The Philippines have 429 fishing ports and 821 commercial ports. We only list ports interesting for inter-island passenger and vehicle transportation. This page shows you if your destination island has ferry links and which companies sail to your island.
The Port of Manila is the largest seaport in the Philippines, and is the premier international shipping gateway to the country. But when it comes to passenger numbers then Cebu's port is the most important one followed by Iloilo on Panay island.
You find many different kinds of ships, starting with the smallest ones, the bangkas or pump-boats, passing by coastal ferries and going up to large ships with comfortable cabins for longer journeys.
Large ports with more than 5 ferry lines
Medium ports with 3 to 5 ferry lines
Small ports with 1 or 2 connections
The inter-island ferry routes are here.
Please read also our "Explore pages". There you find specific information about many islands and their transportation facilities.
This map uses SAT-AIS. The Automatic Identification System is a mandatory international navigation safety communications system under the provisions of the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Conventions endorsed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
The Convention requires ships of 300 gross tonnage and upwards engaged on international voyages, cargo ships of 500 gross tonnage and upwards not engaged on international voyages, and all passenger ships irrespective of size to be fitted with AIS transponders.
The maritime AIS system isn't as fast as the ADS-B system used in air-traffic. Positions reported can be up to 24 hours in the past.