ILOILO CITY | How To Get There & Transportation Guide


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Iloilo City, also referred to as the “Most Loyal, and  Noble City, is located in the southern shores of Panay Island. It is a hub for trade, and commerce, education, industry, and tourism in the Western Visayas Region. Not only is it a travel destination itself, but also a gateway to some of the travel destination islands in the country. Here is a transportation guide on how to get there details to help you travel to Iloilo City.

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CANTILAN | How To Get There


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Cantilan is considered the “Cradle of Towns” in Surigao del Sur. The town has unspoiled beaches of gray and white sand, picturesque islands and islets, hills and rock formations, farmlands and green pasturelands, and forest areas with rare plants and animals. Here is a helpful  guide on how to get to Cantilan, Surigao del Sur via Butuan, Surigao, Hayangabon, and Davao City jump off.


BUTUAN – CANTILAN
Bus to Davao City & alight in Cantilan (4-5H)
Van (4.5 – 5.5H)

SURIGAO – CANTILAN
If you’re coming from Northern Mindanao: Read Here
Bus to Tandag City & alight in Cantilan (2H): 350PhP
Van (~2.5H)

HAYANGABON – CANTILAN
If you’re coming via Hayangabon Port: Read Here
Bus to Tandag City or Davao City & alight in Cantilan

DAVAO CITY – TANDAG CITY – CANTILAN
Bus to Tandag City, then transfer & take the van for Cantilan
Bus to Surigao (via Noventa Highway)

You might like to read more about Cantilan, Surigao Del Sur or  #TravelMindanao posts:
How to Get There  << you’re here.

 

BUCAS GRANDE | How To Get To Socorro, Surigao Del Norte


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When you find yourself along the beach line of red sand, and the red to brown mountain tops that dots the landscape before it kisses the sky – you’re finally at the part of Surigao province where mining is second nature to breathing for the locals. But it is also where the jump off to the only place in Surigao province that mining is not allowed. Here is a detailed guide on how to get to Socorro, Surigao Del Norte, and to experience Bucas Grande, and more of what this island has to offer. You can find the details fitting if you’re entry point is either from these cities: Iligan, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Surigao, and even if you’re already at mainland Siargao Island.

Siargao Islands is a protected land, and seascape areas. It covers an area of 278,914 hectares , spread over 216,913 hectares of marine areas and 62,796 hectares of island territories. This includes the islands of Siargao , Bucas Grande , Middle Bucas , Bucas East , Hinatuan , La Janosa , Anahawan and Dako. This will come in handy if you’re coming from mainland Mindanao, and you’r eplanning to visit any of the islands.

 

Iligan City – Cagayan de Oro – Butuan City – Surigao City
Davao City – Surigao City
Read here: How to Get To Surigao City
Note: If you’re coming from Iligan, CDO, or Butuan City, and have no intention to touring Surigao City, you can drop off at

Surigao City – Hayangabon (Claver) Port
Van 120PhP
Travel Time: 45mins – 1H
Surigao City – – Hayangabon (Claver) Port
Bus 45 – 1H
Travel Time
Van 45mins – 1H
Travel Time

Hayangabon Port – Socorro
Regular Passenger Boat 100PhP
First trip – 11 AM, Second Trip – 4 PM
Socorro – Hayangabon Port
First Trip – 6 AM, Second Trip – 1 PM

Siargao Island – Socorro
Dapa Port – Socorro
Travel Time: 1H
First trip – around 7-8 AM, Second Trip – around 2 – 4 PM
Better visit the port early, or the day before to check of schedule, and availability of boat

SOHOTON RATES
If you’re planning to tour around Sohoton Area, here is a guide for rates, and fares for tours, and pump boat ride for your excursion.

Bucas Grande was supposedly a part of the #TravelMindanao travel project, unfortunately parts of the group of islands were affected by Bagyong Yolanda earlier on our trip. We decided to head to a little surf town Cantilan, Surigao del Sur, and stayed there for a few days. I was a bit down at not having to visit Socorro, Surigao Del Norte for Bucas Grande. A few months after it was a blessing to have been invited to experience their Tinalak Festival. So I am a believer in putting some dream in your heart, and mean it when you pray. He can move people to be the instrument of His blessing.

You might like to read the rest of the Socorro, Surigao Del Norte posts:

How To Get To Bucas Grande << you’re here
Where To Stay
Bucas Grande, & Tiktikan Lake
Tinalak Festival

 

SIARGAO ISLAND | How To Get There & Transportation Guide


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Siargao Islands is a group of islands that boasts not only as surfing destination, but of pristine waters, lagoons, and protected landscape, and seascape. The mainland Siargao is one of the popular surfing destinations in the Philippines with a worldwide reputation for it’s thick, and hollow tube, or “Cloud 9”. Annually, a surfing domestic, and international surfing competition is held there. But not only is it a destination for surfers, it is also ideal for any type of vacationers, and travelers up for some good time in the beach, and salty waters. Continue reading SIARGAO ISLAND | How To Get There & Transportation Guide

SURIGAO CITY | How To Get There & Transportation Guide


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Surigao City is accessible by Air, and can be traveled by land from Luzon, and Visayas via Samar-Leyte route with two points where there’s water crossing via RoRo. But here is a detailed Surigao City how to get there and transportation guide for land transfer via bus from the Northern, and Southern Mindanao to Surigao City. Surigao City is accessible from two jump-off starts: Cagayan de Oro, and Davao City.

