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How To Get To Dipolog
 
By Air

Dipolog City is accessible by air thru Dipolog City Airport  which is 900 meters from the poblacion via the Barra- Minaog Bridge. Flight to and from Manila is provided daily by Cebu Pacific Air and PAL's B-737. Flight to and from Cebu is trice weekly.

 

By Land

Dipolog City can easily be reached from any point in the country via the Strong Republic Nautical Highway (RORO). Intra - province travel are made comfortable by air conditioned buses.


By Sea

Dipolog City is also accessible through Pulauan Port in Dapitan City, just 12 kilometers away from Dipolog City. Ferry trips are available with daily trips to and from Dumaguete and Cebu cities and once a week boat trip to Manila. The construction of a Roll-on Roll-off facility at Barangay Galas will allow for the eventual transfer of the service to Dipolog while retaining inter-island operations at Pulauan, which is now a base port.


By Air

Currently, there is only one airport serving the province. It ranks as a secondary airport that accepts both commercial as well as private airplanes. This facility serves as the principal entry point of flights going to Zamboanga and cities in Cebu.

In June 1998, Philippine Airlines suspended its commercial flights in Pagadian. A few months later, a couple of airline companies launched operations in the city but likewise ceased its functions.

Now, the Pagadin City Domestic Airport is only operating the South East Asian Airlines (SEAIR) which travels to Cebu City via Dipolog and Zamboanga City. Aside from that, they likewise serve private and military aircrafts.

The local airport has been renovated and has since become known as the Zamboanga International Airport. In 2008, the facility will now be called as the Maria Clara Lobregat International Airport. The airports 2,610 meter main runway is accessible to international flights.

Presently, the biggest airplane to land in the runway of the Zamboanga International Airport is the Russian Antonov An-124-100 Ruslan which regularly delivers helicopters as well as equipments for the US bases based in Zamboanga.

The Boeing 757-200 owned by North American Airlines are chartered flights that transfer American soldiers from Guam to Zamboanga. The Boeing C-17 Globemaster III based in Okinawa is a regular fixture at the airport.

By Land

In Zamboanga, land transportation vehicles can be private, government-owned, or for hire. As of 2001, 14,043 vehicles have been registered to the city of Pagadian. 69.12% of these vehicles are privately-owned, for hire vehicles comprise 26.02% and the remaining 4.86% are government vehicles.

All municipalities in Zamboanga can be reached by land. The cost of the fare collected by public transport vehicles may have a slight variation from those set by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) due to factors such as road conditions and the number of utilities available.

Taxi service in Zamboanga is not clearly established although there are some independent taxis. Jeepneys or tricycles serves as the common means of transportation in the province. There are two kinds of buses in the city green and blue although it is still subject to the approval of the city government that it may still have an impact on the transport sector.

A new bus terminal is set for construction at the MCLL Highway between Divisoria-Boalan region and is expected to become one of the most highly advanced bus terminals in Mindanao once completed. The construction of the terminal is part of the plan to develop the East Coast as a commercial district. The Zamboanga Peninsula connects the city to other provinces in the whole of Mindanao by the Maria Clara Lobregat Highway.

By Sea

Zamboanga has 14 coastal municipalities and Pagadian City which have current seaports that can be reached from any point in the mainland. A couple of seaports are classified as national ports but the rest are considered municipal ports.

The port at Pagadian City is a principal port which is likewise classified as a tertiary port. The Margosatubig is anther major port that is classified as a tertiary port.

The biggest and most advanced sea access is the one operated by the government which can accommodate 20 ships simultaneously. Twenty five shipping companies regularly ply the Zamboanga Port. Very soon, a new international port will open its doors outside Zamboanga City which will dock international ships and vessels.

The seaport will be constructed at the Zamboecozone, which is being groomed as the largest and most modern private sea terminal in Mindanao and even nationwide.

Zamboanga City is likewise accessible to fast crafts going to Sandakan, Malaysia. A Vietnamese cargo firm is using this route to and from Zamboanga.


Zamboanga has 14 coastal municipalities and Pagadian City which have current seaports that can be reached from any point in the mainland. A couple of seaports are classified as national ports but the rest are considered municipal ports.

The port at Pagadian City is a principal port which is likewise classified as a tertiary port. The Margosatubig is anther major port that is classified as a tertiary port.

The biggest and most advanced sea access is the one operated by the government which can accommodate 20 ships simultaneously. Twenty five shipping companies regularly ply the Zamboanga Port. Very soon, a new international port will open its doors outside Zamboanga City which will dock international ships and vessels.

The seaport will be constructed at the Zamboecozone, which is being groomed as the largest and most modern private sea terminal in Mindanao and even nationwide.

Zamboanga City is likewise accessible to fast crafts going to Sandakan, Malaysia. A Vietnamese cargo firm is using this route to and from Zamboanga.


