MINDANAO SOLO-BACKPACKING FOR 9 DAYS: SOX, CARAGA and Maguindanao

Mindanao travel guide and itinerary

HERE'S MY MINDANAO ACTUAL TRAVEL GUIDE AND ITINERARY:
COVERED 8 PROVINCES: SARANGANI, SOUTH COTABATO, SULTAN KUDARAT, MAGUINDANAO, NORTH COTABATO, SURIGAO DEL NORTE, DINAGAT ISLANDS, AGUSAN DEL SUR

SUB-TOTAL EXPENSES WITHOUT AIRFARE: 18,486 Pesos
AIRFARE: 2,235 Pesos
TOTAL EXPENSES: 20,721 Pesos FOR 9 DAYS SOLO-BACKPACKING

ITINERARY DAY 0
DATE: January 16, 2019, Thursday Afternoon
Transportation, Cebu Pacific: 672.64 Pesos
ETD NAIA 3: 12:10 PM | ETA General Santos Airport: 2:15 PM
>> From apartment to NAIA 3 expenses: 471 Pesos
>> 2 PM Arrival Gensan Airport
>> Van, airport to SM - 100 Pesos
>> Check in, Residencia Heneral for 250 Pesos, 24 hrs.
>> Dinner: 105 Pesos
>> Water: 27 Pesos

END OF DAY, TOTAL EXPENSES: 953 Pesos

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS, DESTINATIONS AND SPOTS IN GENERAL SANTOS CITY:
Plaza Heneral
Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage Church

>>> OVERNIGHT IN GENERAL SANTOS CITY <<<
Where to Stay in General Santos City:
Residencia Heneral - Pioneer Ave, General Santos City, South Cotabato (available in Google Maps)
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ITINERARY DAY 1
DATE: January 17, 2019, Friday
TRAVEL FROM GENSAN - ISLA JARDIN DEL MAR, SARANGANI PROVINCE

>> From Residencia Heneral, used Google Maps, super walk to KCC
>> Breakfast in McDo: 89 Pesos
>> Van, KCC Mall to Glan, Sarangani: 114 Pesos. Nilagay ko sa Google Maps yung exact spot. Hanapin nyo “GenSan - Glan Terminal” tapos palike narin.
>> Trike to Isla Jardin del Mar: 400 Pesos back and forth. Contact Person: Kuya Peter - 09973867597
>> Entrance, Isla Jardin: 70 Pesos.
>> Explored Isla Jardin del Mar
>> Van, Glan Terminal to General Santos City: 114 Pesos. ETD: 12NN, ETA:
>> Lunch at JBee: 107 Pesos
>> Trike KCC Mall to Bulaong Terminal: 80 Pesos. Mahal dahil binayaran ko buong trip. Isinama ko narin pamasahe nung driver.
>> Van, Bulaong Terminal GenSan to Lake Sebu. ETD: 1:55 PM, ETA: 4:05 PM
>> Check In, SLT Homestay: 350 Pesos
>> Palutong dinner: 220 Pesos (Escabecheng Tilapia)

END OF DAY, TOTAL EXPENSES: 1,444 Pesos
TOTAL EXPENSES, ENTIRE JOURNEY: 2,397 Pesos

OTHER TOURIST DESTINATIONS IN SARANGANI (NOT VISITED):
Sarangani Capitol, Alabel
M’langen Falls, Maitum, Sarangani
Susan Beach, Maasim
Paragliding, Maasim
Mosqueda Beach Resort, Kiamba
Tuka Beach, Kiamba, Sarangani

CONTACT PERSON IN SARANGANI:
Kuya Peter, trike driver
Ph: 09973867597

>>> OVERNIGHT IN SOUTH COTABATO <<<
Where to Stay in South Cotabato:
SLT Homestay - 350 Pesos head with free breakfast (available on Google Maps)
Contact Ph: 09354569359

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ITINERARY DAY 2
DATE: January 18, 2019, Saturday
DAY TOUR IN LAKE SEBU, SOUTH COTABATO
HABAL-HABAL TOUR: 750 Pesos
Contact Person: Jorie Untang Sabal
Ph: 09058240725

