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LUZON - Though I've come to the end of your road, still I can't let go of you.  There's more to explore than your concrete pavements can reach. I do have to conquer more for this is definitely not the end of it all.

San Vicente Port, Sta. Ana, Cagayan Province, Philippines
An expedition to the northern most part of the Philippines is the latest quest that I have conquered.  For geography enthusiasts and road travelers, it would be a dream to be able to traverse the 642-kilometer marker in Northern Luzon.  But what appears to be an end, is actually a bend for more adventure and discovery.  Located at Sta. Ana, Province of Cagayan, the 642 kilometer marker lies at the San Vicente Port, the jump-off point to discover the rich marine and protected areas of the Philippines situated in the province of Cagayan.

In Metro Manila, the Rizal Monument in Rizal Park is designated as kilometer zero for road distances on the island of Luzon and the rest of the Philippines.  And the last kilometer marker towards the north  of the Philippine map is at San Vicente Port of Cagayan Province. 

Getting There

How did I manage to go up the northern most part in the map of the Philippines?Another long hours of travel by bus is my means for this sojourn.  Bound for Tuguegarao City in Cagayan, I arrived at exactly 630PM (scheduled time to depart) at the Victory Liner Terminal in Kamias, Quezon City (in front of GMA station).  It took almost 13hours to reach Tuguegarao City with four stopovers, at:  San Miguel, Bulacan; Aritao, Nueva Viscaya; Santiago City, Isabela and Ilagan, Isabele. From Tuguegarao City, we waited for a public passenger van that would take us to Sta. Ana, Cagayan.  Our van driver took us directly to the San Vicente Port where it took another three (3) hours of travel time from Tuguegarao City to San Vicente Port in Sta. Ana, Cagayan.

a street in Santiago City, Isabela at dawn

As I Wander

The San Vicente Port will be the beginning of our venture to discover the islands, verdant mountains and picturesque beaches and coves of Cagayan Province in the Philippines.

The port is quite interesting to wander and do the usual photography sessions, as the locals daily routine can be unveiled in an instant.

With Sta. Ana, being a coastal town, just by people-watching at the port, a fisherman's daily routine would be a site to behold.

Cost and Expenses

For the entire Cagayan Province exploration, that is, for three days, below is our estimated expenses which may be of great help to you. The exploration covers Tuguegarao City, Sta. Ana, Aparri, Palaui and Crocodile Islands, Angib Beach and Penablanca, Cagayan.

Note that the said expenses may be vary depending on the number of persons in the group who will share in the common expenses, as well as your haggling skills when it comes to boatman rates on island tours. The local tourism office of province though has provided standardized tour rates, which rates are also displayed at the port for your perusal.


Cost (in Phil. Pesos)
Manila (Cubao) to Tuguegarao, Cagayan 604.00
 (Victory Liner- bus)
Tuguegarao to Sta. Ana, Cagayan 180.00
Motorized Pump boat Rental - Resort to Anguib Beach, Sta. Ana, Cagayan 375.00
    (1500 pesos for 4 pax)
Motorized Pump boat Rental to  450.00
   Crocodile Island and Palaui Island
   (1 day tour - for 8 hrs; extra charge of P100.00 for every hour extension)
   (1800 pesos for 4 pax)
Tour guide fees for Palaui Island Tour 62.50
  (250 for 4 pax)
Entrance fee for Palaui Island 50.00
San Vicente Port to Sta Ana Public Market, Cagayan  (120 pesos for 4 pax) 30.00
Sta. Ana, Cagayan to Aparri, Cagayan (van) 100.00
Aparri, Cagayan to Tuguegarao City (van) 100.00
Tuguegarao to Penablanca (Callao caves) and vice-versa 75.00
    "pakyaw" for 300.00 (4 pax)
Callao caves Entrance - mandatory 20.00
Tuguegarao City to Cubao/Sampaloc, Manila 604.00
   (bus-Victory Liner)

TOTAL 2650.50 each

Travel Period:  March 8-10, 2013

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