Cebu to Siquijor

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How to get from Cebu to Siquijor

Siquijor looks like an island straight out of a fairytale. Its golden beaches, crystal clear waters, 3-tiered waterfalls, mangrove forest, and age-old “enchanted” balete tree are well-scattered around the island.

You will need a 360-degree tour to see them all, but the island is small enough that you can do this leisurely for a day or two.

4 ways to get from Cebu to Siquijor

You have 3 options when travelling the 170 km distance from Cebu to Siquijor. You can take 2 ferry rides via Tagbilaran for 4 hours, a combined bus and ferry via Liloan for 6.5 hours excluding transfer time, or a combined bus and ferry via Dumaguete for 7-8 hours excluding transfer time. Fares range between 685 PHP ($11.50). and 1,900 PHP ($33).

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Ferry via Tagbilaran5 hours1,900 PHP ($33)Check Ferry Tickets
Bus + Ferry
via Liloan
6.5hrs excl. transfers685 PHP ($11.50)Read article for more info
Bus + Ferry
via Dumaguete
7-8hrs excl. transfers715 PHP ($12)Check Ferry Tickets
Flight*40 minutes4,500 PHP ($78)Read article for more info
*COVID-19 UPDATE: Flights from Cebu to Siquijor have been suspended since 2020 and haven’t resumed since then.

The combined ferry ride via Tagbilaran City with OceanJet is the fastest option with just a 4-hour travel time. However, with fares starting from 1,900 PHP ($33) it is also the most expensive option. If you want to save money, you can also book your ferry tickets separately for a cheaper price.

The cheapest option is the bus and ferry via Liloan Port. Although it’s cheaper than taking a combined ferry, it’s far less convenient. There is only one ferry to Siquijor, which departs after midnight. Given the schedules, you would arrive at night at the port and still have to wait a few hours. Combined rates start from 675 PHP ($11.50), and travel time is around 6.5 hours.

Travelling by bus and ferry via Dumaguete is another option, with combined fares starting from 715 PHP ($12). Although this route takes longer than the route above, you won’t need to wait for several hours on the ferry, making this actually a faster route than the route via Liloan to Siquijor.

Air Juan also used to offer one daily flight to Siquijor. However, they suspended all of their flights in March 2020 because of the pandemic and haven’t resumed since then.

Looking for more info? We got you covered!

Itinerary from Cebu to Siquijor

Cebu to Siquijor via Tagbilaran by Ferry

Duration: 5 hours
Cost: 1,900 PHP ($33)
Duration: 5 hours
Cost: 1,900 PHP ($33)

From Cebu, the fastest way to reach Siquijor is by taking 2 OceanJet Ferries. This combined ferry trip can be booked as one ticket, which means you won’t have to worry about transfers.

A tourist class ticket costs 1,900 PHP ($33), while a business class ticket is more expensive at 2,900 PHP ($50). The total travel time from Cebu to Siquijor via Tagbilaran with OceanJet takes almost 5 hours.

There is also a direct roro ferry by Lite Shipping from Cebu to Siquijor, but this option takes 10 hours.

Departure and arrival ports

The ferry departs depart from Cebu Pier 1 at 13:00 and docks at Tagbilaran City Port after 2 hours.

From here, you can self-transfer to your connecting ferry. You will arrive at Siquijor Pier at around 17:40. This pier is near the island’s main tourist area.

OceanJet ferry schedule from Cebu to Siquijor via Tagbilaran

FerryScheduleCosts
Cebu-Tagbilaran13:00-15:001,900 PHP ($33)
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Tagbilaran-Siquijor15:20-17:402nd ticket is included

Ferry tickets with Lite Shipping

Lite Shipping is another ferry operator offering direct trips from Cebu to Siquijor.

However, this is a roll-on roll-off ship, so the journey takes longer at around 10 hours.

The ferry departs every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday from Cebu Pier at 13:00 and docks at Larena Pier on the northern side of the island.

A standard class ticket costs 605 PHP ($10.50), while a tourist class ticket costs 770 PHP ($13). Tickets used to be available on BookAway, but for now, it’s best to contact them via the Lite Shipping Facebook page.

Separate Booking: Cebu to Siquijor via Tagbilaran

Duration: 4-7 hours excl. transfer time
Cost: 1,015 PHP ($17.50)
Duration: 4-7 hours excl. transfer time
Cost: 1,015 PHP ($17.50)

The journey we discussed above is by far the most convenient when travelling by ferry. However, if this ferry is fully booked, there is also an option to book the two ferry trips separately.

This is also a great option if you’re planning to make a short stopover in Bohol before continuing to Siquijor.

