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.

You have 3 options when travelling the 170km 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, or a combined bus and ferry via Dumaguete for 7 hours excluding transfer time. Fares range between 475 PHP ($8.50). and 1,600 PHP ($30).

3 ways to get from Cebu to Siquijor

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Ferry via Tagbilaran4 hours1,600 PHP ($30)Check ferry tickets
Bus + Ferry
via Liloan
6.5 hours685 PHP ($12.50)No online tickets
Bus + Ferry
via Dumaguete
7hr excl. transfers985 PHP ($18)Check ferry tickets
Flight*40 minutes4,500 PHP ($84)Check flight tickets
*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, it is also the most expensive, with fares starting from 1,600 PHP ($30). Booking the ferry tickets to Tagbilaran and Siquijor separately will cost more.

The cheapest option is the bus and ferry via Liloan Port, which is located on the southern tip of Cebu. Although it’s cheaper than taking a combined ferry, it’s far less convenient. There is only one ferry that departs after midnight. Given the bus schedules, you would arrive at night and still have to wait a few hours at the port. Combined rates start at 475 PHP ($8.50) and travel time is around 6.5 hours.

Travelling by bus and ferry via Dumaguete is another option, with combined fares starting at 985 PHP ($18). 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, but this option is currently unavailable. 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: 4 hours
Cost: 1,600 PHP ($30)
Duration: 4 hours
Cost: 1,600 PHP ($30)

From Cebu, the fastest way to reach Siquijor is by taking 2 OceanJet Ferries.

The combined ferry trip can be booked as one ticket for 1,600 PHP ($30). This is a few dollars cheaper than booking the 2 ferry trips separately.

This ferry departs Cebu Pier at 13:00 and you will arrive in Siquijor around 17:00. The total travel time from Cebu to Siquijor via Tagbilaran with OceanJet takes around 4 hours.

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

Departure & Arrival port

The ferries depart from Cebu Port and dock at Tagbilaran City Port.

From Tagbilaran port, you can self-transfer to your connecting ferry bound for Larena Pier in Siquijor.

See here the itinerary with the OceanJet ferry:

OceanJet ferry schedule from Cebu to Siquijor via Tagbilaran

FerryScheduleCosts
Cebu-Tagbilaran13:00-15:001,600 PHP ($30)
Reserve via Facebook
Tagbilaran-Siquijor15:20-17:002nd ticket is included

Tickets used to be available on our preferred platform BookAway, but currently, the Ocean Jet ferry can only be bought at the pier or by reservation through the OceanJet Facebook page.

Ferry tickets with Lite Shipping

Lite Shipping also offers direct trips from Cebu to Siquijor. Although this is a direct ferry from Cebu to Siquijor, it is a roll-on roll-off ship, so the journey takes longer, around 10 hours.

The ferry departs every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday from Cebu Pier 2 at 13:00 and docks at Larena Pier at 23:00.

A standard class ticket costs 550 PHP ($10), while a tourist class ticket costs 700 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 hours excl. transfer time
Cost: 1,750 PHP ($32.50)
Duration: 4 hours excl. transfer time
Cost: 1,750 PHP ($32.50)

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 hours
Cost: 950 PHP ($17.50)
Duration: 2 hours
Cost: 950 PHP ($17.50)

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 520 PHP ($9.50). However, this 4-hour journey to Tagbilaran is also the slowest option.

If you prefer to get there quicker, you can book the OceanJet ferry that takes only 2 hours. Tourist class ticket costs 950 PHP ($17.50). This ferry company also offers more departures in a day.

Ferry schedule from Cebu to Tagbilaran

Ferry OperatorScheduleCosts
Lite Shipping12:30-16:30
13:00-17:00
22:00-02:00
520 PHP ($9.50)
Buy Your Ferry Tickets
OceanJet 06:00-08:00
08:20-10:20
13:00-15:00
15:20-17:20
17:40-19:40
950 PHP ($17.50)
Buy Your Ferry Tickets

Note that only the first 3 OceanJet ferry trips will allow you to take the connecting ferry bound for Siquijor within the same day.

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 hours
Cost: 800 PHP ($15)
Duration: 2 hours
Cost: 800 PHP ($15)

There is only one connecting ferry from Bohol to Siquijor, which is operated by OceanJet. This ferry departs from Tagbilaran City at 15:20 and takes 2 hours to reach Larena Pier in Siquijor.

The cheapest class is the tourist class that costs 800 PHP ($15), but there are also business class tickets available for 1,200 PHP ($22.50).

Ferry schedule from Tagbilaran to Siquijor

Ferry OperatorScheduleCosts
OceanJet 15:20-17:20800 PHP ($15)
Reserve via Facebook

Online bookings are currently not available on BookAway. For now, you can buy them either at the port or through the OceanJet Facebook page.

