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About Ferry / Boat - roundtrip in Philippines

The Philippines is an archipelago country blessed with over 7,600 islands that are each worth visiting at least once in your life. Each has its own unique attractions, from natural to the man-made that will truly captivate tourists of varied interests and likes.

Of course, travelers who want to cross every island of the Philippines off their bucket list have various options for transportation in order to achieve their travel goals. The most common is taking a flight since it's the most convenient way to reach your destination, especially the ones that are far away. Despite being the most expensive, travelers still opt for it because of it's the quickest way of traveling, and that means that you'll get to maximize your trip because travel time won't take too much from your itinerary.

Meanwhile, travelers who are planning a quick island escape can easily enjoy a road trip or commute to some of the known beach destinations that are just near the city. Whether you're bringing your own car or are hopping on a bus, this is a great option if you're on a budget but still want to have a vacation on the beach or if you simply want to get a dose of sun, sand, and sea without having to go too far away.

Lastly, traveling by sea is another option that travelers have if they want to reach a faraway island. It's the most underrated option, though, because most passengers are afraid of crossing seas, but if you want to experience the amazing waters of the Philippines, why not give it a try? Step out of your comfort zone and give yourself a chance to experience a ferry ride when you travel to another Philippine destination.

Why go on a ferry trip?

Much of the Philippines is surrounded by various bodies of water so if you want to experience being out there in the sea, riding a ferry is one of your best options. From a boat, you'll get to feel the salty ocean spray and the cool sea breeze that you cannot get elsewhere.

What's more, this transportation mode is one of the cheapest ways of traveling the country. Ferry and boat tickets are relatively cheaper as compared to flights so if you have a flexible itinerary but a strict budget for your trip, this might help you save up on costs. Since you'll have cheaper transportation, you'll be able to stretch your budget and splurge on other expenses of your trip such as accommodation, food, or experiences.

Also, when you're out there on the sea, you'll experience no traffic. There's also be no delayed flights and you don't have to come too early to the seaport for immigration checks. It's one of the most convenient ways to travel if you're not fond of hassles and disturbances when you're on a trip. Riding a boat or ferry is both a journey and an adventure rolled into one so if you're up for a thrilling and exciting experience, then make sure to try out this mode of traveling.

Ferry routes in the Philippines

So many beautiful islands in the Philippines can be reached via seaports. There are also various sea crafts one can take, from bangkas or pumpboats which are good for shorter distances to passenger fastcrafts and ROROs where buses and private vehicles can also be transported.

Mindoro is only one of the many island destinations near Manila that can be reached via seaport. From Manila, one needs to go to Batangas Port, where there are many boat terminals that can take you to Mindoro's destinations such as Calapan and the famous Puerto Galera with its white sand beaches.

Meanwhile, huge ferry companies such as 2GO can take you to the country's most sought-after island destinations. All it takes is one ferry ride for you to reach the white sand shores of Boracay, the magnificent beaches of Puerto Princesa and Coron in Palawan, as well as Iloilo, where you can visit Isla de Gigantes and enjoy some authentic La Paz batchoy. Faraway destinations such as Zamboanga City and Iligan City suddenly do not seem far-fetched because they are also serviced by ferries.

Seaport transfers

The journey does not stop once you arrive at the seaport. You also need to reach the mainland from the wharf and sometimes, the port is located a bit far from the center, which can be hard, especially for travelers who have no private vehicle of their own for the trip.

There are many ways that you can get to the mainland. You can explore the various options for commute, which can be a hassle, especially if your luggage is quite heavy and the only available mode of transportation for a 1-hour trip is a tricycle. If you want to avoid that kind of discomfort, you can try renting a car; however, this can take a dip out of your travel money. If you're on a budget but want some convenience for your trip, your other option is to go for transfers.

Compared to renting a car, booking a transfer will cost less. While the experience is less private, you can still enjoy the comfort of getting to ride in a shuttle van or bus. If you're a solo traveler, you might even meet some travel buddies and gain new friends en route to your destination. Transfers will truly help you in escaping the hassles of public transportation, such as waiting for the next public jeepney or bus to arrive while lugging along your stuff and not being familiar with your route. At least with transfers, all you need to do is show up at your pick-up point and you can rest comfortably as you travel to your destination, especially if it's still far away. Roundtrip transfers are available if you want a smooth arrival and departure from the seaport.

Things to remember for your trip

Whether you're booking your ferry ticket or your transfers for your trip, make sure to check with the cruise line and the operator if there are available trips for your intended date of travel. For transfers, make sure to inform the contact person about your arrival so he can pick you up according to schedule. There's a chance that you won't make your scheduled arrival so be sure to give them a heads up so they can fix your pick-up for the transfer.