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Byahe Tayo! Manila-Boracay-Iloilo via RoRo!

Ooookay…..I think I deserve a much needed break from work :D. And if you are in for an extreme summer adventure, join me as I take you to one of my most memorable tripsβ€”Manila to Boracay to Iloilo via the “roll-on, roll-off” (RoRo) system. It’s the road less traveled by, literally, but I assure you the trip itself is an adventure. Just make sure you allot more time because the trip took me 17.5 hours to get to Boracay.


At 12:30 noon, the Alps bus started it’s way to Edsa. By 4:30pm, we reached the port in Batangas and immediately boarded a small ferry going to Calapan, Mindoro.

I was standing the entire three-hour trip to Calapan because the ferry was crowded with people and with……bags. Mga bags ang nasa ibang upuan at hindi mga tao. Inconsiderate lang talaga minsan ang ibang tao. Ayaw magpaupo πŸ™

The ferry reached Calapan at 7:00pm and I boarded the same Alps bus for an hour ride to Pinamalayan, still in Mindoro.

The bus made it at 8:00pm to Sta. Rita in Pinamalayan where the passengers had dinner. At 9:00pm, the Alps bus was again on the road going to the port of Roxas, Mindoro. We made it there at 10:30pm and waited until midnight before boarding a bigger ferry, one from Montenegro Lines, going to Caticlan, in Aklan province.


It was 4:30 in the morning when the ferry arrived in Caticlan. But we had to wait for an hour and a half before we could disembark. Siksikan ang boats sa pier ng Caticlan so we had to wait for one or two ferries to leave before we could properly dock. Maliwanag na nang makababa sa ferry ang mga pasahero.

After a 15-minute ride on a boat from Caticlan and another 10 minutes tricycle ride, the splendid sun, sea, and sand of Boracay welcomed a new batch of visitors.

I spent the day enjoying the waters of Boracay. I stayed here.


By lunch time, I was already preparing for the trip back to Caticlan. The bus going to Iloilo left at 1:20, shortly after I arrived. The trip to Iloilo was a smooth one. I immediately fell asleep and was roused after a few hours by the noise from some people in the terminal. I glanced at my watch. 6:30pm.

I stayed here for the night.

Day 4

Early morning the next day, I prepared for a few hours city tour in Iloilo.

After Iloilo City, it was time to explore the island of Guimaras. Maraming mango doon. Kaya lang, di po ako kumakain ng mangga eh heheh.

The trip was tiring. But it was fun and worth it. I’m giving the government a lot of “pogi” points for constructing the Strong Republic Nautical Highway. Maganda ang daan at smooth ang byahe….pwedeng tayong diretsong Mindanao πŸ˜‰ So what are you waiting for? Tara, na! Byahe na!

Posted 7 years, 7 months ago at 3:42 pm.


37 Replies

  1. Hi. isa sa pangarap kong marating ang Boracay. mabuti ka pa. Kamusta ka na? wala na akong narinig sa’yo. πŸ™‚

  2. Ate Yami!
    Nakow, heto, naging super-occupied ang life ko talaga as in super. Pasensya na, di na ako nakapag-email uli.

    Di bale, andyan lang naman ang Boracay eh, maghihintay ‘yan sa ‘yo πŸ˜‰

  3. uy, long time, no C πŸ™‚
    ang haba ng biyahe and scared ako sa barko. pero would love to do a road trip pag sa Norte.

    Been to Boracay twice but bringing the kids for the first this July. salamat naman sa cebu pacific piso fares πŸ™‚

  4. nortehanon Mar 3rd 2010

    Hi Dinah!
    Oo nga eh, tagal akong absent dito. Heto, trying to make up for my absence.
    Been to Boracay by plane at mas maiksi nga ang byahe, mas adventurous nga lang ito hehehe. Di naman nakakatakot yung barko kahit medyo scared din ako kasi sa maniwala ka at hindi, di ako marunong mag-swim hehehe
    Wow,nakakuha ka pala ng piso seat. Ang galing naman! Congrats! Ako, di makakuha niyan, pero yung promo fares madalas ako ma-bless nun πŸ™‚

  5. Di ko pa natry mag-RoRo.. try ko kaya minsan. Hehe. Kaso wala kase ako enough time, precious ang oras para maubos lang sa byahe. Hay.

