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Saturday, October 2, 2010

DO-IT-YOURSELF Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park TOUR




DO-IT-YOURSELF Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park TOUR


FIRST AND FOREMOST WHAT I DID FIRST AFTER OUR HONDA BAY TOUR WAS TO SECURE A PERMIT, A DAY BEFORE MY TRIP TO THE UNDERGROUND RIVER @ THERE BOOKING OFFICE IN DOWNTOWN PUERTO PRINCESA LOCATED AT #11, NATIONAL HIGHWAY, JUNCTION 1, BRGY. SAN MIGUEL, PUERTO PRINCESA CITY.


NOW FOR STARTER, WAKE UP EARLY SO YOU WOULD BE ABLE TO CATCH THE FIRST TRIP BOUND TO SABANG.  "EARLY BIRD CATCHES THE WORM!"


From downtown Puerto Princesa just ride a multicab bound to 
New San Jose Terminal LOADING ZONE fare per person- P12.00 ( 10 to 20 minutes depending on the vehicle, if it has so many stop over or not)

D'Christ Jeepney leaves @ 7:00 A.M. From San Jose Terminal
7:00 A.M. is the first trip of the Jeepney from San Jose Terminal to SABANG
THIS IS THE 2ND TRIP BUS OF D'CHRIST BOUND TO SABANG it leaves @ 9A.M. FARE is P 125.00/ person






DAILY SCHEDULE OF JEEPNEY:


7:00 AM - D' Christ Jeepney is the First trip

9:00 AM - D'Christ BUS

12:00 NOON- 3rd trip

3:00 P.M.- Last trip

SCHEDULE COMING BACK FROM SABANG PORT

7:00 AM

9:00 AM

12:00 Noon

3:00 P.M.





Sometimes if there's delay, LAST TRIP is at 4:00 P.M. depending if the jeep is full already. You could also tell the driver that you intend to come back with them like what I did, I asked them what time would they be returning to PPP, they said they were scheduled to leave Sabang @ 12 noon, so I told them to please reserved a seat for me,'coz I have a plane to catch in PPP. They alloted a seat for me in front, giving me a chance to take photographs and the driver served as my tour guide, when we passed by beautiful spots.

You could secure a permit in Sabang for P 150.00 per person, just in case you forgot to get one in downtown Puerto Princesa ( not advisable during peak season for you might be scheduled @ 3 o' clock in the afternoon, in which case you would have to stay overnight in Sabang.)


Choose between hiking for almost 1.5- 3 hours depending on how fast you are @ the Monkey- trail(5.2 km.) or Jungle- trail ( 5.3 km) or hire a boat for P 700 good for 6 people you could share it with other tourist like what I did since I went solo to Sabang. Beware of Monkey who snatches anything in plastic bags, it is better not to bring any food if you choose to do the monkey trail.


Summary of expenses:


Downtown PPP to San Jose terminal loading zone                                               P 12.00
Jeepney fare to Sabang                                                                                                    P 125.00

Permit inclusive of a 45 minute-boat ride inside
the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park,
plus the use of lifevest and helmet                                                                             P 150.00

lunch -bring your own like what I did or you could eat in the many restos around Sabang
Boat ride from Sabang Port to the location of Puerto
Princesa Subterranean River National Park
( only 5 of us were on the boat so it is P 146 per person,
cheaper if you are 6 people,it would cost only 120.00/pax)
1 whole boat is 700 plus 3.00 each terminal fee=P 718
for a group of 6 people                                                                                                     P 146.00

Jeepney going back to San Jose Terminal Unloading Zone                             P 125.00

Multicab to downtown Puerto Princesa Palawan                                                P   12.00

TOTAL DO-IT-YOURSELF COST PER PERSON=                                                  P 570.00
                                  
THE SAN JOSE TERMINAL UNLOADING ZONE

I HOPE THIS ARTICLE HELP YOU ONE WAY OR ANOTHER!


PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR THE NEW OFFICE ADDRESS OF THE UNDERGROUND RIVER BOOKING OFFICE. THANK YOU!

You might also like to read my:
do-it-yourself-honda-bay-tour





HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY TRIP!
Lakbayin ang Pilipinas!


