Tuesday, November 11, 2008

iloilo to caticlan - via kalibo

the farthest i've been to North of Iloilo is in Capiz that's because my grandmother is from Dao. the last time we traveled there was when i was still 9years old. so this trip from Iloilo to Caticlan will definitely be one memorable ride.after a day visiting the churches of Molo, Guimbal and Miagao in Iloilo and hanging out with Redlan (hosted our overnight stay at Century 21), Demoie and Wilman at Smallville, we have to take a short sleep as we travel to Caticlan by 6:00am. that means we will wake up 5:00am.during this travel, i'm not planning to sleep because i normally enjoy road trip views. specially if it's my first time to take that route. i have with me a map of Panay island to check out the towns we were passing. we crossed the different towns of Panay island's provinces Iloilo, Capiz and Aklan.i particularly like the part from Passi to Dao as you see sugar canes and rice fields on both sides. upon entering the town of Kalibo, we were immediately welcomed with the Ati-Atihan designed arc.from there we had a light lunch at the Kalibo terminal and continued our way to Caticlan. this trip will be less than an hour.the way from Kalibo to Caticlan was the best part as you'll be traveling on coastlines where you see hills on one side and scenic coastal view on the other side. it was like traveling to Baguio where instead one side is a view of Sibuyan sea.after 6hours and thirty minutes of travel, we finally arrived at the Caticlan Jetti Terminal which will then transport us to Boracay by boat. just a five-to-ten-minute ride to the island of Boracay. here's a time-by-time trip from Iloilo city to Caticlan Jetti Terminal:
4:58am - check out at Century 21 Hotel Iloilo
5:06am - arrived at Tanza terminal of Ceres Bus Lines

6:00am - left Tanza terminal

6:28am - first stop at Tagbak terminal in Jaro

6:35am - left Tagbak terminal

7:20am - second stop at Passi terminal passing by rough roads

7:23am - left Passi terminal

8:01am - third stop at Wen Mar bus stop allowed passengers to take breakfast

8:16am - left Wen Mar bus stop

11:40am arrived at Kalibo town central allowed for us to take lunch break

11:48am - left Kalibo bus terminal

12:33nn - arrived at Caticlan Jetti Terminal

54 comments:

Carver said...

Looks like a wonderful trip and as usual you took great photographs of the journey. That's so good to get to go there again after all these years.

KRIS JASPER said...

very detailed... hindi ni
round-off yung times...
(ex 8:16hrs)

:)

I cant wait to see Bora in here.

Photo Cache said...

Oh I like the public bus, very modeern looking.

I like the mask, that's what I remember most if I hear Kalibo.

Aisha said...

The bus looks really good! That's really awesome you could shot us what your trip was like. It's like traveling with you.

SandyCarlson said...

The colors and the landscape and the liveliness are as beautiful as ever! Wonderful.

Phivos Nicolaides said...

What a lovely trip indeed!

mimi said...

kababayan ko po pala lola mo..

ang "ceres" noon bata ako, yun ang definition ko ng bus... yun lang kasi ang bus na nadaan ng capiz na nakikita ko.. coolness! thanks for sharing this.. yellow na pala sya!

REDLAN said...

Gin-time-an mo gid? I can't wait to see BORA dito. San ba yang last pic?

Victor Kiu said...

That's a cool trip! The beach is so clean.. where is it? Philippine?

my gulch said...

looks like a smooth travel to me. i really like the way you particularly present your travelogue, very detailed coupled with photos to illustrate them more. ganda ng bus. ganda ng daan.

Sidney said...

Nice account of your travels... I almost feel I travel with you...

antoine said...

i lurv to go to BOra...! heheheh

kegler747 said...

I am familiar with this route as we are kababayan na taga Iloilo so every time we go to Boracay eh puro via Iloilo except for my Boracay trip last weekend na 1st time ko to land at Caticlan airport.

eunice said...

The Philippines is soooo big and beautiful! You surely have a big time touring the country. Once I heard a pinoy saying that it can be more expensive to fly around the islands internally then going overseas!

the donG said...

>hi carver, thanks. it's memorable because i can still remember bits of how the place looks years back and not much has change.

>jasper, hahaha... exact nga talaga. salamat sa pag abang.

>photo cache, the big mask on the arc is kalibo's popular symbol. ceres bus lines has really good bus although they have non-aircon bus but it's still good.

>hi aisha, yes i too liked the bus. it's very comfortable to travel.

>hi sandy, thanks!

>philip, thanks!

>hi mimi, ganda na talaga ang ceres kasi kahit yung mga non-aircon na bus maganda pa din. taga doon nga lola ko. mostly mga kapatid nya nandun pa rin. salamat sa pagbisita dito.

