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Lite Ferries ferry from Cebu to Tagbilaran

Taking the Lite Ferries ferry from Bohol to Cebu (or Cebu to Bohol) is pretty easy and painless. All you have to do is know the times they leave and go to the pier at a few hours before. It is really that simple. With that said, let’s discuss the experience!

This is not discussing the fast craft boats. Here is another article on them if that is what you want to know about. We are going to talk about the bigger ferries run by Lite Ferries.

I personally like the bigger ferries and I just plan my travel around the time different. What is the difference between an overnight ferry arriving at 7am or a 4am fastcraft that also arrives at 7am? Getting out of bed at three in the morning is the only difference that I can see.

I also find the bigger boats like Lite Ferries more comfortable. I am a big guy (6’3″ and 200+ pounds). Sitting in a seat made for Filipinos is not the easiest task and sit in it for 2-3 hours? No thank you. My knee will be have an operation again!

In the end, I guess I am just saying that I do not mind the longer transit time on the boat in exchange for comfort and not traveling in the middle of the night. I do realize there is other times to use the boat but I do not like to spend time I could be at the beach on a boat (or plane).

The Lite Ferries ferry experience

All you have to do is go to Pier 1 in Cebu City at about 9pm and look for the ticket counter. It is on the right side of the entrance to the port. There is a few companies there and in the middle of them is Lite Ferries. Stand in line and get out P240 ($4.70) for lying (highly recommended). You will need to put your name on a manifest as well. That’s it. You have your ticket now!

From there, you just walk over the terminal building and get ready to fund corruption, err, pay the terminal fee of P25 ($.49) After that, you just have to go through all the security stops to get into the main part of the terminal.

Enjoy the free (but slow) wifi and wait around until they call for boarding of the ferry. Nothing else you can do to be honest.

You will board a bus that will drive you about a football field (100 meters) to the ferry where you walk over to the entrance and hand the guy the ticket. He will just tear it and hand it back. (They will check for it several times. Keep it!)

The next guy you see will walk to your bed to lay on for the trip. Now, all you have to do is wait for everyone else to get on board and the cargo to pass the government’s agents. As soon as they do that, you should be leaving the port! Realistically, 10:30pm mean 11:15.

The only things left to do is go get a Pepsi at the counter if you want for P17 ($.33), wait for the final checking of your ticket, and get some rest.

What about arrival in Tagbilaran?

Lite Ferries will arrive about four in the morning normally. This is not an issue as the guys working for Lite Ferries do not care that you are sleeping. They just work on unloading everything that came from Cebu City. The ferry is there until noon.

I normally just sleep until about 6:30 or so and then I got into the city and find me some breakfast. The best way is to just walk to the road outside the port there and get a tricycle for P8 to a restaurant. There is not many options but you will find a few.

That’s it. You have done the Lite Ferries to Tagbilaran, Bohol and did it without needing to have a knee operation after the fact!

What about returning?

They have the same schedule (different ferry) going back. All you have to do is repeat the process.

There is also a ferry from Siquijor that comes to Tagbilaran on the way back to Cebu on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. It leaves at midnight. I normally get this one so that I will arrive in Cebu right about the time that the sun is coming up. (I do not like to move around downtown Cebu at night)

Here is a video from the trip when I did it a few years ago.

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Why Travel the Fire! is going to Hong Kong!

We are currently planning a trip to Hong Kong. While much of the people that visit Travel the Fire! are heading to the Pacific Islands, anyone from Europe or Asia will probably end up in Hong Kong for a few days. It just makes sense for us to do a series on what to do and how to get around Hong Kong City.

Some thing you can look forward are:

  • Where to stay in Hong Kong?
  • How to use the transportation system
  • Street Food in Hong Kong
  • Using the trains in Hong Kong
  • Guide to Hong Kong Airport
  • Nightlife in Hong Kong
  • Cost of travel in Hong Kong

This is a trip where we are going to try and show you how to do it as cheaply as possible. I realize that the walled City has a reputation that it is very expensive and out of budget for most travelers. However, this is just not true if you know how to move around the city and where to go.

I personally am excited about this trip because it is one of my favorite cities in the world to visit and the people of Hong Kong are some of the most professional people I know of anywhere. They do things right and they do them with excellence. That is something you don’t always seen as you travel around the world.

Importance of Hong Kong to Pacific travelers

As I said, many of the flights to the Pacific from Europe and Asia start in Hong Kong. I have used (and recommend) the Fiji Airways trip from Hong Kong to Nadi.

There is a very high chance that you are going to end up in the city and you need to know what to do and not be afraid of the sticker price that some blogs put out there.

In the meantime, check out this guide to getting around Hong Kong that I have found.

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Why SLR Foundry registered in America, not Hong Kong?

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