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RO-RO from Cebu to Bohol
Part 1 of the Libotero Bohol Series
We could have gone to Bohol via fastcraft but we opted to bring our van as it means, we can tour and discover what the province has to offer at our own pace considering that we’re travelling with kids who are not so used with public transportation. Plus, bringing our van adds some convenience as we could bring some provisions and necessities as much as the vehicle can carry. It’s like our home on the road.
I wasn’t really aware about the requirements in order for us to bring our vehicle to Bohol since mom did all the processing but all I know is that you have to ready with you your original OR/CR and driver’s license with multiple photocopies. The ferry charge for the van was P2,000.00 one way. Meanwhile, each of us was charged P180 for the tourist class deck.
Very much excited about our first RORO trip, we were already at Pier 1, Cebu City as early as 5:15am (our scheduled time of departure was 7am). When we arrived, the pier seemed quite empty so we just parked in one corner and took a nap.
At 6am, our vessel, Lite Shipping’s Santiago de Bohol docked at the port and unloaded passengers and rolling cargo. There are actually 2 RoRo-capable seaports in the province of Bohol that connects to Cebu – Tubigon and Tagbilaran. But being at a shorter distance from the Cebu City Pier, Tubigon was the better choice for us.
Some early morning scenes…
Is that oil/grease on the sea waters?
Busy sea traffic
At almost 7am, we were made to board the RORO vessel and I immediately snapped some photos of the sights and sounds…
Badjaos, or more popularly dubbed as “Sea Gypsies” are quite amazing to watch when ferries dock and leave the port. These Sea Gypsies approach ferries and ask for coins. You just toss the coin towards them and they will effortlessly dive into the waters to retrieve it.
At around 7:25am, M/V Santiago de Bohol finally left the Cebu port…
An arriving Cokaliong vessel
Radisson Blu in the background
The early fisher catches the fish, LOL
Malacanang of the South. Trivia: This was formerly a Customs’ Building, built in 1910
One of the enclaves of Cebu’s rich
Compania Maritima, a commercial building built in 1910. This triangular three-storey structure located right at the harbor housed the Devotee City in the recent Sinulog Festival 2011
The SRP Viaduct
(…to be continued)