Like Cebu, the province of Bohol boasts spectacular natural attractions and beaches. If you're already in Cebu and would like to do a side trip to see the Chocolate Hills among others, you can easily reach Bohol by ferries and by plane.
The distance between Cebu City and the capital of Bohol, Taglibaran City, is approximately 90 kilometres. The quickest and most convenient way to get to Tagbilaran is via the fast ferries which can get you there in just a couple of hours with fares ranging between PHP400 and PHP1000. Flying is technically possible but you will have to make a layover in Cagayan de Oro, Manila or Davao what makes it a worse choice. Air tickets can cost between PHP3000 and PHP14000 one way.
From Cebu to Tagbilaran by ferry
By far the most common and fastest way to get to Taglibaran is by fast ferries. There are several ferries that cross the sea between Cebu and Bohol on a daily basis. These ferries are totally comfortable and some have an open-air deck where you can enjoy the breeze and the seascape during your journey.
Ocean Jet operates from Pier 1 in Cebu and has ferries departing for Tagbilaran at 5.10 am, 6 am, 7 am, 8 am, 9.20 am, 10.40 am, 11.40 am, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3.20 pm, 5.40 pm, and 6.40 pm. They offer two fare categories, an open-air or tourist class that costs around PHP800 and the business class that is slightly more expensive at PHP1000.
SuperCat via 2Go also have daily trips with the earliest ferry leaving for Tagbilaran at 5.50 am, then at 8.15 am, 11 am, 1.15 am, 3.35 am, and 6 pm. We suggest checking their website as on certain days of the week they have less departures. Their economy ticket costs PHP500, tourist class ticket – PHP550, and business class – PHP850.
Weesam plies the Cebu to Tagbilaran route at 5.50 am, 11.20 am, and 3.30 pm. Non-aircon cabins cost PHP400, while for an air-conditioned one add an extra PHP100. First-class tickets cost PHP600.
No matter the operator, travel time should take two hours in average.
Flights from Cebu to Tagbilaran
Even if it makes little sense, flying from Cebu to Tagbilaran is also possible. Cebu Pacific flies from Cebu to Tagbilaran several times a week. The flight time itself is around 2 hours but you need to factor layover in Cagayan de Oro. Fare usually ranges between PHP3000 and PHP4000.
From Cebu to Siquijor
Siquijor, or the Island of Fire, can be reached from Cebu, too. The distance between Cebu and Siquijor is around 180 kilometres but the journey requires calling to Dumaguette.
First you have to make your way to the South Bus Terminal in N. Bacalso Avenue, Cebu. Hop on a bus bound for Liloan Port in the Municipality of Santander. The distance to Liloan Port is 155 km and the travel time should be around 3–4 hours. The bus fare is around PHP200 for an ordinary bus and PHP250 for an air-conditioned bus.
From Liloan Port, get on a ferry bound for Sibulan in Negros Oriental. This is a short 25-minute ride that will cost you approximately PHP100 inclusive of the terminal fee.
From Sibulan Port, you can take a jeepney that will take you to Dumaguete for only PHP20 and then head to the pier.
From there, there are several ferries a day ready to take you to Siquijor. Ferry tickets can range between PHP160 and PHP360 and crossing the sea should take just about an hour. Ocean Jet leaves the pier for Siquijor at 12.50 pm daily, GL Shipping lines have trips from Sunday to Friday with the first trip scheduled at 5.45 am and the last trip at 4.30 pm. Lastly, Delta Ferry also leaves for Siquijor from 6 am to 4.30 pm.
It is possible to get to Siquijor Island from Tagbilaran, too, but the choice of boats is limited to a couple of departures a week. So even though travelling through Dumaguette is not that straightforward, we recommend taking this route.