How To Get To Sipaway Island

Sipaway Refugio Island Negros OccidentalSipaway is accessible from both Negros Island and Cebu island. If your jumpoff point is Bacolod City, Ceres Bus service two routes, via the coastal highway or via Don Salvador. The coastal highway will take you 3 hours and a half by bus. I highly recommend the Don Salvador Benedicto route. This is the fastest route which will only take you more or less two hours from Bacolod to San Carlos at a little over P100. You will also enjoy the view and cooler climate of Don Salvador. If you’re traveling from Cebu, Ceres Bus Lines services the route between Cebu and San Carlos on an air-conditioned bus, for about P190, using the Lite ferry.  The trip will take you a total of about 3 hours, 1.5 hours by bus and the 1.5 hours on regular ferry. A more faster sea travel from Toledo to San Carlos is by fastcraft which will take about 35 minutes. Continue reading

How to Get to Baler, Aurora

Baler SurfingGetting to Baler by Car: Baler is approximately 230 km from Metro Manila. The drive can take 4 and a half hours to six hours depending on the skill of the driver and the amount of traffic on the provincial roads of Tarlac and Nueva Ecija. One one trip, we were riding a coaster with a driver provided by Genesis Transport. We left Baler at around 4 pm and we arrived in Quezon City at 8:30 pm. Of course, the driver was expert and can do the trip with his eyes closed. Maybe, he had his eyes closed considering how many close encounters we had. So, for the more faint of heart, plan on five and half hours easy driving at a sane pace. Continue reading

How to Get to Vigan City

Historic City of ViganTo get to Vigan City by Air: Domestic flights leave Manila daily for Laoag City in Ilocos Norte, which is an hour and a half ride by bus or arranged vehicles to Vigan. The city can be reached from Laoag City via Partas Bus, Fariñas Transportation, Maria De Leon Bus Lines, RCJ Bus Lines, F. Franco Trans, and Florida Bus. To get to Vigan City by Land: The 408 km stretch from Manila to Vigan City is a comfortable eight-hour ride along the scenic Manila-Ilocos Highway. Air-conditioned Partas Bus, Dominion Bus, Aniceto Bus and Viron Transit ply the Manila-Vigan route regularly. Getting Around – The best way to explore Vigan is on foot; the city center is small and compact, yet full of excitement. Continue reading

How to Get To Hinulugang Taktak

Hinulugang Taktak AntipoloCommute to Hinulugang Taktak is fastest if you can take the LRT 2 to the end station of Santolan where you can ride jeepneys going to Antipolo. Jeeps to Antipolo are also available in Cubao where you alight on Taktak road then transfer to a tricycle or walk towards the falls.

Driving Directions to Hinulugang Taktak: Follow the route of the jeepneys! From SM City North EDSA, drive towards Quezon Memorial Circle, right on Commonwealth Avenue but take the road going to UP and right at the first corner going to Kalayaan. You will pass by Ateneo de Manila, drive under the Kalayaan flyover to turn right on Continue reading

How to Get to Zambales

ZambalesTo get to Zambales Province by bus: Botolan and Zambales is serviced by Victory Liner direct from their Manila depots in both Pasay (near to Manila airport) and Caloocan (situated in Manila’s northern suburbs and at the end of the light rail transit) Traveling by air conditioned coach the travel time is generally around 4 hours. Air conditioned coaches leave Pasay twice daily and from Caloocan every hour on the hour, Buses also depart from Cubao and Sampaloc, check the Victory Liner website for departure information. Regular buses also ply the route but take considerably longer as they do not traverse the Northern Luzon ExpresswayContinue reading

How to Get to Puerto Galera by Bus & Ferry

Muelle Pier Puerto GaleraMany buses from different companies travel between Manila and Batangas Port. The only way to distinguish them is to determine whether they travel through Lipa City or via the Star Tollway. Choose a bus that has these two signs in the front window: “Batangas Pier” and “calabarzon”, which means via Star Tollway. Some now tout the sign “via ACTEX” or “Non‐stop” ‐ these are even quicker. Air‐conditioned buses from the following companies are frequent and most provide Wifi Internet aboard: Jam Transit, Continue reading

How to Get to Bataan

Bataan MapLand transportation is provided by three bus companies: The Philippine Rabbit and Pantranco Bus Liner ply the Bataan-Manila route while the Victory Liner services the Bataan-Olongapo route. An array of mini-buses, jeepneys, and tricycles fill the gaps in the intermunicipal road with Balanga as the Terminal point. Mini buses enroute for Manila, Olongapo, and San Fernando, Pampanga are also available in the capital town.

Travel by air is yet very limited. Bataan has no modern airport, only low standard airstrips and helipads are available to government and private airplanes and helicopters. Continue reading

How to Get to Basilan

Malamawi Beach Basilan

Zamboanga City is the main gateway to Basilan Island which lies 17 nautical miles (narrowest point of the Basilan Strait) due north. If you’re from Manila or Cebu, take a flight to Zamboanga City then take a jeepney bound for Canelar and walk towards the port. From there, a boat ride of 1 hour and 45 mins (for conventional passenger ferries), or 1 hour (for a fast craft), will take you to Isabela and Lamitan. The fare ranges from Php20 (student and senior citizen’s discounted fare on some conventional ferries) to P70 (first-class w/ aircon). Fast craft usually charge P140 for ordinary and P170 w/ aircon. Continue reading

How to Get to Boac

Boac MarinduqueJAC, JAM, Tritran, Lucena Lines and South Star Bus companies service the Manila – Lucena route. Choose specific buses that bring passengers to Talao-Talao Pier. Brgy, Talao-talao, in Lucena City. (Tip: look for “Talao-Talao/Dalahican Pier” signboard on their front windshield or inquire from bus conductor).

There are door-to-door van transport service mostly Besta, L-300. Hi-Ace and MBenz vans that pick you up directly from your Metro manila residence and bring you all the way directly to Talao-Talao Pier in Dalahican, Lucena City or direct Marinduque destination. Phone Nos. 646-4717, 713-5310, 741-1233 and 801-6347; all are with telephone area code (02) for Metro Manila.

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How to Get to Lanuza

Lanuza Surfing GroundsLanuza is accessible by air through Bancasi Domestic Airport in Butuan City and Surigao Domestic Airport in Surigao City. Two of the major airlines in the country (Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific Airlines) have regular flight schedules everyday. Continue reading