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BIRI ISLAND | How To Get There


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I was supposed to take the Cebu City – Calbayog, Northern Samar but I missing the ferry had me take the longer route instead. Below are some of the possible routes you can take depending from you start/jump of point. The guides below will show you points where Allen, Northern Samar is a stop-over because there are no accommodations available at Lavezares, I stayed at Allen instead of Catarman, Northern Samar for the night.

 

Matnog, Sorsogon – Allen, Northern Samar
– Ro-Ro Ferries ( 2H) 120 PhP/Pax
Allen – Lavezares, Northern Samar
– Tricycle ( 20 mins) 20PhP/Pax
Lavezares – Biri, Island
– Outrigger boat/Banca (1H) 50PhP/Pax or not more than 100PhP/Pax for special trips
Cebu City – Calbayog, Northern Samar
– Ferry 12H/ Overnight) 850PhP/Pax/Economy; 990-1,050PhP/Pax/Tourist
– additional 10PhP/Pax for terminal fee
Calbayog – Allen, Northern Samar
– Jeepney (2H)
Allen – Lavezares, Northern Samar
– Tricycle ( 20 mins) 20PhP/Pax
Lavezares – Biri, Island
– Outrigger boat/Banca (1H) 50PhP/Pax or not more than 100PhP/Pax for special trips
Cebu City – Ormoc City
– Fast Craft ( 2H) 740PhP/Pax
Ormoc City – Tacloban City
– Fast Craft Shuttle (4H) free for passengers bound for Tacloban
Tacloban – Allen, Northern Samar
– Van (6-7H) 350PhP/Pax
Allen – Lavezares, Northern Samar
– Tricycle ( 20 mins) 20PhP/Pax
Lavezares – Biri, Island
– Outrigger boat/Banca (1H) 50PhP/Pax or not more than 100PhP/Pax for special trips
Catarman – Lavezares, Northern Samar
– Jeepney (30-45 mins.) 50PhP/Pax
Lavezares – Biri, Island
– Outrigger boat/Banca (1H) 50PhP/Pax or not more than 100PhP/Pax for special trips

 

TRAVEL NOTES:
  • Dup Tours, D’ Turbanada and Grand Tours are the van transport operators I became familiar with. They have some van terminals, so you get to have your bladder, or meal break.
  • You can opt to stay at Catarman, and travel to Lavezares for the Biri Island jump-off.
  • If it is your first time to travel from Tacloban, Leyte – Northern Samar, I suggest you take an earlier travel time, and make sure you’re traveling in daylight still.
  • This travel notes, and figures were from my trip before ST Haiyan hit the provinces of Leyte, and Samar. But you can work on making it your baseline for budgeting.
  • There are available flights to Northern Samar, but should you prefer land, or sea trip, do study other possible routes.
  • There are bus lines, and routes that cover Leyte-Samar, you can opt to travel by bus if preferred.

You might like to read the rest of the BIRI ISLAND posts here:
Solo Travel But Not Really
Biri Island, and the Series of Unfortunate Events
Of Ruggedly Handsome Rock Formations, and More

List of Accommodations
How To Get There <<< you’re here.
Travel Guide

 

LAGUINDINGAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT | Transportation Guide | How Get There Directions


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When Laguindingan International Airport opened, and received it’s first inbound domestics flights last June 15, 2013, commuters have been hesitant as to transportation arrangements that would accommodate them. Laguindingan International Airport, contrary to what most people believe, is not located at Cagayan de Oro City. It is located at the Municipality of Languindingan that is now that the entry and exit for air travel for Northern Mindanao Philippines.  Here is a detailed guide on how to get to, and from Laguindigan International Airport if you’re going to or coming from it’s neighboring cities — Cagayan de Oro City, and/or Iligan City.

List of Laguindingan International Airport Transfers

Post Dated: August 2013
Recent Update: February 2016

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY to LAGUINDIGAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT & vice versa
Magnum Express 199PhP/Pax  Rate
0917 7712255
Email: magnumexpress_cdo@yahoo.com
Schedules:   3:30 AM – 8:00PM (CDO – LIA) ; one hour interval
Location:     Magnun Express Terminal, Main Entrance Lim Ket Kai Mall, CDO | Booth at LIA’s Arrival Terminal
City Drop-off Points from LIA: Kauswagan (Savemore); Lim Ket Kai Mall (Magnum Terminal); Centrio Ayala Mall; Agora bus Terminal

Baggage Allowance: Passenger is allowed to bring only one carry-on, and one luggage with no weight restrictions. Balikbayan boxes, or packages large enough to occupy one seat is allowed, and is charged with rate equivalent to one person or what is appropriate.

Laguindingan Airport Express | LAX 199PhP/Pax  Rate
0917 710 1529
Location: Centrio Mall, CDO | Booth at LIA’s Arrival Terminal
Drop-Off Points: Centrio Mall, CDO

Baggage Allowance: Passenger is allowed to bring only one carry-on, and one luggage with no weight restrictions.

ILIGAN CITY to LAGUINDIGAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT & vice versa
CDOTransco 130PhP/Pax
LIA – Iligan City
( Commuters Drivers & Operators Transport Cooperative)
0942.447.555 | 0923694.6442 | 0942.280.0004 | 0943.620.0417 | 0943.628.2572
Schedules:   3:00AM (First Trip) Iligan City- LIA
Location:     Petron Tibanga near H30 | Booth at LIA’s Arrival Terminal
As of the recent revision, I am not sure if this shuttle/van transport that ferries passengers directly from Iligan City to Laguindigan Airport and vice versa is still operating.
Baggage Allowance: Passenger is allowed to bring only one carry-on, and one luggage with no weight restrictions, packages, or balikbayan boxes may be charged depending on size.
Super 5 Airport Shuttle & Transport 115Php Bus Fare + 50PhP/Pax for Airport Shuttle
Schedules:   4:00 AM  First Trip Iligan – LIA
Location:    Buses at Iligan City Northbound Bus Terminal or Bulua Bus Terminal | Booth at LIA’s Arrival Terminal
Baggage Allowance: No specifics.

