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M/V Lite Ferry 2, arriving at the San Carlos, Negros Occidental pier, from Toledo, Cebu. This boat makes several trips, daily, across the Tañon Strait, from Toledo, Cebu to San Carlos.

A view of two Napacor Power Barges, which were moored at the Ilo-ilo port. Two of the four generators available, were on, providing additional power for Ilo-ilo.

This is the passenger terminal building, at the port of Ilo-ilo, Ilo-ilo. We arrived here from Cebu CIty aboard the Trans-Asia boat, the Asia Philippines. The trip took 14 hours, 30 minutes.


As maritime safety regulations don't necessarily apply in the Philippines. While these life rafts may hold 10 Filipinos, I believe no more than two, possibly three foreigners, could get into one of these, before it began to sink. So, it is probably a good idea to know how to swim, prior to boarding any sea going craft in the Philippines.

As we were arriving, and which is quite often the case, porters were waiting to take luggage and other bulky items off the boat for arriving passengers. Porters, here in the Philippines, typically earn only the monies paid to them by the arriving passengers. However, there is usually a set porterage (fee) at each port. As the gang plank hits the pier, the porters sprint off the pier, up the gang plank, and onto the boat in order to be the first to take packages and small cargo off. If you ever go first class aboard any ship or boat here, be prepared for porters to approach you first, after the boat moors at the pier of your destination.

Super Shuttle Ferry 1, preparing to depart the pier at Guinsiliban for Balingoan, on Mindanao. Guinsiliban is one of two points on Camiguin, where you may leave the island for Mindanao.

Super Shuttle Ferry 1 en route to Balingoan. There are currently three trips per day, that Super Shuttle Ferry 1 takes from this point, to Mindanao, and return. A Ceres Liner backing off the LCT Bato Twin, after it arrived at the Bato pier, located in Bato, Samboan, Cebu. This is a private pier for Maayo Shipping.

A semi-truck hauling a very heavy container, backing on to the LCT Bato Twin, at the Tampi Pier. This truck was so heavy that it had to be parked at an angle inside the Ro-Ro, so as to distribute the weight as evenly as possible, for the voyage.

A view the Bato, Samboan pier, from aboard the LCT Giok Chong. This is one of Maayo Shipping's larger Ro-Ro's, I would guess to be around 200 tons capacity. I will verify this upon my next voyage to Negros, via Maayo Shipping, Inc.

The LCT Giok Chong and the LCT Tampi Twin I, moored at Tampi, San Jose, Negros Oriental. This is where Maayo boats arrive, coming from the pier at Bato, Samboan, Cebu.


This is a view of the pier at Dumaguete City, N.O., from "The Boulevard". If you look just above the park bench in the photo, you will see Delta Fast Ferry office (aboard a floating barge). It is moored at the Dumaguete Pier, located in Negros Oriental.

This is the Aznar Fastcraft 3, moored at Hagnaya. Fast craft, while making a bit better time than the Ro-Ro's, across to Bantayan, typically don't seem to be as comfortable to me.

The MV Island RORO II, crossing from Bantayan Island to Cebu, at Hagnaya Pier. This boat makes regular trips from Hagnaya to Bantayan Island, and return.


Daily trips can be checked on the Ships & Ro-Ro schedules page.


A Delta Fast Ferry leaving the port of Dumaguete City, heading for Siquijor. Delta provides regularly scheduled trips to Siquijor, from Dumaguete City.


Schedules may be found on our Fast Craft page.

A Ro-Ro crossing Iligan Bay, from Iligan City to Paquil Bay and Ozamis City. Regular trips are done across these bodies of water, to shorten the travel times from Ozamis to Iligan City. This photo was taken by me, in 2004.

Super Shuttle Ferry 3, crossing the Tañon Strait from Cebu to Bantayan Island. Regular trips are made daily from Hagnaya to Santa Fe Town, Bantayan Island.


Daily trips can be checked on the Ships & Ro-Ro schedules page.


The M/V Kalinaw, operated by Philstone Shipping Corporation, crossing the Bohol Sea from Benoni to Balingoan Pier.  This is a smaller shipping line, but has always been dependable, when I used their services.

Super Shuttle Ferry 7 moored at Super Shuttle Ferry's Pier 8, located in the reclamation area of Cebu City.


Daily trips can be checked on the Ships & Ro-Ro schedules page.

Island Shipping's M/V Island RORO I, moored along the Hagnaya, San Remegio Pier. waiting for passengers to board for departure to Santa Fe, on Bantayan Island.


Passengers at Hagnaya Pier boarding Island Shipping's M/V Island Ro-Ro I, soon to depart for Santa Fe, Bantayan Island.

If leaving your car on Cebu, this is the secure parking area at Hagnaya. The current rate for parking there is Php 100 / day.

The LCT Island I and Super Shuttle Ferry 3, moored along the Sta. Fe Pier, located on Bantayan Island.


A closer view of the LCT Island I and Super Shuttle Ferry 3, at the Sta. Fe Pier.

Island Shipping's M/V Island RORO I, arriving at the Santa Fe Pier on Bantayan Island.

Island Shipping's, M/V Island Express V arriving at Santa Fe, Bantayan Island, from Hagnaya Pier, San Remegio, Cebu.


Super Shuttle Ferry 6 moored at the Balingoan Pier, in Balingoan, Misamis Oriental. On its next voyage, it will depart for the Benoni Pier, located at Benoni, Camiguin Island.

The Cokaliong company pier in Cebu. A boat quietly waiting for her time to sail off in the night, later in the evening. Cokaliong has a number of destinations throughout the country.

Lite Shipping's Ferries moored along the pier at Cebu City. Lite Shipping has a number of destinations, direct from Cebu Province. I have traveled aboard their boats many times.


The three photos above are of Badjao, or "Sea Gypsies". They live around the pier areas in many cities in the Philippines. Badjao rush out to the ferries, as the large boats arrive at the pier. In many western countries this certainly would not be permitted. These huge boats could crush the small bangka boats quite easily, and without warning. The Badjao continue to come right up to them every time, though. As the passengers come out onto the decks, the Badjao attempt to get them to throw coins over the side rails. This allows the Badjao to demonstrate their diving abilities, and their efficiency at catching the coins before the coins sink too far into the dark, murky water. The Badjao are quite amazing to watch, while diving for coins.


Note: All schedules of the shipping lines on this site are subject to change without prior notice.

Links to other Philippines ships, boats, and ferries photos.


Philippines Boats & Ships on Flickr - A member of the Philippines Ship Spotters Society.

Philippines Ship Spotters Society - A group who have taken many photos of ships here.

goriob's photostream - Excellent archive of boats and other forms of Philippines transportation.

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