Is there anyone in this world who is free from trouble of his own? The more I see a laughter on their faces, the more I see troubles hidden behind it- I admit I’m one of those guilty.  Take for example the perception of building one’s career, seems to be very easy if you will follow the step by step instructions, just study your lessons, and took the necessary exam as instructed, then graduate; next is get employed and earn the necessary job experience for a couple of years, perhaps from different companies and there you go the secret of success! But then where’s the challenge? Where’s the excitement of the up’s and down?

Let’s say you took a different approached, somewhere were few people took the road less traveled. Often, the not so famous approach is the most difficult, and few dare to take the risk because only few only succeed; but for those who are man enough and took the challenge, would soon face the exhausting conundrum of events …

“Hard is trying to rebuild yourself, piece by piece, with no instruction book, and no clue as to where all the important bits are supposed to go.”

Nick Hornby

And there you are a man standing tall against all the boys- fighting against odds- and his worst enemy is himself.

 The Only Constant in this World is rather Change

117The beauty of all of this facet of life is, it never last that long. When facing a difficult problem early on my life I finally felt the old adage “When it rains, it pours!” And so it is, indeed, but I also grasp the idea that after the storm comes a calm sky, and such  beauty it invites every weary heart to  pick-up every little pieces and start all over again – everything seems to change for the better, and I felt good about it.

“All men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and repairs the evil. The only crime is pride.”  


Last but not the least, learn to laugh once in a while, for we Filipino’s have it, no matter what the situation we have at present – bad to worst- we bring along friendly laugh, because we knew that after the storm comes a fine weather.

What’s yours?

Happy New Year to one and all… And be safe!






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.


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.


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

copyright: mcgutib

copyright: mcgutib

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.


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:


Weesam Express


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


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 (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


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)


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:

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


Total number of Ship (Foreign & Domestic)


Gross Registered Tonnage


Deadweight Tonnage


Total Cargo (m.t)


Domestic / Foreign (m.t)

566,207/ 348,238

Total Passenger


Source: port-stats


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.

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.

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Featured Philippine Ports: CULASI PORT

Culasi Port

Port of Culasi


The commercial center of the Province of Capiz, and is widely known as the  seafood capital of the Philippines. Pan-ay as it was previously called was once the municipality, but was later named Roxas City (after their greatest son Manuel Roxas, the first President of the Republic of the Philippines), a bustling city and the capital of the province of Capiz..

Roxas City is located in central east coast of Panay Island. It is bounded by the Jintotolo Channel in the north, the town of Panitan to the south, the town of Ivisan to the west, and the Municipality of Panay to the east. It is 250 nautical miles south east of Manila, and 125 kilometers northeast of Iloilo City. (1)

PORT OF ENTRY: Port of Culasi

Miguel Lopez de Legazpi the first Governor-General of the Philippines instructed Capitan Diego de Artieda to establish a footing in the town of Pan-ay in 1569; upon discovering Capiz with long coastal cover and good docking facilities for trading and shipping, a pier was constructed in Libas, and later in Culasi. (2)

In 1926, Culasi Port was built to serve as trans-shipment point for inter-island vessel that carries vital products  for the people living in Capiz, and its neighboring town as well. Libas Fishing Port on the other hand, provides anchorage to fishing vessel; and serves as center for trade of marine products in the province. (3)

Then President Joseph Estrada issued  Executive Order nos. 121 on 17th of July 1999 announcing Culasi Port to be placed under the administrative jurisdiction of Philippine Ports Authority. This port is currently operated by Culasi Port Services Inc. with eight years contract to take care of cargo handling and stevedoring  requirement for the said port.(4)

Trans-Asia Shipping started a once a week trip from Cebu City to Culasi vice versa on November 26,2003; utilizing the then former M/V Asia Brunei now named M/V Grand Unity (plying Caticlan, Aklan to Roxas, Mindoro v.v). The said route was made possible by Chinese businessman in the city, to capitalized the product offered by both province. But unfortunately the said shipping services lived short as roro interconnection between the Island of Panay, Mindoro, and Batangas via Western Nautical Highway were introduced by the administration of President Arroyo on that same year. (5)

In 2008, the Port of Culasi was heavily damaged by super typhoon “FRANK” (6). A 15.2 million repair project were undertaken to restore the damaged structure. This project includes  widening of the breakwater structure from 2.8 meters to 8.5 meters x 69 meters. The said port project was finished on August of 2011. (6)

Not to be confused with the Municipality of Culasi, in Antique Province (the home of Lipata port), and Port of Culasi (serves as the entry/exit point to Victorias, Negros Occidental) in Brgy. Culasi, in the Municipality of Ajuy in the Province of Iloilo.  Culasi Port in  Roxas City is adjacent to the port of Dumaguit in New Washington, Aklan and the Port of Basiao in Ivisan, Capiz (a mere 17.450 kms away).

Barangay Culasi is a 20 minute ride to Roxas City with public utility vehicle, whereas bus terminal to Iloilo and Kalibo is about six kilometers more or less from here. Iloilo City is approximately 125 kms. away and about 158 pesos bus fare on a smooth road down south. North Harbor on the other hand is 250 nautical miles north, 19 hours ship travel for about 999 pesos minimum fare per person via M/V Love-1 of Moreta Shipping Lines. On the other hand Batangas Port is approximately 12 to 15 hours away (750 pesos fare per passenger) via Asia Marine’s Super Shuttle Roro 1.

Please do note that the said above vessel’s plan of maiden voyage on 15th of April 2012 from Batangas to Roxas via Romblon was temporarily suspended due to operational requirements yet to be accomplished by their company. But as soon as the vessel starts its operation, the scheduled voyage is reported to be at least three times a week sailing to and from Batangas. Estimated fare for trucks is 15,000 pesos, while L-300 (12 seater) van cost at around 6,000 pesos. The said vessel can accommodate 25 trucks simultaneously, with 400 pax on-board.

Also a motorized outrigger for pax and cargo also serve this Port to Kanalon in San Fernando or Cajidiocan both in Sibuyan Island, Romblon.


Port Location:   Brgy. Culasi Roxas City, Province of Capiz

Port Name:   TMO Culasi

Port Management:  PPA/PDO-Visayas, PMO-Iloilo

Address: Brgy. Loboc La Paz, Iloilo City Philippines

Phone:   (033) 337-69-45

Fax:  (033) 337-69-45


Web Site:

Latitude:   11° 36′ 10” N

Longitude:   122° 42′ 36″ E

Port Type:   Pier, Jetty or Wharf

Port Size:   Small

Total Area: 502,469.95 sq. meters

Shipping, Cargo, and Passenger statistics for 2002


Ave. Gross Tonnage………………680.14

Ave. Length/meters………………31.81

Cargo throughput…………………288.961

Container Traffic/TEU…………12,532

Passenger Traffic…………………296,326



Note: For updated statistics for this port, please visit

Shipping schedule from/to Roxas: You may check 2go Travel for up to date schedule between Batangas Port to Port of Culasi v.v.


  5. www.typhoon2000ph/stormstats/12worst

Featured Philippine Ports: ROXAS PORT

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


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

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

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

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

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

PORT OF ENTRY:  Port of Roxas

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

LAT: 12° 35′ 30” N

LONG:  121° 30′ 45″ E

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

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

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

Inter-modal bus exiting Roxas Port

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


1. Executive Order nos. 158