How To Get To Siquijor Island – All You Need To Know

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Getting to Siquijor island can be done in just a few hours, depending on which part of south Philippines you are in. And in less than an hour if you are already in Dumaguete.

Chances are, you first touched down in the Philippines in Cebu City and either headed south for the canyoneering adventure in Moalboal, or went whale watching in Oslob. Or else jumped on a ferry to explore Bohol’s chocolate hills, tarsiers and its beaches.

Either way, whichever part of south Philippines you are in, getting to Siquijor island can be done in just a few hours.

Ferries from Bohol or Dumaguete to Siquijor depart everyday with Dumaguete having multiple trips each day.

From Cebu to Siquijor, there isn’t a direct ferry on a daily basis. However, it is possible to get to Siquijor from Cebu in a few hours.

If you’re in Cebu City, Siquijor can be reached via Bohol.

Or from south Cebu (Moalboal – Oslob) it is best to head to Dumaguete and grab a direct ferry from there. Don’t worry, the process takes some time but is simple.

Here is a detailed guide on how to get to Siquijor from Cebu, Bohol and Dumaguete.

Siquijor, Cebu, Bohol & Dumaguete on Map

Map showing location of Cebu, Bohol, Dumaguete and Siquijor

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Dumaguete to Siquijor

There are 4 boat companies operating between Dumaguete and Siquijor. And trips start as early as 5:00am until 5:00pm.

You won’t really need to pre-book tickets since there are boats going back and forth between Dumaguete to Siquijor multiple times each day.

Ferries and fast craft leave from Dumaguete Port which is located at the further end of Dumaguete’s main tourist strip.

Tickets can be purchased on your way into the Port of Dumaguete city ferry terminal.

Fares start at PHP130 ($2.70) for a standard ferry ticket.

Depending on weather conditions the journey time should be around 90 minutes.

An alternative and faster way of getting from Dumaguete to Siquijor is aboard a fast craft.

Oceanjet is one of the established companies offering this service. The journey takes 50 minutes and fares start at PHP 471 ($9.78). 

Read the full guide here for how to get to Siquijor from Dumaguete.

Jacqueline posing on a bamboo raft at the foot of a waterfall cascading into a turquoise pool

Bohol to Siquijor

Getting from Bohol to Siquijor is a straightforward journey.

Similar to the route from Dumaguete to Siquijor, all you will need is one direct ferry.

Oceanjet is the only ferry that operates between Bohol and Siquijor on a daily basis.

The ferry leaves from Tagbilaran port on Bohol island every day at 10:20am and arrives in Larena Pier in Siquijor at 11:40am.  

Tickets can be bought directly from the terminal in Tagbilaran. However, especially if travelling during peak season I suggest to purchase tickets in advance.

The trip costs PHP 700 ($14).

2021 Update: Currently, ferry tickets cannot be booked in advance but purchased on the day of your travel.

Need to know how to get to Bohol from Cebu?

Check our complete guide to getting to Bohol from Cebu here.

Cebu to Siquijor

Cebu is the largest and most popular island near Siquijor since many tourist first touchdown in the Philippines, here in Cebu.

#1 Cebu to Siquijor via Dumaguete by ferry

Many tourists that land in Cebu travel further south of the island and base themselves in Moalboal or Oslob.

Either way, the best and fastest way of getting to Siquijor if you are already somewhere in south Cebu is from Dumaguete, a city on the nearby island Negros Oriental.

To reach Dumaguete from either Oslob or Moalboal jump on a southbound local bus, stop in Santander at Liloan Port and get the 30 minutes ferry to Negros Oriental.

Once on Negros, either use a local multicab or a tricycle to travel the 6km distance to the Port of Dumaguete city for the ferry to Siquijor.

FROM OSLOB OR MOALBOAL TO DUMAGUETE (MORE DETAILS)

Buses heading south Cebu pass every hour along Cebu’s coast road.

Ask somewhere in your area if there is an actual point where the bus stops. In some areas you can just wave the bus down.

You will need to look out for a yellowish green bus with a Ceres logo.

Bus fare is PHP 130 ($2.70) and you will need to stop near Liloan port. Just let your driver know that you are on the way to Dumaguete.

Liloan port will be around 1km from where the bus drops you off.

A few tricycles wait at the bus stop.

Ask what the price is for the trip before getting on. We paid PHP 100 ($2.08) and that was a lot.

