There are some weird places on the island. Driving on unpaved paths through a forest, the only indication that you’re going somewhere is because the leaves are pressed flat from other people walking or driving there before me. Then, suddenly a bamboo fence and some steps behind it going down…
Following a overgrown path I found an abandoned hut, presumably for picnics.
And beyond that, finally a deserted beach. Which looked very nice to swim. Though I didn’t test/check how deep the water was.
I’ll find out some day how swimworthy this place is…
I have this app on my phone, maps.me. Usually it works pretty good. But many roads are just not on there for this island. Not sure why, so far it’s been very reliable elsewhere in the Philippines.
Anyway, while the map keeps telling me there is no road – Clearly there is.
Going down the hill there is a small barangay where fishermen live. And a rocky beach with crystal clear waters.
While exploring Siquijor Island I came across a watchtower. Having driven through the jungle for hours I didn’t quire realise how high up I was.
Climbing the tower got me some amazing views. You can see pretty much the whole island from there.
This is easily the highest point of the island.
I’ve written a brief explanation on the basics of public transportation in the Philippines. Is it safe, affordable and how does it work? Read all about it on the Tips & Tricks section of the site.
Read the full writeup here – Travelling the Philippines using public transport.
Driving a motorbike is fun most of the time. I like it a lot so far. Though not so much on days like this. We barely kept dry and ahead of the rain. Sometimes it would catch up with us and we had to hide in a shed or gas station for a while.
Our luggage is mostly waterproof, but it’s just annoying to get soaked and to drive on wet roads.
I’m in the process of moving around the Philippines. This time with my own transport. I’m on the road with my Honda XRM. For the time being I’m not using public transport for this kind of thing 🙂
We took the 2am RoRo ferry to Caticlan from Roxas, Mindoro.
There’s all this hoo-hah about needing papers or the Port Authority will deny you access to their ports – And supposedly they’re very strict about that. However, in Roxas port on Mindoro they didn’t check any papers nor did they validate or even care to see my, temporary, license plate. Nervous for nothing… 😉
Me, me and me! 3 flat tires in the span of 3 or so hours. Only to discover that my outer tire has a tear or hole – Probably causing the repeatedly breaking of the tube.
After being stopped the 3rd time I decided the tire needed replacing.
Ofcourse, being in the Philippines getting an original Honda tire is impossible. Or at-least where I was. So after some searching I ended up with some cheap Thai brand. Which drove like shit all the way to Iloilo City from Culasi, Panay.
I ended up replacing the tube and tire again after 2 days for something (hopefully) better.
And the final part of us driving to Sablayan from Mamburao. This is part 3, where we arrive in Sablayan.
There isn’t much to the town or village. It’s a small town without much of a city centre. So ultimately we decided to not stay here and continue on to San Jose directly hopefully find some kind of hotel of lodge along the way.
The whole drive took about 2 hours, with some great views and surprises along the way.
Our roadtrip continues, here is part 2 of 3 from the drive from Mamburao to Sablayan.
We ran into some surprises with the road, where the road was destroyed or broken to a point where you’d expect a massive earthquake. We saw some great views and great nature all around.
The weather was beautiful and traffic pretty much non-existent. Perfect for casual motorists such as myself.
Earlier this month we made a roadtrip around the Island of Mindoro, taking a boat to Abra de Ilog and then driving back to Puerto Galera going via San Jose and Mansalay.
Endless rice and corn drying on the road. Which sometimes is annoying because it takes up most of the road space. We came across some roadworks and overall had a good time driving.
I filmed a part of the route with the GoPro while driving from Mamburao to Sablayan.