Contact - Travel to Sablayan

Warning - Schedules & Fares

All schedules & prices listed below are indicative.
Here in the Philippines, they change several times every single year!
Thus some might be out of date, if we did not get and report the information.
Last complete update: 14/05/2018
And do not trust information you get on the travel guides or internet, more than half of those schedules & fares are out of date!
The only way to be sure is have a direct contact - go to the terminal, or contact a phone number / FaceBook site.
Please ask us if in doubt.

Manila - Sablayan by Bus (and Ferry)

This is a very cheap and flexible option.
Count less than 800 ₱ per person for one way.

Directly with either Ceres / Gold Star / Narpin - plus supplement if many luggage.
Around 10h trip. The bus will go on the ferry between Batangas and Abra de Ilog.

Normally, no need to book. Just go to the station about one hour before departure, and buy your ticket there.

In Manila, take the bus in Sampaloc Station, Dimple Star Terminal

(Adress: Crossing España Boulevard / Antipolo Street)
This normally costs around 200-300 Pesos by taxi.
Or directly from the airport, you can go to Alabang Station, Dimple Star Terminal.
This is more expensive (around 1'200 Pesos by taxi), but faster, as you skip most of the Manila traffic and get the bus on the route.

In Sablayan, take the bus at the Dimple Star Terminal
Several busses every day:

Manila to Sablayan: at least 10:00, 13:00, 16:00

Sablayan to Manila: at least 09:00, 12:00, 17:00

A bit faster is to go first to Batangas (busses every 10 minutes from Buendia Station, e.g. with Ceres or JacLiner), then to Abra de Ilog (ferry every 4 hours, day and night). Finally, jump in the first bus or van to Sablayan. But you will have to carry your luggage and care about the tickets at Batangas port.

Manila - Sablayan by Private Van (and Ferry)

Expensive, but even more flexible and more comfortable.

We can organize a private van to pick you up, either at the airport or at your hotel in Manila.
Count around 15'000 ₱ for one way, for up to 8 persons.

Around 9h trip.

Manila - Sablayan by Plane (and Bus or Van)

Moderately expensive, but faster.

Two possibilities:

With Cebu Pacific Airlines

One daily flight between Manila and San Jose (Mindoro).
[Edit 10/10/18: Only flying on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday morning for low season. Hopefully daily again in a few months]

One way ticket between 3'000 ₱ and 6'000 ₱.
From Manila to San Jose, departure at 05:15.
From San Jose to Manila, departure at 06:45.

In San Jose airport, take a tricycle to go to the Bus Terminal. Take a bus there (Dimple Star) or public van to Sablayan (2h, 180 ₱).
Or a private van from the airport (1h1/2, 4'500 ₱)

With Air Juan

One flight every Tuesday and Saturday between Manila and Mamburao.
[Edit 14/05/2018: Route suspended. Contact AirJuan directly]

One way ticket between 4'000 ₱ and 10'000 ₱.
From Manila to Mamburao, departure at 07:00.
From Mamburao to Manila, departure at 08:00.

In Mamburao airport, take a tricycle to go to the Bus Terminal. Take a bus there or public van to Sablayan (2h1/2, 200 ₱).
Or a private van from the airport (2h, 4'000 ₱)

Manila - Sablayan by Seaplane

Most expensive option, but fastest and most memorable.
One way, 45'000 ₱ for up to 3 passengers (or 2 with big luggage).
1h1/2 between Manila Bay and Sablayan Beach.

Contact us if interested.

Puerto Galera - Sablayan

One daily boat between Puerto Galera and Abra de Ilog.
1h trip, departure at 10:30 from Puerto Galera, Balatero Pier (Ask your hotel / resort for arrangement).

In Abra de Ilog harbour, take either a bus, a public van or a private van to Sablayan. (3h)

Departure from Abra de Ilog to Puerto Galera at noon.

Boracay - Sablayan

By Plane (and bus/van):

Caticlan - Manila, then Manila - San Jose
From San Jose, go to the bus terminal and take a bus or a van to Sablayan (2h1/2)


By Boat (and bus/van):

Caticlan - Bulalacao (Or. Mindoro) with FastCat (500 ₱, 3h, 2 trips a day)
From Bulalacao, take a bus / van to San Jose (1h 1/2), then a bus / van to Sablayan (2h 1/2)

Palawan - Sablayan

No direct flight, you would have to go back to Manila then fly to San Jose.


There is only one boat company linking San Jose de Mindoro and Coron (Northern Palawan):
Bunso operates 3 times a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday from Coron, departure at 8am; Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday from San Jose, departure at 9am. 800-1000 Pesos, 6 hours).
[Last edit: 10/10/2018]
Better book in advance, e.g. with this trusted travel agency:
Montenegro Lines has suspended this route after a few months operation.

Or you can charter a boat, and eventually combine it with a stop in Apo Reef, more or less on the way. Expensive though, please contact us if interested.