Due to the Philippines’s island nature, one of the easiest and cheapest way to travel inbetween the islands is by the commercial ferry service. Major ferry companies have vessels that will carry thousands of passengers, offer a wide variety of on-board accommodations (from bunk rooms to private cabins) and are well maintained.
There are many reasons to choose ferry over taking a flight :
• Taking the ferry is a more eco-friendly way to travel as choosing an alternative to flying is one way to greatly minimise your carbon footprint.
• Lower prices compared to air tickets, as ferries are lesser affected by rising fuel costs
• A ‘mini-cruise’ experience and great sea views (if you have the time to spend)
• Generous luggage limits
Major Ferry Companies
The WG&A is the largest Shipping Company in the Philippines which is the resultant of three amalgamated companies. The Company boasts of 10 super ferry and 2 ferry services, all from Manila to places like Coron, Ozamis, Tagbilaran and some other destinations. The departing terminal for the super ferry is pier 4 at North Harbor in Manila. For the ferries the point is pier 15 in the South Harbor.
Read more about – SuperFerry [+]
This forms apart of the WG&A Group and handles three ferries to Larena, Cebu, Tagbilaran, Dapitan, Calipan, Batangas. It covers ten ports and provides fifty trips in a day.
Read more about – SuperCat Ferry [+]
It is a service that runs it’s vessels to and from Cebu.
Read more about – Cebu Ferry [+]
This ferry service provides inter island transportation and Panay and Negros in Visayas. The company founded in 1932 has 7 vessels and covers destinations like Ozamiz, Zamboanga, Roxas, Cebu, Puerto Princesa, and Dumaguit.
Read more about – Negros Navigation Ferry [+]
The ferry service provides transfer to Romblon and Panay from Manila. He fleet consists of five ships.
Sulpicio Lines Inc- The company came into existence in 1973 and consists of 17 vessels providing ferry services to Butuan, Cotabato, Baybay, Maasin, Naval, Kawayan, Maripipi, Estancia, Davao, Cebu and many more.
Read more about – MBRS Lines Ferry [+]
The El Greco Jet Ferries Inc handles a fast ferry named Kristen which connects Manila with the economic zone of Bataan.
Read more about – EL Greco Ferry [+]
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