There’s multiple ferries to chose from when traveling between Dumaguete and Siquijor. You can differentiate between cabin class or indoor/outdoor seating. There’s also something for every budget. All ferries come equipped with air conditioning and bathrooms on board, but usually with few additional amenities beyond that.
If you’re looking to visit the most unspoilt islands in the Philippines, then Siquijor, off the southeast coast of Negros, is a must. An island of great natural beauty, Siquijor is a wonderful place for snorkelling, diving, hiking to waterfalls, touring around on a scooter — basically everything you came to the Philippines to do.
There is no commercial airport on Siquijor, so a ferry is your only option. Taking the ferry from Negros Island is fast and convenient, with several departures in both directions throughout the day. The ferry leaves from the main port in Dumaguete (close to the Boulevard), and arrives at Siquijor Port in Siquijor Town. The 46 km (29 mile) journey is short and simple, taking approximately 1 hour.
When you arrive in Siquijor, you’ll find tricycles and taxis waiting at the port which can take you to your resort or guest house.
Traveling on from Siquijor, you might want to visit nearby islands. There are daily connections to Bohol, Cebu, and Mindanao.
The ferry departs from Dumaguete on the southeast coast of Negros and arrives at Siquijor Town on the north coast of Siquijor. The journey is short and simple, with not much to do except gaze at the gorgeous azure sea.
Taking the ferry
The ferry from Dumaguete to Siquijor is a modern, fast boat with seating in an air-conditioned cabin, and plenty of space and legroom. There are several departures throughout the day and the journey takes between 50 minutes and 1 hour. There is a bathroom on board the boat.
Make sure you have your passport to hand as you will need it during check-in. If your bag weighs more than 15 kg, there's a small fee of 10 Phillippine Peso per extra kg, and will also need to be checked in (just like on a flight), for which there is another small fee.
The ferry can be busy, so book ahead of time if you have to travel on a specific date. If the sea is rough then the ferry may be delayed or cancelled, in which case you'll have to wait for the next boat.