Tuesday, March 01, 2022

12 Days Visayas to Luzon Pandemic Solo Trip 1st Part: The Itinerary

RORO Ferry and Local Transportation Adventure from Siquijor up to Southern part of Luzon
February 16 to 28, 2022


My 99th solo backpacking trip, 5th local long travel after Panay Island Jul. 2016Babuyan Islands trip May 2016Mindanao Eastern Side Aug. 2012 and of course, usual budget do-it-yourself (DIY) itinerary from arrival to departure. Also, this was my 71st to 76th provinces on my quest to conquer the 81 provinces of the Philippines.

The new normal of traveling is inevitable. Pandemic doesn't stop me of my dream and excitement to visit places I've never been. Coming from a 7 months solo trip in American Continent from Nov. 2020 to Jun. 2021, this itchy feet strikes again. This trip is also considered as my Pandemic Adventure Series following the (1) Earth Circumnavigation Jan. 2020, (2) Abu Dhabi Folding Bike Cycling Apr. 2020, (3) Caribbean and Europe Oct. 2020, (4) American Continent Jan. 2021 and (5) Mindanao Nov. 2021.

The Visayas or the Visayan Islands are one of the three principal geographical divisions of the Philippines, along with Luzon and Mindanao. The major islands of the Visayas are Panay, Negros, Cebu, Bohol, Leyte and Samar. There are three administrative regions in the Visayas: Western Visayas, Central Visayas and Eastern Visayas.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visayas

​​12 Days. 6 Additional Provinces. THANK YOU VERY MUCH VISAYAS AND LUZON!
(Siquijor, Biliran, Eastern Samar, Northern Samar, Sorsogon, Masbate). 
Visited ALL 16 Visayas Provinces, 35 of 38 Luzon Provinces and 76 of 81 total Philippine Provinces.
#philippines #pinasnaman #visayas #luzon #pandemictravelling #pilipinas #lakbayPinas #livealifeyouwillremember 

12 Days Visayas to Luzon Pandemic Solo Trip (Siquijor, my 71st province)

12 Days Visayas to Luzon Pandemic Solo Trip (Siquijor, my 71st province)

12 Days Visayas to Luzon Pandemic Solo Trip (Siquijor, my 71st province)

12 Days Visayas to Luzon Pandemic Solo Trip (Siquijor, my 71st province)

12 Days Visayas to Luzon Pandemic Solo Trip (Siquijor, my 71st province)

12 Days Visayas to Luzon Pandemic Solo Trip (Siquijor, my 71st province)

INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT VISAYAS

1. The Spaniards, led by Legazpi, found the people of Panay with tattoos and so it was named “Isla de los Pintados” and its residents “Pintados”.
2. Negros is the 3rd largest island in the Philippines and the 62nd largest island in the world. Samar is 4th, Panay is 6th, Leyte is 8th, Cebu is 9th and Bohol is the 10th largest island in the country.
3. Cebu City, the Queen City of the South and a highly urbanized city, is the most progressive city in Cebu Island and is regarded as the oldest city in the Philippines.
4. Among the most popular and most beautiful tourist destinations in the Visayas are Boracay Beach, Magellan’s Cross, Panglao Island, Chocolate Hills, Malapascua, Leyte Landing Memorial in Red Beach, San Juanico Bridge, Blood Compact Shrine and many others.
5. Major dialects in the Visayas include Ilonggo or Hiligaynon, Cebuano and Waray-waray.

12 DAYS SOLO DIY TRIP VISAYAS TO LUZON PANDEMIC ADVENTURE ITINERARY

Day 01: February 16, 2022 Wednesday (Visayas Arrival)
0730H ETA NAIA Terminal 3; grab car 800
1005H ETD Manila; flight 5J 627 (Cebu Pacific Super Pass Flight Manila - Dumaguete 800)
1130H ETA Dumaguete; bus to Port 15; lunch 90
1930H ETD RORO ferry 181 (1.5 hrs delayed) 
2100H ETA Siquijor; snacks 73; habal 100; See-Kee-Hor Hostel 3 Nights 1,100
Total: PHP 2,359

Day 02: February 17, 2022 Thursday (Siquijor Day 1)
0800H Paliton Beach; brunch 84, tricycle 40
1300H Habal to Salagdoong Beach 250; drinks 33
1600H Tricycle to Siquijor 25; Boulevard stroll; dinner 91; pedicab to hostel 20
Total: PHP 543

Day 03: February 18, 2022 Friday (Siquijor Day 2)
Tricycle to San Juan 15; brunch 96; tricycle 13; Sunset in Paliton Beach; snacks 38; dinner 302
Total: PHP 464