PUERTO PRINCESA -THE LAST FRONTIER


THE PEACOCK @ PUERTO PRINSESA BAYWALK
BAYWALK BY NIGHT




Special credit to Fr. Anthony Almadrones photos


BALICASAG ISLAND



DOLPHIN WATCHING















The Joy of DOLPHIN watching

I went to Bohol the 2nd time around! And DOLPHIN watching is in one of my itineraries, it always brings excitement and fun! For only 1,300 pesos, the whole banca is yours for the day!

OUR FIRST ITINERARY IS DOLPHIN WATCHING! I WAS SO EXCITED EVEN THOUGH THIS IS MY SECOND BOHOL TRIP AND SECOND ISLAND HOPPING TOUR. I WAS UP AND ABOUT @ AROUND 3 A.M. (EXCITED)SINCE THE TOUR GUIDE WHO ARRANGED THE BOAT SAID I SHOULD BE @ ALONA BEACH BEFORE 6 A.M. I TOOK A BATH @ 4:30 A.M.WAITED FOR THE RECEPTIONIST 'TIL 5:30 A.M. I HATE TO WAKE THEM UP SO EARLY, AFTER ALL, THE PLACE IS ONLY AN INN, A STONE THROW AWAY FROM ALONA BEACH, I THINK IT WAS A STEAL @ P 500.00/NIGHT. I HAD THE ROOM ALL FOR MYSELF, IT'S STILL PRETTY NEW, HAS ITS OWN PRIVATE C.R., QUEEN BED, ELECTRIC FAN, CABINET, TABLE, CHAIR. PLUS IT IS ROOMY!

WALK INN HAVEN APARTELLE HAS ROOMS FOR RENT FROM AIRCON ROOM TO A FAN ROOM.

YOU CAN CALL OR TEXT MRS. LOLITA ROMERO C.P #0920-244-7843. TELL HER CHA SY REFERRED YOU. WELL, SHE MIGHT NOT REMEMBER ME. I DON'T HAVE COMMISSION WHATSOEVER, BUT I THINK THE PLACE IS PRETTY NEAT. SO ROCK ON!






DO-IT-YOURSELF: How to Commute From Tagbilaran to Panglao Bohol


DO-IT-YOURSELF: How to Commute from Tagbilaran to Panglao Bohol

Whenever I travel in the country side, I always travel the local way as much as possible. (Sometimes I get lucky because either a family friend or friend of friends offer their car and tour me around for free.) Since it's my second time in Panglao and since this blog is all about how I travel on a shoestring,  I traveled the local way this time to save money!

From my hotel in Tagbilaran Bohol, I rode a tricycle. I was charged twenty pesos (P 20.00) just to go to the Central Bus Terminal to board a Panglao-bound Bus in Tagbilaran City. That's just because I have a tripod, camera and a bag. To save more, travel light and the trike driver will charge you P7.00 only. If you are coming from the airport I guess the trike driver will charge you P20.00 also in going to this bus terminal.

How to go to Panglao, Bohol the local way:

1. First, tell the trike driver to bring you near the Tagbilaran old Museum. Located at A. Hontanosas corner E. Rocha Street, Tagbilaran, Bohol.

2. At A. Hontanosas corner E. Rocha Street, Tagbilaran, Bohol, look for the Panglao-bound buses.

3. Make sure that the bus has TAWALA DANAO SIGNAGE, 'coz if there's none, then it will not pass by Dumaluan, BBC, Alona Beach. Better ask the driver just to make sure. Better be safe than sorry.

4. Please take note that the fare for locals is only P 25.00/ person.

5. Tell the driver to drop you off at your destination, so you'll not get lost.

Pros and Cons:

Pros:
  1. Cheap Fare
  2. You get to interact with and befriend the locals.
Cons:
  1. Only non-aircon buses. During summer, the weather is humid and hot so bring a fan.
  2. Expect to wait for a couple of minutes or an hour for the bus to be full . The Bus driver won't leave the terminal unless the bus is full.
Have a Safe and Happy Trip! 
 
Enjoy the beach take care not to leave any garbage!

God bless your heart!


Trike fare from TAGBILARAN BOHOL Airport to the city center


TAGBILARAN BOHOL TAKE TWO

It's my second time to visit BOHOL! Yahooooooooooooooooooooo! AERIAL VIEW FROM UP ABOVE!



