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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Inter-Island Travel: Convenient Connections from Cebu

The Visayas region or the Visayas is one of the three major island groups in the Philippines with Luzon in the North and Mindanao in its South. Looking at the map, it can be seen as the only region that is pretty much divided into several more islands.
Just like any other places in the Philippines, Visayas also boasts various natural treasures as well as a vibrant culture that is sure worth exploring. But most people tend to step back a little from this paradise because they are not fond of inter-island travel due to some reasons such as the lengthy travel time. But despite the fair distance between from one island to another, traveling here is now getting more convenient thanks to the emergence of new routes and the development of the transport system.
Now, for those who are ready to venture out and tick off some islands in their bucket lists, we'll be giving you a head start for your inter-island escapade!

Island of Cebu
Dubbed as the “Queen City of the South”, Cebu not just serves as the center of business, trade, and commerce in the Visayas region but also as the main gateway to other neighboring islands. Port of Cebu is considered as the largest domestic port in the country serving both Visayas and Mindanao regions. It is located in the North Reclamation Area just across the Mactan Channel. And aside from this, it also houses a container terminal also known as Cebu International Port.
While in their Passenger Terminal, you’ll find the Port Management Office, a send-off area, a spacious lobby, and various food stalls. The whole area also has a Wi-Fi Internet connection.

From Cebu, you can take a ferry going to Tagbilaran, Bohol which is famous for its Chocolate Hills. From there, hop on another ferry that will bring you to Dumaguete, a city that is popular to divers because of its many diving sanctuaries.  These are only some of the places you can visit starting from Cebu city!

Ferry Schedules
There are lots of ferry operators out there that offer various routes. One of them is Ocean Fast Ferries, Inc., also known as Oceanjet. They offer high-speed crafts that serve the Luzon and Visayas Regions. Oceanjet is a well-known company that assures tourists with a smooth sailing ride combined with quality service. 
Oceanjet Economy Seat
Tourists can choose between the Economy Seat, a budget-friendly tourist seat class where you can still enjoy a view of the sea or a movie streaming on TV or the Business Class Seat, where you’ll be seated comfortably in their cushioned seats.
OceanJet Business Class Seat

Check out below their schedules:
Tagbilaran, Bohol
5:10 AM
7:10 AM
2 Hours
6:00 AM
8:00 AM
7:00 AM
9:00 AM
8:20 AM
10:20 AM
9:20 AM
11:20 AM
10:40 AM
12:40 AM
11:40 AM
1:40 AM
1:00 PM
3:00 PM
2:00 PM
4:00 PM
3:20 PM
5:20 PM
4:20 PM
6:20 PM
5:40 PM
7:40 PM
6:40 PM
8:40 PM
Getafe, Bohol
08:15 AM
09:15 AM
1 Hour
11:00 AM
12:00 PM
12:30 PM
1:30 PM
02:00 PM
03:00 PM
05:00 PM
06:00 PM
08:00 PM
09:00 PM
Ormoc, Leyte
6:00 AM
8:30 AM
2 Hours and 30 Minutes
10:30 AM
1:00 PM
1:30 PM
4:00 PM
5:00 PM
7:30 PM
Camotes Islands (Poro)
6:00 AM
7:30 AM
1 Hour and 30 Minutes
3:00 PM
4:30 PM

Click here to start booking your Cebu to Tagbilaran Business Class Tickets or Economy Class Tickets.

Below are also some local operators that offer various trips to other parts of the Visayas Region:
Trans-Asia Shipping Lines, Inc.
Cokaliong Shipping Lines, Inc.
Cagayan de Oro City
Calbayog City
Dapitan City
Dumaguete City
Iligan City
Iloilo City
Maasin City
Masbate City
Ozamis City
Surigao City

Overall, despite the lengthy travel time, more and more tourists have embraced traveling via sea which is why new routes are also being opened to make each island accessible to the public. Plus, if you’re more of a budget conscious traveller, this option is cheaper than booking a flight, right?


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