How to get to Sibuyan Island

Travelling from island to island in the Philippines tends to get complicated sometimes. Sibuyan, located in the province of Romblon, is a particularly hard to get to destination. We found it quite difficult to find information regarding the logistics of travelling to the island so here’s our in-depth guide on how to get to Sibuyan.

Guide on How to Get to Sibuyan

the planes of Sibuyan, protected by the mountain behind

Private Charters

For travelers with deeper pockets, private direct transfers to Sibuyan by means of chartered bangkas are available from/to several ports on the islands around Sibuyan. Contact Isle Dreams for more information.

Scheduled Ferry Services

From and to Manila

  1. Take a bus headed to Batangas pier. JAM liner have buses running for Cubao terminal in Manila to Batangas Pier.
  2. Once you are in Batangas you need to take a ferry either straight to Sibuyan or else connect in Romblon Town, Romblon (hereafter called Romblon) or in Odiongan on Tablas island. The one you take depends on your day of travel and availability. Because we were traveling during the very busy week of Easter, all trips which could be pre-booked with Navios Shipping Lines and 2Go Travel (2Go can be booked online) were in fact unavailable, so our only option was to take the Montenegro ferry from Batangas to Romblon which is on a first-come, first-served basis. This meant that we needed get to the Montenegro ticketing office in Batangas pretty early that day! We were there 8 hours before the ferry departure time and we still needed to spend 90 minutes in the queue for a ticket. Luckily some were still available!

Dagubdob Waterfall in Sibuyan

Tips

  • When booking 2Go ferry trips online, you will be requested to take with you printed copies of the tickets as well as printed copies of ID documents and credit card (front side only) used to make the purchase at time of boarding. We were only asked to show the printed tickets when actually boarding though.
  • The 2Go Ferries are by far superior to the Montenegro boats. They are newer, cleaner and more organized. A simple lunch is served. We did not have the opportunity to use the Navios boats but we are told that they too are far more comfortable than the Montenegro lines.
  • You have two options when booking Montenegro – a/c rooms and non a/c rooms (economy). We first decided to go for the economy room but we were told that we wouldn’t have a bed either, just a chair. When we got there, we realized that beds are provided in economy class too but they are “open-air” and pretty much exposed to the elements!
  • Take warm clothes for the ferry trips – the a/c is kept very cool and you will likely feel very cold especially if you are assigned to the upper bunks. I wore socks, three sweaters and two pairs of trousers and still felt cold on the upper bunk.
  • 2Go will provide you with bedsheets if you leave an official ID document as a deposit at reception.

From other locations

Other possible ways of getting to Sibuyan are via Roxas or Caticlan airports followed by a ferry to Odiongan followed by a ferry to Sibuyan (refer to schedules below for connections between Odiongan and Sibuyan).

It is also possible to take a flight from Manila to Tablas island (Tugdan airport) and then a ferry to Sibuyan (refer to schedules below for connections between Tablas and Sibuyan).

Wondering what to do once you get to Sibuyan? Read more about why we fell in love with Sibuyan!

 



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Schedules

We have listed the possible options to get to Sibuyan from Batangas and vice-versa in the following tables. These are based on our experience, research and the ferry schedules available online at the time of writing and are not exhaustive.

Kindly note that all schedules are for reference only and subject to change without prior notice. Please contact the relevant companies for the most updated information.

How to get to Sibuyan from Batangas

Monday

CompanyDeparture BatangasStops/TransfersArrival Sibuyan
2Go/MontenegroMonday 21.00 (2Go)Stop at Odiongan, Tablas Tuesday 04.00. Take Montenegro ferry from San Agustin Tablas at 06.00. This makes a stop at Romblon (stay on ferry)*Tuesday 09.30 (Magdiwang)
MontenegroMonday 17.00Stop at Odiongan, Tablas on Tuesday at 03.00. Take Montenegro ferry from San Agustin Tablas at 06.00. This makes a stop at Romblon (stay on ferry)Tuesday 09.30 (Magdiwang)
MontenegroMonday 17.00Stop at Romblon on Tuesday at 06.00. Transfer to Montenegro ferry leaving at 07.30.Tuesday 09.30 (Magdiwang)
*Vans run from San Agustin to Odiongan and vice versa, journey takes about 60-90 minutes so this connection will likely be very tight. Might have to overnight on Tablas and catch a ferry to Sibuyan the following day.

 

Tuesday

CompanyDeparture BatangasStops/TransfersArrival Sibuyan
2Go/MontenegroTuesday 21.00 (2Go)Stop at Odiongan Tablas Wednesday 04.00. Take Montenegro ferry from San Agustin Tablas at 06.00. This makes a stop at Romblon (stay on ferry)*Wednesday 09.30 (Magdiwang)
2Go/MontenegroTuesday 21.00 (2Go)Stop at Romblon on Wednesday 06.00. Transfer to Montenegro ferry leaving at 07.30. Wednesday 09.30 (Magdiwang)
MontenegroTuesday 17.00Stop at Odiongan, Tablas on Wednesday at 03.00. Take Montenegro ferry from San Agustin Tablas at 06.00. This makes a stop at Romblon (stay on ferry)Wednesday 09.30 (Magdiwang)
MontenegroTuesday 17.00Stop at Romblon on Wednesday 06.00. Transfer to Montenegro ferry leaving at 07.30.Wednesday 09.30 (Magdiwang)
*Vans run from San Agustin to Odiongan and vice versa, journey takes about 60-90 minutes so this connection will likely be very tight. Might have to overnight on Tablas and catch a ferry to Sibuyan the following day.