    Aba baket di ka kumakain ng mangga? Sarap kaya. Hehehe πŸ™‚

  6. nortehanon Mar 3rd 2010

    Ewan ko ba, bata pa lang ako Nanay did everything to entice me to eat mango. Ako rin sinikap ko na kainin pero ayaw po talaga ng sikmura ko eh.

    Yeah, kailangan lang talaga ng mahabang oras para makapag-roro eh. But it’s a fun experience.

  7. re: ur blog comment – hehe. its ok you missed it. or it was late. πŸ™‚

    what a fun adventure! via RORO. πŸ™‚ oh and yeah.. pwede nga diretsong mindanao yan. i love road trips! hehehe.

  8. nortehanon Mar 3rd 2010

    hmn, sa susunod siguro Samar to Davao naman hahaha

  9. huh bakit di ka kumakin ng manga may allergy ka ba sa bagoong? πŸ˜› You dont know what you’re missing!

  10. nortehanon Mar 3rd 2010

    Marami nga po ang nagsasabi iyan sa akin eh. Sayang ang health benefits from mango kaya lang po talagang ayaw po ng sikmura ko.

  11. hmmm makakarating din ako sa boracay na yan… sana ready ang figure ko when that time comes! πŸ˜†

  12. nortehanon Mar 3rd 2010

    Di po kailangang ready ang figure. Ako nga wala ring figure eh πŸ˜€

  13. was it a packaged deal or something you arranged for yourself? and how did you go back home? did you fly?

  14. nortehanon Mar 3rd 2010

    It was an arranged trip, but the route is already a regular one. There are buses that ply the route on a regular basis. I had to be in Manila after that trip so yes, I flew in from Iloilo.

  15. sana lang pagnakapunta ako ng boracay eh ganyan parin ang itsura. hehe

    nice naman ng adventures natin.

  16. yabangis! ang daming napuntahang lugar oh. sama mo naman ako! lololol.
    isunod mo naman baguio lalo na ngayon kasi panagbenga! ang sayaaaaaaaa!

  17. wow Miss N…di pa ako nakapunta sa boracay…kasama pa rin yan sa wish list ko. Thanks for sharing…ganda ng mga pictures.

  18. nortehanon Mar 3rd 2010

    Sa next vacation mo sa Pilipinas, go na sa Boracay, Lolo Jem! πŸ™‚

  19. wow pabyahe byahe ka na lang. anu po pala work mo?, nakakatuwa kasi, ang dami you time and money to spend vacation. I remembered sabi mo pinagipunan.. πŸ™‚

  20. nortehanon Mar 3rd 2010

    Ito pong particular na byahe na ito is a blessing, it’s a fully-paid trip courtesy of a business institution.

    Yung iba ko pong mga byahe naman ay, yes, pinag-ipunan talaga (as in may alkansiya ako). Nakakatuwa ka naman, natandaan mo pa yan nung isinulat ko dito. Salamat.

  21. kakainggit ka naman! sarap ng bakasyon mo!

  22. nortehanon Mar 3rd 2010

    Sarap nga po lalo na’t this trip is a blessing.

  23. Sounds exciting! Guimaras also has a short strip of lovely white sand beach. hehe. Maplano nga ang ganitong adventure some time…

  24. I miss bora, the wonderful sand and the lovely beach. πŸ™‚

    Welcome back pala ha!!

