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Old 7th September 2019, 04:07 AM
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As some of you may remember, I bought my Ford Ranger Wildtrak in Manila and drove it down to our home in Davao. We took our time and did a lot of sight seeing on route and took 5 days for the trip. Journey was 1,750km in total. We used 2 ferries, each cost approximately P2,000 including 4 passengers. ....
I am starting to lean towards that sort of trip, no long ferry rides, just the shorter island to island rides with longer drives in between. Just show up in the general area, ask around about departure times then chill until boat time.

It looks like Manila to Cebu would be drive to just south of Legapazi City, then a ferry to Masbate Island, across the island then another ferry to Bogo Cty, just north of Cebu City. An alternative route would be the ferry to Samar the bridge onto Leyte then there should be a ferry across to Cebu somewhere.

Once took the passabger ferry from Bacolod City to Manila, no vehicle. We had a stateroom, just for us, it was overnight and three meals were included. IIRC about 6k p for the two of us. One person in a stateroom would have been 5500 p.

Cost was a little less than airfare. It would have been a considerable saving compared to flight plus one room night and 3 meals for two.

It was an enjoyable experience. Embarkation and disembarkation was a cluster on par with the NAIA, without the air conditioning but otherwise a nice boat ride.


It will be into the New Year before I am ready to do this. Perhaps we can get together and do it in a convoy?
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I am starting to lean towards that sort of trip, no long ferry rides, just the shorter island to island rides with longer drives in between. Just show up in the general area, ask around about departure times then chill until boat time.

It looks like Manila to Cebu would be drive to just south of Legapazi City, then a ferry to Masbate Island, across the island then another ferry to Bogo Cty, just north of Cebu City. An alternative route would be the ferry to Samar the bridge onto Leyte then there should be a ferry across to Cebu somewhere.

Once took the passabger ferry from Bacolod City to Manila, no vehicle. We had a stateroom, just for us, it was overnight and three meals were included. IIRC about 6k p for the two of us. One person in a stateroom would have been 5500 p.

Cost was a little less than airfare. It would have been a considerable saving compared to flight plus one room night and 3 meals for two.

It was an enjoyable experience. Embarkation and disembarkation was a cluster on par with the NAIA, without the air conditioning but otherwise a nice boat ride.


It will be into the New Year before I am ready to do this. Perhaps we can get together and do it in a convoy?
It's pretty straightforward and nothing to be overly concerned about. My only advice would be to try to avoid driving at night. Generally I like night driving, but on our trip a lot of the roads are in poor condition and lots of ongoing road works with the usual diversions etc, making it tiresome at night especially if its raining hard.

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Good info here! My BIL is trying to get us to join him on a driving / ferry trip from here in Central Luzon to Boracay. I don't think I want to do it because the schedule it too tight, during the October school break. I don't see the point of taking 2 days to get there, 2 days there, and 2 days to come back.

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Yeah. My girl often gets invited along with her friends from college to spend a weekend driving somewhere for 18 hours, stay there for 12 hours and then drive 18 hours back home. (a slight exaggeration, but not too much)

I always get invited along, but the only time I go is if I also take a few extra days and stay on after her friends have returned home already.

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It's pretty straightforward and nothing to be overly concerned about. My only advice would be to try to avoid driving at night. Generally I like night driving, but on our trip a lot of the roads are in poor condition and lots of ongoing road works with the usual diversions etc, making it tiresome at night especially if its raining hard.
I only tried driving at night here once. I was in San Fernando La Union and wanted to be sure to get back to Manila in good time so I left about 5 am.

On an open two lane each direction road, with no traffic at all and many signs telling tricycle drivers to stay in the outer lane, I was doing about 70 kph on the inner lane.

Just about rear ended a trike. No lights or reflectors, going about 20 kph on the inner lane, long straight stretch so he could see me coming for several minutes before I caught up to him but he never moved over, or made any indication that he was in the path of a vehicle traveling much faster than him.

He never moved after I passed him, he stayed in the wrong lane until I was out of sight.

Had I hit him, I am sure that it would have been the rich foreigner's fault because the poor trike driver had no way to pay for the damages.

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I only tried driving at night here once. I was in San Fernando La Union and wanted to be sure to get back to Manila in good time so I left about 5 am.

On an open two lane each direction road, with no traffic at all and many signs telling tricycle drivers to stay in the outer lane, I was doing about 70 kph on the inner lane.

Just about rear ended a trike. No lights or reflectors, going about 20 kph on the inner lane, long straight stretch so he could see me coming for several minutes before I caught up to him but he never moved over, or made any indication that he was in the path of a vehicle traveling much faster than him.

He never moved after I passed him, he stayed in the wrong lane until I was out of sight.

Had I hit him, I am sure that it would have been the rich foreigner's fault because the poor trike driver had no way to pay for the damages.
Seems to be the norm here. The slow ones are in what we consider the high speed lane and to pass on the right. I have learned to never expect them to do anything we would consider the right thing to do.

Seems as if they do not know any 'rules of the road' as most cannot pass a driving written or driving test and have a license only because they have a "fixer" obtain it for them. There was an article a couple years ago that stated the majority of randomly selected jeepney drivers throughout the country failed a written test they were administered.

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Old 12th September 2019, 07:02 AM
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I only tried driving at night here once. I was in San Fernando La Union and wanted to be sure to get back to Manila in good time so I left about 5 am.

On an open two lane each direction road, with no traffic at all and many signs telling tricycle drivers to stay in the outer lane, I was doing about 70 kph on the inner lane.

Just about rear ended a trike. No lights or reflectors, going about 20 kph on the inner lane, long straight stretch so he could see me coming for several minutes before I caught up to him but he never moved over, or made any indication that he was in the path of a vehicle traveling much faster than him.

He never moved after I passed him, he stayed in the wrong lane until I was out of sight.

Had I hit him, I am sure that it would have been the rich foreigner's fault because the poor trike driver had no way to pay for the damages.
Yes that's definitely one of the reasons to avoid driving at night. Add into that scenario, heavy rain and you're reflexes being a bit slow as a result of long driving. There were a couple of occasions on my trip that I couldn't avoid driving after dark, definitely not to be recommended.

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