Needless to say, our country boasts a rich natural resources of lush forest and panoramic sights.
Thanks to more than 7100 islands which are divided into three different regions; LUZVIMINDA regions Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Having said that these regions have a fantastic cruise vacation destination just waiting to be discovered.
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Cruising in the Philippines may not be so easy for everybody. It requires so much time, effort and money too. Last year, I embarked myself on a long ferry and bus rides which I did not plan in the first place.
Looking at things in a wider perspective, I wanted to nurse the thought of traveling from Luzon, visiting the central Visayas and arriving at the silent hills of Mindanao. I liked the idea of having to experience cruising and sailing in the Philippines. Thus I have worked so hard to check all the possible routes that we have to take from Luzon to Mindanao.
Although I tried riding RORO vessels during a trip from Bacolod to Cebu in the past, I still want to enjoy the cruising experience a little bit longer. This extraordinary exploration seems to be very tiring but worth it.
RORO vessels have built-in ramps which allow the cargo to be efficiently “rolled on” and “rolled off” the vessel when in port. While smaller ferries that operate across rivers and other short distances often have built-in ramps, the term RORO is generally reserved for larger ocean-going vessels. The ramps and doors may be stern-only, or bow and stern for quick loading.
Admittedly, this may not be a luxurious cruise holiday like Cheap cruises from Cruise kings but there are quite a few small ship cruise operators around and that is something you can find online. Some of these operators have itineraries available including onshore activities, so why not savor the moments and embrace life in one of these great adventures before coming onboard or after disembarkation.
I hope that I was able to educate you in my own little way the joy of cruising the island of the Philippines via RORO.
***Fare as of June 2012
Calapan – Roxas via private van | Travel time takes 4hours *Please take note that we bought our ticket from Batangas – Calapan – Roxas in package for Php 475
Roxas – Caticlan via Super shuttle ferry | Travel time takes 2hours | Php400
Caticlan – Iloilo via Ceres bus Lines | Travel time takes 5hours | Php346
Iloilo – Bacolod via Fast craft at Php310 | Travel time takes 2 hours * Please note that last trip is at 6pm We were stranded in Iloilo until the next morning. Early trip to Bacolod is at 6 in the morning.
Until now, I still can’t imagine I traveled and survived the RORO experience. If given another chance I would want to travel the Philippines from Luzon to Mindanao again. I guess this time it would be smoother and next time I will give myself plenty of time to explore each of my destination. More detailed posts about my cruising experience in the Philippines shortly.
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