Siquijor to Moalboal

Overview Compare via Liloan via Dumaguete

How to get from Siquijor to Moalboal?

Moalboal is a resort town located on the west coast of Cebu Island. It is a popular destination for divers and sea lovers for its world-famous sardine run.

You don’t even need a boat to find the best spots. Just swim a few meters from the coast and you’ll find Moalboal’s amazing coral wall. Here, you can swim with a million sardines. Yes, just like that. For best visibility, visit between November to May.

When travelling the 100km distance from Siquijor to Moalboal, you have 2 options: you can take a combined bus and ferry ride via Liloan or hop on 1 bus and 2 ferries via Dumaguete. Fares range between 585 PHP ($10) and 685 PHP ($12).

Ferries from Siquijor to Moalboal

Transport ModeDurationCostsAvailability
Ferry via Liloan5.5 hours585 PHP ($10)Read article for more info
Ferry via Dumaguete4.5 hours685 PHP ($12)Check ferry tickets

Travelling from Siquijor to Moalboal via Liloan takes 5.5 hours, an hour longer than the alternative route. Still, this should be more convenient as it involves fewer transfers. Combined fares start from 585 PHP ($10).

Another route you can take to get from Siquijor to Moalboal is via Dumaguete. This is faster at 4.5 hours, but also involves several transfers. The entire journey costs around 685 PHP ($12).

Itinerary from Siquijor to Moalboal

Siquijor to Moalboal by Ferry via Liloan

Duration: 5.5 hours, excl. transfers
Cost: 585 PHP ($10)
Duration: 5.5 hours, excl. transfers
Cost: 585 PHP ($10)

Travelling from Siquijor to Moalboal via Liloan Port is simpler than the other option. The only tiny disadvantage is that ferries are not available daily.

Step 1: Siquijor to Liloan Port by Ferry

Duration: 3 hours
Cost: 200 PHP ($3.55)
Duration: 3 hours
Cost: 200 PHP ($3.55)

Maayo Shipping operates 4x a week from Siquijor to Liloan. These ferries are available on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. A ticket costs 200 PHP ($3.55) and travel time takes 2-3 hours.

You can either buy your tickets at the port or contact Maayo Shipping for early booking.

Departure & Arrival port

Ferries depart from Siquijor’s Larena Pier. If you’re coming from the tourist centre in San Juan, you’ll have to rent a tricycle to Larena Pier. Rates start from 500 PHP ($8.50). Allot at least an hour for the tricycle ride.

Ferries dock at Liloan Port in Santander, Cebu’s southernmost town.

Ferry schedule from Siquijor to Liloan

Ferry OperatorScheduleCosts
Maayo Shipping
(Tue, Thurs, Sat)
13:00-15:00200 PHP ($3.55)
Maayo Shipping
(Sun)
15:00-17:00200 PHP ($3.55)

Step 2: Liloan to Moalboal by Bus

Duration: 2.5 hours
Cost: 385 PHP ($6.50)
Duration: 2.5 hours
Cost: 385 PHP ($6.50)

There are no direct buses from Liloan to Moalboal. From the port, you’ll first need to take a tricycle to Bato Terminal. The ride takes about 20 minutes and shouldn’t cost more than 150 PHP ($2.65).

At Bato Terminal, you can take a Ceres Bus (you can find it easily with its bright yellow colour) to Moalboal town centre. The bus ride takes 1.5-2 hours and the fare for a non-aircon bus is 85 PHP ($1.50). There are also air-conditioned buses available, with a slightly higher ticket price.

There is no official bus stop in Moalboal. So make sure to ask the driver or conductor to drop you off at the town centre.

Getting from Moalboal town centre to Panagsama Beach

If you have booked your accommodation at Panagsama Beach, you will need another transfer from Moalboal town centre. A 10-minute ride with a motorbike taxi starts at 50 PHP ($0.85). But if you’re carrying a lot of luggage, it would be better to take a tricycle, which costs 150 PHP ($2.65).