>> 6 AM, we visited the Lotus Farm, canoe rental: 200 Pesos (this is the best time para kita nyo pag-buka ng mga ma-mink-mink na mga Lotus flowers.
>> Visited the T'Boli Museum, entrance fee: 20 Pesos. Sarado pa sya nung pumunta kami kasi maaga, pinabuksan namin. Spell POWER!!!!
>> Photo shoot at the Lake Sebu Signage
>> Back to SLT Homestay for breakfast.
>> Visited the 7 Falls Adventure, entrance fee: 20 Pesos
>> Zipline, 350 Pesos
>> Souvenir: Ref magnet: 150 Pesos, Sando: 150 Pesos
>> Visited The Dreamweavers: Donation: 50 Pesos
>> Visited Evelandia, Entrance fee: 30 Pesos
>> SLT Homestay balance: 285 Pesos
>> Hinatid ako ni Sir Jorie sa Lake Sebu Terminal.
>> Van, Lake Sebu to Surallah: 40 Pesos, alighted in Surallah
>> Van, Surallah to Isulan: 50 Pesos, alighted in Isulan Terminal
>> Trike to Sultan Kudarat Capitol to Isulan Terminal: 50 Pesos
>> Took a Husky Bus bound for Cotabato: 70 Pesos, alighted near the Pink Mosque. Photo Ops
>> By the highway, rode a van to Cotabato City, alighted sa kanto pa Grand Mosque (check Google Maps)
>> Trike to grand Mosque: 200 Pesos, back and forth
>> Habal to CityMall: 60 Pesos
>> Jbee: 105 Pesos
>> Beside Jollibee, rode on a padyak to Carta de Amor.
>> Check In at Carta de Amor, Cotabato City: 500 Pesos with AC and TV. Added ko na sya sa Google Maps, just search it. Basta, pag nasa Jollibee (front of Greenwich), may trike jan, sakyan nyo. Tapos sundan nyo sa Mapa.

END OF DAY, TOTAL EXPENSES: 3,080 Pesos
TOTAL EXPENSES, ENTIRE JOURNEY: 5,477 Pesos


OTHER TOURIST DESTINATIONS IN SOUTH COTABATO:
The T’Boli town
Lake Holon
Coronadal City (Marbel)
OVERNIGHT IN COTABATO CITY
Where to Stay in Cotabato City:
Carta de Amor for 500 for room with single bed, AC, TV and CR. (available on Google Maps)
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ITINERARY DAY 3
DATE: January 19, 2019, Sunday
TRAVEL FROM COTABATO CITY TO LIBUNGAN
How to Get to Libungan Terminal: In Cotabato City, take a ride to the Terminal. Ride a van/bus bound for Davao City. Alight in Libungan Terminal.

>> From Carta de Amor, walked to Jollibee
>> Breakfast at JBee: 114 Pesos
>> In front of Jollibee, rode in a jeep to Terminal: 8 Pesos. Take a jeep with “Super Magallanes” signboard
>> Bus, Cotabato to Libungan Terminal: 72 Pesos. Travel Time: 1.5 hours.
>> Met Yson at the terminal tapos isang mahabang bumpy ride.
>> Arrived at Asik-Asik Falls, entrance fee: 30 Pesos
>> Palipaz Falls, entrance fee: 20 Pesos
>> Pabantay ng bag sa bata: 20 Pesos
>> Souvenir: 90 Pesos
>> Motor parking: 10 Pesos
>> HABAL TOUR FEE: 1,300 Pesos
>> Bus, Midsayap to Davao City: 370 Pesos. ETD: 2 PM, ETA: 8 PM
>> Dinner at the carinderia: 60
>> Habal to D'Morvie Suites: 70 Pesos
>> D'Morvie Check In: 250 Pesos for 12 hours

END OF DAY, TOTAL EXPENSES: 2,414 Pesos
TOTAL EXPENSES, ENTIRE JOURNEY: 7,891 Pesos


OTHER TOURIST DESTINATIONS IN NORTH COTABATO:
Daday Falls, Alamada, North Cotabato
The White Mosque, Cotabato city

CONTACT PERSON IN NORTH COTABATO:
Yson Padrique
Ph: 09268605767
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ITINERARY DAY 4
DATE: January 20, 2019, Monday

Load: 200 Pesos, mahirap na walang load in case of emergency. Kelangan Globe at Smart meron kayo.

TRAVEL FROM DAVAO CITY TO BUTUAN CITY

>> From D'Morvie, walked to Almyndras Gym and rode in a jeepney to Ecoland Terminal: 8 Pesos.
>> Breakfast at the carinderia: 40 Pesos
>> Bus with 2 Stops, Davao to Butuan: 730 Pesos. ETD: 8 AM, ETA: 4 PM (terminal near Puregold)
>> Water and hopia: 80 Pesos

TRAVEL FROM BUTUAN CITY SURIGAO CITY
>> Lunch/Dinner: 60 Pesos
>> Bus, Butuan to Surigao: 174 Pesos. 4 Hours travel.
>> Trike from Terminal to the lodging house in front of the port: 100 Pesos (keep the change, mabait ee)

OVERNIGHT STAY IN SURIGAO CITY
B & J Pension House: 300 Pesos for 12 Hours, common CR, in front of the port (available on Google Maps)END OF DAY, TOTAL EXPENSES: 1,492 Pesos
TOTAL EXPENSES, ENTIRE JOURNEY: 9,383 Pesos


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ITINERARY DAY 5
DATE: January 21, 2019, Tuesday

TRAVEL FROM SURIGAO CITY TO DINAGAT ISLAND

>> Walked to Pier 2, in Boulevard
>> Fastcraft to San Jose, Dinagat Islands (Viel's Liner 2): 120 Pesos. Travel Time: 1 Hour
ETD: 7 AM, ETA: 8 AM
>> Blueskies: 20 Pesos
>> Met Kuya Dadong at the Port
>> Breakfast at the carinderia plus take out (for our lunch): 150 Pesos.
>> Island hopping: 2,500 Pesos, medyo mahal kasi magisa lang ako.

