After 10 days in Camiguin/Bohol it was time to say good bye to the Philippines. Cebu-Camiguin is 88 miles, we did not fly back but made our way back via ferry, land and another ferry (see previous report for the Bohol part).
So to get from where we were now (Panglao island) to Cebu we would need to take a ferry out of Tagbilaran to Cebu City. I took abit of a risk as our flight was on the same day and ferries in the RP get cancelled more often than once! Still I took the risk.
This is where Cebu Pacific gets its first strike. I had originally booked a direct flight Cebu-KUL as our next destination, we were supposed to leave CEB at 17:00 and land in KUL around 20:30. Well 10 days before the flight I receive an Email informing me the flight is cancelled. What happens it seems is that they closed the route as it was probably not profitable for them. So my options were either to get a refund or accept an automatic change with a stopover in Manila… This wasn't cool because not only did that lengthen our travel time, but we would be arriving in KUL 5 hours later than originally planned, taking away from our short time to visit Malaysia's capital :-(
Nevertheless given that I only paid 40 euros for the flight, a refund would not have helped me a whole lot, so we bit the bullet hoping for the best…
Saying good bye to our resort, I highly recommend it if you decide to visit Bohol, Linaw Beach Resort, they were amazing in every way possible.
Beautiful clear water
Our resort drove us to the port of Tagbilaran for our 11 AM ferry. My wife was slightly nervous as she definitely did not want to experience a similar ride to 5 days ago.
Even by the port the water is quite clean
I love these things they look so cool
General guidelines for tourists on fees for sightseeing sponsored by the golden arches
While waiting for the ferry some guys decided to play some gospel music for the crowds
Our ferry arrives
We depart on time, beautiful waters and scenery
There is an airport in Tagbilaran. PR flies daily to/from Manila. Bohol is a popular destination in the RP
Once we arrive at the port of Cebu, we need to get to the airport… I had been warned to avoid the taxis who hail at you from there as they tend to overcharge by cheating on the meter. So we walked 5 mins to the main road and hailed a taxi from there and we got an honest driver which was a nice way to end our trip in the RP. I felt proud of myself that I didn't end up getting ripped off :) Of course at the airport some guys ran to try to help us but this time I was prepared and politely told them to get lost :-P
Check in counters for Cebu PAcific
Yup we were there! This photo depicts the sunken cemetery which we did not go see.
PR check in counters
Manila departure gates
Again I enjoyed the spotter friendly staff and snapped away :-D
Simple boarding passes, something we aren't used to in Europe!
Sometimes I find it really hard to differentiate A319's to A320's with Cebu Pacific as both have a pair of over wing exits! I'm pretty sure this one is a 319 though
Various close ups of Cebu Pacific birdies
There's our bird to Manila at the far end
Eventually we boarded 15 minutes late, the weather was beautiful for some nice pics, I'm really happy how these turned out so I'll just shut up and let you admire this fine Cebu Pacific livery
We had front row seats, the leg room was alright, but not as good as on the overawing exits.
Taxi to the active
Zest Air A320
Name this plane :)
Name the helicopter!
It's a great evening for flying
Heading north towards Manila
This is Bantayan Island, the first island we stayed in on our Honeymoon
Flight Attendants did their usual game on board to win token prizes to advertise the airline. I've found FAs on this airline to be very friendly and smiling, they must really like their job. No catering unless you pay for it but we bought a bottle of water for P50 (0.90 cents)
Soon enough we approached Manila. I did not realize how big this city was, it's quite impressive from the sky to see how sprawled out it is!
Sorry for the poor lighting
We parked after taxiing for 10 minutes next to this A300, anyone know what airlines it is? :-)
We reach the terminal via a paxbus and are greeted by these lovely trees which I do not know the name
Manila airport terminal 3, sparkling new and very clean
This concludes the small portion of our flight out of the Philippines. Part 6 is where it gets interesting (or rather disheartening)
Cebu - CEB
Manila - MNL
Overall a good flight with Cebu Pacific, disappointed that our direct flight was cancelled; so I'm giving them a 0 on punctuality.
Cebu airport is small but efficient for the most part
Manila airport is hue and you have to walk alot and re-clear security to get to your next flight. More on this in the next part.
As said in previous reports, Cebu Pacific offers good value so long as the flight operates. If it doesn't for any reason, you're on your own!
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