>redlan, oo. ganun ako kasi minomonitor ko talaga ang oras pag nasa byahe.

yung last picture yon yung caticlan jetti terminal kung saan ka sasakay papuntang boracay.

>victor, yes it's in the philippines. it's in boracay.

>hi rayts, thanks! maybe because this post serves as my travel journal. so i keep it that way. travel was smooth though some parts are unpaved but having to travel with a good bus makes the trip still comfortable.

>sidney, i make it that way so that people will see how it is to travel and might as well love traveling.

>antoine, oo nga. lapit lang naman sa inyo.

>kegler, nabasa ko nga yon sa blog mo. ganda din kasi bumyahe sa route na yon kasi maganda ang mga bus.

>hi eunice, yes that's true because some areas like palawan are really expensive. what's good though is that filipinos learn to enjoy travel within its islands making us proud of our country. we're hoping to see you soon here.

Hilda said...

How can you have breakfast/lunch in less than 15 minutes?! Hehe, napaghahalata ang priorities ko. :D

Maganda na ang buong kalsada? Love the arch!

alicesg said...

Very nice information about your travel. The street scenes are interesting too. I hate long bus trip, I always have to wake up very early to catch the bus and then I cant sleep in the bus in the entire journey....lol. Cant wait to see more photos of your trip.

Rio said...

hehe...kakaaliw naman to dong..detalyado talaga ang oras ng byahe..
ganda nung bus na ceres..parang yung bus dito na kellen..ganyang ganyan din yung itsura..red nga lang..

ayan,malapit na ang boracay pics..

Luke Wiley said...

Another beautiful place!

carlotta said...

ok yang ceres bus lines. yan din ang sinakyan ko from iloilo to roxas city last year. tingin ko medyo kakaiba kasi may mga nakatayong mga pasahero kahit provincial trips.

can't wait for your boracay pics! =)

friendz said...

i like to be there one day...wow !!!
i cant miss that place

REDLAN said...

parang bago yung terminal. 2006 pa kasi ang last na nakapunta sa bora.

salingPUSA said...

really looks like the familiar place of BORACAY.....

I also wanna experience the bus ride in mainland Aklan. Roro kasi way namin nung nagpunta kami BORA e.....

Everlito (ever) Villacruz said...

ayos ang trip nyo..ganda rin ng bus!..aabangan ko pa ang ibang post!

Nanaybelen said...

ang galing naman ang pagkadetalyado ng travel mo. galing mong kumuha ng pistures. trenay kong gayahin, hindi ko magaya hehehe

merce h:) said...

The best talaga ang kuha mo...iba ka talaga dong.

Eki Akhwan said...

The bus looks very comfortable, the road wide and smooth. It must be pleasant to have a road trip there.

The clear blue sea is marvellous, and I like a lot that photo of a motorbiker with lots of loads. Looks like what we have here.

atticus said...

ang ganda ng picture na tricycle na puno ng produce. winner!

bw said...

hey - that's not a bad looking bus! I hope the ride was enjoyable :)

Mitz said...

great pics dong. i've travelled to caticlan from iloilo myself. it's quite a long ride!

.::. Vanny .:. said...

pasama naman sa pag eskapo mo kuya dong!

tr3nta said...

Long trip but I'm sure it's worth it... the place looks amazing... I love the picture of the guy in the motor bike... :-) what is he carrying.

the donG said...

>hi hilda, hehehe... pabilisan lang talaga. may part pa rin sa byahe na hindi sementado. pero majority ok na sya at wala din namang problema basta maganda ang bus.

>hi alicesg, easiest way to fly to boracay is via plane thru the caticlan airport then a short boat ride to the island. thank you for keeping in touch.

>hi doc rio, maganda nga talaga ang bus na nasakay namin kaya kahit gaano ka haba kahit papaano nakakapagpahinga. lapit na talag ang boracay pictures.

>luke, it definitely is.

>hi carlota, nakabyahe ka na rin pala doon. ang maganda din sa ceres ay yung mga tao na nagbebenta ay pinagbabawalan na umakyat sa bus. kaya safe ang mga gamit.

>rajesh, you really need to see this island.

>redlan, bago nga ito at malaki. magboracay ka na ulit. salamat ulit sa libro. inaabangan ko na.

>salingpusa, okay din ang byahe from iloilo basta ok ang bus na sinakyan nyo. hindi ko pa nasubukan ang roro pero may mga kakilala akong nag roro medyo nakakapagod daw lalo na yung byahe sa mindoro.

>ever, salamat sa pag abang.

