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Travel options to Luzon Island

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Travel options to Luzon Island

Dear all,

in a month I will travel to the Philippines - finally! - but I'm not sure how to start this. Therefore this forum seemed like the best place to get informed.

What I would like to do is book a ticket to Taipei and travel to the Batanes and from there further to the northen coast of the Luzon Island to start my trip from there. (reason for this is that my return ticket will be from Jakarta and I want to go south through the Philippines and then Island hop my way to Jakarta.

Now I have no idea if this is a doable option. Are there flights from Taipei (or else in Taiwan) to the northern part of Luzon? Is traveling by boat an option and affordable?

Or.. would you guys recommend to just fly to Manilla instead, and book a domestic flight?

PS: what would be a nice way to travel to Banaue?

thanks in advance!



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1. Re: Travel options to Luzon Island

would be great if someone can inform me about options:)

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2. Re: Travel options to Luzon Island

I would advice you not to go to Batanes in September unless you have the luxury of time.

It is the typhoon season now and if there are heavy rain or wind, flights may be cancelled for a few days until the weather permit plane landing in the small airport.

So you will be stranded on the island for a few days and there is no ATM on the island. So make sure you bring more than enough cash with you.

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3. Re: Travel options to Luzon Island

If its within your budget the best way to go to Banaue is to hire a private driver who would spend several days with you taking you on a tour of the various rice terraces. During this trip you could also go to Baguio.

One of the recommended drivers on the forum Touristdriver specialises in tours to this area. His details together with other recommended drivers and guides are listed here:



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4. Re: Travel options to Luzon Island

The only cities I know of that have flights to Batanes are all in the Philippines - Manila, Laoag and Tuguegarao.

Also travelling to Banaue during the rainy season isn't advisable and island hopping through the Philippines down to Jakarta has it's own hazards too and I'm not talking about the weather.

My advice is wait till November if you want to do a lot of travelling in SE Asia and do your homework a few months before going.

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5. Re: Travel options to Luzon Island

Just to clarify for you, Manila is on the island of Luzon.

I believe there are flights from Taipei to Clark Airport which is nearly 100 kilometers north of Manila.

Laoag has an international airport. You could try seeking flights to there.from Taipei.

Once you are on Luzon, you can catch a boat or boats to Mindanao. There is or at least used to be a ferry from Mindanao to Sandakan Malaysia. From Sandakan Malaysia, you can work out how to get to Jakarta

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