I SO LOVE THE CHOCOLATE HILLS IN BOHOL. PHILIPPINES IS REALLY BEAUTIFUL! THAT MAKES ME THANKFUL I WAS BORN AND LIVES HERE!
Beware of Overcharging Trikes in Tagbilaran Bohol. Remember the fare in tricycle is only P7.00
TRIKES AND TAXI/ CAR FOR HIRE ABOUND IN TAGBILARAN AIRPORT. 

DON'T GET DUPED, TRICYCLE FROM THE AIRPORT TO THE SEA PORT IS ONLY P 7.00.

TAXI FROM THE AIRPORT TO ALONA BEACH IN PANGLAO RANGE FROM P200.00 to P 400.00 MORE THAN THAT IS TOO MUCH!
THE ONE IN SKY BLUE SHIRT WAS MY TRIKE DRIVER FROM THE AIRPORT TO CHICKEN ATI ATIHAN IN DOWNTOWN TAGBILARAN HE ONLY ASKED FOR THE REGULAR FARE P 7.00 NO MORE NO LESS!

HE IS HONEST AND KIND! FOR THAT I'LL POST HIS CONTACT NUMBER HERE TRY TO LOOK FOR HIM WHENEVER YOU ARE IN TAGBILARAN, BOHOL. HIS NAME IS ROLLY BANOCIA ( HE HAS AN ID HANGING ON HIS TRIKE) 0926-684-3352. YOU ARE ONE OF  KIND SIR. THANK YOU!

TELL HIM CHA SEND HER REGARDS FOR HE IS HONEST.


UNLIKE THE TRIKE DRIVER FROM HELL THAT THE SECURITY GUARD OF ALTURAZ RECOMMENDED TO BRING ME FROM THE GROCERY STORE IN DOWNTOWN TAGBILARAN TO MY HOTEL.

WHEN I SAT DOWN AT THE TRIKE I HAD CRAMPS ON BOTH OF MY LEGS AND AND ON MY STOMACH. 

IT WAS THE FIRST TIME THAT I EXPERIENCED THAT FEELING.

I WAS SO AFRAID SINCE I WAS ALONE .  

SO I ASKED THE TRIKE DRIVER TO PASSED BY MERCURY WHERE I BOUGHT POTASSIUM TABLET AND HYPERTENSION MEDICINE.  

I WAS SO EXHAUSTED WALKING AROUND TAGBILARAN THE WHOLE DAY AND I LACK SLEEP SO MAYBE THAT'S THE REASON WHY I HAD THOSE CRAMPS. 

THE LINE WAS LONG AT MERCURY. SO I HAD TO WAIT FOR MY TURN. I CALLED UP MY BROTHER THROUGH MY CP AND TOLD HIM I THINK I WAS GETTING A HEART ATTACK.  HE SAID I SHOULD SIT AND RELAX AND JUST TAKE THE MEDS RIGHT AWAY.

WHEN I WENT OUT AFTER I PAID FOR MY MEDS THE TRIKE DRIVER SUDDENLY SHOUTED AT ME! 


I WAS STARTLED!

I TOLD HIM IF HE WANTED ME TO ADD PAYMENT, HE DON'T NEED TO DO THAT!

THAT WAS COMPLETELY UNNECESSARY AND THAT HE DOESN'T NEED TO SHOUT AT ME FOR I AM TRYING TO CALM MYSELF SINCE I MIGHT SUFFER FROM A HEART ATTACK.

HE SAID HE DON'T CARE IF I GET A HEART ATTACK AND DIE! I WAS SO SHOCKED! HE SAID: JUST ADD PAYMENT BECAUSE I WAITED FOR YOU!

SINCE I FELT SO WEAK AND I COULD NOT GET MY BAGS ALONE WITHOUT HELP I TOLD HIM TO JUST STOP BECAUSE I WILL JUST ADD MONEY.


HE KEPT ON SHOUTING AT ME AS IF I'VE DONE SOMETHING WRONG. AS I SAT DOWN SILENTLY THE TRIKE DRIVER KEEPS ON RANTING NONE STOP! 

ALL THE MORE THAT I FELT WEAK FROM WHAT HAD JUST OCCURED. 

THEN HE SAID, " IPAPA BARANGGAY KITA, DADALHIN KITA SA BARANGGAY!"