CONTACT PERSON IN DINAGAT ISLANDS: Kuya Dadong
Ph: 09484559773
Island Hopping, Start: 8:30 AM, Ending: 4:30 PM

OTHER TOURIST DESTINATIONS IN DINAGAT ISLANDS:
>> Pangabangan Blue Lagoon: 20 Entrance Fee
>> Duyos Beach, entrance fee: 50 Pesos, kasama coconut juice.
>> Bitaog Beach, entrance fee: 30 Pesos
>> Garden Resort, entrance fee: 20 Pesos
>> Check in at 3RJA Pensione House: 250 Pesos

OVERNIGHT IN SAN JOSE, DINAGAT ISLANDSWhere to Stay in Dinagat Islands:
 3RJA Pensione House: 250 Pesos for room with single bed, fan and with common CR (available on Google Maps).

END OF DAY, TOTAL EXPENSES: 3,160 Pesos
TOTAL EXPENSES, ENTIRE JOURNEY: 12,543 Pesos


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ITINERARY DAY 6DATE: January 22, 2019, Wednesday

>> From 3RJA Pension House, walked to the port
>> Ferry, San Jose port to Surigao ferry ticket: 120 Pesos, Terminal ticket: 10 Pesos
ETD: 6 AM, ETA: 7AM
>> Breakfast: 85 Pesos
>> Ferry to Dapa Port: 300 Pesos, ETD: 9:30 AM, ETA: 11:00AM
>> SIARGAO HABAL TOUR: 1,500 Pesos, Gas: 280 Pesos - dito ako napamahal dahil hindi ako marunong mag-motor.
>> Checked in at Happynest. They also arrange surfing lessons and they have surfboards and habal for rent.
>> Dinner with my new found friends.
OVERNIGHT IN SIARGAO ISLANDWhere to Stay in Siargao Island:
Happynest: 350 Pesos for a backpackers hostel (available on Google Maps)
Ph: 09219310301

END OF DAY, TOTAL EXPENSES: 2,645 Pesos
TOTAL EXPENSES, ENTIRE JOURNEY: 15,188 Pesos


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ITINERARY DAY 7
DATE: January 23, 2019, Thursday

>> Early wake up call.
>> Nagpahatid ako kay Cliff sa Dapa Port. Gas: 70 Pesos
>> Ferry (Sean Ferry 2) fastcraft to Surigao: 350 Pesos. ETD: 6AM, ETA: 7:23 AM
>> Terminal Fee: 10 Pesos, Municipal Fee: 5 Pesos
>> Used Google Maps, from the boulevard, walked to BPI, withdraw
>> Breakfast at McDo, beside BPI: 125 Pesos
>> In front of McDo, rode in a jeep to the Terminal: 9 Pesos
>> Bus, Surigao to Butuan: 252 Pesos (non-stop) ETD: 8:40 AM, ETA: 11:30 AM (alight in Butuan Terminal near Puregold not in Robinsons.
>> CR: 5 Pesos
>> Distilled water: 25 Pesos
>> Bus, Butuan to Awa Crossing: 154 Pesos. ETD: 12:30 PM, ETA: 2 PM
>> Met Kuya Aljon (habal driver/guide): 400 Pesos
>> Bega Falls, entrance fee: 30 Pesos

CONTACT PERSON IN BEGA FALLS, AGUSAN DEL SUR: 
Aljon, habal driver/tour guide
Ph: 09074016911

>> Bus, Prosperidad to San Franz: 45 Pesos. (Nag cutting trip ako para makahanap ng 2 stops na pa Davao)
>> Bus, San Franz to Davao: 514 (direct to Davao). ETD: 5:50 PM, ETA: 10 PM
>> Habal to D'Morvie San Pedro: 60 Pesos
>> Check in at the D'Morvie: 450 Pesos for 24 Hours

END OF DAY, TOTAL EXPENSES: 2,514 Pesos
TOTAL EXPENSES, ENTIRE JOURNEY: 17,702 Pesos


>>> OVERNIGHT IN  IN DAVAO CITY <<<
Where to Stay in Davao  City:
D’Morvie Suites San Pedro
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ITINERARY DAY 8
DATE: January 24, 2019, Friday

>> Breakfast at McDo: 119 Pesos
>> Bread: 25 Pesos
>> Walking galore around the city, tapos hanap malong and ukay-ukay
>> Ukay: 370 Pesos
>> Taxi to the Airport: 270 Pesos

END OF DAY, TOTAL EXPENSES:  784 Pesos
TOTAL EXPENSES, ENTIRE JOURNEY: 18,486 Pesos

WAIT FOR MY FLIGHT TO MANILA
Davao International Airport to NAIA Terminal 3
Transportation, Cebu Pacific: 1,562.36 Pesos
ETD: 08:15 PM, ETA: 10:15 PM

2 comments:

  1. very comprehensive IT. it's been many many years since the last time i visited mindanao, all work-related. hopefully someday, i get to visit it again. :p

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  2. Thanks! After this pandemic, I wish you more travelssss.

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