A beautiful view from within central Siquijor-mobile

How to get from
Cebu to Siquijor

Cebu to Siquijor Trip Overview

Distance127 km (79.4 miles)
Price range$12-$51
Ride Duration Range4h 30m-10h
Earliest Departure05:00
Latest Departure05:00

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A beautiful view from within central Siquijor

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Siquijor has a reputation.

It’s the Philippines' mystical island, home to black magic, faith healing, and witches. 

Even if you don’t believe in that, the magnificent nature of the island and its unbelievable underwater world feel like a kind of magic of its own. 

If you’re a diving enthusiast, Siquijor and the nearby Apo Island have some of the best diving, with countless turtles and thriving coral reefs.

Coming from Cebu and wanting to taste the magic yourself? Like with a lot of journeys in the Philippines, there is only one way to cover the 127 km (79.4 miles) between Siquijor and Cebu — by ferry. 

The journey can take 5-10 hours, depending on whether you opt for the fast or slow ferry. The slower option is about a third of the price of the fast ferry, but it does mean you’ll be on a ferry for double the time. 

All ferries leave from Cebu Pier 1 and arrive at either Siquijor or Larena Pier. 

Continue reading to find out everything you need to know about how to get from Cebu to Siquijor in the Philippines. 

Unforgettable things to do in Siquijor

Siquijor is the kind of place where the things you do will be memories that stick with you forever. Here are five things you shouldn’t leave the island without doing:

  • Hiring a moped is one of the best ways to explore the island. It gives you the freedom to go where you want, meandering up to the mountain villages or chasing waterfalls. The roads on the island are generally pretty good on the island. Just make sure that you’re a confident driver. Expect to pay around $7 plus fuel. 

  • Explore Cambugahay Falls. The water seems too blue to be true! It’s the perfect place to escape the Philippine heat and go for a swim. Make sure to test the rope swing.

  • Visit a faith healer. There are a few faith healers in the San Antonio region of Siquijor. The best way to find one is to ask your accommodation for a name or drive to the village and get somebody to take you to one. Go with an open heart and mind and embrace the unique techniques and rituals.

  • Go diving or snorkeling. Grab your snorkel mask and fins because these waters are worth exploring. Its coral is vibrant and very much alive, with hundreds of fish and turtles calling it home. If you’re a diver, Siquijor should be on your list. 

  • Chilling at the beach. It’s an island, so what better way to spend your time than soaking up the sun and swimming in the warm sea? Two of the island’s best beaches are Paliton and Secret Beach. 

How to get from Cebu to Siquijor

The ferry is the only way to get between Cebu and Siquijor. 

By ferry

There are two ferry options available, a fast or slow one. The fast ferry takes around 5 hours while the slow ferry is a much larger ship and takes 10 hours.

If you take the fast ferry, you’ll leave from Cebu Pier 1 and arrive at Siquijor Pier. Most people stay in the San Juan village on Siquijor — only a 20-minute tricycle ride from the pier to your accommodation. The price starts at around $34.

The slow ferry arrives at Larena Pier, a bit further from the main tourist hub but still accessible by tricycle. Prices start around $12.

The ferries are normally on time and efficient and feel like an adventure. The level of comfort depends on which class of ticket you buy for the fast ferry: 

  • Open-air class: As the name suggests, you’ll be enjoying the sea air in this class. The seats are located on an outside deck. It’s great if you want to take in the views, but it can get pretty windy and cold, depending on the season. The chairs are hard and you have access to a toilet. 

  • Tourist class: The seats are more comfortable than the open-air seats and they are inside, but still pretty hard. This cabin can feel quite busy. You’ll have A/C and a toilet.

  • Business class: The most comfortable (and expensive) option with large armchair-style reclining seats. Fewer seats make this area more spacious, plus a dedicated toilet just for business class. There’s also A/C. 

If you’re traveling open-air or tourist class, your ticket includes a 10 kg check-in bag. If you go for business class, you can carry this bag on board, saving time at the dock when you arrive.

You'll need to pay an extra 50-100 PHP per bag at the check-in counter for any additional luggage. 


Also, expect to pay a port terminal fee when you’re departing. 

What to expect from the journey from Cebu to Siquijor

It’s best to arrive at least 30 minutes before the ferry’s departure as you’ll need to pass through security, check in, and pay the terminal fee. 

The ferry ride from Cebu to Siquijor takes around five hours. You’ll be treated to endless ocean views for most of the journey, which may keep you entertained at the start, but after a while, it’s good to have a book or a podcast to pass the time. 

If you’re prone to seasickness, consider taking some medication even if the water doesn’t look that choppy. 

The boat stops at Tagbilaran Port in Bohol, where you must disembark and get on a different ferry.

There is an onboard shop, and workers will come around selling food and drinks, but it’s often cheaper to bring your own stash of snacks to keep your hunger away. Plus, the selection is limited. 

When is the best time to visit Siquijor?

The dry season on Siquijor runs from November to May. January to March is considered the best time to visit. These months have almost perfect temperatures and a lower chance of rainfall — who wants rain when relaxing on a beach?

During this time, temperatures hover around 28°C (82°F) and are similar to the water temperature, making it a very pleasant time to go swimming and diving. 

Avoid visiting between May and September when temperatures are high and so is the rainfall. 

How many days should you spend in Siquijor? 

Give this island as many days as possible, but if you’re on a tight schedule, then 4-5 days is a good amount. 

It makes the ferry journey from Cebu worth it and gives you time to chill and take on plenty of adventures. 

Where should you go after Siquijor?

On your way back to Cebu, why not stop over in Bohol for a few days? This island is also famous for its diving, white-sand beaches, and lush jungle, but the tarsiers and the Chocolate Hills make it completely unique. 

A tarsier is an alien-like creature found only on a few islands around the world. They’re spectacular-looking animals, and the sanctuary does a great job of caring for them and sharing them with the public in an ethical and unobtrusive way. 

The remarkable Chocolate Hills are, unfortunately, not made of chocolate, but the way the 1,500+ hills rise from the earth is otherworldly, just like the tarsiers. 

Companies Operating from Cebu to Siquijor

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Popular stations and stops in Cebu and Siquijor

Departure stations in Cebu

Cebu Pier 1

Cebu Pier 1

Arrival stations in Siquijor

Siquijor Pier

Larena Pier

Larena Pier

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