from the beaches of boracay to the shores and mountains of puerto galera
06.02.2011 - 16.02.2011
Roll-on, Roll-off (commonly known as RORO here in Philippines) has been the cheapest way to go to boracay other than domestic planes. But of course, if you don't mind spending more for the airfare to reach your destination faster, you can always book a flight to caticlan or in kalibu.
our van (RODASTCO) only cost us 665 pesos and has taken us from our hotel (Kabayan Hotel) to Batangas Port, to Calapan port, and drove all the way to Roxas port. Then from there, we took a ferry (Montenegros Shipping Lines for 313pesos to Caticlan. And our last, 5 minute banca ride to Boracay which costs 25 plus terminal fee of 75 pesos.
we left our hotel in manila at around 9pm, arriving in Roxas port at around 5:30am. We took the earliest ferry to Caticlan, which is at 8am. Waiting in the port was not at all boring coz apparently the port have wifi. yey!
we eventually reached our destination, boracay islands, by 10:30am.
we spent a week in boracay, stayed in a 600 peso per head hotel (Morning Star), and RORO ourselves to puerto galera.
We took the bus this time, Philtranco, which has cost us only 560 pesos upto Calapan Port.
We arrive in Calapan in an apparently, ungodly hour (from their perspective), which is only 9pm. and when i say ungodly, meaning there were no public transportation anymore goin to puerto galera. we had to rent either a van (2500 pesos), a jeepney (2000 pesos), or a tricycle (1100 pesos). There are only 2 of us so we took the cheapest smallest ride we can- the tricycle. ^^
i realized that travelling night time was not at all a good idea in the roads of Calapan to Puerto Galera. Our tricycle, after an hour of a safe straight road travel, came into winding roads along the sides of the mountains that apparently spreads itself along the way to the beach of puerto galera. Even more dangerous driving in a non-lit winding road drizzling with rain, making the roads very slippery. So, if i were you, better stay overnight in Calapan in a hotel.
anyways, we arrive in Puerto Galera around midnight. Stayed in a cheap hotel but good and clean, Camp Rock. We stayed there for 3 days, sun bathe, hike, took long walks, sunsets, shop, etc. then took a small 1 hour and a half boat to Batangas Port (230pesos).
There were buses goin to Manila from the Batangas Port which took us like 6 hours to reach our hotel, as suppose to a 3-hour ride without stopping to wait for passengers. (But if you are riding the bus straight from Caticlan Port, you won't be possibly be waiting that long.. coz your bus would have enough passengers to go to Manila).