Moalboal to Bohol

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How to get from Moalboal to Bohol

Bohol is a natural wonder located east of Cebu. It is mostly famous for its Chocolate Hills, over a thousand of which, dotting its landscape. But these aren’t Bohol’s only gems.

Here lies pristine white-sand beaches, a beautiful marine life, age-old churches, and the iconic Loboc River. Make sure to catch a glimpse of the Philippine tarsier, one of the world’s smallest primates, which is indigenous to Bohol.

You can complete the 120 km distance from Moalboal to Bohol in 2 ways: a combined bus and ferry via Cebu City for 590 PHP ($10) or a combined bus and ferry via Argao for 430 PHP ($7.50). Travel time is 5 to 6 hours.

2 ways to get from Moalboal to Bohol

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Bus & Ferry
via Cebu City
5 hours590 PHP ($10)Check Ferry Tickets
Bus & Ferry
via Argao
5hrs 10m430 PHP ($7.50)Read article for more info

We recommend travelling from Moalboal to Bohol via Cebu City because it is simpler with only 2 transfers. From Moalboal, you need to take a 3-hour bus ride to Cebu City Pier, followed by a 2-hour ferry trip to Bohol. The combined fare costs about 590 PHP ($10).

The cheaper way to get from Moalboal to Bohol is the Argao route. But this option involves at least 3 bus rides on top of 1 ferry trip. Total travel time takes a little over 5 hours and combined rates start from 430 PHP ($7.50).

Keep in mind that ferry ports require a 25 PHP ($0.40) terminal fee.

Itinerary from Moalboal to Bohol

Moalboal to Bohol by Bus & Ferry via Cebu City

Duration: 5 hours excl. transfer time
Cost: 590 PHP ($10)
Duration: 5 hours excl. transfer time
Cost: 590 PHP ($10)

Although a bit more expensive, it is much easier to travel by bus and ferry from Moalboal to Bohol via Cebu City. You only need to take a bus straight from Moalboal to Cebu City and then transfer to a ferry bound for Bohol.

Another advantage of this route is that you have more ferry choices, as opposed to the ferry schedule via Argao, which only has 2 departures daily.

Total costs when taking the combined bus and ferry from Moalboal to Bohol start at 590 PHP ($10).

Step 1: Moalboal to Cebu City Pier 1 by Bus

Duration: 3 hours
Cost: 170 PHP ($2.95)
Duration: 3 hours
Cost: 170 PHP ($2.95)

From Moalboal city centre, you can hail a bus bound for Cebu City. These buses pass by every 20-30 minutes.

Tickets cost 170 PHP ($2.95) for ordinary buses and 200 PHP ($3.45) for aircon buses. You can pay for your ticket onboard.

For more info, check out our page on how to get from Moalboal to Cebu.

Departure and arrival point

There is no specific bus stop in Moalboal. You can hail a bus anywhere along the main road.

Buses park at the South Bus Terminal in Cebu City centre. From here, you can take a tricycle to Cebu Pier 1, which is 2 km away.

Step 2: Cebu City to Bohol by Ferry

Duration: 2 hours
Cost: 420 PHP ($7)
Duration: 2 hours
Cost: 420 PHP ($7)

Ferries operating from Cebu City to Bohol are bigger and faster than the ones coming from Argao. You can also choose from two arrival ports in Bohol, depending on where you’re headed on the island.

There are at least three ferry companies operating this route: Oceanjet, FastCat and Lite Shipping.

Departure and arrival port

All ferries depart from the main passenger port in Cebu City, Cebu Pier 1.

In Bohol, there are two arrival ports. If you’re headed to the tourist centre on Panglao Island, it’s best to take a ferry bound for Tagbilaran City Port. From here, you can get to your hotel in Panglao via a 40-minute jeep or taxi.

If you’re bound for the northern part of Bohol or if you’re travelling with a car, you can take one of the car ferries that dock at Tubigon Pier.

Ferry schedule from Cebu City to Tagbilaran, Bohol

Ferry CompanySchedulesDurationCosts
OceanJet7x a day from
06:00 to 17:40
2 hours950 PHP ($16.50)
Check Ferry Tickets

Ferry schedule from Cebu City to Tubigon Port, Bohol

Ferry CompanyScheduleCosts
FastCat01:30-03:00
07:30-09:00
20:00-22:30
420 PHP ($7)
Check Ferry Tickets
Lite Shipping01:00-03:00
13:00-15:00
19:00-21:00
460 PHP ($8)
Check Ferry Tickets

Fares start from 950 PHP ($16.50) for fastcrafts bound for Tagbilaran City Port and 420 PHP ($7) for car ferries bound for Tubigon Pier.