Note: All Super 5 Bus Passengers from Iligan City, and CDO are prioritized of the Airport Shuttle. Just inform the bus conductor that you’re bound for Laguindingan International Airport. The bus will drop passengers off at the Super 5 LIA shuttle terminal, and their airport shuttle awaits the passengers, and drives them to the airport vicinity.

Rural Transit Bus115Php Bus Fare + Taxi Fare at Taxi Bay at the highway
Schedules:   4:00 AM
Location:    Buses at Iligan City Northbound Bus Terminal or Bulua Bus Terminal
Baggage Allowance: No specifics.
Note: The bus will drop passengers off at the taxi bay at the highway. It is near LIA, and taxi awaits the passengers, and drives them to the airport vicinity. As of this writing, I do not know how much the taxi from this taxi bay to LIA costs.
TAXI
Location: Further outside the LIA’s Arrival Terminal (one has to walk a bit out of the parking area)
Note: I can not say for sure how much a taxi would charge for a CDO-LIA or vice versa, or an Iligan – LIA or vice versa transport. Flag down rate is still at 40PhP, and then the rate would depend on the distance covered by the vehicle. Other taxi drivers charge passengers per agreed price. You can also ask if they can directly take you to CDO, or Iligan City for an agreed price. For Iligan City bound passengers, rate can start at 1,500-2,000PhP.

TRAVEL NOTES:
+ For CDO – Laguindingan International Airport & v.v. commuters:
  • You can check the vans that transfers passengers to Laguindingan International Airport at their stations/terminals.
  • If you’re planning to take the bus, you can take different bus lines at Bulua Bus Terminal, but the Super 5 Airport Shuttle prioritizes their bus passengers. I suggest you take the Super 5 bus line.
  • If you just flew in, and your destination is CDO, you can take any van as it will take you within CDO city proper. Choose which van drop off points will be near your destinations.
  • If you just flew in, and your destination is the neighboring place of CDO, you can take the airport shuttle – bus line. It will drop off passengers at Bulua Bus Terminal, and from there, you can take the a Agora Bus Terminal bound jeepneys found inside terminal.

+ For Iligan City – Laguindingan International Airport & v.v. commuters:

FOR SUPER 5 & RURAL TRANSIT BUS PASSENGERS:

***You can take different bus lines at Iligan City Northbound Bus Terminal, both Super 5, and Rural Transit has their own Airport Shuttles that prioritizes their bus passengers.
***NOTE: From Iligan City, you will take the Super 5, or Rural Transit bus, and be dropped off at their terminal at the national highway where the shuttle will pick you up. From the Airport, the shuttle will only take you up until the their terminal at the national highway where you will wait for one of their buses to accommodate you.
*** Super 5 bus lines has new, and clean bus, and I love this bus line for their strong marketing skills, but I have a problem with their bus intervals, of which they (most of the time) wait to have all bus seats filled before going. For a traveler, this can be very frustrating to be told of a 15 minute interval, only to check your watch that it’s has exceeded that. I suggest you do an early head start to make sure you get to your flight on time. Unfortunately, as of this updated writing and revision, I have not yet tried the Rural Transit Bus – Airport Shuttle transfer.

FOR BUS – AIRPORT TAXI PASSENGERS:
***Rate will be the same as you travel from Iligan City to Cagayan de Oro City. A bus stop is intended for all other bus lines (except Super 5) where Taxi wait. No shuttle/vans are available at this bus stop.
***Flag down rate is still at 40PhP, and then the rate would depend on the distance covered by the vehicle. Other taxi drivers charge passengers per agreed price.
FOR CDOTransco:
***The only transportation that directly ferries the passenger from the airport to Iligan City. Vans are small (multicab vans) but they do not wait out for the all the seats to be taken. This one is ideal for large groups, or travelers with balikbayan boxes, or large baggages. You can ask to pay for the whole van to take you to Iligan City, and also ask them to take you to your home/office address to help you with your stuff.
***For travelers new to Iligan, I like that CDOTransco would drop the passengers off as far into the city proper at Gaisano Mall, or take you to your home/office address for large group/families.
***Please contact the numbers above for bookings & reservations
+ For traveler’s who are  planning trips within Northern Mindanao:
Please check out  destination posts HERE, these might help you on your travel destination around Northern Mindanao.

APO ISLAND | Transportation Guide | How Get There Directions


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I already promised then bride-to-be friend that I will be attending her wedding at Dumaguete early 2013. When my guy friends wanted to travel in a group, I asked them that a condition of me traveling with them is the possibility of adding a side trip or two after the wedding event. Here is a helpful transportation guide, how you can get to Apo Island, and the directions you can take if you’re traveling from Dumaguete City to get to the eco-rich and diverse island.

