FastCat: Connecting Cebu and Bohol with a faster, safer and more convenient transport
What started as an aspiration to connect a country divided by thousands of islands, has become a full business operation with a fleet of 10 brand-new double-hulled catamarans that not only provide a convenient form of transportation but a safe and superior service that Filipinos deserve.
FastCat: Connecting the Philippines
With over 7,600 islands now for Filipinos to explore, there’s a need for an efficient form of transportation that can easily interconnect the Metro from even the most remote places in Visayas and Mindanao. This has been at the core of FastCat’s vision, the most modern and professionally-run vessel company in the Philippines, who established operations in parts of the country that are usually inaccessible or have no other means of transportation.
FastCat is on track to connect the Philippine archipelago through their routes, which span from Batangas to Calapan (Mindoro), Bulalacao (Mindoro) to Caticlan (Aklan), Matnog (Sorsogon) to San Isidro (Northern Samar), Iloilo (Panay) to Bacolod (Negros Occidental), San Carlos (Negros Occidental) to Toledo (Cebu), Liloan (Southern Leyte) to Lipata (Surigao del Norte), Dumaguete (Negros Oriental) to Dapitan (Zamboanga del Norte).
Linking Adventures to Tubigon, Bohol
With their new route traveling regularly from Cebu (Central Visayas) to Tubigon (Bohol), it will only take an hour and a half to go from Cebu’s sandy beaches and enter Bohol’s the scenic countryside through Tubigon. From there, travelers can go to different tourist destinations in the province like the Blood Compact Monument in Tagbilaran, floating restaurants along the Loboc river, the Chocolate Hills in Carmen and Panglao’s white beaches.
In line with their goals to connect the entire country through their routes, FastCat is also banking on its Tubigon port as an access point that will allow Filipinos to travel from Bohol to San Carlos, Toledo, and other parts of the country.
The company has also partnered with Philtranco and Jam Transit group, who will station their buses at FastCat’s ports to give passengers and businesses a smooth land and sea transportation.
Fast, safe and convenient
FastCat can accommodate 275 passengers, 34 cars, and seven trucks or buses in its 300-meter lanes. These ro-ros also offer comfort to passengers with Wi-Fi on board, televisions sets, airconditioned spaces, a canteen, and luggage area. It’s also the only vessel that caters to the needs of the disabled with storage for wheel chair and designated elevators.
Compared to typical vessels with only one hull, FastCat’s double-hull catamarans, which come from Australia, make the ship more stable and are made to suit the Philippine waters. It also has 10 watertight compartments and no ballasts, making it safer, lighter and faster than the average ro-ro. It runs at an average speed of 16.5 knots, powered by four internationally-classed and ABS-certified Yanmar engines. In comparison, most ro-ro vessels only possess one.
Typical shipping containers usually take between 12 to 14 days to reach their destination. In comparison, FastCat ro-ros only take 22 to 24 hours from Cebu to Manila and back, making it an efficient way to transport goods and allowing them to offer trips that are FerryFast, FerrySafe, and FerryConvenient.
If that isn’t impressive enough, FastCat is expecting the arrival of 30 more of these secure and lavishly supercharged leviathans. With this in mind, they are eagerly making future plans to create connecting trips from Bohol to Leyte and from Bohol to Camiguin and all the way to Cagayan de Oro.
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To know more about FastCat’s trips, schedules and fares, visit their website and their Facebook page.
Also check out Philtranco and JAM Liner’s trips on their Facebook pages.