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 and Ferry

Duration: 6.5 hours
Cost: 685 PHP ($12.50)
Duration: 6.5 hours
Cost: 685 PHP ($12.50)

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 as it was 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 in the island. You can think about it as saving a night on accomodation 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 the southern towns like Moalboal and Oslob.

Step 1: Cebu City to Liloan Port

Duration: 4.5 hours
Cost: 200 PHP ($3.75)
Duration: 4.5 hours
Cost: 200 PHP ($3.75)

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” in its sign. If it’s not available, you can also take a bus with the sign “Bato via Oslob,” as this bus will pass through Santander.

A ticket costs 410 PHP ($7.50) for an airconditioned bus. The first trip is at 03:00, and there are bus departures every 2 hours until 19:00.

Since the ferry bound for Siquijor departs at 02:00, you can take the last bus trip and still have to wait a few hours at the port.

Bus schedule from Cebu to Liloan

Bus OperatorScheduleDurationCost
Ceres Cebu South9x departure every 2 hours between
03:00 to 19:00
4.5 hours410 PHP ($7.50)

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

When 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: 2-3 hours
Cost: 275 PHP ($5)
Duration: 2-3 hours
Cost: 275 PHP ($5)

Currently (June 2022), the only company with trips from Liloan Port to Larena Port in Siquijor is Maayo Shipping.

The ferry departs at 02:00 every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, so it’s best that you arrive at Liloan Port in the evening. There is also a 07:00 trip every Sunday.

A ferry ticket costs 275 PHP ($5) 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)
07:00-09:00
(Sunday)
2 hours275 PHP ($5)
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 Port. From here, you can take a tuk-tuk to your final destination in Siquijor.

Cebu to Siquijor via Dumaguete by Bus and Ferry

Duration: 7 hours excl. transfer time
Cost: 985 PHP ($18)
Duration: 7 hours excl. transfer time
Cost: 985 PHP ($18)

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

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

Step 1: Cebu to Dumaguete by Bus + Ferry

Duration: 6 hours
Cost: 565 PHP ($10.50)
Duration: 6 hours
Cost: 565 PHP ($10.50)

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 the 30-minute ferry ride.

Ceres Bus offers hourly trips from 06:00 to 17:00 daily. The bus ticket costs 480 PHP ($9). Note that you also have to pay the ferry ticket that costs 85 PHP ($1.55).

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, as 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 OperatorScheduleCost
Ceres Bus06:00-12:00
07:00-13:00
09:00-15:00
10:00-16:00
11:30-17:30
480 PHP ($9)*
*The bus price does not include the ferry ticket of 85 PHP ($1.55).

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 19:10 ferry departure.

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

Step 2: Dumaguete to Siquijor by Ferry

Duration: 1 hour
Cost: 420 PHP ($7.50)
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: 420 PHP ($7.50)

There are several ferry companies that used to operate on the route from Dumaguete to Siquijor. As of June 2022 though, only OceanJet ferries are operational. Montenegro Shipping and Aleson have not yet resumed ferry trips on this route.

An OceanJet fast craft costs 420 PHP ($7.50) for the 1-hour trip to Siquijor. Montenegro and Aleson used to be cheaper, as they are normal ferries with a 1.5 to 2-hour travel time.

Keep in mind that there are 2 ferry ports in Siquijor:

OceanJet ferries arrive only at Siquijor Port, while Montenegro and Aleson used to offer separate trips to both ports.

Ferry schedule from Dumaguete to Siquijor*

Ferry OperatorScheduleCosts
OceanJet
(to Siquijor Port)
07:20-08:20
19:10-20:10
420 PHP ($7.50)
Buy Your Ferry Tickets
Montenegro
(to Siquijor Port)
07:00-08:30
10:00-11:30
12:00-13:30
14:00-15:30
130 PHP ($2.40)
Montenegro
(to Larena Port)
18:00-20:00170 PHP ($3.15)
Aleson
(to Siquijor Port)
05:30-07:00
10:30-12:00
14:00-15:30
150 PHP ($2.80)
Aleson
(to Larena Port)
10:00-12:00
18:00-20:00
120 PHP ($2.25)
*COVID-19 UPDATE: Only OceanJet ferries are operating as of June 2022.

It is easy enough to buy tickets at the port, especially on weekdays and 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 N/A)

Duration: 40 minutes
Cost: 4,500 PHP ($84)
Duration: 40 minutes
Cost: 4,500 PHP ($84)

COVID-19 UPDATE (June 2022): All of AirJuan flights have been suspended since 2020. There are currently no flights available for the Cebu to Siquijor route.

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 ($84).

Check Flights on Air Juan

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