  25. nakamagkano po kyo sa trip nyo na yan? gusto ko itry mag roro mukhang masmasaya kaysa sa plane travel…

  26. Matagal ko na ring gustong i-try mag RoRo pauwi sa amin sa Iloilo. back in 2004, dala2 ko na ang aking maleta at lahat, pumunta ako sa Philtranco. akala ko mkakaasakay ako kaagad. Fully-booked. Nag-eroplano nlng ako the next day. Hanggang ngayon, hindi pa ako nkapag-RoRo. πŸ™ kaya buti ka pa…. hehehe

    thanks for dropping by my site & leaving a comment! you have amazing photos as well.. Happy Travellin’ and see you around!

  27. nortehanon Feb 2nd 2011

    O, may naligaw na happy sole πŸ™‚ Welcome dito at salamat sa pagbisita. Salamat din at nahalungkat mo pa ang post ko na ito πŸ™‚

    Sayang naman at di natuloy ang road trip mo to Iloilo noong 2004. Di bale, marami pa namang panahon eh. This year, try mo uli. Malay mo, matuloy na πŸ˜‰ Alps na bus pala ang sinakyan ko. Subukin mo rin dun. But be prepared kasi medyo nakakapagod din.

    Thank you for your kind words about my photos. Nakaka-inspire πŸ™‚

  28. will always love boracay… ;D

  29. nortehanon Feb 15th 2011

    Me, too, Mommy Leonore! But of course, mas love ko pa rin ang Samar at Palawan hehehe

  30. hi there! i’m planing for a roro trip to iloilo..if i’ll bring my car,what advice can u give me? nakakapagod kaya mag drive? madali lang ba ang way at kung d naman nakakaligaw? if i get tired of driving,meron bang mga safe place na pwede mag check in sa mga places na madaanan? thanks!

  31. nortehanon Jun 30th 2011

    Hi Bing, sorry it took time to approve your comment. Naku, pasensya ka na, nung pumunta kasi ako doon ay commute. Hindi ako masyado maalam kapag private car ang gagamitin papunta doon. Hindi ko rin masyado kabisado kung meron ngang mga safe hotels or inns na madadaanan. Kasi yung sa amin, gabi ang byahe namin kaya tulog na tulog ako hehehe.

    Pero dun sa tanong mo kung nakakaligaw ba, I think hindi naman. Kasi napansin ko may mga nakakasabay yung bus namin na private cars. Saka napansin ko rin na marami namang mga arrows and directions. Kung nakakapagod, I think, kung ikaw magda-drive, yes, nakakapagod siguro. Ang layo kasi nun eh hehehe. Kelan ka mag-a-adventure? πŸ™‚ Sama naman ako hehehe. Jowk.

  32. hi, if mag roro aq from Manila to Ilo-Ilo ilang hours, how much, saan at ano bus ang sasakyan ko? TIA πŸ™‚

  33. Hi Honey, thank you for your visit. Travel time will depend on your driver and the schedule of ferries. Mga 18-19 hours ang biyahe.

    The bus ride will be from Manila to Batangas port (about 3 hours). Then ferry to Batangas port Calapan, Mindoro(about 3 hours). Then land travel (in the same bus) from Calapan to the port of Roxas, still in Mindoro province (about 3 hours). From Roxas, you will have to take a ferry to Caticlan (about 4 hours) and from Caticlan, bus na to Iloilo (4-5 hours).

    Good luck sa trip mo, Honey. Keep safe!

  34. jubert May 9th 2012

    magkano po ang pamasahe galing iloilo to batangas?

  35. Hi Jubert, sorry pero medyo matagal na rin yung trip na yun, nakalimutan mo.But you can inquire from bus companies that travel from Manila to Iloilo, like Alps.

  36. I’d love to try this once!

  37. You should, Paula. And bring with you lots of spirit of aventure πŸ˜‰ Have fun! Balitaan mo ako kapag nagawa mo ito. I’ll be very happy to read your post about it. But make sure maganda ang weather pag nagbiyahe, okay, iha?

    Maraming salamat sa pagbisita mo dito sa munti kong bahay hehe.

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