Friday, October 14, 2011

For Divers: How to get to La Union and Subic Bay

How to get to La Union
To get to La Union, you can fly from Manila to baguio, then take a 2 hour bus ride to San Fernando using either Marcita Liner or Philippine Rabbit. Alternatively, you can travel by Philippine Rabbit direct from Manila (6 hr); there are several departures each day from the terminus on Rizal Avenue Extension, near the Chinese cemetery in Caloocan. Swagman Travel operate an Angeles/La Union/Baguio/Angeles bus service, with connections to Manila. But the easiest way to get to San Fernando is by car. During the rainy season, check the roads have not been closed by mud slides.

How to get to Subic Bay
To get to Subic Bay from Manila, you can take a Victory Liner bus to Olongapo (2 - 3 hr, depending on Manila's traffic). These leave every 30 minutes from the Victory Liner bus stations at Pasay and Caloocan. From Olongapo bus station, take a motor tricycle or any blue jeepney to Barrio Barretto, or a motor tricycle to the Freeport zone; motor tricycles are not allowed  into this zone, so you must ask at the gate for a representative of hotel to come and fetch you. Swagma Travel operate a bus service to Subic Bay from Manila, or you can fly.
The ferry service with a Supercat 6 called OK KA Ferry to or from Manila is recommended. Operators can transfer you from the ferry terminal to the resort.

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