Philippines Adventure Rides

Discussion in 'Asia' started by Wild_Man, Mar 28, 2008.

  1. lamyld

    lamyld Adventurer

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    hi fellow rider here. just want to ask your inputs on a trip that me and a buddy is planning. we are from laguna and we plan to ride to davao via south road and back through cdo-dumaguete, panay and batangas. we are planning this on the end august or september.
    if anybody from here is within the area probably we could meet up.
    planned route...
    day1, laguna to allen, samar.
    day2, allen to surigao.
    day3, surigao to davao. :beer
    day4, davao to gensan.
    day5, gensan to cagayan de oro.
    day6, cdo to dumaguete. (night trip roro)
    day7, dumaguete to bacolod
    day8, bacolod to caticlan
    day9, boracay... :beer:beer
    day10, caticlan to batangas and laguna....
    any suggestion or inputs guys?
    thanx....
  2. tshelver

    tshelver Been here awhile

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    You may want to check the dates a different so for the CDO/Dumaguete roro.
    Another option is to ride to Dapitan and get the ferry to Dumaguete there.

    What route are you planning from GenSan to CDO?

    I'm in CDO, travel to Malaybalay and Dipolog and other places around Mindanao on occasion.

    Will you stick to the highways or take some of the less developed routes?


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  3. lamyld

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    You may want to check the dates a different so for the CDO/Dumaguete roro.
    Another option is to ride to Dapitan and get the ferry to Dumaguete there. this is a nice route too. havent been to dapitan. is the place safe for foreign and local tourist?

    What route are you planning from GenSan to CDO? got no plans yet, but idea only... from gensan go back to davao, bukidnon then cdo, is there a faster ruote?

    I'm in CDO, travel to Malaybalay and Dipolog and other places around Mindanao on occasion.

    Will you stick to the highways or take some of the less developed routes? we will ride on duals, so no problem with the roads, be it highways or backroads. but highways i think is safer...
  4. tshelver

    tshelver Been here awhile

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    Note there is only one ferry a week between CDO and Dumaguete: http://schedule.ph/boat/from/Cagayan-de-Oro/to/Dumaguete

    Dapitan is a very pleasant little town, several decent lodging options available, as well as a few upmarket resorts. IMHO as safe as any other town in Mindanao.
    Well worth stopping at the Rizal museum / house if you have the time and an interest in Filipino history and lifestyle.

    There are several Dapitan / Dumaguete ferry options, but confirm before you arrive, as I heard that the schedule I found on the net is out of date. I was told that the fast ferries have closed, so you will have to take the 4-hour option.

    Assuming that you take the easier, faster and likely safer route to Dapitan through Ozamiz, the ferry from Mukas across to Ozamiz will cut a lot of time and miles off the route.

    The Davao / Valencia / Malaybalay / CDO route is probably the safest. Going west from GenSan is generally not recommended for foreigners.

    There is a bypass from Maramag (south of Valencia) that goes through Talakag straight into CDO, but some have told me that the Maramag / Talakag section can suffer the occasional bandit problem. The Talakag road running north is very nice and twisty with little traffic and good pavement.

    Surigao to Davao: safest, quickest and easiest route is probably via Butuan on the highway.

    If you have an extra hour or two, there is a stunning ride along the coast west of Surigao and west of the main highway. At the end, it crosses the coastal mountain range and comes in on the western shore of Lake Mainit.
    Great sea, lake and mountain views, and a few challenges such as minimally maintained dirt road, temporary bridges and river crossings. We did it two up on a YBR125G with luggage after some heavy rain, so you should be fine.

    Riding through the hills and reserve (biggest wetland in the Philippines) south of Butuan is also fun, great sweepers and good pavement.

    The east coast south of Surigao down to Bislig and maybe through Compostela is probably more of an adventure than the Butuan route, but I've had a few locals warn me about some insurgency issues.
    I plan to do that route by the end of the year.

    Dumaguete / Bacolod / Boracay: there was a discussion earlier in this thread about this, see http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?p=21605473 and others.

    Another off the wall suggestion: Siquijor. One of my favorite islands in the Philippines. You can get a ferry from Iligan or Plaridel a few times a week, and then there are several daily ferries to Dumaguete, one of which is a roro, but some of the others will take bikes as well.

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  5. Hercules

    Hercules "Proudly Philippine Made"

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    Good to see that this thread is busy! Sorry as I have been busy myself too.

    Had a chance to catch up with my ADV inmate Panglao (Tim Evans) who hand carried some of my bike parts. He was in Manila for a few days and we hooked up and had a few cold ones at Trellis Makati last Weds, July 17th.

    Thanks Tim! Looking forward to the house blessing in Matabungkay soon!

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  6. DanTheMan07

    DanTheMan07 Been here awhile

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  7. hondav2

    hondav2 Kiwi Fukengruver

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    The concrete road south of Allen is breaking up badly so be very carefull . Pot holes will bend or destroy your front rim if your not paying attention. Worst section is about 20km each side of San Isidro . The road is a lot better south of Calbayog . Only thing that concerns me a little is if u strike heavy rain you could be delayed but if that happened you can change plans. Ride safe , what will you be riding ?? I might be southern Leyte or Surigao early Sept .
  8. hondav2

    hondav2 Kiwi Fukengruver

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    My girlfriend wanted to go home to Biri Island Northern Samar for the Piro Del Pilar Fiesta so I said I better go to and we will go there the hard way again. If every thing had gone to plan it would have taken 1 day but sometimes in the Phills things don't go to plan . Well it took two and a half days. We set sail from Bogo at midnight on the Roro to Cataingan , plenty of beds but they had bugs so by morning we had little bites all over us . The plan was to catch a pump boat to Calbayog , Samar but it wasn't going till the next day so we stayed at Cataingan a night .