Check out our page on how to get from Cebu to Bohol for more details.

Moalboal to Bohol by Bus & Ferry via Argao

Duration: 5hrs 10m excl. transfer time
Cost: 430 PHP ($7.50)
Duration: 5hrs 10m excl. transfer time
Cost: 430 PHP ($7.50)

Another option to travel from Moalboal to Bohol is via Argao.

There is no direct public transport available from Moalboal to Argao, so you will need to take two bus trips. Otherwise, you can take a direct but more expensive taxi.

With this option, you’ll have to take three different buses and a ferry to get from Moalboal to Bohol.

Step 1: Moalboal to Carcar by Bus

Duration: 1.5 hours
Cost: 100 PHP ($1.70)
Duration: 1.5 hours
Cost: 100 PHP ($1.70)

Because there are no buses operating directly from Moalboal to Argao, you will first have to make a side trip going north to the town of Carcar. Ceres Liner and Librando operate aircon and non-aircon buses for this route.

You will need to take a bus with a signboard that says “Cebu City.” These buses operate 24 hours, but there might be fewer buses travelling late at night. You can hail a bus anywhere along the main road in Moalboal town centre.

Get off at the rotunda in Carcar. You can also ask the bus driver or conductor to drop you off at the bus stop for buses bound for Argao.

Considering traffic, the bus ride from Moalboal to Carcar can take about 1.5 hours. Ticket prices start at 100 PHP ($1.70) for an ordinary bus. You can pay for your ticket onboard.

Step 2: Carcar to Taloot, Argao by Bus

Duration: 40 minutes
Cost: 70 PHP ($1.20)
Duration: 40 minutes
Cost: 70 PHP ($1.20)

Upon arrival at Carcar, you’ll need to transfer to another bus bound for Oslob, Alcoy or Dalaguete. Ask the driver or conductor to drop you off at Taloot Public Market in Argao.

Travel time from Carcar to Argao is about 40 minutes and a ticket costs 70 PHP ($1.20). You can pay for your ticket onboard.

From your drop-off point, Taloot Wharf is only about 200m away. You will see signages that will direct you to the port.

You can also rent a tricycle from Carcar to Argao for about 200 PHP ($3.45). However, travel time may take a bit longer than the bus and the ride might be cramped if you’re travelling with bulky luggage.

Step 3: Argao to Loon, Bohol by Ferry

Duration: 2 hours
Cost: 210 PHP ($3.65)
Duration: 2 hours
Cost: 210 PHP ($3.65)

Lite Ferries offers two daily trips from Argao to the town of Loon in Bohol daily.

Only economy class is available for this route. This means there will be no air-conditioning, but you can enjoy the nice sea breeze. Also, note that these ferries are mainly used to transfer goods, not people. You will still have a comfortable ride, just don’t expect too much.

The ferry ride from Argao to Loon takes 2 hours and costs 210 PHP ($3.65).

The last time we checked (July 2022), Lite Ferries is not available for online booking. Tickets can only be bought at the port office.

Departure and arrival port

Ferries depart from Taloot Wharf in Argao.

They dock at Catagbacan Port in Loon, about 35 km north of Tagbilaran City.

Ferry schedule from Argao to Tagbilaran

Ferry CompanyScheduleCosts
Lite Ferries03:00-05:00
10:00-12:00
210 PHP ($3.65)

Step 4: Loon to Tagbilaran by Bus

Duration: 1 hour
Cost: 50 PHP ($0.85)
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: 50 PHP ($0.85)

From Catagbacan Port in Loon, you’ll have to take a bus to get to Tagbilaran City. Walk about 700m towards the main road and hail any bus with a signboard that says “Tagbilaran.”

This bus ride takes around an hour and ticket prices start from 50 PHP ($0.85).

The buses park at Dao Bus Terminal in Tagbilaran City.

Getting from Tagbilaran to Panglao Island

Is your hotel on Panglao Island? If yes, then you’ll have to take another 40-minute transfer from Tagbilaran City. You can take a bus, a jeepney, or a taxi. Fares start from 50 PHP ($0.85).

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