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RORO Ferry trip from Batangas to Calapan

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Due to rough seas, there were no SuperCat trips between Batangas and Mindoro when we arrived at Batangas Port one Thursday morning. It seemed that there was only one fast ferry under the banner of SuperCat that plies the Batangas-Calapan route and it was on hold in Calapan due to rough waters. Later in the day though I would theorize that there might not have been enough passengers that morning between the cities and a decision had to be made not to make the trip, with the convenient and irrefutable reason of rough seas.

2013-09-19 09.20.46RORO Ferry ticket (left) and passenger terminal fee ticket

IMG06754-20130919-1007A view of two RORO ferries docked at the Batangas Port. One was operated by Montenegro Lines’ Marina Ferries and the other by Starlight Ferries.

IMG06755-20130919-1007Passengers boarding the ferry Reina Hosanna. Some vehicles, mostly trucks were already loaded on the ferry.  Others would have to wait until passengers have boarded the vessel.

IMG06756-20130919-1008A view inside the ferry where vehicle and freight are positioned and secured for the voyage. People form a line before the narrow stairway to the passenger level.

IMG06757-20130919-1008Passengers climbing the narrow stairway to the passenger deck of the Reina Hosanna.

IMG06758-20130919-1018A view of the Batangas Port from the upper (view) deck of the ferry right above the passenger deck.  Trucks can be seen boarding (rolling on) the ferry. The orange things are lifeboats lined along the rear of the passenger deck.

IMG06759-20130919-1018A provincial bus arrives to board another RORO ferry, the Starlight Nautica, which was scheduled to leave an hour after our scheduled departure. There are many bus companies plying the western nautical highway route , which can take the traveler to Caticlan, the jump off point for Boracay Island.

IMG06761-20130919-1054Reina Hosanna crewmen raise anchor.

IMG06762-20130919-1055A view inside the passenger deck – seats were cushioned but mostly dilapidated and obviously requiring re-upholstery. The cabin seemed to be originally air-conditioned and we were lucky that the weather was fine and not so hot that day. Some passengers went to the upper deck to get some air.

IMG06763-20130919-1243Rough seas along the Verde Island passage to Calapan. We actually saw two fast craft going the opposite direction during our almost 3-hour voyage to Mindoro. One was a SuperCat and another was a FastCat, and they were traveling despite the same rough waters shown in the photo!

IMG06766-20130919-1326Another ferry preparing to leave Calapan Port.

IMG06767-20130919-1327Crew throwing a line to the port as our ferry docked at Calapan.

IMG06768-20130919-1335Passengers disembarking from the ferry.

IMG06769-20130919-1336Vans waiting for passengers bound for various destinations in Mindoro including those in Mindoro Occidental on the other side of the island.

It was my first ferry ride in a long time. The last one was a fast ferry trip using the SuperCat service from Cebu to Tagbilaran, Bohol. That was in the afternoon and was quite a rough ride, too. I think shipping lines should not balk on the safety and comfort of passengers. People would be willing to pay a higher fare if the vessels are in better condition and facilities such as seats are well-maintained. I can only imagine the traveling conditions during the peak periods when a lot of people would take these RORO ferries as they are usually the cheaper and practical option between islands. -

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10 Comments

  1. jamae says:

    mgkano pong bayad sa pier kpg my dalang sasakyan

    • d0ctrine says:

      We didn’t ask for that info. I would guess that it would be based on the size and weight of the vehicle, and you would have to get clearance from port authorities for the vehicle to be ferried across the sea.

  2. cha says:

    Magkano po baysd kpg my sasakyan fx .batsngas to calapan

  3. aldrin V. Gedalanga says:

    magkano po pamasahe batangas port to calapan?

  4. E kung may dalang sasakyan magkano po?

  5. Dir Nancy says:

    gud morning po,, ask ko lang po kung mga magkanu po ba ang fare pag kasama motorcycle 2way po.this coming oct.18-19 po sana kami pupunta sa batngas port..anu po aba mga requirements po..

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