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    Plenty of cute ladys and bikers in this town .

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    Didn't get much sleep there as we had 3 brownouts that night , then room got hot , gen set was started and woke us up again . At 6am I was awake so went walking around the streets . I was invited into the ULC Church for coffee and met some lovely people.

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    Chooks even lay red eggs here

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    Best kept real estate in town was the beautiful church

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    The goats and bull grazing in the cemetery were well fed , the mechanic repairing the tricycle had a selection of well used parts , not sure what the sign saying 63 meters Donors was for .

    I really enjoyed my stay in Cataingan , lovely friendly people .
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    hondav2 Kiwi Fukengruver

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    The good ship came complete with kitchen , CR and all the comforts of home . The CR had no roof and boards you wewed or pooed between and a bucket to wash the place clean . The cargo was 2 x black pigs that made a lot of noise getting loaded and 7 fighting cocks

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    The Mitsy Diesel was rope started and the crew wanted it photographed . It took 5 attempts then fired into life . As soon as we cleared the Peir the crew opened the Casino . As we approached Calbayod there was a big thunder storm and it was raining about as heavy as it duz here. We had about 50 wet kids all wanting to help us for a few Pesos . The pigs were thrown over the side to swim to shore. Because of the rain we decided to take multi cab to Calbayog rather than standing on side of road under umbrella . It boiled and took us 90 mins to get there the 45 mins to get back to where we started in Grand Tours Van. By the time we got to Lavazares we had missed last boat Biri.
  10. hondav2

    hondav2 Kiwi Fukengruver

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    Just out of Lavazares there is this statue built by the new Mayor of Biri Island . 2 other pics are of Macaret Island .

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    Lavazares Market
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    hondav2 Kiwi Fukengruver

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    I will let the pics tell the story here . Returning to Bantayan Island was easy with no delays . Next adventure will be Sept , I was looking at going to Singapore GP but to rich for me so might go to Motogp at Sepang on way home to New Zealand .
  12. DanTheMan07

    DanTheMan07 Been here awhile

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    Just got back from a 10 day trip around Palawan, picked up a XRM 125 for the trip. Yeah small little bike, but good enough to get the job done. The guy meet me at the airport. Loaded my bags up and left directly from airport parking lot. So basic route was Puerto Princessa to El Nido and back. And some explration along the way. Sorry not a big written report, picture report!

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    Long Beach San Vicente
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    El Nido
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    Helicopter island
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    Island Hoping i forget the names of the stops but this is "C" tour if you get there
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    Hidden Beach
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    El nido, town proper
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    Diving time
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  13. hondav2

    hondav2 Kiwi Fukengruver

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    How much was bike rental ?? How many hours riding from PP to Elnido ?? What condition is road in , What was cost of rooms you stayed in ?? Great to see you getting on a small bike and looking around .
  14. DanTheMan07

    DanTheMan07 Been here awhile

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    300 for the xrm, a xr200 was 500 a day. 5 hours or riding time, nice clean roads and not much traffic, easy to get gas. After Taytay the road turns to dirt for the last 40K to el nido, but its being paved now, so maybe be done within the next 6 months. Staid at Green views just 3K outside of elnido for 600 a night, low season rates. Very nice and on the beach.
  15. hondav2

    hondav2 Kiwi Fukengruver

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    Thanks for the info Dan , hopefully I will get there next year , this years travel is all sorted for now . I bet El Nedo will get more popular with road all finished . A friend of mine said there is great rides south of PP as well .
  16. NSFW

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    awesome pictures.......... u-da-man-dan.

    really enjoyed them, in a few years, i have to go there and ride.

    thanks.
  17. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    very nice, thanks for posting those pics hondav2.

    stop by in socal on your way to nz.
  18. hondav2

    hondav2 Kiwi Fukengruver

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    Hi Joel , do you live in Burbank ?? I have flown into the airport there twice and stayed with ADV Rider Harry Swan over the hill at Hollywood. 1st time I went riding in North Amerika I got a bit lost and clocked up 27,000miles in 4 months. Cheers Toddy
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    hondav2 Kiwi Fukengruver

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    This Island is about 30mins by pump boat from Santa Fe at Bantayan Island . Cool place to visit .

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    Cost to go here was 1,200p for boat shared between 6 of us , 100p each to go on island as it is privately owned and 300p to hire cottage for the day . 350p each for day in paradise. Cheers Toddy
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    :eek1:eek1:eek1:eek.....27k miles.....wow, are you sure it's not in kilometers.....:lol3

    let me know next time you fly in. burbank airport is just about a mile from me. i could even hear your plane landing. what's harry's handle here in the forum? great if we could all hook up.

    those pics from the islands make me want to go home and live there permanently. i enjoy both open water fishing and diving. yeah, love the warm water; visibility must be very good too and lots of good stuff to see.

    kababayan and friends, keep those pics coming....and big thanks to all.