Volunteer in Marine Conservation Philippines

How to get here

The HQ of Marine Conservation Philippines is located in Zamboanguita – about thirty km south of Dumaguete on Negros Oriental. If you’re an international volunteer, you’ll most likely arrive either in Manila or in Cebu.

Getting to Dumaguete from Manila
There are two airlines operating the Manila – Dumaguete route: Cebu Pacific Airlines and Philippine Airlin. There are currently eight daily departures and prices are around 2000 php for a one- way ticket.

Getting to Dumaguete from Cebu
There are several ways of getting here from Cebu, depending on your budget.

Ceres bus

Ceres busses are yellow and hard to mistake.


By air: Cebu Pacific Airways operates the fare with one daily departure. Tickets are around 1500 php one way.

By slow-boat: There are several departures from Cebu every day. Traveltime is about 6 hours with prices starting at 350 php. You find the departures on www.schedule.ph.

By fast ferry:
Ocean Jet operates this route with several departures every day. Traveltime is about 4 hours with prices around 600 php.

By bus: Take a Ceres Bus from the Southbound Bus terminal to Dumaguete. Traveltime is around 5 hours and costs 200 php.

Getting from Dumaguete to Marine Conservation Philippines HQ

When you arrive in Dumaguete, whether by plane or ferry, you catch a tricycle to the Ceres Liners bus station. (Just say busstation – there is only one in town. It’ll probably cost around 100 peso depending on how well you haggle.) Here you board the bus heading towards Bayawan. Ask the driver to drop you off at the Mayabon Crossing. The bus ride will cost around forty peso.
Another possibility is travelling by jeepney. Catch a tricycle to the jeepney station by Robinson’s Mall. Board a jeepney bound for Siaton and ask the onboard collector to drop you off at the Mayabon crossing in Zamboanguita. Travelling by jeepney is even cheaper than the bus.

From the Mayabon crossing, you’ll need to get a habal-habal driver (motorcycle taxi) to take you all the way to camp a few kilometers down the coastal road. The price should be around 40-50 peso. All the drivers know where MCP or Marine Conservation Philippines is, but you’ll also drive right past our sign too on the right side of the road.

We are happy to pick you up at the market in Zamboanguita or to arrange a pick up in Dumaguete in the airport or at the ferry terminal. Just let us know your scheduled arrival time in advance and we’ll come pick you up. We accept new arrivals every second Monday.