Friday, December 12, 2014

Travel Options from Southern Leyte to Surigao

What does it take to travel from Bato, Southern Leyte to Surigao City by plane?
  1. 5 hours by land from Bato to Tacloban City
  2. 1 hour flight from Tacloban City to Cebu City
  3. Transfer to another plane (No direct flights as of this writing)
  4. 45 minute flight from Cebu City to Surigao City

Here are alternatives if travel by ferry is not an issue

Option 1: via Liloan 

  1. Travel by land from Bato to Liloan Port.  Googlemap says 67 km, and would take only an hour. But to translate that into the kind of roads we have in the Philippines, that would really take some 2 to 3 hours.
  2. Take 3 hour ferry from Liloan Port to Lipata, Surigao City

Ferry Schedule here:

Option 2: via Maasin City

  1. Travel by land from Bato to Maasin City for an hour.
  2. Take 5 hour ferry from Maasin City to Port of Surigao, Surigao City

Ferry Schedule here:

Friday, December 05, 2014

9-10 Day Itinerary for Cebu and Negros Oriental

Day 1

Fly out of Manila 10am
Arrive Cebu 11:30am
Check-in at Tune Hotel, Cebu City (close to Ayala Center - Cebu)
Lunch at Ayala Center
Explore "Old Cebu" via taxi
  • Magellan's Cross
  • Basilica de Santo Nino and its museum
  • Cathedral Museum of Cebu
  • Fort San Pedro
  • Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House
  • Museo Sugbo
Taxi to The Walk, IT Park, Lahug
Dinner at Zubuchon

Day 2

Fly out of Cebu 1020am
Arrive Dumaguete 1100am
Travel 45 km north to Bais City
Checkin at a resort in Bais City

Day 3 - Bais City

Dolphin Watching and Manjuyod Sandbar (research on time when it is LOW TIDE to see the sandbar)

Day 4

Travel south
Check-in at Islands Leisure Boutique Hotel and Spa
OR rent a beach house in Bacong or Dauin
Option to rent van for all trips

Food to try: budbud kabog, sansrival, silvanas

Day 5

All morning, Twin Lakes of Balinsasayaw and Danao
Lunch at "Sans Rival Cakes and Pastries"
All afternoon:
  • Silliman University
  • Dumaguete Boulevard aka Rizal Boulevard, eat at tempurahan

Day 6

Day Tour Apo Island Diving

Day 7

Day Tour to Oslob Whaleshark Watching, take 30-min Ferry from Dumaguete Port to Osl ob

Day 8

Take one hour ferry to Siquijor and go back to Dumaguete in the afternoon, or take an extra day in Siquijor. Hire tricycle for a day (1,000 pesos) and will take your around already identified tourist spots.

Day 9

Pasalubong shopping
Fly out of Dumaguete at 4:55pm