Bicol Special - the Journey

Bicol Distinctive – the Journey

Bicol Specific will guide you for the duration of 1 7 days through these beautiful, but unidentified area of the Philippines. The coming highlights will be Naga Metropolis, the cultural funds, Daet-Bagasbas surfing, the Pili wakeboard middle and Legazpi and nearby Mount Mayaon. If there will be time still left, we’ll guide you to Caramoan – the wild mother nature on the Pacific shore.

But initially of all, we had to get to Naga Metropolis. From Camiguin it is only 530 kilometers. The obstacle is the significant whole lot of h2o in amongst.  It is feasible to journey from Camiguin to Naga Metropolis by automobile or bus. The name of this alternative is “Strong Republic Nautical Highway“. This journey needs some 2 times or 48 hours. With your automobile or quite a few bus traces you transfer 1st east and then north using some ferries. With Philtranco you can do the complete journey in the identical bus.

Philtranco bus

Sorry, we did not want to expend 48 hrs in a bus. Ferries are not a resolution for this trip, largely mainly because Bicol has not lots of ferry ports and the sparse types are far away from Naga Metropolis. Last but not least the only fair option experienced been traveling – probably …

Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) and PALexpress (PALEX) fly to various places in Bicol. All the flights are once more from Manila due to the fact CEB cancelled the direct flights from Cebu to Legazpi “UFN”. We detest this “UFN” this means “Until Even further Notice”. UFN implies that an airline can terminate a vacation spot any time. The see will virtually hardly ever arrive at you. If you already have a verified flight, you get a textual content message the evening before your scheduled flight. But which is a different tale.

Our preliminary flight program experienced been:

CGM – CEB 07:20 – 08:10
CEB – MNL 08:55 – 10:10
MNL – WNP 14:10 – 15:05

There had been no alternative. All airways in the Philippines fly the same route at the very same hour. Inside of 10 minutes you have 3 flights from Cebu to Manila or from anyplace to somewhere. There is no coordination among the airways. Just about every airline flies at the time when they assume the major quantity of passengers.

Anywway, the Cebu Pacific sales team in Mambajao instructed us that our program would not be possible. 45 minutes to connect in Cebu were as well small. We have been a bit astonished. 45 minutes in this small airport and with the exact airline ought to be enough. But no! Cebu Pacific does not take these kinds of quick relationship time because: a) the flight from Camiguin to Cebu is normally late and b) Cebu Pacific does not examine as a result of the baggage for these flights and c) Cebu Pacific does not want to pay out for a skipped link. Ah bon!

We then uncovered one more solution. Below in the Philippines you do not only need a plan A and a system B. You need at least a program C and if possible a prepare D. The latter 1 is in scenario all the things but definitely everything fails.

We selected to choose the Oceanjet rapidly ferry on Thursday evening from Camiguin to Cagayan de Oro. Then sleep just one evening in our desired hotel in CdO and keep on with the 09:05 flight from CGY to MNL.


The Oceanjet arrived on time, the journey on the open up deck in the again hat been noisy but extremely enjoyable.


Bye bye Camiguin, see you before long once again small island.

The first leg of our journey had been with out issues. At 6:15 p.m we arrived in Cagayan de Oro , took a taxi and went to our lodge in the vicinity of the Divisoria. I asked the taxi driver how a lot he prices for the trip to the airport. Recognizing that the vans and shuttles price 200 pesos for every individual, I anticipated to fork out a bit more. He available 700 and agreed to go down to 600 pesos. He promised to fetch us at 6:30 a.m. future morning.

We passed a wonderful night with a great evening meal at the Sentro.

Upcoming early morning at 6:45 a.m. however no taxi. We then flagged down one more taxi. We provided the driver 600 pesos to the airport and he immediately agreed. I was a little bit astonished that he turned on the meter. The driver advised me that he experienced 7 young children and that he required the task. He neither would cheat the taxi-proprietor nor the passengers. Truthful! The final fare on the meter just after one hour’s excursion was PHP 450.00 This suggests , one particular could bargain down to 500 pesos for this vacation. We relished our trustworthy driver and wished him a pleasant working day.

In the following posting you’ll read through about the timeliness and congestion and our arrival in Naga Metropolis. We would like you a great day.

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