Si-Kat Bus and Ferry

The most comfortable mass transport between Manila and Puerto Galera is the Si-Kat Service. Originally started as a bus service with their own boats, Si-Kat now offers the service of a tourist bus that goes directly to Batangas Port where a public outrigger boat will be waiting to bring you to Puerto Galera. You need to be in the Si-Kat office/terminal to board the bus going to Batangas Port. Boat tickets to Puerto Galera will be provided. 

Ticket Prices: One-way – P800.00, Round-trip – P1,600.00. (Any return ticket issued is open.) - Children half price. 

Si-Kat leaves from the Ermita area at the City State Tower, Mabini St., Ermita, Manil . More information: www.sikatferrybus.com 

 

 

Manila to Puerto Galera schedule is as follows:

8:30 AM – Si-KAT Bus departs at City State Tower, Mabini St., Ermita, Manila

10:30 AM – Arrival in Batangas Pier

11:00 AM – Outrigger boat leaves for Puerto Galera

12:15 PM – Outrigger boat arrives in Sabang Beach

1:00 PM – Outrigger boat docks in Muelle Pier

Puerto Galera to Manila schedule is as follows:

8:15 AM – Outrigger boat departs from Muelle Pier for Sabang

9:00 AM – Outrigger boat leaves Sabang Beach for Batangas Pier

10:45 AM – Si-Kat Bus leaves for Manila

1:15 PM – Arrival in Mabini St., Ermita, Manila

One-way journey takes 2 hours by bus and 1 hour by boat.

PUBLIC BUS AND BOAT

If you're in for a bit of an adventure, this is the way to go. We do recommend this only for people traveling without young children and that have experience traveling alone in South East Asia - (no not Singapore or Kuala Lumpur, we mean the real stuff, Vietnam, Cambodia and Indonesia-style travel!).  Provincial buses are usually well maintained in The Philippines and people on the bus are very friendly. Lots of food is sold on the bus such as peanuts, cashews, eggs, hamburgers, banana fry, crispy pork, candy, drinks, water etc. 

There are several bus terminals where public air-conditioned buses are departing for Batangas Pier. You basically take a taxi, grab or uber to the the terminal that will get you to Batangas fastest. You could probably also take a Jeepney, but after living in Manila for quite a while, we always end up at the wrong place when giving it a shot.

Now... it wouldn't be smart to travel North or West into the city as we're leaving Manila on the South East side to Batangas. Manila's traffic is generally a disaster until you get on the toll ways. Getting on a toll way could take you over an hour when traffic is bad. In the image, we show which terminal is probably the best to go to, depending on where in the city you are. 

There are 3 main terminals: 
  • Buendia Terminal - Pasay City (Taft Avenue near the corner of Gil Puyat Avenue, formerly Buendia)
  • Cubao Terminal - Quezon City (Araneta Center Cubao Bus Terminal)
  • Alabang South Station - Muntinlupa City (Provincial Bus Terminal)

Look for bus liners named CERES, JAM, GoldStar and DLTB. They have busses in each of these terminals departing for Batangas Pier. GoldStar is the most comfortable bus, they often have a toilet on board as well. The busses usually leave every half hour or hour. When coming from the Airport (any terminal), best is to go to the Buendia Terminal. When coming from Angeles City, change buses at Cubao Terminal. 

You can just board the bus and ask the bus assistant to load your luggage in the bus. (tips are welcome, 20 pesos). You can buy the ticket on the bus, you will get the ticket when the bus has departed .

Prices

Expect between around 140 pesos (Alabang), 170 pesos (Buendia) and 200 pesos (Cubao). This includes toll fees. 

A last bit of advise - Manila has become more safe in 2017 - whether you like Duterte or not - but don't flash your money in the bus. Remember that the average daily salary in Manila is around 500 pesos per day. Someone seeing 20,000 pesos in a wallet could get the wrong ideas. 

outrigger boats parked in Muelle Port

BUY BOAT TICKETS

Upon arrival in Batangas pier, go to Terminal 3 (for Outrigger Boats) or Terminal 2 (for the RORO ferry) and find the ticket booth of the ferry going to Puerto Galera. There are 3 major points of entry, namely, Sabang Beach, Muelle Port, and White Beach.

Prices & Schedule

Boat tickets are around P 230 one way and the terminal fee is PHP 30.

The first ferry trip to Puerto Galera is 7:30 am during the normal season and every hour thereafter, one or 2 ferries depart until 4:30 pm which is usually the last trip to Puerto Galera. If you happen to disembark at the wrong port or landing site, there are tricycles that you can hire to bring you to the resort of your choice.

There are many shipping companies plying the Batangas-Puerto Galera route. The major passenger ferries are: FSL (Father and Son Shipping Lines) and MSL (Minolo Shipping Lines) The maximum capacity of an outrigger boats is from 60 up to 120 passengers, depending on the size of the boat.

There are many shipping companies plying the Batangas-Puerto Galera route. The major passenger ferries are as follows: FSL or Father and Son Shipping Lines and MSL or Minolo Shipping Lines. The maximum capacity of an outrigger boats is from 60 up to 120 passengers. The ticket costs is always depends on the season, regular season currently is ranging from 250 to 300 pesos and peak season is around 300-350 pesos, one-way.

The first ferry trip to Puerto Galera is 7:30 am during the normal season and every hour thereafter, one or 2 ferries depart until 4:30 pm which is usually the last trip to Puerto Galera. If you happen to disembark at the wrong port or landing site, there are tricycles that you can hire to bring you to the resort of your choice.

outrigger boats parked in Muelle Port