hi ,that depends on what flights u get from sydney to manila- maybe victioranlad will advise ,perhaps better if u can get flight to cebu? airphil route to ozamis is via cebu ,whereas cebu pacific have direct flight from manila to ozamis , so depends what time ur flight will arrive manila whether u need to stay in manila for a night or not .
This is how I personally would do it but I like to spend time in Cebu City.
Catch the flight on Philippine Airlines flight from Sydney to Manila then catch the domestic flight from Manila to Cebu City.
Philippine Airlines travels in a loop Manila, Melbourne, Sydney then back to Manila for some trips and in reverse for others. Try and get the loop where you fly Sydney straight to Manila.
From Cebu City, travel on a Trans Asia ship in a presidential suite to Ozamiz City. I like travelling on Trans Asia. My last trip Cebu City to Ozamiz City was September last year. At that time it was P300 for a 1 hour in room massage during the journey. The presidential suite has a balcony on the side of the boat, aircon, room service, private bathroom, DVD player with free videos and a fully stocked fridge but you have to pay for the drinks.
If this trip is of interest to you, let me know and I will fill in the details.
Otherwise, you will find that there are friendly enough places in Manila for you to stay whil you wait for AirPhilsExpress.
Regards; Jim Sibbick
Thanks for both for your replies. I was probably flying Qantas from Sydney on Christmas Day, Boxing day or 27th Dec to meet up with my girlfriend and her family who will be holidaying in Ozamiz, so don't want to spend any time anywhere as will be keen to get to them and we will travel after that.
The Qantas flight arrives in Manila at 1710 but I am open to all suggestions. Just want to take the least amount of stopovers as that will mean less time.
Thanks again and I look forward to more of your advise. The cruise sounds wonderful but dont know if that's the most effecient way. Again, what do you think?
Jim, did you have any ideas of departure and arrival times for any of your suggestions?
Look up the timetable at www.philippineairlines.com
Philippine Airlines is preferable to QANTAS' surly staff and fairly poor punctuality. PR uses one of its two, not much more than a year old Boeing 777-300s on the Australia route for most trips. QANTAS can use up to 22 year old Boeing 767-300s that are outdated and which lack individual seatback AVOD (audio and video on demand.)
It flies five times a week at least (occasional extras during holiday seasons) to Manila ex Sydney, with four of the northbound flights being direct: the exception is the Saturday flight fromm Sydney to Manila, which is via Melbourne (complete route for that service is Fri night ex Manila, arr Sydney Sat. morning, depart Melbourne Sat afternoon and arrive Manila late Saturday afternoon.
www.webjet.com (the US-based site of Webjet's, not the Australian-based site, often seems to have the cheapest fares: compare with www.philippineairlines.com and www.jetabroad.com.au as well as www.zuji.com.au and www.webjet.com.au
You should stay overnight in Manila unless you gamble on the last flight of the night to Cebu ex Manila. www.asiatravel.com has a reasonable selection of hotels in Manila.Edited: 12 November 2010, 08:05
I seond Big Jim.
Trans Asia is an excellent, reliable and comfortable shipping line.
Here is the Transasia information. It has schedules and costs for the ship from Cebu City to Ozamiz City and vice versa
Cebu Ferries also travels between Cebu City and Ozamiz City. The schedules are here
The last time I travelled by Cebu Ferries to Ozamiz City, they were using Our Lady of Fatima. I don't know what happened to it but I would like to travel on it again. The 1st class cabin I travelled in was very big with a king size bed. They have Our Lady of Mount Carmel on that route now. Our Lady of Mount Carmel was the very first ship I ever travelled on in the Philippines and I hope they have improved it since I last travelled on it 15 years ago.
I didn't film Ozamiz City when I was there last year but I do have a 2005 video which you may be interested in. It show the trip from Cebu City to Ozamiz City, a small amount of Ozamiz City then the trip back to Cebu City including a trip on a Transasia ship in the presidential suite.
Look for it on this page of my website. It is called Around Iligan Bay
Here is the flight details for a soon to be flight with PAL from Sydney to Cebu, with the date removed for privacy reasons. You can book all the way from Sydney to Cebu with PAL. You just have to pass an internal customs inspection in Manila before they take your luggage and put it on the domestic flight to Cebu. On Some of my flights, the baggage handlers have been waiting with my luggage for me to show up, then they take my bag away as soon as the customs inspector tags my bag as inspected.
Aircraft BOEING 777 JET
PR 0212 Departing At
Terminal - Not Available ( Kingsford Smith)
Terminal - Not Available (Tullamarine)
PR 0212 Departing At
Terminal - Not available (Tullamarine)
Terminal- CENTENNIAL 2
Aircraft AIRBUS INDUSTRIE A320 JET
CEBU MACTAN INTL, PHILIPPINES
PR 0863 Departing At
Terminal - CENTENNIAL 2
Terminal - Not Available (Mactan)
If you want to spend the night in Manila before heading off in the morning, this is where I stay because I am happy there and Asia Bill treats me well. Although I should point out that some others don't have nice things to say about it.
It is close to the airport, being about 10 minutes drive from any terminal in normal traffic. They will pick you up and drop you off for a small fee. It certainly is the right price for a budget traveller like me. P950 for aircon, cable TV, private bathroom and double bed. They have a small bar/restaurant on site. However, if you do choose to stay there, my suggestion is you get yourself off to the massive Mall of Asia. It is about the 3rd biggest mall in the world. It is walking distance for me but you will probably want to go by taxi. It is about P50 in a metred taxi. You can go there and watch a movie cheap in their Imax theatre then dine in the mall by the sea. Overlooking Manila bay and the city.
Regards: Jim Sibbick
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