The Best Ways to Get to Siquijor : How to Guide

Over time, Siquijor became quite popular with the rest of the world. After being formerly called “Isla Del Fuego” or Island of Fire, travelers backpacking in Cebu and other parts of the Visayas region will most likely include this in their itinerary not only for the spell-bounded charms but because of the pristine beaches, discoverable caves, and diverse underwater life. This article will talk about how to travel from Cebu to Siquijor, Tagbilaran to Siquijor, and Dumaguete to Siquijor. 

If you are eyeing to go to Siquijor for your next vacation, you’ll be relieved to know that there are a variety of options on how to get there. (Where to stay in Siquijor? Check out affordable hotels here.)

The Best Ways to Get to Siquijor: How to Guide

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Best Ways to Get to Siquijor from Cebu

If you are from Cebu, there are a lot of options you can take if you are going to Siquijor. We list down the options to get from Cebu to Siquijor.

Let’s take a look at the map of where you are in Cebu and how to get to Siquijor.

Take a ferry with a connecting route from Cebu to Tagbilaran then Siquijor

You can take the combined ferry from Cebu International Port where you will transfer to a connecting ferry in Tagbilaran. This journey will take 7 hours before arriving in Larena Port, Siquijor.

The ferry operating this route is Oceanjet. You can take this ferry from Cebu Pier 1. The ferry will make a short stop in Tagbilaran City and then will continue to Larena Port. You can check the tickets here.

or you can also take this alternative route…

Take a ferry from Liloan Port, Cebu to Siquijor

This is another alternative route from Liloan Port, Cebu to Siquijor. You may follow the steps below to do it on your own cheaper.

1. Hail a public transportation vehicle to South Bus Terminal.

If you are coming from Mactan Cebu International Airport, you can take the MyBus to SM City Cebu which leaves every 20 minutes from its pickup point at the airport. From SM City Cebu, you can take a 01K jeepney, the cheapest mode of transportation you can take, or you can take a taxi if you don’t mind spending a few bucks. 

2. Take the bus from South Bus Terminal to Santander (Liloan Port) 

Once you arrive in South Bus Terminal, take the bus to Liloan Port in Santander. There are ordinary and aircon buses to and from Santander Liloan Port which are operated by Sunray bus. It is scheduled to depart daily starting at 4 AM. Its last trip is at 8:30 PM. The fare costs approximately PHP 150.00, one way, for an ordinary bus. 

This bus ride will take several stops along the way for toilet breaks and snacks since the journey takes 4 hours before arriving in Santander. 

3. Take the ferry from Liloan Port to Siquijor

You can take the ferry from Liloan Port directly to Siquijor. All thanks to Maayo Shipping, this is the only ferry operating from Cebu to Siquijor. The ferry departs at 10 AM every day and docks at Larena Port. The duration of the trip lasts 2 to 3 hours and it costs approximately PHP 200.00. From Larena Port, you can use local transport to your destination in Siquijor.

Take the fast craft from Santander (Liloan Port) to Dumaguete (Sibulan Port)  then to Siquijor

You can also break down your trip from Cebu to Siquijor by doing a quick stop-over in Dumaguete. This is not your best option if you are running out of time.

In Liloan port, take the fast craft to Sibulan, Dumaguete. This route is operated by Cuadro Alas Navigation Lines, Inc. The first trip from Liloan Port starts at 4:30 AM and departs last at 7:30 PM with an interval of 1 hour for the next ride. However, it will only take 20 minutes to reach one port from the other. The regular fare costs PHP 62.00 and discounts apply to senior citizens, students, and children. Don’t worry, for guidance, you can find a table of the fast craft’s schedule along with the regular fare and discounted fare in the port.

Once you arrive in Dumaguete, you can ride a ferry to Larena Port. Click here to check ticket prices and schedule.

Additional Route:

You can also hail a Ceres bus from South Bus Terminal which goes directly to Dumaguete. However, the number of routes may be limited and the fare costs a bit too expensive. You can check available ferry routes here.

Best Ways to Get to Siquijor from Bohol

You can also fly to Tagbilaran, take a day or two to explore the island of Bohol, before heading to the mythical island of Siquijor. Don’t worry, going from Tagbilaran to Siquijor is also a piece of cake with the following information below.