Step 1: Cebu to Tagbilaran by Ferry

Duration: 2-4 hours
Cost: 540 PHP ($9)
Duration: 2-4 hours
Cost: 540 PHP ($9)

For this first part of the journey from Cebu to Bohol, you can choose between 2 ferry operators: Lite Shipping and OceanJet.

Lite Shipping ferries are the cheapest option with ferry tickets selling at 540 PHP ($9). However, this 4-hour journey to Tagbilaran is also the slowest option. The ferry has a daily departure at 22:00, plus an additional 13:00 trip every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday.

If you prefer to get there quicker, you can book the OceanJet ferry that takes only 2 hours. A standard class ticket costs 950 PHP ($16.50), and you can also book tourist and business class tickets for a few dollars more.

Ferry schedules from Cebu to Tagbilaran

Ferry OperatorScheduleCosts
OceanJet 06:00-08:00
08:20-10:20
10:40-12:40
13:00-15:00
15:20-17:20
17:40-19:40
950 PHP ($16.50)
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Lite Shipping13:00-17:00
22:00-02:00
540 PHP ($9)
Check Ferry Tickets

See our guide for Cebu to Bohol if you wish to read more about this route.

Step 2: Tagbilaran to Siquijor by Ferry

Duration: 2-3 hours
Cost: 475 PHP ($8)
Duration: 2-3 hours
Cost: 475 PHP ($8)

The same ferries operate on the Tagbilaran to Siquijor route. OceanJet offers one daily trip to Siquijor Port with fares from 975 PHP ($17).

Meanwhile, Lite Shipping ferries are available only every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday at 20:00. This ferry is cheaper for 475 PHP ($8). With this ferry, you’ll arrive at 23:00 at night in Larena Pier.

Travel time to Siquijor is 2-3 hours.

Ferry schedule from Tagbilaran to Siquijor

Ferry OperatorScheduleCosts
OceanJet
(to Siquijor Pier)
15:20-17:20975 PHP ($17)
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Lite Shipping
(to Larena Pier)
20:00-23:00475 PHP ($8)
Check Tickets via Facebook

You can book an OceanJet ticket on BookAway, while Lite Shipping can only be booked via their Facebook page for now.

For more details on this part of the route, you can visit our route page from Bohol to Siquijor.

Cebu to Siquijor via Liloan by Bus + Ferry

Duration: 6.5 hours
Cost: 685 PHP ($11.50)
Duration: 6.5 hours
Cost: 685 PHP ($11.50)

Instead of taking ferries from Cebu to Siquijor, you can also travel mostly overland.

With this option, you will first travel to the south of Cebu by bus and then take a ferry to Siquijor. This used to be a very popular option because it is the cheapest option available.

However, since the pandemic, ferry companies started to operate less frequently. For now, the only ferry departs at 02:00 after midnight and arrives in Siquijor at 04:00, which we think is too early to start your journey on the island. You can think about it as saving a night on accommodation though!

This journey takes about 6.5 hours when coming from Cebu City. But we highly recommend taking this option if you are already in southern towns like Moalboal and Oslob.

Step 1: Cebu City to Liloan Port

Duration: 4.5 hours
Cost: 410 PHP ($7)
Duration: 4.5 hours
Cost: 410 PHP ($7)

From the South Bus Terminal in Cebu City, you can take a bus bound for Liloan Port. This port is located in Santander, a town at the southern tip of Cebu island. From here, you’ll take a ferry that goes straight to Siquijor.

You can board the bus with “Liloan Port” on its sign. If it’s not available, you can also take a bus with the sign “Bato via Oslob.” This bus will pass through Santander.

A ticket costs 410 PHP ($7) for an air-conditioned bus. The first trip is at 03:00, and there are bus departures every 2 hours until 21:00.

The ferry bound for Siquijor departs at 02:00, so even if you take the last bus, you still have to wait a few hours at the port.

Bus schedule from Cebu to Liloan

Bus OperatorScheduleDurationCost
Ceres Cebu SouthDeparture every 2 hours from
03:00 to 21:00
4.5 hours410 PHP ($7)

You can buy your tickets at the bus terminal in Cebu or aboard the bus.

If you’re coming from towns outside of Cebu City, ask your hotel where you can hail a bus bound for Liloan Port.

Step 2: Liloan to Siquijor by Ferry

Duration: 2 hours
Cost: 275 PHP ($4.80)
Duration: 2 hours
Cost: 275 PHP ($4.80)

The last time we checked (September 2022), the only company with trips from Liloan Port to Larena Pier in Siquijor is Maayo Shipping.

The ferry departs at 02:00 in the morning every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, so it’s best that you arrive at Liloan Port the night before.

A ferry ticket costs 275 PHP ($4.80) for a 2-3 hour ferry ride to Siquijor.

