We found ourselves staying at Alona Beach (Panglao Island, Bohol, Philippines) with an accomodation booking on Siquijor Island but with the ferry
not running due to "technical difficulties".
We could go by hire car to Tagbilaran, take the ferry
to Cebu City, then bus down Cebu Island, then vehicular ferry to Negros with the bus continuing to Dumaguette and then take the ferry to Siquijor (a tiring two day journey) or we could hire a local banca to do the 20nm trip.
No wanting to spend two days travelling only to arrive exhausted two days late to an irritated resort staff I decided to risk the banca.
No sooner said than done. Our trusty driver knew the owner of a large diesel
powered banca and for a modest P5,000 they would whip us over to Siquijor next day. So down to see the banca, which turned out to be a modest perol engined craft (with a new engine) of about 11m, looking, from what we could see from the shore, rather the worse for wear.
However after at least 5 minutes of careful consideration and with half a dozen locals looking on my SO negotiated the price
down to P4,500 (about $100US) and it was agreed that we could go from Alona Beach to Larena, Siquijor leaving before 7:00am the next morning.