Day 1: Manila – Wawa

After our 3km prologue in Manila we caught a bus to Batangas, a coastal city 3 hrs out of Manila. Here we caught a ferry to Mindoro (to a tiny port village called Wawa).

Ferry terminal at Batangas. After our 3km prologue in Manila we caught a bus to Batangas, a coastal city 3 hrs out of Manila. Here we caught a ferry to Mindoro (to a tiny port village called Wawa).

Into the mouth of our first Philippines ferry.

Welcome aboard! Into the mouth of our first Philippines ferry.

Hana onboard.

Hana onboard.

Leaving Batangas.

Leaving Batangas.

Smile dude...

Smile dude...

Passengers

Passengers

The 2.5hr ferry trip got us to Wawa well after dark. After donning head torches we rode off down a dark, deserted road looking for a low-key lodging house mentioned in the LP book. After a bit of confusion with some shy locals we managed to get ourselves a basic room for the night. Bed, fan, tap and bucket, and a toilet bowl - what more could you need?

The 2.5hr ferry trip got us to Wawa well after dark. After donning head torches we rode off down a deserted road looking for a low-key lodging house mentioned in the LP book. After a bit of confusion with some shy locals we managed to get ourselves a basic room for the night. Bed, fan, tap and bucket, and a toilet bowl - what more could you need? Food, actually: a young dude came to the room and said something about food, and beer - we assumed he was offering these things, but after lounging in our room for an hour and half we peeped outside and it appeared everybody had gone to bed.

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