 

Wednesday

CompanyDeparture BatangasStops/TransfersArrival Sibuyan
NaviosWednesday 17.00Stop at San Agustin, Tablas Thursday 03.00 - 04.00 (stay on ferry)Thursday 08.00 (Cajidiocan)
MontenegroWednesday 17.00Stop at Odiongan, Tablas on Thursday at 03.00. Take Montenegro ferry from San Agustin Tablas at 06.00. This makes a stop at Romblon (stay on ferry)Thursday 09.30 (Magdiwang)
MontenegroWednesday 17.00Stop at Romblon on Thursday 06.00. Transfer to Montenegro ferry leaving at 07.30.Thursday 09.30 (Magdiwang)

 

Thursday

CompanyDeparture BatangasStops/TransfersArrival Sibuyan
2Go/MontenegroThursday 10.00 (2Go)Stop at Odiongan Tablas Thursday 17.00. Overnight in Tablas and catch Montenegro ferry from San Agustin Tablas on Friday at 06.00. This makes a stop at Romblon (stay on ferry)Friday 09.30 (Magdiwang)
MontenegroThursday 17.00Stop at Odiongan, Tablas on Friday at 03.00. Take Montenegro ferry from San Agustin Tablas at 06.00. This makes a stop at Romblon (stay on ferry)Friday 09.30 (Magdiwang)
MontenegroThursday 17.00Stop at Romblon on Friday 06.00. Transfer to Montenegro ferry leaving at 07.30.Friday 09.30 (Magdiwang)

 

Friday

CompanyDeparture BatangasStops/TransfersArrival Sibuyan
2Go/MontenegroFriday 21.00 (2Go)Stop at Odiongan Tablas Saturday 04.00. Take Montenegro ferry from San Agustin Tablas at 06.00. This makes a stop at Romblon (stay on ferry)*Saturday 09.30 (Magdiwang)
2Go/MontenegroFriday 21.00 (2Go)Stop at Romblon on Saturday 06.00. Transfer to Montenegro ferry leaving at 07.30. Saturday 09.30 (Magdiwang)
MontenegroFriday 17.00Stop at Odiongan, Tablas on Saturday at 03.00. Take Montenegro ferry from San Agustin Tablas at 06.00. This makes a stop at Romblon (stay on ferry)Saturday 09.30 (Magdiwang)
MontenegroFriday 17.00Stop at Romblon on Saturday 06.00. Transfer to Montenegro ferry leaving at 07.30.Saturday 09.30 (Magdiwang)
*Vans run from San Agustin to Odiongan and vice versa, journey takes about 60-90 minutes so this connection will likely be very tight. Might have to overnight on Tablas and catch a ferry to Sibuyan the following day.

 

Saturday

CompanyDeparture BatangasStops/TransfersArrival Sibuyan
MontenegroSaturday 17.00Stop at Odiongan, Tablas on Sunday at 03.00. Take Montenegro ferry from San Agustin Tablas at 06.00. This makes a stop at Romblon (stay on ferry)Sunday 09.30 (Magdiwang)
MontenegroSaturday 17.00Stop at Romblon on Sunday 06.00. Transfer to Montenegro ferry leaving at 07.30.Sunday 09.30 (Magdiwang)

 

Sunday

CompanyDeparture BatangasStops/TransfersArrival Sibuyan
NaviosSunday 17.00Stop at St. Agustin, Tablas Monday 03.00 - 04.00 (stay on ferry)Monday 08.00 (Cajidiocan)
2Go/MontenegroSunday 10.00 (2Go)Stop at Odiongan Tablas Sunday 17.00. Overnight in Tablas and catch Montenegro ferry from San Agustin Tablas on Monday at 06.00. This makes a stop at Romblon (stay on ferry)Monday 09.30 (Magdiwang)
MontenegroSunday 17.00Stop at Odiongan, Tablas on Monday at 03.00. Take Montenegro ferry from San Agustin Tablas at 06.00. This makes a stop at Romblon (stay on ferry)Monday 09.30 (Magdiwang)
MontenegroSunday 17.00Stop at Romblon on Monday 06.00. Transfer to Montenegro ferry leaving at 07.30.Monday 09.30 (Magdiwang)