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Directions, and How to Get To Details DUMAGUETE CITY – DAUIN – APO ISLAND
*** Fares may change depending on approved rates
**POST DATE : May 2013
I.A] BY MULTICAB:
Dumaguete City – Dauin Public Market – Malatapay Public Market
1] Hotel Nicanor – Bellfry Tower
::: Travel Duration: 3-5mins.
::: Fare: 8PhP Pax
2] At the side of Bellfry Tower – Dauin Public Market
::: Travel Duration: 20-30 minutes, Multicab
::: Fare: 13PhP Pax
3] Dauin Public Market – Malatapay Public Market
::: Travel Duration: 10-15 minutes
::: Fare: 15 PhP Pax, Pedicab
8 PhP Pax, Jeepney

I. B] BY BUS:
Dumaguete – Malatapay Public Market
1] Hotel Nicanor – Bus Terminal
::: Travel Duration: 3-5mins.
::: Fare: 16PhP Pax ( two jeepney rides)
2] Dumaguete City – Malatapay Public Market
::: Travel Duration: 30-45 mins. – 1H
::: Fare: 50Php

III.] Malatapay Public Market – Tourism & Information Office, Malatapay
::: Walk
::: 3-5 mins

IV] Tourism & Information Office, Malatapay – Apo Island
::: Travel Time: 1H
::: Outrigger/ Banca Fare: 2,000PhP / 4Pax (Medium boat)
3,000PhP / 8Pax (Big boat)

V] Apo Island
::: Environmental Fee: 100PhP/Pax, ask for a reciept


PINAY TRAVELISTA’S NOTES:
+ You can either take the bus, or multicab heading to Zamboangita, Negros Oriental. You can save a few peso when you take the multicab, and then jeepney, but it would take a bit longer than the bus ride.
+ If you decide to take a pedicab or habal-habal/single (motorcycle) at Dauin Public Market to Malatapay, Zamboangita, expect that you will be dropped off at the Tourism & Information Office. You do not have to take the walk from the national highway to the jump-off.
+ Start with your travel early if you can. The waves from the mainland to Apo Island can be harsh when the wind is strong.
+ Outrigger boat / banca fare is for a back and forth or a round trip service. Should one, or a few of you leave earlier than the rest of the group, they will be asking additional 200-300/pax for “special travel”.
+ The outrigger boat operator/s resides in the little village at Apo Island. They will be waiting when you’ve decided to leave the island. I suggest you talk to them, and ask them how the weather fairs on your intended time to leave. For itinerary’s sake, do not plan an activity after lunch on your last day on the island. Expect that the weather will go bad, or the winds will be strong in the afternoon making it difficult to make the trip. But should the weather be nice to you, by all means enjoy the island, and it’s waters more!
+ No boat are allowed to to take passenger back and forth to Apo Island after 4PM with the strong current, and wind, as well to make sure they get back to Zamboangita before dark.
+ I wished I was a already a brave freediver or PADI certified when we got there but plans, and dreams are on timelines too. That means I’m definitely be going back there!

DUMAGUETE CITY | How To Get There via Iligan – Dapitan City Route


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First travel of 2013, and the first travel with college friends minus field trip waivers, sampling paraphernalia,  and our professors years after going on our own paths. It was going to be a waiting reunion on a Thursday morning, and I was still under the impression of just a trip downtown to get a box of cereals instead of a land trip of 7-8 hours, and a ferry ride of 4. What was I thinking? Probably, like what I usually think when a planned travel comes up. Not much but go with where the yellow brick road takes me. Oh, I’m still in the slow careless carefree travel phase. Less planning, more on on-location decisions. But traveling this time with the guys who had it all planned out, I found myself happily going along with them.

Blame it on monthly girl thing, and a terrible case of the flu, but I was still not backing down to what looked like something I would regret. I was under hormonal changes, and the viral attack was added torture. Somehow, I still managed to pack my backpack and three guys were probably waiting for me at the terminal, so I collected whatever remaining wits, and decent social behaviors I had and joined them. The females can relate. But male readers, trust me when I say, traveling in that condition is trying to contain trouble in a bottle. And patience is a hiding virtue during these days of the month. So here’s how the travel for a wedding we needed to attend to started. From home, which is Iligan City, we traveled to Dumaguete via Dapitan City —- we, obviously, took the longer route.

Directions, and How to Get There Details for Iligan City – Dumaguete City via Dapitan City:
*** Fares may change depending on approved rates
**POST DATE : February 2013

1] From Iligan City – Ozamis City – Oroquieta City – Dapitan City
::: Bus or Private Vehicle
::: Barge
Travel Time: 7 – 8H
Fares: 338 PhP
Iligan City – Dapitan City Bus Fare: 310 PhP
Mukas Terminal Fee: 3PhP
Mukas – Ozamis Fare: 25PhP
—– Check out the updated Iligan – Dipolog route HERE
—– Dapitan City is only  20 – 30 minutes shorter in land travel time.

2] Stop at the Junction Polo – Dapitan National Road, Dapitan City
—– You won’t miss that, there are few large signage for Rizal Shrine
—– Better yet, sit nearest to the driver, and inform him ahead of time where you want to be dropped off.

3] Junction Polo Daptian National Road –  Dapitan Port Area
::: Pedicab or Private Vehicle
Travel Time: ~ 10 mins
Fare: 20PhP

4] Dapitan City – Dumaguete City
::: Ferry
Travel Time: 4H
Terminal Fee: 11PhP
Fare: 320 PhP

PINAY TRAVELISTA NOTES:

+ On this travel, we took the same route as I, and some other travel buddies for Dipolog City last June 2012. However, there are slight differences here: 
1] Dapitan City is 20 – 30 minutes short on travel time.
2] For this trip, we decided to take a straight bus ride from Iligan City – Dapitan City, hence the absence of intermittent bus time travel, and a single bus fare.
+ Research on the Ferry Schedules for Dapitan – Dumaguete trips. The reason why we had this route was there was because a Cagayan de Oro – Dumaguete, which was a straight, and shorter route, would fit in the time table we had. There were no available ferry schedule on a mid-week. Thus — the longer route taken instead.