Siquijor to Moalboal by Ferry via Dumaguete

Duration: 4.5 hours, excl. transfers
Cost: 685 PHP ($12)
Duration: 4.5 hours, excl. transfers
Cost: 685 PHP ($12)

The journey from Siquijor to Moalboal via Dumaguete includes a lot of transfers. The advantage though is that this gives you more flexibility in schedules. Unlike the route via Liloan, this option has several departures daily.

Step 1: Siquijor to Dumaguete by Ferry

Duration: 1.5 hours
Cost: 130 PHP ($2.30)
Duration: 1.5 hours
Cost: 130 PHP ($2.30)

Ferries operate several times from Siquijor to Dumaguete daily. The first trip is at 06:00 and the last trip departs at 19:30. The ferry journey takes 1-1.5 hours.

Ferry ticket prices from Siquijor to Dumaguete start from 130 PHP ($2.30).

Departure and Arrival port

There are 2 ferry ports on Siquijor Island: Siquijor Pier and Larena Pier. Most ferries bound for Dumaguete depart from Siquijor Pier, which is also nearer the tourist area of San Juan.

A tricycle from San Juan to Siquijor Port costs 250 PHP ($4.45) to 300 PHP ($5). You can also ask your hotel if they offer a cheaper or even free transfer.

All ferries dock at Dumaguete Port.

Ferry schedule from Siquijor to Dumaguete (via Siquijor Pier)

Ferry OperatorScheduleCosts
Oceanjet06:00-07:00
18:00-19:00
430 PHP ($7.50)
Buy Your Ferry Tickets
Aleson Shipping Lines*07:30-09:00
12:30-14:00
16:20-17:50
150 PHP ($2.65)
Montenegro Shipping Lines*07:30-09:00
10:00-11:30
14:00-15:30
16:30-18:00
19:30-21:00
130 PHP ($2.30)
*COVID-19 UPDATE: We are currently (June 2022), unable to confirm the ferry fares and schedules for Aleson and Montenegro due to constant changes from the pandemic.

Ferry schedule from Siquijor to Dumaguete (via Larena Pier)

Ferry OperatorScheduleCosts
Montenegro Shipping Lines*06:00-07:30170 PHP ($3.05)
*COVID-19 UPDATE: We are currently (June 2022), unable to confirm the ferry fares and schedules for Montenegro Shipping due to constant changes from the pandemic.

Step 2: Dumaguete to Sibulan Port by Tricycle

Duration: 20 minutes
Cost: 100 PHP ($1.75)
Duration: 20 minutes
Cost: 100 PHP ($1.75)

You will find a lot of tricycles waiting for passengers outside Dumaguete Port. Hail one and ask for a ride going to Sibulan Port, located 7km.

It normally costs 100 PHP ($1.75) to get to Sibulan Port, although some drivers might try to charge higher. Make sure you agree on a price before setting off for the 20-minute journey.

Step 3: Sibulan Port to Liloan Port by Ferry

Duration: 20 minutes
Cost: 70 PHP ($1.25)
Duration: 20 minutes
Cost: 70 PHP ($1.25)

From Sibulan Port, you can get a ferry bound for Liloan Port. These ferries are available every 1.5 hours from 04:30 in the morning to 22:30 at night. Travel time is around 20 minutes and a ticket costs 70 PHP ($1.25).

Step 4: Liloan to Moalboal by Bus

Duration: 2.5 hours
Cost: 385 PHP ($6.50)
Duration: 2.5 hours
Cost: 385 PHP ($6.50)

As mentioned in the first option, you’ll need to take a tricycle from Liloan Port to the bus terminal in Bato, from where you can hop on a Ceres Bus to Moalboal.

Ask to be dropped off at Moalboal town centre. Here, you can hail a tricycle or a motorbike taxi to your accommodation. This final leg of the journey takes more or less 2.5 hours.

Combined fares for the final leg of this journey start at 385 PHP ($6.50). See here the complete breakdown of expenses:

  • Tricycle from Liloan Port to Bato Bus Terminal: 150 PHP ($2.65)
  • Bus from Bato to Moalboal town centre: 85 PHP ($1.50)
  • Tricycle from Moalboal town centre to Panagsama Beach: 150 PHP ($2.65)

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