FROM FEELING WEAK, I GOT MAD.

WHAT DOES THIS MORON THINKS?  THAT I  WAS AS STUPID AS HE IS? 

I TOLD HIM GO AHEAD! I AM NOT AFRAID! AFTER ALL MY BROTHER IS A LAWYER BESIDES I DID NOT DO ANYTHING WRONG FOR GOD'S SAKE!

ANONG AKALA NG GUNGGONG NA TRIKE DRIVER NA ITO HULIDAP?

ANO ANG HUHULIHIN NIYA SA AKIN? KUNG MAY KAMAG ANAK MAN SIYANG PRESIDENTE NG PILIPINAS O SINONG PONCIO PILATO HINDI AKO NATATAKOT.

NAIINIS AKO DAHIL NAGHIHINA NA AKO AT LAHAT E SINISIGAW SIGAWAN NIYA PA AKO PARA MAGPADAGDAG NG BAYAD NI HINDI MAKIUSAP NG MAAYOS.

ANO YUN? AKALA NIYA MATATAKOT AKO SA BARANGGAY? AT GAGAWIN KONG ISANG DAAN PISO ANG PITONG PISO NA PAMASAHE, HA HA HA! THAT IS SO FUNNY! 

WELL, I PAID HIM P 25.00 AT NAGREREKLAMO PA SIYA NA LUGI DAW SIYA, SANA NGA MALUGI KA HELL TRIKE DRIVER SA GAWAIN MO NUNGKA NA AKO SASAKAY SA TRICYCLE SA TAGBILARAN, AT SIGURO DI NA AKO BABALIK SA TAGBILARAN! DERECHO NA LANG AKO SA PANGLAO! 

ANG SABI NG HOTEL PITONG PISO LANG ANG TAMANG PAMASAHE NAKA 
P 25.00 KA NA NGA NAG REREKLAMO KA PA!

CALLING THE ATTENTION OF THE MUNICIPAL MAYOR OF TAGBILARAN, BOHOL, THE GOVERNOR AND CONGRESSMAN, PLEASE HOLD A SEMINAR FOR YOUR TRIKE DRIVERS LIKE IN PALAWAN WHERE THE TRIKE DRIVER WERE LIKE TOUR GUIDES, POLITE, COURTEOUS, WITH REFINED MANNER, RESPECTFUL, VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT THEIR PLACE, KIND AND FRIENDLY!

NOTE: HINDI KO PO NILA LAHAT NG TRIKE DRIVER.  MAY EXEMPTION PA RIN LIKE YUN NAGHATID SA AKIN SA CITY CENTER FROM THE AIRPORT NA MABAIT AT MAGALANG. SALAMAT PO. 

KAHIT MASAMA NA PAKIRAMDAM KO AY TINANONG KO PA RIN YUN GUNGGONG NA TRIKE DRIVER KUNG ANO ANG PANGALAN NIYA AYAW NIYANG SABIHIN.

SABI KO NGA SA KANYA BAKIT WALA SIYANG ID KATULAD NG IBA? PERO KILALA SIYA NG SEKYU SA ALTURAZ KASI SIYA ANG NIREKOMENDA SA AKIN KASI MADAMI AKONG DALANG BAGS . DOON KO KASI INIWAN ANG MGA BAGS KO BEFORE AKO UMIKOT AROUND TAGBILARAN.


AIR 21 SUCKS BIG TIME!


We had so much fun in BOHOL last December 2009, that I decided to come back to do underwater photography in Balicasag Island, unfortunately, AIR 21 & the seller of the underwater case, did not able to fulfill its promise of a 1 DAY only delivery and sent the package to my tour guide after I left BOHOL, despite the fact that they were well informed, that I left BOHOL already, I was actually on the phone in Manila with one of the staff of AIR 21 when they deliver my package to my tour guide in BOHOL! Imagine how irresponsible they are! How awful of them to ruin my vacation! hu hu! I really cried out of kabwisitan! But here in the Philippines the 1-800 call center agents won't even say sorry they are so bopol! It is as if they were a tape recorded message who keeps on repeating to me that they would deliver it, so sabi ko, kelan at saan eh paalis na ako ng BOHOL ( I called them when I was in the airport and were asking where exactly was my package, a very simple question they could not answer!)


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