I have travelled many times to Philippines, but never alone. Will it be safe for me to go to General Santos alone? How can I get from Manilla to Gen San by ferry?
hi there have a look at the super ferry site all the info is there.i have not been on one but seen them parked up ,they look fine ,i have stayed in santos city for a total of 8 weeks over the last 2 years with my g.f.i found it a very safe ,happy but poor place.john
I am just not a huge advocate of inter-island ocean travel in the Philippines... To be fair, there are several reputable companies and some utilize modern equipment.
However sadly, the country boasts a string of catastrophic ocean vessel accidents resulting in hundered of deaths... Notable incidents include the 1987 MV Dona Paz collision with an oil tanker; 4300+/- fatalities, the Super Ferry 14 bombing by Abu Sayyaf killing 116 and sinking of the MV Princess of Stars in June 2008, sailing during the height of Typhoon Fengshen; loss of 750+/- people.
Many of these incidents are linked, in part to faulty/poorly maintained equipment, poor sailing decisions, vessel overload, environmental factors and such forth. I have my personal doubts about the maintaince integrity and overall governmental regulation and oversight of this industry.
I'ved travelled by ocean carrier within the Philippines before, and for large parts of the country this is the only viable means of inter-island travel. That said, for me personally, I would prefer air travel over ocean travel where available.
The ferry should be a fine way to travel to GenSan. Ive made the trip (and segments of it) several times. Its a much better way to meet people than air travel. Most boats take almost two days from manila to dadiangas, with stops in iloilo or zamboanga.
Can't disagree with the comment on safety records, but the disasters are a relatively small part of the total miles traveled.
GenSan itself is as safe as any other small city in the RP.
While I do acknowledge that the incidents are rare-- whenh you consider the sheer number of daily sailings within the countries waters..
My point is that I have some personal reservations about several the vessel operators and their commitment to safety and the governmental oversight of this transportation mode. However, for a large part of the country this is the only practical and economical means of inter-island transport..
It's more convenient to travel to General Santos by plane.There are daily flights from Manila. It only takes about 2 hrs.But I would advise you to go to General Santos with someone if you're going there for the first time.
A former resident of General Santos
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