Take the ferry from Tagbilaran to Larena

OceanJet, one of the leading sea transport operators in the Philippines, is offering routes to Larena from the port of Tagbilaran and vice versa. It has ferry trips departing from Tagbilaran every day at 10:20 AM and 12:30 PM from Larena. The estimated travel time between these two ports is 1 hour and 20 minutes.

You can take the ferry from Tagbilaran City Pier and from there, the ferry will dock at Larena Port, in Siquijor. Upon arrival in Siquijor, you can walk outside of the ferry area and find many local tricycles to bring you anywhere on the island.

Best Ways to Get to Siquijor from Dumaguete

The fast craft from Dumaguete to Siquijor will only take you approximately 1 hour but the ticket is quite expensive for this option. On the other hand, an ordinary ferry would be cheaper but will take 1.5 to 2 hours. There are also two ferry operators operating the Dumaguete to Siquijor route: Montenegro Shipping and Aleson Shipping. Kindly refer to the information below for the schedule of each shipping line. 

Take the fast craft by OceanJet from Dumaguete to Siquijor

OceanJet is quite the most popular of these three options. Although it offers more expensive rates, its ferries somehow look new and offers optimum convenience to its passengers. The travel time is only 50 minutes with this fast craft and it costs PHP 471 (Tourist class) and PHP 591 (Business class). You can book your tickets here.

Take the ferry by Montenegro Shipping from Dumaguete to Siquijor

Montenegro Shipping is also one of the giant shipping companies offering fast carft and RORO services from Luzon to Mindanao. For its Dumaguete to Siquijor route, it charges PHP 130 for a regular fare. Students and Senior Citizens pays PHP 111 and PHP 93, respectively. The travel time between Dumaguete Port and Siquijor Port is 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Ferry Schedule

The following information below shows the ferry schedule between Dumaguete and Siquijor: These schedules may change without prior notice.

Dumaguete to Siquijor

  • 5:00 AM
  • 7:00 AM
  • 10:00 AM
  • 12:00 PM
  • 2:00 PM

Siquijor to Dumaguete:

  • 7:30 AM
  • 10:00 AM
  • 2:00 PM
  • 4:30 PM
  • 7:30 PM

Take the ferry and fast craft by Aleson Shipping from Dumaguete to Siquijor

Another option aside from these two distinguised shipping lines mentioned above is Aleson Shipping. It offers fast craft and RORO vessel services from Dumaguete to Siquijor. Please refer to the information below for the fare rates and schedule: These schedules and rates may change without prior notice.

FARE RATES

Fast Craft

  • Regular Fare with Aircon PHP 200
  • Regular Fare with Non-aircon PHP 200

RORO Vessel

  • Regular Fare with Aircon PHP 160
  • Regular Fare with Non-aircon PHP 120

Fast Craft Schedule

Dumaguete to Siquijor

  • 5:30 AM
  • 10:30 AM
  • 2:00 PM

Siquijor to Dumaguete

  • 7:30 AM
  • 12:30 PM
  • 4:20 PM

RORO Schedule

Dumaguete to Siquijor

  • 8:30 AM
  • 10:00 AM
  • 3:30 PM
  • 6:00 PM

Siquijor to Dumaguete

  • 6:00 AM
  • 11:30 AM
  • 1:30 PM
  • 6:00 PM

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Some things you have to remember on how to get to Siquijor

OceanJet Policies and Travel tips

Be sure that you are aware of the following policies before taking a trip with OceanJet.

COVID-19 Restrictions apply – please check local policies before booking tickets.

  • Firearms must be turned over to the Vessel Captain and can only be claimed upon arrival at the port of destination.
  • No live animals on board except for fighting cocks, dogs, cats, rabbits, and other household pets.
  • Pregnant women with less than or equal to 24 weeks or 6 months to a full term must sign a waiver of liability in favor of the carrier. A medical certificate must also be presented upon boarding the vessel.

For detailed information regarding these policies, you can visit the OceanJet website.

Here are also a few reminders to every passenger:

  • Passengers are required to present a valid ID upon check-in.
  • Tickets are non-transferable.
  • Passengers are required to check-in at least 30 minutes before departure.
  • Only one hand-carry baggage is allowed for each passenger. Extra luggage might be paid from 50 pesos to 100 pesos per luggage
  • Pets should be securely placed inside a cage and must have a permit from the Bureau of Quarantine.

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