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Old 6th September 2019, 05:55 AM
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I am thinking about buying a car to explore the country. I would like to drive the length of Luzon, then on the Philippine Highway and ferry system to Davao and back through Cebu.

That means that I will need to transport it between islands on ferries. I know that broadly speaking there are two types of RORO trips. Short runs like from Cebu Island across to Dumagette and longer trips like taking a vehicle from Manila to Cebu.

Does anyone have any experience with vehicles on ferries? I would think for short runs it is not much of a problem, you would just drive on stay with your vehicle then drive off at the other end.

How about on the longer runs? Would you get a stateroom or accommodations? How safe will the contents of your vehicle be while on board? Do you drive it on or do you surrender the keys to the crew for the trip?

Any idea of costs for both short and longer trips?
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I am thinking about buying a car to explore the country. I would like to drive the length of Luzon, then on the Philippine Highway and ferry system to Davao and back through Cebu.

That means that I will need to transport it between islands on ferries. I know that broadly speaking there are two types of RORO trips. Short runs like from Cebu Island across to Dumagette and longer trips like taking a vehicle from Manila to Cebu.

Does anyone have any experience with vehicles on ferries? I would think for short runs it is not much of a problem, you would just drive on stay with your vehicle then drive off at the other end.

How about on the longer runs? Would you get a stateroom or accommodations? How safe will the contents of your vehicle be while on board? Do you drive it on or do you surrender the keys to the crew for the trip?

Any idea of costs for both short and longer trips?
What is your starting/end point. What Islands do you want to travel? How many days do you have to complete the trip?

We did a 2 month tour of the southern islands years ago. I bought maps at National Bookstore, planned my route out. Researched for sites to see along the way. Scanned the roads/port overhead using Google Maps Sat View. We found the best, most accurate source for RORO schedules & companies was by calling each Coast Guard Station at the Ports ahead of time. They know all the details because they will issue the Coast Guard pass as part of the procedure.
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A good source also is YouTube. Search RORO X to X.
I had good experiences using The RORO system.
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I'm retired I have no set itinerary or schedule. I just want to explore and was wondering about costs of the ferries.

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I am thinking about buying a car to explore the country. I would like to drive the length of Luzon, then on the Philippine Highway and ferry system to Davao and back through Cebu.

That means that I will need to transport it between islands on ferries. I know that broadly speaking there are two types of RORO trips. Short runs like from Cebu Island across to Dumagette and longer trips like taking a vehicle from Manila to Cebu.

Does anyone have any experience with vehicles on ferries? I would think for short runs it is not much of a problem, you would just drive on stay with your vehicle then drive off at the other end.

How about on the longer runs? Would you get a stateroom or accommodations? How safe will the contents of your vehicle be while on board? Do you drive it on or do you surrender the keys to the crew for the trip?

Any idea of costs for both short and longer trips?
Great post Rick, something I've also thought about over the years in PH. but only to date a sideline, (thought). I have occasionally (rarely) seen posts related to your topic and mostly how to get from A to B within ferry topics on many sites, I appreciate Joes input with great input, resources and experience
Given your reply to Joe simply do as I/we have done, plan your initial destination and how to get there, (yes there is an overall idea/theme but why restrict yourself to a "cruise liner schedule" one or two nights accom and wing it from there, as a free agent the world can be your oyster. Internet and computer/phone/and cash will be the king no matter Asia, USA or Europe etc from my travel experiences as long as you go with what's on offer and do a little research along the way, good luck and looking forward to further replies on your OP, BTW if you ever get up to La union you are always welcome.

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[QUOTE=bigpearl;14944198]Great post Rick, something I've also thought about over the years in PH. but only to date a sideline, (thought). I have occasionally (rarely) seen posts related to your topic and mostly how to get from A to B within ferry topics on many sites, I appreciate Joes input with great input, resources and experience
Given your reply to Joe simply do as I/we have done, plan your initial destination and how to get there, (yes there is an overall idea/theme but why restrict yourself to a "cruise liner schedule" one or two nights accom and wing it from there, as a free agent the world can be your oyster. Internet and computer/phone/and cash will be the king no matter Asia, USA or Europe etc from my travel experiences as long as you go with what's on offer and do a little research along the way, good luck and looking forward to further replies on your OP, BTW if you ever get up to La union you are always welcome.

Cheers, Steve.[/QUOTE
It's also something we would like to try sometime in the future. A tip I heard but I don't know how true, it is cheaper to buy you ferry tickets at the terminal rather than online. Another tip always keep an eye on the weather.

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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. We didn't bother trying to check ferry schedules and book in advance as the driving times are difficult to predict. We jus turned up at the next port, checked ferry availability and booked accordingly. The cars are locked up, you keep the keys, and nobody is allowed near the cars for the duration of the trip. We didn't have staterooms, just public seating with access to food and drinks, TV etc.
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jon1 wrote a series of posts about his drive from Subic to Zamboanga City and back around 2014 or so but I cant find them in the archives.
I remember him saying he needed to have the OR and CR for his truck as the many checkpoints were looking for people who had stolen vehicles in Manila and taking them to the province.
I'll see if I can dig up anything else from him about that trip.

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Here's one of the links with jon1's experience taking his truck on ROROs:

https://www.expatforum.com/expats/ph...traveling.html

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a bit off topic, but we took ship with overnight cabin to leyte and back from manila...it was very nice,,gourmet meals in private dining etc.
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Done a bit of ferry travel, no long runs, only Island to Island. Make sure you have all your (and your vehicle) paperwork in order as you will have to show. You will have to pay the Terminal Fee at each departure port but when you drive off, you can just drive directly out to the street at each arrival port. When you are coming aboard, you will be directed exactly here to park. They will chock the wheels so no vehicle movement while under way. You lock your vehicle and go up to a seating/lounge area for the trip where snacks & drinks are available to purchase. Shortly before docking, all the drivers will go to their vehicles and as soon as the ramp is dropped, everybody drives off the ship onto the dock and away you go.

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