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Travel Guide : Basilan and Zamboanga City Solo Trip Summary, Itinerary and Expenses


The Basilan and Zamboanga City Trip is a series of blog posts during my visit to south-western Mindanao last July 2-3, 2011. I waited for almost a year to be able to fly to "Asia's Latin City", via AirPhilExpress’ seat sale last year. Originally, my plan was to explore Zamboanga City, but Basilan came into picture when I met Dom, a fellow blogger. He helped me discover and experience Basilan’s exceptional splendor and exquisiteness, a beauty not everyone is lucky to see.



To date, Basilan is the 29th province on my list. Also, this is my 5th solo trip and my first time to set foot in Zamboanga peninsula.

DAY 1 - JULY 2, 2011

It was spent mostly in the island of Basilan. Upon landing in Zamboanga City Airport, I searched for my chosen accommodation in the city proper, had a quick breakfast and went straight to the port to catch a ferry bound for Isabela City, Basilan.


My Basilan trip is one of the most "nerve-wracking" journeys I've had so far. Known as one of the most dangerous provinces in the Philippines, I bravely set foot on this island province with the help of Dom's brother, Ludwig (Many thanks po!). The below blog entries narrate the experiences I had in pursuing with my goal of setting foot in Basilan, definitely it’s one hell of an adventure!

Blogs:

Expenses

NAIA Terminal 3 Fee
Jeepney (Airport to City Center)
Accommodation (1 night)
Jeepney (to Zamboanga Port)
Breakfast
Zamboanga Port Terminal Fee
Ferry to Isabela, Basilan
Transportation in Basilan
Lunch in Basilan
Isabela Port Terminal Fee
Ferry to Zamboanga
Jeepney (City center to Accommodation)
Jeepney to Paseo del Mar
Dinner
Souvenir Key chain
City Proper to Accommodation
Water
1-hour internet

TOTAL

PHP 200
7
300
7
70
11
140
Free
Free
4
140
7
7
195
25
7
20
10

PHP 1,150


Before day 1 ends, I went back to Zamboanga City and proceeded to the hostel to freshen up. I went out at night to have dinner at Paseo del Mar where I tasted a Crab dish from Alavar’s Restaurant.

DAY 2 - JULY 3, 2011

Zamboanga City is known as "Asia's Latin City". I was able to see and experience the food, the people and the sights in this highly urbanized city in the south-western part of the Philippines. An experience totally different from the rest.


Day 2 was spent mostly on visiting the different attractions in Zamboanga city proper as well as going to Pasonanca where I visited the parks and climbed a hill to have a good view of the city.

Blogs:

Expenses

Tricycle to Jimmy's Satti Haus
Breakfast (Satti)
Entrace to National Museum
Jeepney (City proper to Accommodation)
Lunch
Jeepney to Pasonanca
Entrance fee (Butterfly Sanctuary)
Habal-habal Rental
Pasonanca to Camins road
Camins Road to Airport
1-hour Internet rental
Dinner
Zamboanga Airport Terminal Fee

TOTAL

PHP 20
50
20
7
90
10
30
70
7
7
10
50
40

PHP 411




Basilan and Zamboanga City Solo Trip

2-day Total Expenses: PHP 1,561.00

After exploring Pasonanca Park, I went straight to Zamboanga City Airport in Camins to catch my flight back to Manila.

Salamat Basilan at Zamboanga City! 'Til next time!





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6 comments :

renevic said...

Will definitely consider as a guide when I travel Zamboanga and Basilan :)

Gladys/ByahengBarok said...

great summary! this is very helpful. will bookmark this. happy travelin' :)

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@renevic, @Gladys/ByahengBarok - thanks a lot po! :)

Elal Jane L. Lasola said...

Weeeee. will jot down a lot from this. bt im wondering if it is safe to go there today? I'm quite scared with some news.

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@Elal - i don't have any info as of now... just be sure to check the situation there before you go... ^_^

Chyng said...

cramming ako! haha sa thursday na byahe ko sa zmb. =)
thanks to this post. big help.

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