You might like to read DUMAGUETE CITY related posts here:
En Route Dumaguete | Daylight on the Road
Confessions | Traveling With the Boys

MARAWI CITY | Transportation Guide | How Get There Directions


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Dear Marawi,

I heard a lot of stories about you. Some good. Some bad. Some really bad. Twenty-something years old  already, I came to face my fears of the roads.  I have to be honest, you’re one of it. I have to be frank in saying that maybe it is because I feared you from the stories I’ve heard. Those, and the nagging thought that maybe I might visit you in an unfortunate circumstance during, what we would call —  “isolated incidence”. And brush it off with “Just your random incident with the rebels, or of other kind“, like lint on a sleeve of an expensive shirt. I would not want that. Not for me, or for anyone else.

Twice I visited you now. And twice you never failed to teach me that difference, and acceptance is a married concept. Maybe it’s that. Maybe that is what I am now betting on. That there will always be difference that makes a place unique to it’s own, and I have to accept that. You’re beautiful, you know. You’re beautiful — your people, those streets, and some run down buildings, brightly colored mosque, and the richness of your culture, and tradition. I like it just like that. You had me when you taught me what Bulos Kano meant. Thank you for being nice to me at the time of those visits. I hope all visits will be like that — nice, enriching, and safe. Sometimes, it is better to be proven wrong, than be sorry to you say that what you thought about a place was right all along. 
Yours, Pinay Travelista

Directions, and How to Get There Details for Marawi City:
*** Fares may change depending on approved rates:
       POST DATE : October  2012

LAGUINDIGAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT / CAGAYAN DE ORO to ILIGAN CITY

1] a] Daily flights to Laguindingan International Airport, CDO
::: From Manila Travel Time
   Flight: ~1H 20mins
   Ferry: ~30H
::: From Cebu Travel Time
   Flight: ~30mins.
   Ferry: ~16H

1] b] Scehduled Ferry to Cagayan de Oro Port
::: From Manila Travel Time
    Ferry: ~30H
::: From Cebu Travel Time
   Ferry: ~16H

2] Laguindingan Airport – Iligan City | North Bound Bus Terminal
:: Shuttle Rate: 50Php Pax
   Bus Rate: 85PhP
   Travel Time: ~1 hour

3] a] Laguindingan Airport – CDO | Bulua Terminal
:: Shuttle Rate: 100Php Pax
   Travel Time: ~1 hour

3] b] CDO | Bulua Terminal – Iligan City | North Bound Bus Terminal
:: Non- Aircon Bus ~40Phph Pax
:: Aircon – NonStop Bus ~ 85PHP Pax
   Travel Time ~2H
***CDO-Iligan and vice versa bus fare is presently at 85Php.

ILIGAN CITY to MARAWI CITY
  4] Iligan City | North Bound Bus Terminal (Tambo) – South Bound Bus Terminal (Camague)

        :: Free if you are riding a bus from CDO.
           Get off at the South Bound Bus Terminal (Camague)
        :: If you drop off at the Bus Stop or at 
North Bound Bus Terminal (Tambo): 
            — Take any jeepney line bound for the city proper 
            — Ask the driver to  drop you at Zoey’s Cafe ( Gen. Aguinaldo St.)
                      Fare:  7.50PhP
                      Travel Time: ~15 mins.
            — Take another jeepney (Bacayo or Buru-un) line
            — Ask the driver to drop you off at South Bound Bus Terminal (Camague)
                     Fare:  7.50PhP
                     Travel Time: ~15 mins.
   5] Iligan City | South Bound Bus Terminal (Camague) – Marawi City | MSU -Marawi Campus
        :: FX  / 10 pax
                     Fare:  70PhP pax
                     Travel Time: ~45 mins.
        :: Jeepney
                     Fare:  50PhP pax
                     Travel Time: ~1.5 H

CDO – Iligan – Ozamis – Oroquieta – Dipolog | Transportation Guide | How Get There Directions


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This is a CDO – Iligan – Ozamis – Oroquieta – Dipolog detailed travel directions on how to get to these cities, and make do of a smooth travel along Northern Mindanao. There I was looking forward to a long weekend with Pinoy Travel Bloggers who were invited to witness the Hudyaka 2012 at Dipolog City. There were supposedly 10 slots available for bloggers but only 6 people came and celebrated Hudyaka with the locals.
But to get there, we have it to ourselves to get there on time for the busiest part of the month long celebration. Both Chino | Juanderful Pinoy, and Christian | Lakad Pilipinas were doing an early head start as they would do a long, and epic road trip from Manila to Dipolog. Yes. The good thing about their long bus rides and RORO trips in between is that they get to have side trips along the way.
Based in Iligan City, I traveled with Jam | Travel Jams, and Xy-Za | PurpleSlipperz for only half a day road trip to Dipolog City, to meet the rest of the people I’ll be meeting for the first time, and spend Hudyaka with them. Though it was a short road trip for me — I got sick along the way, tortured by with too much sight-seeing during the bus rides. But this is one route I would like to recommend for the many side trips you can have along the way.