Ferry schedule from Liloan to Siquijor

Ferry OperatorScheduleDurationCost
Maayo Shipping02:00-04:00
(Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday)
2 hours275 PHP ($4.80)
Book via Facebook

You can buy the ticket at the port prior to your departure or you can contact Maayo Shipping through their Facebook page beforehand. They are very responsive, so feel free to contact them for any other concerns.

The ferry docks at Larena Pier. From here, you can take a tuk-tuk to your final destination in Siquijor.

Cebu to Siquijor via Dumaguete by Bus + Ferry

Duration: 7-8 hours excl. transfer time
Cost: 715 PHP ($12)
Duration: 7-8 hours excl. transfer time
Cost: 715 PHP ($12)

For this option, you’ll take a bus + ferry from Cebu to Dumaguete, a town on the neighbouring island of Negros Oriental. From here, there are several ferry trips bound for Siquijor.

The total travel time when travelling via Dumaguete is 7-8 hours. We would suggest taking this option only if you also plan to explore Dumaguete that offers a few attractions on its own.

Step 1: Cebu to Dumaguete by Bus + Ferry

Duration: 6 hours
Cost: 565 PHP ($9.50)
Duration: 6 hours
Cost: 565 PHP ($9.50)

At the South Bus Terminal in Cebu, there are regular buses from Cebu to Dumaguete since this town is also a major destination in the south. For this first leg of the trip, the total travel time takes 6 hours, including a 30-minute ferry ride.

Ceres Bus offers hourly trips from 06:00 to 17:00 daily for 480 PHP ($8) per person. Note that you also have to pay for the ferry ticket to Dumaguete, which costs 85 PHP ($1.45).

In Bato Port in Santander, the bus will directly board the ferry bound for Negros Oriental. You will have to get off the bus, pay for your ferry ticket, and then sit in the ferry’s passenger seating area.

Once the ferry docks at Tampi Port, you’ll have to board the bus again. Dumaguete Port is still 40 minutes away. You can inform the bus driver or conductor that you wish to be dropped off near the port, which is just a few meters away from the bus terminal.

Bus schedule from Cebu to Dumaguete

Ferry OperatorScheduleDurationCost
Ceres Bus10x departures a day from
06:00 to 23:00
6 hours480 PHP ($8)*
*The bus price does not include the ferry ticket of 85 PHP ($1.45).

Considering the travel time of the bus and the ferry schedule to Siquijor, it’s best to depart Cebu before noon to make it to the last ferry trip at 19:10.

You can buy your bus ticket at the terminal or on the bus.

Step 2: Dumaguete to Siquijor by Ferry

Duration: 1-2 hours
Cost: 150 PHP ($2.60)
Duration: 1-2 hours
Cost: 150 PHP ($2.60)

There are three main ferry companies operating between Dumaguete and Siquijor: OceanJet, Montenegro Lines, and Aleson Shipping.

Tickets start from 150 PHP ($2.60) for the bigger ferries. If you want to get to Siquijor a bit quicker, you can take the OceanJet ferry in just 1 hour, but fares are pricier at 430 PHP ($7.50).

There are two ports on Siquijor island, and all ferries from Dumaguete arrive at Siquijor Pier.

Ferry schedule from Dumaguete to Siquijor

Ferry OperatorScheduleCosts
OceanJet07:20-08:20
19:10-20:10
430 PHP ($7.50)
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Montenegro Lines07:00-09:00
14:00-16:00
17:00-19:00
210 PHP ($3.65)
Aleson Shipping08:00-09:30
08:30-10:00
15:00-16:30
17:00-18:30
150 PHP ($2.60)

Only OceanJet can be booked online via BookAway. Tickets for Montenegro Lines and Aleson Shipping can only be bought at the port.

It is easy enough to buy tickets at the port, especially on weekdays and during off-peak season. If you’re travelling on a weekend or in the summer (March to June) though, we highly recommend booking online to ensure a seat.

PRO TIP: The waves and the salty breeze might lull you to sleep, but make sure you are awake as you get close to the port in Siquijor. On good days, you will see jumping dolphins near the shore.

Cebu to Siquijor by Flight (Currently not operating)

Duration: 40 minutes
Cost: 4,500 PHP ($78)
Duration: 40 minutes
Cost: 4,500 PHP ($78)

*COVID-19 UPDATE: The last time we checked (September 2022), there are no flights from Cebu to Siquijor. All of AirJuan flights have been suspended since 2020 and haven’t resumed since then.

Pre-pandemic, the fastest means of travelling directly from Cebu to Siquijor was to book a chartered flight with Air Juan.

Air Juan offered 1 seaplane flight daily, departing from the Mactan-Cebu International Airport. The flight used to depart at 13:00 and would arrive at Siquijor Airport at 13:40.

The small airport is only about 15 minutes away from Siquijor’s town centre. A one-way trip used to cost 4,500 PHP ($78).

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