Siquijor is one of the Philippines’ most magical islands, literally. It is home to a lot of local legends, and if you talk to the right people, you might even get to know some of them on your visit.
The island itself looks like a fairytale land, with all its golden beaches, turquoise waters, 3-tiered waterfalls, and the 400-year-old “enchanted” balete tree. And because it enjoys fewer tourists compared to other nearby islands, you can have a more intimate time with nature.
The only direct option when travelling the 130km (81 miles) distance from Bohol to Siquijor is by ferry. This ferry journey takes around 2-3 hours, depending on the ferry you take. Tickets start from 475 PHP ($8).
There are two ferry companies operating the Bohol to Siquijor route.
OceanJet offers 1 daily trip to Siquijor Port with fares from 965 PHP ($16.50). Travel time takes 2 hours, and you’ll arrive at the main port in Siquijor.
Meanwhile, Lite Shipping ferries are available only every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday at 20:00. Tickets are cheaper at 475 PHP ($8) for the 3-hour ferry ride, but note that you’ll arrive at the island at 23:00 at night.
Departure port in Bohol
The ferry departs from Tagbilaran Port in the city centre and is about 12 km from Panglao Island. You can either arrange a transfer to Tagbilaran Port with your accommodation in Panglao or take a bus from Panglao Public Market if you want to save money.
Arranging shared transport directly with your accommodations starts from 500 PHP ($8.50) depending on the ride and number of passengers. For those who prefer the bus, you can ride a tricycle to Panglao Public Market for 50 PHP ($0.85). From here, there are buses to Tagbilaran Port for 50 PHP ($0.85).
If you stay on Bohol island, it takes about 1.5 hours to reach the port from popular destinations like Carmen.
The OceanJet ferry offers two different types of tickets (Tourist and Business) that can be booked via the provided link above. Tickets with Lite Shipping are not available on online booking platforms.
We recommend checking the Facebook page of Liteshpping for the latest schedules if you want to buy your ticket at the harbour. If you want to buy your ticket in advance, you can also reserve the ticket via Facebook Messenger.