Siquijor is an island paradise located south of Cebu and Bohol islands. Compared to its neighbors, Siquijor is only starting to gain popularity, which means you can still enjoy a very laidback vacation. That is as long here as you don’t visit during summer (March to June).
The island is small enough for you to explore in a day – lounge at Paliton Beach, try out the rope swings of Cambugahay Falls, go cliff-diving at Salagdoong, and a lot more. We highly recommend that you spend at least a few days here. Siquijor is for slow days with nature, and a good place to meet new friends – both locals and foreign tourists who now call the island home.
There is only 1 way to travel the 35km distance from Dumaguete to Siquijor. This is a 1 to 2-hour ferry ride. Including transfers to and from the ferry ports, fares start at 410 PHP ($8).
Dumaguete is the most common entry point to Siquijor. Most ferries from Cebu to Siquijor will first go to Dumaguete and then continue with the ferry to Siquijor.
This guide will focus solely on the ferry options from Dumaguete to Siquijor though. From Dumaguete, you can choose from several ferry companies that can take you to Siquijor. Travel time depends on which ferry you take and which port you arrive at in Siquijor.
If you’re coming from Dumaguete-Sibulan Airport, note that you will still need to take a tricycle to Dumaguete Port.
Fares start at 100 PHP ($2) as this will be a “special” ride. When coming from the town center, it should be just 12 PHP ($0.20) per person, but they might charge more if you’re carrying luggage.
Ferries operating from Dumaguete to Siquijor depart from Dumaguete Port. You can choose from several companies, all of which are trusted operators for this route. You can just pick whichever fits your schedule.
Trips from Dumaguete to Siquijor are available daily from 5:30 to 18:00. Travel time is 1 to 2 hours, depending on which ferry you take and which port you choose to arrive at.
There are 2 arrival ports in Siquijor Island: Siquijor Pier and Larena Pier. If you’re headed for the main tourist area of San Juan, make sure to board a ferry that docks at Siquijor Pier. Either way, you’ll have to pay 15 PHP ($0.30) for the terminal fee.
Ferry tickets are easily available at the port. However, we recommend booking online beforehand if you’re travelling on a weekend or in summer. Tickets from Dumaguete to Siquijor really sell out fast on these days, and there’s a chance you’ll have to wait a few hours at the port for the next available ferry.
Note that only Oceanjet is available for online booking through BookAway. You can simply click the link below.
From either Siquijor or Larena Pier, you’ll need a transfer to your hotel. Some accommodations offer free pick-up, so make sure you inquire beforehand. Otherwise, tricycles are easily available from both ports. A ride to San Juan starts at 250 PHP ($5) from Siquijor Pier and 500 PHP ($10) from Larena Pier.
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