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Travelling The Philippine Islands

Getting Around The 7,107 Tropical Islands Of The Philippines.

 

The streets in the big cities like Manila, Cebuand Davao are easy enough to locate and follow because they have visible street signs and are actually laid out in a grid.

However, you might have a bit more difficulty navigating the roads in provinces because they don’t always have a name, or if they do, there aren’t any signs to show you where you are and what directions you should take to get to where you want to go.

Hundred Islands PhilippinesThey say that the trip on the way to your destination is half the fun, especially if you’re in good company.

If you do get lost, never fear—friendly locals will gladly point you in the right direction and help you get to your destination.

 
As we’ve already discussed before, getting to the Philippines won’t take you more than a few clicks and phone calls. Once your plane has landed in Manila or any other international gateway, you can begin exploring this stunning country of warm smiles and beautiful sunsets.

 

Getting Around The Philippines

 

Travel By Sea

 

It’s almost inevitable that you will end up on a boat somewhere, given that the Philippines is an archipelago and going to places by sea is very common.

You can ride in boats of different shapes and sizes, depending on where you want to go and how much you’re willing to spend for the trip. There are the multi-deck provincial ships, luxury carriers, ferries, fastcrafts, outrigger boats (commonly called bangka).

The bigger your group is, the bigger the likelihood that you can get a group discount. You can also ride a provincial bus that goes on board a large ferry (called roll-on, roll-off or RORO ferries) for a totally novel experience.

 

Travel By Air

 

You can get to the Philippines via any of the six international gateways scattered across the Philippines (Manila, Cebu, Clark, Davao, Laoag and Subic) and choose from even more airports that service domestic flights from all over the country.

The country’s geography gives you different ways to get around, but flying to your destination is by far the quickest route if you want to get there right away and are willing to pay a little extra.

No less than six airlines offer flights to popular domestic destinations, so choose the one that best fits your budget and travel itinerary.

 

Travel By land

 

Land travel is possibly the most thrilling choice of all the three, simply because you will have time enough to appreciate the view and take detours when you feel like it. There are well-paved national highways that connect different cities and provinces.

Traffic is unavoidable, like anywhere else in the world, especially in the larger cities. You can also take a taxi, hire a cab, hop on a train or hail a bus to bring you to your destination. But for an even more daring trip, ride like a local—get on tricycle, kalesa or the iconic jeepney and enjoy.