Want to know how to get from Cebu to Siargao? In this post, we’ll share a summary of the two ways to get there and compare each option on duration, costs and level of comfort. For each option, we go into more detail to help you decide which transport provider to book with and where to buy your tickets.
What to expect when visiting Siargao
Siargao is the Surfing Capital of the Philippines — an island beloved for its chill vibe and laidback lifestyle. Its most popular tourist draw is Cloud 9, one of the top surfing sites in the world.
But this tear-drop-shaped island has a lot more to offer, even to non-surfers. With pristine beaches, an ethereal lagoon, a palm-tree-lined river, and a rapidly-growing food and coffee scene, you cannot go wrong with a visit to Siargao.
2 ways to get from Cebu to Siargao
There are two ways to travel the distance of 242 km (150 miles) from Cebu to Siargao: by flight (1 hour) and ferry (9h30m-11h30m). The journey takes between 1h - 11h30m and the quickest way is by flight. The lowest priced tickets start from 1,110 PHP ($19.50) for the ferry.
When travelling by sea from Cebu to Siargao, you need to take 2 ferries with a stopover in Surigao. Be prepared for a 10-hour travel time, excluding the transfers or waiting hours between the ferry rides.
Step 1: Cebu to Surigao by Ferry
Duration: 8-9 hours
Costs: 830 PHP ($14.50)
Duration: 8-9 hours
Costs: 830 PHP ($14.50)
There are three main ferry companies with multiple trips from Cebu to Surigao in a week: Cokaliong Shipping Lines, Starlite Ferries, and Medallion Transport.
The ferry ride takes 8-9 hours, depending on the ferry that you book.
Another ferry operator for Cebu routes is Medallion Transport, but they haven’t resumed their trips yet for the Cebu to Surigao route. Pre-pandemic, it used to operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
The ferry used to depart Cebu Pier 4 at 20:00 and would arrive at Surigao at 4:00. Ticket costs were around 830 PHP ($14.50).
If you prefer to book online, you can also do so via BookAway through the link below. Rates are at least $5 more expensive, but at least you won’t have to worry about your connecting ferry ticket when you arrive in Cebu.
The prices provided are for Economy class tickets. There are also Premium class tickets that are more expensive.
JP Shipping Lines Inc.
JP Shipping Lines Inc. has two ships plying the route daily: Fortune Angel 1 and 2. The last time we checked (May 2022), both ships have the same schedule.
The ferry trip takes 2.5 hours from Surigao to Siargao. Tickets cost 280 PHP ($4.90).
If you want to book with JP Shipping Lines in advance, you will need to call the numbers posted on their Facebook page.
Evaristo & Sons Sea
Evaristo & Sons Sea offers fast craft ferries and RoRo (Roll On Roll Off) for both passengers and cargo for this route. The last time we checked (May 2022), though, they briefly stopped operations for RoRo Passenger, so you can travel only with fast craft ferries.
Fast crafts take 1.5 hours from Surigao to Siargao. Tickets start from 350 PHP ($6.00).
You may book with Evaristo & Sons Sea via the link on their Facebook page. You may also buy your ticket at the port.
From the ferry terminal, you can take a tricycle to General Luna for around 40 minutes.
A “special” ride costs 300 PHP ($5.00). The tricycle can fit up to 3 people with luggage. If you’re travelling alone, we recommend asking around if other passengers would want to share the ride with you.
Cebu to Siargao by Flight
Duration: 1 hour
Starts from: 1,400 PHP ($25.00)
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: 1,400 PHP ($25.00)
If you want to travel from Cebu to Siargao within the same day, you need to take a flight.
CebGo and Philippine Airlines offer direct trips from Cebu to Siargao daily. A one-way ticket ranges from 1,400 PHP ($25.00) to 2,500 PHP ($44.50). The flight takes just a little over an hour.
Keep in mind that rates can easily double or triple during peak surfing season from July to November. It’s best to book a ticket way in advance.
From Siargao Airport, the town centre in General Luna takes another 45mins. We suggest taking a van from the airport to General Luna for a faster and more comfortable trip. Fares start from 300 PHP ($5.00).
Area: General Luna— approx. 10-minute drive to town centre
As soon as you see this place, you won’t be able to stop yourself from saying ‘wow’. This is the ultimate island paradise spot, with beach cabanas that open up to the private beach and a pool only metres from the ocean.
You can literally hear the sound of waves from your bed, you’re that close! You can even get room service to your room, so you can wake up to breakfast in bed. The staff here do everything they can to make your stay phenomenal.
Also do note that Soul Tribe is located just outside of General Luna. It’s a 1-hour walk or an 8-minute drive to reach the town.
Area: General Luna — approx. 10-minute drive to town centre
You could take a picture of any corner of Alpas Siargao and it would look straight out of a travel magazine. Every detail has been considered, creating a rustic design that brings together nature and comfort.
Offering a mixture of luxurious private rooms and dorms, Alpas boasts a friendly and sociable ambience. It’s so good that you won’t want to leave.
Area: Alegria, Santa Monica — approx. 10-minute drive to Santa Monica town centre
You’ll wish that you booked at least a week extra at DaRosa Del Mar. If you’re looking for the ultimate retreat, away from the rest of the world and right on the beach, then this is the place for you to stay.
Situated in a more secluded part of Siargao, the spacious bungalows overlooking the sea provide the perfect place to relax. Lay back in a hammock, pop yourself on a sunbed or lay your towel on the sand — there are relaxation spots everywhere.
Ela is a storyteller, content producer, solo traveller and a mermaid-in-training. When she’s not in front of her laptop, you will find her barefoot and living her best tan on some island in the Philippines… Or exploring the depths of its seas as a budding freediver. An island girl at heart, she’ll be happy anywhere there is sea, sand, sun and coffee.
Abby is a writer who finds joy in mountains, beaches, and road trips. She considers her solo backpacking trip to the rice terraces of Bontoc one of the most fulfilling moments in her life. She’s loyal to the islands of her home country, the Philippines, but Thailand’s beaches also have a special place in her heart.