Dinagat Islands, Mindanao. Ready to be discovered.

Dinagat Islands is not yet known to most travellers as a tourist destination. And the Filipinos who have heard of it, often associate it with the mining industry as well as stories of a mysterious religious sect and its fugitive leader.  But there is so much more to this province, its jaw-dropping moments of natural beauty and its gentle, welcoming people. We spent almost 2 weeks exploring the islands, finding out why it is, for the most part, ‘undiscovered’.

Kisses Islets, Dinagat
Kisses Islets, Libjo, Dinagat Islands

Located in Mindanao’s northernmost region of Caraga, the islands were part of Surigao del Norte until the year 2011 when Dinagat Islands was declared its own province. It is comprised of seven regions, each with its own places of interest – San Jose, Cagdianao, Dinagat, Basilisa, Libjo, Tubajon and Loreto. Continue reading

Ferry Connections from and to Cagayan de Oro City

Strategically located near the estuary of Cagayan de Oro River, The port of Cagayan de Oro City, also called “City of Golden Friendship” and “Gateway of Northern Mindanao” is a modish International Seaport strategically situated near the estuary of Cagayan de Oro River.  It is one of Philippines´ biggest international and domestic seaports, providing regular ferry connections to and from among the country’s seaports including: Metro Manila, Cebu City, Tagbilaran and Jagna Bohol, Bacolod, Dumaguete, and Iloilo City. Cagayan de Oro Pier is located in Macabalan and can be reached easily by jeepney or metered taxi. Continue reading

In Bukidnon, a gathering of the Tribes to save the rainforest

The Bukidnon province is one of the most beautiful regions of Mindanao and possibly of all the Philippines. But few tourists find their way to this mountainous area where nature abounds, large farms are plentiful and many indigenous people still lead traditional lives.

Seven tribes reside in this province, each with their own unique traits and traditions. The Talaandig (an artistic and musical people whom we had the pleasure of staying with back in 2010), the Matigsalug, the Higaunon, the Manobo, the Bukidnons, the Umayamnon and the Tigwahanon tribes each have their respective leaders, dances, historical attire. Yet on the 28th December 2013, as witnessed during a momentous get-together of these peoples, the commonality between them was undeniable.

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Bahay ni Tuding in Davao City

Or: A cosy retreat in one of the world’s largest cities

Bahay ni Tuding, hotel in Davao CityOn a quiet lane way off San Pedro Street exists Bahay ni Tuding*. An unexpected oasis from the bustle of Davao city and a stone’s throw away from the quirky San Pedro’s Cathedral, this charming little boutique hotel offers a reprieve from the day’s activities, of which there are many in Mindanao’s capital city.

Davao is known for it’s variety of restaurants and cosmopolitan lifestyle. A short stroll away from the hotel is Rizal Street, loaded with options for those seeking a good feed and some entertainment. But get into a car or taxi and the gastronomic possibilities are endless. And for a city as large as Davao, it’s surprisingly easy to get around. Continue reading

Ferry-connections in the Philippines

Here we will update available information about ferries connecting different main islands in the Philippines. Please contact us in case you find a new important connection or if a date has changed – thank you!

Please keep in mind that the shipping lines do not update their schedules regularly and even on their websites you often find outdated information. We try to provide the latest information for you as we travel the country and collect all data available:D

Philippine ferries and schedules
We try to provide as accurate information as possible about schedules & fees for ferries and bangkas in the Philippines
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Cagayan de Oro City – “The City of Golden Friendship”

Cagayan de Oro
Valley near Cagayan de Oro – the “city of golden friendship”. Credit: www.the7107islands.com
Cagayan de Oro City is a highly urbanized city and the capital of the province of Misamis Oriental which is conveniently located in the northern coast of Mindanao, Philippines.  The city acts as the business hub and regional center of Northern Mindanao (Region X) and is a portion of the flourishing Metropolitan Cagayan de Oro.  In addition, on account of the excellent position and good transportation facilities, Cagayan de Oro City, is recognized as the “The Gateway of Northern Mindanao”. Continue reading