How to Get from Dumaguete to Siquijor in the Philippines
Dumaguete is a charming city surrounded by some of the Philippines favourite islands. One of those islands is mystical Siquijor known for it’s magical potions along with stunning beaches and waterfalls cascading into milky blue pools surrounded in tropical jungle.
To get from Dumaguete to Siquijor is simple. Fast crafts and ferries operate between Dumaguete and Siquijor throughout the day. You can get from Dumaguete to Siquijor in under 1 hour aboard a fast craft.
Dumaguete to Siquijor trip details
Getting from Dumaguete to Siquijor can be done in less than 1 hour aboard a fast craft offered by Oceanjet and Aleson Shipping Lines.
Alternatively, you can choose the cheaper option and sail on a ferry. The journey time to sail from Dumaguete to Siquijor aboard the ferry should be around 90 minutes. However this can depend on weather and sea conditions.
The seating space aboard ferries is tight and our ferry trip was uncomfortable with full capacity and no air circulation since all windows were closed to stop water coming into the boat.
Ferries crossing the sea between Dumaguete and Siquijor operate throughout the day and depart from the port of Dumaguete roughly every 2 hours starting as early as 5:00am. The last ferry leaves Dumaguete at 5:00pm.
The port of Dumaguete is located at the further end of Dumaguete promenade and is within walking distance from most of the tourist accommodations.
If your accommodation is a bit too far away or you have luggage, you can wave down a tricycle. The cost for a tricycle will be anything between PHP40 and 100 ($0.83 – $2.08) depending on which part of town your accommodation is.
Dumaguete to Siquijor Fast Craft or Ferry
One of the most reliable companies that ferry between Dumaguete and Siquijor is Oceanjet.
They offer AC or non AC seating and have big nice boats that take under an hour to cross between Dumaguete and Siquijor.
However, if like us you are travelling on a tight budget, Oceanjet will be on the higher end.
A cheaper option is a ferry with prices starting at PHP130 ($2.70). However, if we were to re-do the trip from Dumaguete to Siquijor we will skip the ferry and opt for a bigger boat.
Booths of the different companies offering this trip are all lined on the way in to the terminal and each have displayed their prices, schedules and departure times.
Dumaguete to Siquijor Ferry & Fast Craft Schedule
Dumaguete to Siquijor ferry schedule is every day with the first ferry departing Dumaguete at 5:00am and the last ferry departs at 5:00pm. Ferries depart from Dumaguete port approximately every 2 hours and are operated by 4 companies.
Tickets must be purchased at least 1 hour in advance from the ticket booth outside the terminal. Unless you bought the tickets in advance. Boarding gates close 30 minutes before departure time.
Here is a list of Dumaguete to Siquijor ferry / fast craft schedules.
Time: 50 minutes
Fare rates – Php 471 regular – Php 591 business class
GL Shipping Lines
Time: 2 hours
Fare rates – Php 140/200
Time: 90 minutes
Fare rates – Php 130
Aleson Shipping Lines
Time: 50 minutes
Fare rates: Php 200 AC/ Php 150 non AC
Baggage and Terminal Extra Fees
While purchasing your tickets at the ticket booth you will be charged a terminal fee. This is a normal procedure in the Philippines. The fee at the port of Dumaguete is PHP 25 ($0.52).
Oceanjet also charges a baggage fee for any other luggage beside your handheld luggage. But be aware that those taking care of the payment may try inflating the price.
We were charged PHP 200 at first and realized we were being over charged. So just watch out for the prices. There will be a big board displaying the baggage fees at the loading bay. This is also were you will be asked for the fee if you have any extra baggage.
As of time of writing the fee for checked in baggage was PHP50 ($1.04) per item.
How to get from Cebu to Dumaguete
** This section details how to get from Cebu to Dumaguete since most probably you’ll arrive in Dumaguete from Cebu or you’re in south Cebu and heading to Siquijor. In which case the best route is through Dumaguete, Cebu > Dumaguete > Siquijor. We are not aware of a direct boat from Cebu to Siquijor.
Getting from the island of Cebu to Dumaguete is simple. Dumaguete is a city located on Negros Oriental, the next island to Cebu. The only thing separating the two islands is a 30 minute ferry ride from the Southernmost point of Cebu.
Many travelers touch-down in the Philippines in Cebu City and make their way down South to Moalboal and Oslob. Whichever part you are at, whether it is Oslob or Moalboal, wait in the main road and hop on a South bound bus. (there is just one main road that connects South Cebu and it makes its way along the coast)
The South bound bus departs from Cebu City. In the case you need to get from Cebu City to Dumaguete, you will need to first get to the bus terminal in Cebu City and get on the South bound bus.
You will need to look out for an actual bus that is usually greenish yellow with Ceres written on the front. Although buses seem to have a bus stop, there won’t be any sign of this in many places. Only the locals know where this self made stop is. But as long as you wait somewhere along the bus route that is safe for the bus to stop, you won’t have any problem.
Your final destination will be Liloan port in Santander. Let the driver know where you are going and he will know where to drop you off.
Bus fare from Moalboal to Liloan is PHP 130 ($2.70) and the trip takes around 2 hours. Oslob is much closer. We didn’t do the trip by bus from Oslob but considering Liloan is only 18km away, the trip should take around 30 minutes by bus.
Cebu (Moalboal / Oslob) to Dumaguete on Map
** Ports are marked in green on map.
Ferry from Liloan Port to Sibulan Port
The ferry from Liloan (Cebu) to Sibulan port (Negros Oriental/Dumaguete) departs every hour, on the hour. Tickets can be bought directly from the ferry terminal
The ferry costs PHP 62 ($1.29) and journey time is 30 minutes.
Sibulan Port to Dumaguete
Once you arrive in Sibulan there are various ways for getting to Dumaguete. Multi-cabs and tricycles will be waiting just meters away from the docking area.
A shared multi-cab or shared tricycle should cost around PHP 25/30 ($0.52/0.62) for the 6km journey into Dumaguete City. Meanwhile if you want to hire a private tricycle to take you into Dumaguete City, expect to pay around PHP 100 ($2.08).
South Philippines Best Route
During our 2 months in the Philippines, we spent most of our time in the Southern part of the country. In that time we created the best route to explore the Southern islands.
If you’re gonna visit these islands, you should follow them accordingly to how I listed them. It is the most convenient and efficient way of going about.
Siargao is the furthest island but is well worth the trip. It is an island entirely covered in coconut trees, boasts the best waves in the Philippines and offers a surfy vibe in the tourist town of General Luna or further north in Pacifico.
If you want to create an efficient itinerary for all the islands I listed, you should follow the list in that order.
We created a detailed guide that will explain how to get from Bohol to Camiguin and how to get from Camiguin to Siargao. You need to follow the guide in reverse since we did the trip the other way round.