 

 

Directions, and How to Get There Details for Iligan, Ozamis, Oroquieta, and Dipolog City:
*** Fares may change depending on approved rates:
**POST DATE :June  2012
**RECENT UPDATE :September  2013

LAGUINDINGAN AIRPORT / CAGAYAN DE ORO to ILIGAN CITY

1] a] Daily flights to Laguindingan International Airport, CDO
::: From Manila Travel Time
   Flight: ~1H 20mins
   Ferry: ~30H
::: From Cebu Travel Time
   Flight: ~30mins.
   Ferry: ~16H
 
1] b] Scehduled Ferry to Cagayan de Oro Port
::: From Manila Travel Time
    Ferry: ~30H
::: From Cebu Travel Time
   Ferry: ~16H

2] Laguindingan Airport – Iligan City | North Bound Bus Terminal
:: Shuttle Rate: 50Php Pax
Bus Rate: 85PhP
Travel Time: ~1 hour

3] a] Laguindingan Airport – CDO | Bulua Terminal
:: Shuttle Rate: 100Php Pax
Travel Time: ~1 hour

3] b] CDO | Bulua Terminal – Iligan City | North Bound Bus Terminal
:: Non- Aircon Bus ~40Phph Pax
:: Aircon – NonStop Bus ~ 85PHP Pax
Travel Time ~2H

***CDO-Iligan and vice versa bus fare is presently at 85Php.

ILIGAN to MUKAS
::: Private Vehicle
Travel Time: 1H 30mins
::: Bus to Ozamiz City via Mucas
Take the bus at North/South Bound Bus Terminal of Iligan City
Travel Time: 1H 30mins
Fare: 95Php

MUKAS PORT to OZAMIS PIER
::: Ferry / RORO
Travel Time: 30-45mins
Ferry Fare: 20Php/child or senior
25Php/head
300Php/private vehicle, driver is free from ferry fare
Terminal Fee ( Ozamiz Passenger Terminal only) 3Php
*** Metered taxi available
Flag down rate: 40Php
*** Rela/Pedicab
Fares: Regular 10Php

OZAMIS to OROQUIETA CITY
1] Daily flights from Manila, Cebu, and Davao – Ozamiz City
::: From Manila Travel Time
Flight: ~1H 20mins
Ferry: ~35H
::: From Cebu Travel Time
Flight: ~30mins.
Ferry: ~14H

2.] Bus to Oroquieta City
Travel Time: 1H 30 mins.
Fare: 65Php (Non-Airconditioned Bus)
90Php ( Airconditioned Bus)


OROQUIETA CITY to DIPOLOG

::: Private Vehicle
::: Bus to Dipolog
Travel Time: ~2H 30mins
Fare: 125Php (Non-Airconditioned Bus)
145Php ( Airconditioned Bus)
***Rela/Pedicab
Fare: 7-10Php

INITAO Transportation Guide | How To Get There Directions


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Directions, and How to Get There Details for  Initao, Misamis Oriental:
***Fares may change depending on approved rates.
***POST DATE: April 2012
***RECENT UPDATE: September 2013
LAGUINDINGAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT / CAGAYAN DE ORO to INITAO
1] a] Daily flights to Laguindingan International Airport, CDO
::: From Manila Travel Time
   Flight: ~1H 20mins
   Ferry: ~30H
::: From Cebu Travel Time
   Flight: ~30mins.
   Ferry: ~16H
 
1] b] Scehduled Ferry to Cagayan de Oro Port
::: From Manila Travel Time
    Ferry: ~30H
::: From Cebu Travel Time
   Ferry: ~16H
2]  Laguindingan Airport – Iligan City  | North Bound Bus Terminal
       :: Shuttle Rate: 50Php Pax
Bus Rate: 85PhP
          Travel Time: 20mins
3] a] Laguindingan Airport – CDO | Bulua Terminal

       :: Shuttle Rate: 100Php Pax
Travel Time: ~1 hour

3] b] CDO | Bulua Terminal – Iligan City | North Bound Bus Terminal

       :: Non- Aircon Bus ~40Phph Pax
       :: Aircon – NonStop Bus ~ 85PHP Pax
          Travel Time ~2H
      b] Bulua Terminal – Initao Terminal
       :: Non- Aircon Bus ~40Phph Pax
       :: Aircon – NonStop Bus ~ 85PHP Pax
          Travel Time ~1H

***CDO-Iligan and vice versa bus fare is presently at 85Php. A discounted fare rate for TS Sendong (Washi) affected areas/cities.

ILIGAN CITY to INITAO
1]Iligan City North Bound Terminal – Initao Terminal
       :: Non- Aircon Bus ~40Phph Pax
       :: Aircon – NonStop Bus ~ 85PHP Pax
         Travel Time ~1H

TRAVEL NOTES:
+ The non-airconditioned buses are smaller than the airconditioned ones. If you want plenty of leg room, and wants to be more comfortable with space, you might want to go for AC buses.
+ The pedicabs, or motorized transports are limited in the area. If you do see one pass you by but is already taken, ask the driver to tell other pedicab driver/s that you’re a waiting passenger. Fare starts a 8PhP, but may costs more with longer distances.

CAMIGUIN Transportation Guide | How To Get There & Directions


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Getting back on the road was my break from the stress that I was carrying around my back for some few weeks then. So when I got an invite from a good friend to visit Camiguin, I was quick to say yes. Okay. So she has been inviting a group of us to visit the island but we could never agree on a date, so the timing was  all too perfect to distress that I travelled with no itinerary but only a map of the island and memory to serve me right — by myself.
Camiguin is an island province in the Philippines and is one of the backpackers destination places that is off the northern coast of the Northern Misamis  Oriental. It is the second smallest province both in population and land area — and one of my favorite islands. Visiting Camiguin for the nth time has been more of a laid back catching up with a good friend thingy for me. Seeing how far life has progress and the comfort that Camiguin is still the Camiguin I remembered from my previous visits was a thumbs upper.


