I remember sitting in Chief Mau Hostel 300m from Pangasama Beach in Moalboal, deciding on where to go next when some friends we’d met on the way down from Cebu suggested joining them in a trip to Siquijor.
A quick Google later and we were sold.
Travelling from Moalboal to Siquijor is certainly one of the more direct journeys you can take around the Philippines.
However, this also leaves a limited number of ways to travel between these two locations;
Moalboal To Liloan
To begin your journey you’ll want to leave Moalboal and head south to the port of Liloan. You can do this by haggling a price for a taxi which should be around 1,400 PHP – 1,800 PHP and take between 1 and a half and 2 hours.
Alternatively, you can opt for the more budget-conscious route and head to the bus stop on the main road.
The distance is around 3.5km, so it’s better to haggle for a tuk-tuk than walk, especially with luggage. The cost of a tuk-tuk should be between 100 and 200 PHP. From the bus stop, you’ll want to catch a bus heading south towards Bato.
In our case, we found that other travellers were already at the bus stop when we got there and then we simply followed them and asked around to ensure we were on the correct bus.
While there’s no dedicated timetable you’ll often find buses passing every 30 minutes between 10am and 4pm. The journey from Moalboal to Bato takes around 2 hours and costs 83 PHP.
Once you arrive in Bato you’ll need to get another tuk-tuk to 4.5km Liloan Port. Tricycles will be waiting at the bus terminal for travellers to arrive and should cost no more than 200 pesos per tuk-tuk (not per person, so try and group together to make the journey as affordable as possible)
Liloan Port To Larena Pier
There are two ways you can travel from Liloan Port to Larena Pier in Siquijor. Which route you choose is going to depend entirely on what time you arrive at Liloan Port.
Direct Route – Maayo Shipping is the only company to offer a direct route from Liloan Port to Siquijor. This ferry leaves Liloan Port at 10am daily. The journey takes between 2 and 3 hours and costs 200 PHP. Tickets can be purchased from Liloan Port directly.
Transfer in Dumaguete – The only alternative to the direct route is to take a 15-minute ferry to Dumaguete. Ferries to Dumaguete leave every hour on the hour between 4am and 6pm. The journey takes just 15 minutes and costs 70 PHP per person. From
From Dumaguete, multiple ferry companies offer services to Siquijor which roughly leave every 2 hours between 5.30am and 6pm.
The price depends on the company you choose to travel with but is roughly around 200 PHP per person. Again, you can book these tickets at the port or in advance online.
Larena Pier To San Juan
All ferries going to Siquijor arrive at Larena Pier which is around 20km from the popular neighbourhood of San Juan. This journey is best taken either by taxi which should cost no more than 400 pesos or by tuk-tuk which should cost no more than 250 pesos.
Alternatively, if you’re looking at exploring the region, Larena Pier is the perfect place to hire a motorbike which provides flexibility at an affordable price.