So, what is everyone’s worst transportation experience while traveling?
I had my fair share of grueling travel experiences during transport.
Sabang Port definitely came as a surprise, and is quite unusual. From starting point in Manila, we encountered a test on endurance of boarding a 9-hour bus drive to Naga. Finding a comfortable sitting (sleeping) positions was a quite a challenge. Straight after was another hour minivan drive of cramped space.
As soon as we pull a stop in Guijalo Port, BAM! the commotion began. A group of men were running and hustling each other in pursuit to offer service of carrying the bags of passengers. We chose to carry our luggage ourselves. It was a short and easy drag. It was puzzling why these men were so eager to offer assistance.
And so we hit the sands of Guijalo Port, which is nothing like a port but a shore with a small beach hut for all the transactions. I took the first picture …
The view was massaging my aching back, neck and shoulders from the trip.
We had to wait long for the motorboats to get to our side of the shore. Actually, quite very long given our limited time in Caramoan. We had to board on the second arrival.
Nothing left to do but take pictures.
And so, our boat arrived. This is the point where the servicing men came into play. They went on again into dealing with the passengers to carry our luggage. The idea is, in order to ensure seating, the bags are used as a way to save the seats. A seat with a bag means that seat is marked seat-checked. Also, carrying the bags overhead is part of the offer…
We finally gave in, handing a tip to one of them.
They also have these men with their hands on this platform that is used to transport passenger from the shore to the boat. They use it in order for the passengers not to get their feet wet. Portion of the transportation fee goes to them.
If you plan to go to Caramoan, or any similar islands in the Philippines, be sure to be ready to cough off some extra, questionable and out-of-nowhere bills.
We finally boarded …
Following to the other side, we gingerly went up the port as it was slippery. There was actually a tripping accident. After that, we met our guide and boarded a tricycle. Again paying a fee before entering the island.
Was this trip worth the visit to Caramoan?
I’ll let the Last Calls answer that…
Caramoan is the next destination of the realty show Survivor.
More on my post about Caramoan: It’s more fun in the Philippines (part deux)
Sabang Port is not my worst nor the most grueling. It’s so different, so something else, that I find it to be exciting, interesting and a kind of transportation to remember.
My two worsts are the slippery roads due to snow in our way to Jose Rizal’s statue in Germany, and the one in Rocarasso in Italy where we had frequent stops to fix our tire chains and refilling anti-freeze.
Actually, journey of bumpy rides, winding roads, gruelling drives, long bus drives, uncommon forms of transportation, small mishaps, and problems on the road contribute to the travel making it more memorable, adding something to take about, and turns misadventures into adventures. Just please, no traffic.