Another fun way to travel to Cebu Island, Philippines from Negros Island, Philippines and vice versa is to bring a car and cross the Tanon Strait by ferry boat. This is one of the routes included in the navigational highway that would connect major Philippine islands.
From any point in Negros Oriental Island, you can go to the Maayo Shipping (Matiao Shipping) wharf or pier in Barangay Tampi, San Jose town, Negros Oriental and take a roro (roll on-roll off) barge or ferry boat that crosses the Tanon Strait and take you to the wharf of Maayo Shipping in Bato, Santander, Cebu Island. On the same note, you can come from any point in Cebu and go to Maayo Shipping wharf in Bato, Santander passing by either the Oslob (southeast) route or the Barili (southwest) route. Any of these routes will still take you to Bato (on the south tip of Cebu island) where the wharf is.
Travel time is 30 minutes for smooth sea and 45 minutes for rough sea.
As of this date, Maayo Shipping has the following ferry boats or barge: LCT Georgia, LTC Anita, LCT Tampi Twin I, LCT Martin, LCT Tampi Twin, LCT Bato Twin, LCT Wilcox
The regular schedule for the Maayo Shipping ferry for Tampi to Bato and Bato to Tampi is:
5:00 AM 1:30 PM 9:30 PM
6:30 AM 3:00 PM 11:30 PM
8:00 AM 4:30 PM
9:30 AM 6:00 PM
11:30 AM 7:30 PM
Loading will be on a first come first serve basis. The Ceres buses get first priority space. In between these regular schedule, there may be special trips to accommodate vehicles that cannot be loaded in the regular schedule. This is usually done when there are unusually large number of passengers that it would be necessary to field special trips. Long holidays like Christmas, Holy Week, All Souls Day are usually peak season for passengers.
Ferry Fare for Vehicles including Arrastre (as of August 15, 2010):
Motorcycle – P255
Car – P870
Van (Hi-ace/Delica/Urvan) – P1,060
Light Trucks 6 wheelers (eg. Canter, Elf)- P1,530
Mid Truck (Fuso Fighter) – P1,808 (empty), P2,060 (loaded)
Big Trucks (eg. Isuzu Forward) – P2,300 (empty), P2,530 (loaded)
10 wheeler Long Bed or Dropside – P3,190 (empty), P3,445 (loaded)
Trailer – P6,280 (empty) – P7,800 (loaded)
Additional Expense: P25 municipal fee for Santander town, Cebu Island and none for Barangay Tampi, San Jose, Negros Oriental Island
Freebies for those with vehicles: 2 passengers per vehicle. P70 per passenger in excess of 2. Half fare for children. 10% discount for senior citizens.
Passengers without any loaded vehicles are also accommodated. Fare is P70 per passenger. Half fare for children. 10% discount for senior citizens.
Please contact their office if you want to verify current rates as their rates are subject to change without prior notice.
Contact Maayo Shipping Tampi – (035) -417-0280
(Office open Monday to Saturday 8:00-12:00AM, 1:00-5:00PM)