Ten Busiest and Biggest Philippine Seaports in Terms of Passenger Movement

The Philippines is an archipelago and traveling by sea is the most important inter-island transportation for both passengers and cargo.

With 82 operational ports (commercial and passenger) as of 2018, the Philippines is among the list of countries with the most ports.

The following is the list of the Philippines’ busiest ports in terms of passenger movements. Data provided by the Philippine Ports Authority as of 2019 before the Covid hits. These ports are not the biggest but the busiest.

1. Port of Cebu

Port of Cebu is a seaport located in Cebu City, Philippines. It is the port that serves the Metro Cebu Area and it is managed by the Cebu Port Authority. With 16 million passenger traffic in 2017, it is the busiest domestic port in the Philippines, mostly serving routes in the Visayas and Mindanao.

Port of Cebu, the busiest Philippine port

2. Batangas International Port

The Batangas International Port or locally known as the Batangas Pier is a seaport in Barangay Santa Clara, Batangas City primarily serving the Calabarzon region of the Philippines. The seaport covers an area of about 150 hectares and is the largest port in the Philippines by area. It was declared a national port in 1956.  It serves as an alternate port to the Port of Manila. In the 90’s it was the second biggest port in the Philippines in terms of revenue, just behind the Port of Manila.

Batangas Port caters to passengers from Visayas and Mindanao through the Western Nautical Highway in Mindoro and Panay Islands. In 2017, more than 12 million passengers set foot on the Port of Batangas.

3. Port of Calapan City

The Port of Calapan or the Calapan Baseport is a seaport in Calapan, Oriental Mindoro in the Philippines. It is the main port serving Oriental Mindoro. The port has at least seven berths that can accommodate fast craft, conventional, and RoRo vessels.

Calapan Port is the gateway of passengers traveling through RoRo from Negros and Panay islands. With more than 6 million passenger movements in 2017, the Port of Calapan is one of the Philippines’ busiest ports.

4. Port of Ozamis

The Port of Ozamiz or Ozamiz Port is a seaport in Ozamiz City, Misamis Occidental, Philippines. One of the major gateway ports in the Philippines. It is managed by the Philippine Ports Authority – Port Management Office Misamis Occidental/Ozamiz.

As of 2017, there were 4.1 million passengers who traveled through the Port of Ozamis.

5. BREDCO Port

BREDCO (Bacolod Real Estate Development Corporation) Port in Bacolod City is the second port to serve the Negros Occidental province after Banago Port. BREDCO is one of the largest ports in terms of area, cargo, and passenger movements. More than 4 million people used the BREDCO Port last 2017.

6. Mukas Port, Tubod, Lanao del Norte

The Mukas Port is a seaport in Kolambugan, Lanao del Norte, Philippines. It is owned and managed by Daima Shipping Corporation. The Mukas Port is among the busiest ports in terms of passengers with an estimated 3.2 million passenger movements in 2017.

7. Port of Matnog, Sorsogon

The Port of Matnog in Sorsogon is the gateway of traffic from Luzon to the Visayas on the island of Samar. The port is used by travelers from Visayas and Mindanao who travel through RoRo, and from people going in and out of Masbate. Port of Matnog has 2.9 passengers in 2017.

8. Port of Zamboanga

The Port of Zamboanga is a seaport located in Zamboanga City, Philippines. It is managed by the Zamboanga City Special Economic Zone Authority (Zamboecozone), otherwise known by its corporate name, Zamboanga Freeport Authority (ZFA).

The facility ranked second in Asia under the Super Efficient Ports in Asia study carried out in 2010 and published in the African Journal of Business Management. It has 2.6 passenger movements in 2017.

9. Port of Iloilo

The Port of Iloilo in Iloilo City, Philippines, serves the province and city of Iloilo and the entire Panay Island, in Western Visayas of the Philippines. It is located away from the older port facilities on the Southern coast of Panay Island, in the Panay Gulf, and one of the country’s safest and most natural harbors. Guimaras Island shields the port from violent storms and makes it ideal for harboring ships and vessels. In 2017, at least 1.9 million passengers traveled through the Port of Iloilo.

10. Balwharteco Port, Allen, Northern Samar

Balwharteco Port is a seaport in Northern Samar that works side by side with the Port of Matnog in Sorsogon. The port is also a gateway for people from Luzon who travels through RoRo vessels.

Balwharteco Port is the tent busiest port in the Philippines with annual traffic of at least 1.6 million passengers.

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