From Sibuyan Back to Batangas

Monday

CompanyDeparture SibuyanStops/TransfersArrival Batangas
NaviosMonday 11.00 (Cajidiocan)Stop at St. Agustin, Tablas Monday 15.00 - 16.00 (stay on ferry)Tuesday 02.00
2Go/MontenegroMonday 10.30 (Magdiwang)Stop at San Agustin, Tablas. Overnight in Tablas, take 2Go ferry at 11.00 on Tuesday from Odiongan, Tablas.Tuesday 18.15
MontenegroMonday 10.30 (Magdiwang)Stop at Romblon at 12.30. Overnight in Romblon, take ferry at 12.00 on Tuesday.Wednesday 01.00
MontenegroMonday 10.30 (Magdiwang)Stop at San Agustin, Tablas at 14.00. Take ferry from Odiongan at 17.00*Tuesday 03.00
*Vans run from San Agustin to Odiongan and vice versa, journey takes about 60-90 minutes so this connection will likely be very tight. Might have to overnight on Tablas and catch a ferry to Batangas the following day.

 

Tuesday

CompanyDeparture SibuyanStops/TransfersArrival Batangas
MontenegroTuesday 10.30 (Magdiwang)Stop at San Agustin, Tablas at 14.00. Take ferry from Odiongan at 17.00*Wednesday 03.00
*Vans run from San Agustin to Odiongan and vice versa, journey takes about 60-90 minutes so this connection will likely be very tight.

 

Wednesday

CompanyDeparture SibuyanStops/TransfersArrival Batangas
Montenegro/2GoWednesday 10.30 (Magdiwang)Stop at Romblon, Take 2Go ferry to Batangas at 21.00Thursday 05.00
Montenegro/2GoWednesday 10.30 (Magdiwang)Stop at San Agustin, Tablas. Overnight in Tablas, take 2Go ferry at 11.00 on Thursday from Odiongan, Tablas.Thursday 18.00

 

Thursday

CompanyDeparture SibuyanStops/TransfersArrival Batangas
NaviosThursday 11.00 (Cajidiocan)Stop at San Agustin, Tablas Thursday 15.00 - 16.00 (stay on ferry)Friday 02.00
Montenegro/2GoThursday 10.30 (Magdiwang)Stop at San Agustin, Tablas. Overnight in Tablas, take 2Go ferry at 11.00 on Friday from Odiongan, Tablas.Friday 18.00
MontenegroThursday 10.30 (Magdiwang)Stop at Romblon, at 12.30. Overnight in Romblon, take ferry at 12.00 on Friday.Saturday 01.00
MontenegroThursday 10.30 (Magdiwang)Stop at San Agustin, Tablas at 14.00. Take ferry from Odiongan at 17.00*Friday 03.00
*Vans run from San Agustin to Odiongan and vice versa, journey takes about 60-90 minutes so this connection will likely be very tight. Might have to overnight on Tablas and catch a ferry to Batangas the following day.

 

Friday

CompanyDeparture SibuyanStops/TransfersArrival Batangas
MontenegroFriday 10.30 (Magdiwang)Stop at San Agustin, Tablas at 14.00. Take ferry from Odiongan at 17.00*Saturday 03.00
*Vans run from San Agustin to Odiongan and vice versa, journey takes about 60-90 minutes so this connection will likely be very tight. Might have to overnight on Tablas and catch a ferry to Batangas the following day.

 

Saturday

CompanyDeparture SibuyanStops/TransfersArrival Batangas
Montenegro/2GoSaturday 10.30 (Magdiwang)Stop at Romblon. Take 2Go ferry to Batangas at 22.00Sunday 06.00
Montenegro/2GoSaturday 10.30 (Magdiwang)Stop at San Agustin, Tablas. Overnight in Tablas, take 2Go ferry at 11.00 on Sunday from Odiongan, Tablas.Sunday 18.00
MontenegroSaturday 10.30 (Magdiwang)Stop at Romblon at 12.30. Overnight in Romblon, take ferry at 12.00 on Sunday.Monday 01.00
MontenegroSaturday 10.30 (Magdiwang)Stop at San Agustin, Tablas at 14.00. Take ferry from Odiongan at 17.00*Sunday 03.00
*Vans run from San Agustin to Odiongan and vice versa, journey takes about 60-90 minutes so this connection will likely be very tight. Might have to overnight on Tablas and catch a ferry to Batangas the following day

 

Sunday

CompanyDeparture SibuyanStops/TransfersArrival Batangas
Montenegro/2GoSunday 10.30 (Magdiwang)Stop at San Agustin, Tablas. Overnight in Tablas, take 2Go ferry at 11.00 on Monday from Odiongan, Tablas.Monday 18.00
MontenegroSunday 10.30 (Magdiwang)Stop at San Agustin, Tablas at 14.00. Take ferry from Odiongan at 17.00*Monday 03.00
*Vans run from San Agustin to Odiongan and vice versa, journey takes about 60-90 minutes so this connection will likely be very tight. Might have to overnight on Tablas and catch a ferry to Batangas the following day

 

When you descend the ferry in Batangas, several buses will be waiting for passenger transfers to Manila. We took a Ceres bus which stopped us at Cubao terminal, Manila.

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