Directions, and How to Get There Details for  Camiguin:
***Fares may change depending on approved rates. 
*** POST DATE: January 2012
       UPDATED: April 2014

ILIGAN CITY to CAGAYAN DE ORO:

      ::: Private Vehicle
               Travel Time: 1H 30mins

      ::: Bus: Northbound (Iligan) – Bulua (CDO) Bus Terminal
               Travel Time: 2H
               Travel Time Interval: 15mins.
               Fare: Regular      150Php
                        SP/Senior  115Php

via CAGAYAN DE ORO:
1] Flights/Ferries Bound for Cagayan de Oro:
      ::: From Manila  Travel Time
               Flight: ~1H 20mins
               Ferry: ~30H
      ::: From Cebu  Travel Time
               Flight: ~30mins.
               Ferry: ~16H

 2.a.] From Laguindingan International Airport to CDO City Proper ( READ HERE!)
                  CDO City Proper – Agora Bus Terminal
          ::: Taxi: Travel Time: ~10mins;  Fare:  ~120Php
          ::: Public Utility Jeepney: Lapasan Route
                Travel Time: ~20-30 mins. depends on traffic ^^

2.b.] From Pier to Agora Bus Terminal
          ::: Metered Taxi/Van: ~150Php
          ::: Public Utility Jeepney: Travel Time: ~20 mins. depends on traffic ^^
         
2.c.]Bulua Bus Terminal – Agora Bus Terminal
      ::: Public Utility Jeepney (within the terminal): Tavel Time: ~20 mins; ~15Php
      ::: Taxi: Travel Time: ~15 mins; ~120Php

CAGAYAN DE ORO to BALINGOAN: (80km)
      ::: Bus: Agora (CDO) – Balingoan Bus Terminal
         – Take either  Butuan, or Surigao bound buses
                 Travel Time: 2H;  Fare: ~150Php

1.] Balingoan Bus Terminal – Port Area
      ::: Motor:  Travel Time: <3mins; Fare: 7Php
      ::: On Foot
                   Travel Time: <5mins.
                    Fare: Carbon Footprint Saver ^^

BALINGOAN to BENONI, CAMIGUIN
      ::: Ferry Boat
                    Travel Time: ~1H – 30mins. – 2H
                    Travel Time Interval: 1H
                    Last Trip: 5PM
                    Fare: Regular               170Php
                             SP                      145Ph
                             Senior Citizen     135Php
                             5-11 y.o. Child     85Php
                    Terminal Fee: 2.25Php

So I swallowed my pride on having “photographic” memory, using that as my guide to remembering details on my trips. This time, I took with me a little white notebook and a pen and constantly taking notes along the way. LOL. I never got it with people who take down notes when on the road — until I became one. Thanks to a random conversation/interview I had with a travel blogger friend. Hope this one helps guys. 

OZAMIZ CITY Transportation Guide | How To Get There & Directions


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Misamis was an Old Spanish town, which existed as far back as the Spanish era and was conquered strangely not by force of arms, but through faith by some Jesuit Missionaries. Though obscure, the origin of the name “Misamis” is believed to have been derived from the Subano word “Kuyamis” which is a variety of coconut. During the years the name persisted as an inference of geographical location and upon the advent of the Spanish settlers. The word “Kuyamis” easily gave way to the more conveniently pronounceable but corrupted word “Misamis”.

Directions, and How to Get There Details for  Ozamiz City:
*** Fares may change depending on approved rates:
***POST DATE : July 25, 2011
      UPDATED: June 11, 2012
CAGAYAN DE ORO – ILIGAN:
      ::: Private Vehicle
               Travel Time: 1H 30mins
      ::: Bus:  Bulua (CDO) – Northbound (Iligan) Bus Terminal
               Travel Time: 2H
               Travel Time Interval: 15mins.
               Fare: Regular      85Php
                        SP/Senior  85Php
***CDO-Iligan and vice versa bus fare is presently at 85Php. A discounted fare rate for TS Sendong (Washi) affected areas/cities.
*** No metered taxi
*** Fares: Regular       8.00Php
                 SP/ Senior  7.50Php
ILIGAN – MUCAS
   :::  Private Vehicle
        Mucas Map: HERE
        Travel Time: 1H 30mins
   ::: Bus to Ozamiz City via Mucas
      Take the bus at North/South Bound Bus Terminal of Iligan City (Map :HERE)
           Travel Time: 1H 30mins
           Fare: 95Php
MUCAS PORT – OZAMIZ PIER (Mucas Map: HERE, Ozamiz Map : HERE )
   ::: Ferry / RORO
           Travel Time: 30-45mins
           Ferry Fare:     20Php/child or senior
                                 25Php/head
                                 300Php/private vehicle, driver is free from ferry fare
*** Metered taxi available
            Flag down rate: 40Php
*** Rela/Pedicab
             Fares: Regular  10Php
                
You might like to read and check the rest of the OZAMIZ CITY SERIES:

ILIGAN CITY | Knowing Iligan City & How Get There Directions


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Iligan City is a highly urbanized city in the Northern Mindanao region, Philippines. It is geographically within the province of Lanao del Norte but administered independently from the province after it the passage of Republic Act 9724 that separates this highly urbanized city from the first congressional district of Lanao del Norte to form its own congressional district beginning in the 2010 elections. It was part of Central Mindanao (Region 12) and now under Northern Mindanao (Region 10).