Ferries from Liloan Port to Negros Oriental (Dumaguete) depart every hour on the hour.

Tickets cost PHP 70 ($1.45) and you may be asked for a PHP 15 terminal fee.

The trip from Liloan Port in south Cebu to Negros Oriental takes around 30 minutes.

The ferry will dock at Sibulan Port and you will need to get to Dumaguete city port which is around 6km from there. 

To travel the 6km distance from Sibulan to the next port in Dumaguete city, you can jump on a multicab or tricycle. If you get on a shared multicab or tricycle and have luggage you will probably be charged extra.

A shared multicab or tricycle should be around PHP 25 ($0.52). However, if you are a tourist you’re bound to be overcharged.

Tip: Before heading from Oslob to Dumaguete, ask around if there is a direct ferry to Siquijor. Searching online, I found there may be a direct ferry from Oslob. However, I can’t confirm if this is correct. It will be worth checking out before you leave.

Spend a couple of days in Dumaguete before getting to Siquijor.

Read our Dumaguete guides for inspiration.

#2 Cebu to Siquijor via Bohol by ferry

If you’re in Cebu City or further North, the best option to get to Siquijor is via Bohol from Pier 1 in Cebu City.

Although there isn’t a direct ferry or fast craft from Cebu City to Siquijor, the process is simple. 

Oceanjet is one of the companies offering daily trips to Bohol, and also offers joint tickets to Siquijor.

5 more boat companies do the trip between Cebu City and Bohol. However not all go to Tagbilaran port and don’t offer the option of going to Siquijor.

You will need to purchase a join ticket via Bohol. The route will be Cebu City > Taglibaran Port in Bohol and later on travel to Siquijor.

The ferry from Cebu City to Siquijor will first stop in Bohol and carry on to Siquijor island. 

Ferries to Bohol depart from Pier 1 in Cebu City and you have 2 options, either fast craft ($15) with a journey time of 2 hours. Or if you’re on a budget the 4 hour ferry is your best option and costs $7.

Tip: Maayo Shipping Inc does direct trips from Cebu to Siquijor and Siquijor to Cebu every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Departure from Liloan Port in Cebu to Siquijor is at 2am. Departure from Larena Pier in Siquijor to Cebu is between 11am to 3pm, dependent on the turnaround of returning trucks. Bookings can be arranged through Maayo Shipping Inc facebook page. Boat ride is approximately 3 to 4 hours and costs 200 Pesos ($4.16) per passenger.

South Philippines Guides

Are you planning a trip to Cebu, Bohol, Dumaguete, Siargao or Camiguin?

You can hop from one island to the other by ferry. Click on the links for inspiration on your next trip!

Where to stay in Siquijor

Almost all tourists in Siquijor stay on the south west coast in a seaside village named San Juan. This is the best place to stay in Siquijor if you want some of the best restaurants, resorts, bars hostels and accommodation options all close by.

Budget

HANNA’S PLACE: Located close to Paliton beach, this property offers exceptional clean rooms with a/c and hot water. Hanna’s Place is the best value for money option in Siquijor. Restaurants are within walking distance of this property.

BOOK HANNA’S PLACE ON AGODA HERE

Mid-Range

TROPICAL FUN TA SEA RENTALS: This property is perfectly located in central San Juan and the closest an accommodation can get to the sea. Offering very clean rooms, Tropical Fun Ta Sea Rentals is the perfect spot to enjoy a beautiful sunset from the balcony or terrace. On-site facilities include a restaurant, messages and water sports.

BOOK TROPICAL FUN TA SEA RENTAL ON AGODA HERE

High-end

COCO GROVE BEACH RESORT: Located off Tubod beach, this resort provides exceptionally clean rooms, great location and amazingly good food at its 3 onsite restaurants. Coco Grove Beach Resort is the best accommodation option in Siquijor. Facilities at the resort include a swimming pool, spa and a well equipped dive shop. If you’re after a peaceful stay with different options for things to do, this resort is your best bet.

BOOK COCO GROVE BEACH RESORT ON AGODA HERE

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passengers getting on the boat that will get you from dumaguete to siquijor at dumaguete port

Tourist Attractions in Siquijor

Since you’re heading to Siquijor, we have included a list of the very best tourist spots on the island. Click on the links and read the guides.

Or jump straight to the perfect Siquijor 3 day itinerary here.

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