How to Get to Marinduque?

Last Updated: December 20, 2016
Getting to Marinduque is easy but you have to endure the long trip if you want to save money. It takes more or less 8 hours to get to Marinduque via bus but due to heavy traffic in Quezon Province, it might take longer than that.  A newly opened AirJuan is available but it's expensive so it's up to you how you want to get there. 

There are three options now to get to Marinduque:

OPTION 1: COMMUTE VIA BUS
1. Take a taxi, jeepney or bus going to the designated bus terminals for Jac Liner, Jam Liner or Lucena Lines. I always ride Jac Liner bus because they are new, the seats are comfortable and I feel safe with them.  Not to mention there's a free wi-fi on board.

There are two trusted bus companies that operate from Manila to Dalahican, Lucena which is the drop off point going to Marinduque:
 JAC LINER
Buendia Terminal
Address: Donada St. corner Buendia, Pasay City
Phone#: 404-2073
Regular Trips: 2 am to 10 pm
Midnight Trips: 11 pm & 12 am
Door to Door Trip to Marinduque: 6:00pm (Fare is Php880.00)

Kamias Terminal
Address: 2 Mapagmahal St. Bgy. Pinyahan, cor Edsa, QC
Pone#: 928-6140
Regular Trips: 2 am to 10 pm
Midnight Trips: 11 pm & 12 am
(24 Hours Operation)
JAM LINER
Buendia Terminal
2124 Taft Avenue, Pasay City
Phone#: 831-8264/831-0465
Mobile#: 0917-8045122


Kamuning Terminal
831 EDSA, Kamuning, Brgy. Sacred Heart, Quezon City
Phone#: 990-1289
Mobile#: 0916-7026665
Website: www.jam.com.ph
Note: Special discount applicable to Senior Citizen and Students with I.D.

2. At the bus terminal, take a bus with a sign board "Lucena/Dalahican"; it goes directly to the port.  Fare is Php210.00 as of November 6, with special discount for students & senior citizens. Please note that the fare changes without prior notice, especially during peak season.

3. You can also take a bus with a sign board "Lucena/Grand Terminal", but it's up to the Lucena Grand Terminal only so you still have to take a tricycle (Php60.00 per person) or jeepney going to the Dalahican Port.

4. Upon arriving at the Dalahican Port, pay the terminal fee of Php30.00, then buy a ticket going to Balanacan in Mogpog, Marinduque.

As of now, there are only 2 shipping lines that operate from Lucena to Marinduque.  Sailing time takes 3 to 4 hours, depends on the ferry or RoRo. 

MONTENEGRO SHIPPING LINES, INC.
Address: 2nd Floor Old PPA Admin Building, Sta. Clara, Batangas City 4220
Phone#: (043)740-3201 | (043)740-3188 | (043)740-3206

STARHORSE SHIPPING LINES
Address: 20 San Antonio St., Lourdes Subdivision, Brgy. Isabang, Lucena 4301
Phone#: (02)710-7403
Mobile#: (0948)548-0767
Email: starhorse_01@yahoo.com

Note: Special discount applicable only to Senior Citizen and Students with I.D.Trips schedule and fares as of November 2016.

Please note that the schedule sometimes changes without prior notice.  So you if you arrive at the port at a wee hour and wanted to take a short nap, you can rent a mattress for Php25.00 at the port terminal and you can sleep until such time.
 Talao-Talao (Dalahican) Port
Dalahican Port was renovated; they added more spaces and seats for passengers' convenience. the toilets were moved to the new passengers terminal and also renovated. It's much cleaner and bigger than the old ones. The ticket/terminal fee windows are located temporarily at the side due to the renovations. This was last November so I'm not sure if they are finished already.
 
I prefer sailing during daytime so I can enjoy looking at the ocean.  I sometimes got lucky because there are dolphins playing. And there's nothing more beautiful than seeing the sunset when you're sailing.
5. You'll know you are near Balanacan Port when you see the islets and the statue of the Virgin Mary.  And if you can't see the islets or the statue, you'll know you are near when people start to stand.  Be patient when you see them rushing below, because they are used to being like that.  They want to disembark first before the vehicles to get the best seat in the jeepney or not be left behind since the trips are limited.
6. As soon as you disembark, just follow the people walking to the exit and from there, you can take a jeepney or van going to your desired destinations.  The maximum fare is Php100.00 per person. Make sure to take the designated jeepney for each town.  You will know where and and what jeepney to take because they are announcing the jeepney's destination as soon as you exit the port.  You won't miss the big signboard too.

Jeepneys only leave whenever the ferry or RoRo arrives. After that, you'll just have to take the only available jeepney and transfer from one to another until you reach your destinations.  No worries because there a lot of tricycles operating in every town.

Please note that the jeepney driver can only drop you off along the highway or the designated drop off point.  Usually, the drop off point is the town proper. The major means of transportation is via a tricycle, no taxi. 
 
