Motorbikes are for hire by the day or week – or even longer –
from many places on the beach – just look for the signs or ask
at your resort or the habal-habal drivers operating on the
Typically, they can be got for P600 a day, or less if you have
some good bargaining skills. You may have to sign a waiver in
case of accident but, in general, there is no insurance policy
that will cover you – you are expected to pay for any damage
when you return the vehicle to its owner.
Always inspect the motorbike first to see what damage it already
has – and make sure that it has enough oil and gasoline and
tyres have been pumped up!.
You might also be expected to return the motorbike with a full
tank of gasoline…even if it did not have it in the first place!
Quick trips are usually made on ‘piggy-back’
motorbikes and a one-way fare to Panglao town will cost P20 –
the minimum fare for anywhere is P10. A one-way fare to
Tagbilaran will cost P100.
Drivers have recently been regulated by
the municipal authority, which has set standard fares for all
journeys to avoid past disputes over prices. Three, including
the driver, is supposed to be the maximum number carried
|Private cars and
Most resorts provide their own transport for
trips to and from the pier or into Tagbilaran – some provide
transport for day trips, but most drivers belong to the Panglao
Island Transport Services Co-operative (PITSCO) (booking office
502-9460) which was formed on Alona Beach, and they have
regulated themselves with a variety of aircon cars and vans.
They have set fares for most trips,
which include trained guides and drivers, and can be contacted
beside the Tourist Information Center outside Alona Kew. It can
be difficult to get drivers during the evening unless arranged
beforehand, especially during slack season.
|Private boat hire
Although most dive shops and resorts will
organise day trips to Balicasag, Pungtod Island or Pamilacan for
picnic or sight-seeing trips, most are undertaken privately.
Fares can vary from one boat to another as there is, as yet, no
overall organisation to govern them.
Make sure there is enough life-saving
equipment to cover the number of people on the boat and make
sure that at least one person has a cell phone and knows the
police number: squalls do have the habit of sinking boats!
Taxi hire by meter is not normal on Alona
Beach, since they have to be called from the city – so the fare
is double the approved metered rate, since they must make a
two-way trip for a one-way fare. Taxis from Tagbilaran to Alona
are one-and-a-half times the meter rate.
Resorts do have taxi numbers in town,
but it is often cheaper and quicker to use a local driver.
|Getting around by
Daily trips to and from Manila and Cebu are
made from Tagbilaran, but timetables and companies seem to
change with regularity during the year, depending on a number of
factors – one seems to be the current round of erratic world
Trips are made early morning and
early afternoon to connect to international and other domestic
flights, and the Tourist Information Center (502-9100) or
Sunshine Travel next door (502-9030) can usually help with the
latest information on companies, times, tickets, prices and
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