Day 04: February 19, 2022 Saturday (Ferry and Bus trip to Cebu)
0700H Hostel checkout; breakfast 40
0730H ETD Paliton; tricycle to Larena 50; lunch 90
1300H ETD Siquijor; RORO ferry 247 (2 hrs delayed) 
1600H ETA Cebu (Liloan); snacks 75
1630H ETD Liloan; bus 310
2030H ETA Cebu; look for cheapest hotel; McSherry Guesthouse 800; dinner 60
Total: PHP 1,672

Day 05: February 20, 2022 Sunday (Cebu City morning trip, Ferry Trip to Leyte)
Morning stroll; brunch 266; shoe repair 100;
1430H ETD Cebu; RORO ferry 460 (2.5 hrs delayed) 
2000H ETA Leyte (Palompon); walk to town; Pacci House 600; dinner 45
Total: PHP 1,271

Day 06: February 21, 2022 Monday (Biliran Morning Trip, Van to Eastern Samar)
0600H ETD Palompon; van 200
0700H ETA Lemon; breakfast 58
0730H ETD Lemon; van 100
0900H ETA Naval; bus to Almeria 40; Iyosan Rice Terraces 170; lunch 72
1200H ETD Naval; van 180
1500H ETD Tacloban; van 270
1800H ETA Guiuan (Eastern Samar); Kaishra Hotel 2 nights 1,000; dinner 191
Total: PHP 2,181

Day 07: February 22, 2022 Tuesday (Eastern Samar whole day trip)
0700H Breakfast 145; jeep to Calicoan 50; ABCD Beach, Linao Cave; jeep to Guiuan 50
Lunch 70; walk to Dumpao Beach; dinner 130
Total: PHP 445

Day 08: February 23, 2022 Wednesday (Long bus trip to Northern Samar)
0630H ETD Guiuan; bus 280
1100H ETA Tacloban; lunch 80; tricycle 100
1130H ETD Tacloban; van 500
1730H ETD Catarman; jeep 87
1900H ETA Allen; walk to port; Pahayahayan Hotel 2 nights 1,500; dinner 130
Total: PHP 2,677

Day 09: February 24, 2022 Thursday (Northern Samar whole day trip)
0630H Jeep to Lavezares 17; breakfast 40; Biri Island Rock formation (boat+habal guide) 1,550
1330H Back to Lavazares; lunch 60; jeep 17; Dinner 170
Total: PHP 1,854

Day 10: February 25, 2022 Friday (Ferry to Matnog, Sorsogon Afternoon Trip)
0830H ETD Northern Samar (Allen); ferry 170
1030H ETA Sorsogon (Matnog); brunch 157
1100H ETD Matnog; jeep 70
1200H ETA Irosin; snacks 30
1300H ETD Irosin; jeep 30; Bulusan Volcano Lake; tricycle 100
1430H ETD Irosin; jeep 80
1530H ETA Sorsogon; snacks 65
1630H ETD Sorsogon; van 140
1730H ETA Putiao; jeep 40
1830H ETA Pilar; dinner 199
2200H ETD Pilar; ferry 326
Total: PHP 1,407

Day 11: February 26, 2022 Saturday (Masbate whole day trip)
0200H ETA Masbate; walk to hotel; Victoria Du Hotel 1 night 400; check out  
0730H GV Hotel 1 night 1,000
0800H ETD Masbate; van 200
0900H Palani White Beach (Balud); breakfast 79
1330H ETD Palani; van 200
1530H ETA Masbate; lunch 72; dinner 172
Total: PHP 2,123

Day 12: February 27, 2022 Sunday (Masbate and Sorsogon Departure)
1000H ETD Masbate; ferry 336; breakfast 130
1400H ETA Sorsogon; lunch 120; pasalubong 750
1700H ETD Pilar; bus 1,300; dinner 135
Total: PHP 2,771

Day 13: February 28, 2022 Monday (going home)
0500H ETA Cubao; MRT / bus to home 57
Total: PHP 57

TOTAL: PHP 13,466 (Visayas) + PHP 6,358 (Luzon) = PHP 19,824

12 Days Visayas to Luzon Pandemic Solo Trip (Biliran, my 72nd province)

12 Days Visayas to Luzon Pandemic Solo Trip (Biliran, my 72nd province)

12 Days Visayas to Luzon Pandemic Solo Trip (Biliran, my 72nd province)

12 Days Visayas to Luzon Pandemic Solo Trip (Eastern Samar, my 73rd province)

12 Days Visayas to Luzon Pandemic Solo Trip (Eastern Samar, my 73rd province)


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