See below for additional information on how to get around the small province of Marinduque. There are only 6 towns in Marinduque and these are:

Buenavista
The farthest town in Marinduque from the port.  You can only take the jeepney going to Buenavista as no other jeepney passes here. It passes the town of Mogpog, Boac & Gasan. Travel time to the town proper is approximately 2 hours from port.

Gasan
2nd farthest town in Marinduque from port. Sometimes, when there are few passengers and won't be enough for 1 trip, they just ask people to transfer to the jeepney bound for Buenavista or the other way around. Travel time to the town proper is approximately 1 hour from port.

Boac
The capital of Marinduque and the next town from the port.  If you want to explore this town first before going to your desired destination, you can take jeepney bound for Boac. From there, you can take a jeepney going to your desired destination. Just ask the locals or drivers the location of the jeepney terminal. Travel time to the town proper is approximately 30 minutes from the port.

Mogpog
The town where the port is located. Depending on where you are going, you can either walk or take a jeepney bound for Boac and ask the driver to drop you off at the Mogpog Town proper. From there, just take a tricycle to your desired destination. Travel time to the town proper is 10 minutes.

Sta. Cruz
The 2nd town from the port, if you are going to the other side, that is. Take a jeepney bound for Sta. Cruz. I haven't travel yet to this side so I don't know how long the travel is.

Torrijos
The town in between Sta. Cruz & Buenavista.  There's a jeepney bound for Torrijos, but it's also limited. So your other option is to take jeepney bound for Beunavista or Sta. Cruz and from there take a jeepney going to Torrijos.  I haven't travel yet to this side so I don't know how long the travel is.

Marinduquenos are honest and kind people so no need to worry if you don't know the place. Just ask someone and they will gladly assist you. Sometimes, they even accompany you until you safely arrive at the passengers' terminal.

OPTION 2: DOOR TO DOOR (Bus or Van)
A "Door to Door" offered by Jac Liner will only cost you Php880.00 from Buendia Terminal to any point of destination in Marinduque. 

Vans are also available for a door to door and the costs is almost the same. The van will pick you up at your front door and bring you to your home. I will be posting a list of door to door vans here soon.

OPTION 3: AIRJUAN
This is the newest mode of transportation available when you are planning to visit Marinduque. I don't have the detailed information yet (will have one when I get home), but I heard that the cost per person is Php8, 000.00 and it's just a small plane that can accommodate at a maximum of 9 passengers. I will add more information here soon.

For the meantime, I tried booking online and it's confirmed the price is Php8, 500.00 round trip. It's from Manila Bay to Marinduque Airport.
Website: http://www.airjuan.com/

If you want cheaper and have an adventure the first option is the best one.

If ever you need help getting there, just message me.

9 comments:

  1. You are a Blessing..Many thanks for your Blog,,ako si Mila Jalac from Nangka,Mogpog,tagal na kong di nauwi,,so this is very Helpful..Blessings to you.

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  2. You are welcome, Mila! Glad I could be of help. If you are going home ngayong undas, you need patience kase dami umuuwi. Ingat!

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  3. So Helpful. Thank you Mench. :)

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  4. You are welcome, Mariel! :) Confirm nyo sa akin by Wednesday kung sa bahay kayo stay when you visit Marinduque! :)

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  5. we have a mass hiring of Marinduquenos this month for our client CEBU Pacific based in Boac Airport.. if you have any referrals/candidates please email updated resume at lheng_aoki@yahoo.com for our initial screening and we will schedule them of an interview when we get there at Boac. thank you.. Erwin 09185473065

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    1. Hi Erwin, thank you for this! Can I post this in Facebook for all Marinduquenos to read? Thanks

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    2. Sorry I forgot to ask if you have a deadline for the submission? Thanks

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  6. Hi. Thank you for this post. I'm going to visit Poctoy Beach (end of month). I'm wondering if I should take Balanacan or Cawiw to get to Poctoy Beach? Thank you.

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    1. Hi Andrei, you might want take Cawit Port. Mas malapit sia compare sa Balanacan Port. However, please note that the beach is located sa farthest town in Marinduque, which is Torijos. It might take you more or less than 3 hours travel (estimated only) from Cawit Port.

      I'm not sure if there are vans going to Torijos, but if there is, take that one as it's more convenient than jeepney.

      Otherwise, just a tricycle or walk hanga sa highway. There are jeepneys that pass by, take the one bound for Buenavista. Then ask the conductor to drop you off sa terminal ng jeep papuntang Torijos or Sta. Cruz. Please note that most of the jeepneys going to the farthest town ay hanga 6 pm lang ang biyahe.

      For a more convenient travel, you might want to just take the Jac Liner door to door bus service. It will take you directly sa Torijos. It leaves the Kamias Terminal at exatly 4:00pm and the fare is Php880.00. You will be dropped off sa town ng Torijos and from there you can just take a tricycle going to Poctoy Beach.

      I hope this helps. Just message me again if you have questions, or if you need help while you are there.
      Enjoy!

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