ILIGAN CITY DETAILS

Coordinates: 8°13′N 124°14′E
Region Northern Mindanao (Region X)
Province Lanao del Norte

District Lone District of Iligan City

Directions, and How to Get There Details for Iligan City:

***Fares may change depending on approved rates
Post Date: May 2011
Recent Update: September 2013
The Lumbia Airport Laguindingan International Airport at Cagayan de Oro City, and Ozamis Airport are two of the nearest airports in Iligan City. Check out the flights from airline companies for schedules, and availability in flights.

Flights to Laguindingan International Airport (Cagayan de Oro City) 

1] Daily flights from Manila, Cebu, and Davao – Laguindingan International Airport, CDO
::: From Manila Travel Time
   Flight: ~1H 20mins
::: From Cebu Travel Time
   Flight: ~30mins.

2] Laguindingan Airport – Iligan City | North Bound Bus Terminal
:: Shuttle Rate: 50Php Pax
   Bus Rate: 85PhP
   Travel Time: ~1 hour

3] a] Laguindingan Airport – CDO | Bulua Terminal
:: Shuttle Rate: 100Php Pax
   Travel Time: ~1 hour

3] b] CDO | Bulua Terminal – Iligan City | North Bound Bus Terminal
:: Non- Aircon Bus ~40Phph Pax
:: Aircon – NonStop Bus ~ 85PHP Pax
   Travel Time ~2H

Ferries from Manila, and Cebu, to Cagayan de Oro 
::: From Manila Travel Time: ~30H
::: From Cebu Travel Time: ~12-14H
1] CDO Pier – CDO Bulua Bus Terminal
::: Jeepney (Just outside the docking area)
Travel Time: ~20- 30mins
Fare: 35 PhP
::: Metered Taxi (outside the pier)
Travel Time: ~15- 20mins
2] CDO Bulua Terminal – Iligan City North Bound Bus Terminal (Tambo)
:: Non- Aircon Bus ~40Phph Pax
:: Aircon – NonStop Bus ~ 85PHP Pax
Travel Time ~2H
3] To get to the City Proper
Take jeepney lines; Tibanga, Tambo, or Del Carmen
Travel Time: ~10mins
Fare: 7.50PhP

Via OZAMIS CITY to ILIGAN CITY

1] Check airline companies operating flights to Ozamis City
2] Please check ferry companies operating voyages to Iligan City via Ozamis
Travel Time: ~2H
Vessel docks at Iligan City Pier
2] Take the bus, and travel by road from Ozamis City to Iligan City
Read the post How to Get To Iligan – Ozamis City but backtrack it’s steps 

Via CEBU CITY to ILIGAN CITY

1] Check airline companies operating flights to Cebu City
Check airline companies operating flights from Cebu to Cagayan de Oro City
Follow the steps to getting to Iligan City via Lumbia Airport Cagayan de Oro City
2] Ferries from Cebu City to Cagayan de Oro City
Travel Time: ~16H
Ferries from Cebu City to Iligan City with Ozamis City stopover
Vessel docks at Ozamis Pier, a wait time of 2H before it travels to Iligan City
Travel Time: ~2H
Vessel docks at Iligan City Pier, at downtown Iligan

AVAILABLE TRANSPORTATION IN ILIGAN CITY:

JEEPNEYS. Jeepneys are the main transport in Iligan City. Jeepney fare is at 7.50PhP for routes not exceeding 4-5km. Do ask around to help you get the right jeepey route, and sit nearest the driver. Not all jeepney routes have jeepney conductors available. For other jeepney routes that is away from the city proper, fare is at 10-30PhP, depending on distance
TAXI. No metered taxi. Taxi rate starts at 70Php but is as agreed by the taxi driver, and passenger. I HIGHLY discourage this one, most of the time they overcharge the passenger — even locals, how much more the visitors. I “once-in-a-blue moon” take a taxi when in Iligan City, I strongly feel the need for them to regulate their meters.
TRICYCLES / TRIKES. Available ONLY is subdivisions, and in neighborhoods, and rates start at 5PhP. Though even if it is against regulations, by night time you can see them on the main streets, and highways — these can charge 10-30PhP Pax depending on distance.
HABAL – HABAL. ONLY available for remote areas. Though by night time you can see them on the main streets, and highways — these can charge starting at 20PhP Pax depending on distance.
TARTANILYA. Iliganons still use tartanilya, or horse-drawn carriage for local transport. You can see them at the Pala-o Market with only ONE route. They are not allowed to wander off at any part of the city, so please do not force it upon the carers. They charge at 5PhP Pax.

NOTES:

+ Unfortunately, the bus terminals does not have any visible tourism information to help you with your visit, give you a map, or help you with directions when you load off of the Bus Terminal. You need to visit or contact the Tourism Office of Iligan City for that.
+ Should you take the taxi heading for the city proper, never fix a price of more than 100PhP. It should only be roughly 70-100PhP. The route is only about 4-5km. Or ask that they turn on their meter —- and ALWAYS ask if they issue a receipt. If they say they can’t because they do not have it, or for any other reasons, WALK AWAY. It’s not that they are bad drivers, just hopeful that they can straightened their act like the taxi services in other cities.

+ The Trikes, and Habal-Habal are regulated to only carry passengers to specific parts of the city. There will be stop overs to check proper licensing, and documents from the drivers. Always ask the driver if he is allowed to take the route, or the destinations you are heading to.
+ Iligan City has, still, a small town feel to it. you can ask the locals to help you go around the place. Better yet, call the Tourism Office to help you plan your trip.

You might like to read more of ILIGAN CITY posts.