How To Get To Leyte


By Air

By air, Philippine Airlines as well as Cebu Pacific has three flights daily plying the Manila to Tacloban route. The total time of travel is 1 hour and 10 minutes. Air Philippines likewise has four weekly flights plying the Cebu-Tacloban route.

Southern Leyte currently only has one operational airport stationed in Pananawan, Maasin. It is regarded as a feeder airport with a runway 1200 meters long and 30 meters wide. However, the airport does not currently service commercial flights. There are no terminals and they can only accept general aviation planes weighing less than 12,000 pounds during the day.


By Land


The current road network that crisscross Southern Leyte involves major arteries that connects Leyte via two main outlets the Maasin-Mahaplag-Baybay on the Western region and the Mahaplag-Sahod on the central region through the Maharlika Highway.As of 1996, Southern Leyte stretched a total of 1,413,736 kms 20% consisting of national roads, 25% provincial roads, 9% municipal road, and 46% barangay roads.


By Sea


Trips by Sulpicio Lines going to Tacloban takes about 36 hours. The ship leaves Manila three times a week. The departure day should be arranged one week prior to the trip.

There are about a dozen seaports in Southern Leyte with the Maasin and Liloan ports classified as national ports while ten are municipal ports. From these ten ports, five are now fully functioning the Maasin, St. Bernard, Sogod, San Juan, and Liloan. From Cebu, the trip will take approximate 6 hours on a regular ship and a couple of hours on Supercat and Waterjet. A ferryboat trip takes 3 hours from Liloan to Surigao.

From Cebu, one can reach Southern Leyte by taking a Fast Boat going to Ormoc and then ride an air-conditioned van going to Hinunangan.

Once you reach town, it is quite noticeable that people are using modified pedicabs as freight haulers. The passenger seat is substituted with a flat piece of metal and a short fence.

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Travel Tips

A group of islands between Luzon and Mindanao, surrounded by the Visayan Sea, the Visayas is a place for your dream vacation. Join island hopping adventures, swim on it's crystal clear waters, stroll on it's white sand beaches, explore the undersea world!

 



FESTIVAL IN THE REGION

Enjoy the festivities of the region such as Ati-atihan, Masskara, Dinagyang, Sinulog, Halaran and many more! You will never forget your experiences on it's paradise islands. Lots of surprisesare store to all of you!


TRAVEL TIPS ON VALUABLES

Avoid bringing valuables. A decent watch and faux accessories (optional) are all you need. But in case you did bring some expensive jewellery, deposit them and your other valuables in the hotel safe (most major hotels provide them for free).

Make sure you make photocopies of your passport and tickets just in case you loose them. Keep the copies in separate locations - place them in deep pockets of your luggage.



It is a good idea to use a belt bag to put your money, passport and other valuables when on the road rather than a bag. And position it in front of your body and under your shirt if possible. Better yet, use a money belt and hide it under your clothing.

Never leave your bag and other valuables on the beach or at the poolside when swimming. It is a lot safer to leave them in your hotel room.

 


HEALTH TIPS

 Sometimes an apple a day just isn't enough... If you are travelling away from home, keeping healthy is a must. Find out about risks and preventative measures by selecting your nationality from the drop-down box below:

Philippine Travel Seasons

 



June to August is the typhoon season.Although the temperature is moderate and hotel rates are lower, it is not thebest time to travel specially if you intend to see the countryside or cross theislands by sea.


From March to May is summer time and is a good time to see theislands with clear skies and calm waters. You are also assured that no flightsor ferry boat trips will be cancelled due to typhoons. Although expect thetemperatures to occasionally reach 38 degrees centigrade.

 

Enjoy the festivities of the region such as Ati-atihan, Masskara, Dinagyang, Sinulog, Halaran and many more! You will never forget your experiences on it's paradise islands. Lots of surprisesare store to all of you!

 


CEBU CITY: The Queen city of the south

It was in Cebu that Ferdinand Magellan first set foot in Philippine soil back in 1521. Even before the Spaniards came, trade with the Chinese already flourished in the province. Prosperity has continued, and today, Cebu City, known as the Queen City of the South, has become a thriving, highly urbanized center that comes second to Manila's bustling metropolis.



Only a few minutes away from the city are numerous white sand beaches, crystal blue waters, and swaying palms, making Cebu a perfect destination for both business and leisure. Mactan Island is a coral island and famous scuba diving and beach site. It is also the site of the Export Processing Zone. Malapascua Island is endowed with white sand beaches and crystal clear waters, and the west coast is ideal for swimming and snorkeling. The sleepy little market town of Moalboal was one of the first places where scuba diving caught on in the Philippines. From here, you can dive straight off Panagsama Beach, which is home to an extraordinary array of coral, anemones, sponges, and a swarming host of brightly colored reef fish.