>nanay belen, salamat. ganun ako bumyahe lalo na pag first time ko sa isang lugar talagang sinusulat ko ang oras.

>hi merce, salamat. maganda din lang talaga ang lugar.

>hi eki, road was not that smooth on some parts of the journey but since our bus was quite good, we still experienced a somehow relaxing mood.

the motorcycle is one of the common mode of transportation in the rural areas there.

maybe you'll like the coming photos. just keep in touch.

>atticus, salamat. kakatuwa nga kasi hindi mo na makita ang driver.

>hi bw, bus trip was generally good. we did passed by unpaved roads but since the bus is good, we somehow enjoyed the trip.

>hi mitz, six long hours. but having a nice bus will at least compensate things.

>hi vanny, sige. iplano muna natin.

>tr3nta, he's carrying some deep fried pork rind or we call it here chicharron plus other crackers.

Webradio said...

Hello !

Wonderful trip, no ???

But with dangerous "times"...

Cute and nice photos...
I'll com again for read the pthers post...

See You later !

Hi! I'm Grace said...

i like the model and the color of the bus. :) I always love yellow.
The picture of a single motor with heavy load is amazing. :)

Chyng said...

anlapit lang pala, sosyal na bus then boat ride!

Excited nako sa Bora shots!

Blue Rose said...

wonderful trip indeed. very much in details. hehehe. and the pictures are really great. we are looking forward to your bora post & pics.

luna miranda said...

the ceres bus looks cool! it's great that we now have these buses, comfortable for long-distance travel, and cheaper i'm sure than driving your own vehicle. i haven't tried the iloilo-caticlan route, usually kalibo-caticlan lang. nice pics!

Pietro said...

Another beautiful trip. Wonderful landscapes and, yes, I notice the bus too: it's modern and must be comfortable.

mirage2g said...

I was laughing at the 2nd photo. Ano yun chicharon vendor?

Great images of the road, hope I may borrow one for www.trainshots.blogpot.com =D

Very clear ang water...sobrang blue!

sheng said...

Good thing you were able to enjoy your trip, we just came from there, and by golly, it was not so good, i hate the 200 meters cemented road and another 2 mins comes the rocky road, kainis. we also rode the ceres liner, aircon, but by golly, it was not the same as here in gensan or in davao na pag aircon bus, they only stop at terminals to pick up passengers or have them unload, doon they have to stop at passengers waving at them for a stop. that's right, 6 hours plus of travel made me dizzy and my butt hurt. I had the kids pa naman with me, good thing we arrived safe din naman.

Josh of Arabia said...

cute ng bus.!. @ capture mo talaga ung scenario ng mga frantic vendors..

sulit naman ung "walang tulugan mo sa biyahe" sir dong!

ano ba itinerary mo sa dec, baka puede sumabit, hehe :)

Borneo Falcon said...

The bus look new and reliable. Some of the long distance buses here looks older than those.

Maus said...

was here too para na din akong nagtravel sa boracay hehehe
salamat din po sa comment..
see u again add u to my follow blogs..

Share my point of view... said...

Thanks for the very detailed timeline. Sure took some time to remember those.

Heart of Rachel said...

Glad you're enjoy your island hopping. Take care and have a memorable time.

Raft3r said...

hehe
when i was iloilo
i headr about this bus trip to bora
totoo pala!

Richiesliv DÅ och NU said...

Maigi kapa jan nag-papa init lang, kami dito sa labas, nangingi-nig na.

Cheers bro!

beero said...

medyo mahaba-habang biyahe to kuya dong. but i think it's worth it. maganda naman talaga yung mga views na madadaanan. pareho tayo, when on travel di rin ako natutulog. i make it a point to stay awake para makita ko yung magagandang views along the road.

equilibrium2008 said...

oh wow galing... sana u have told me.. im here in aklan now though :D try mo puntahan yung sampaguita gardens Dong... :)

donard said...

wow, I envy with this beautiful shoot. its memoir of such a wonderful vacation. I wanna go to boracay again!

Sarah said...

wow, what a well-documented trip! a very helpful post as well. =) will be going to boracay from iloilo this weekend, that's why i was looking up ceres bus on the net and i stumbled upon this post... just a question, though, how much is the bus fare for iloilo-caticlan? =) thanks in advance!

the donG said...

>hi sarah, thanks a lot. when we were there it cost P250/head one way. not sure how much it costs today.

just send me an email i.dongho@gmail.com if you need some other tips.

enjoy your boracay trip!

Cagayan de Oro house said...

This sure is a trip worth remembering. I wanna try traveling myself. :D http://www.cdokay.com/

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