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From Batangas to Dumaguete city via Tacloban City/Samar in the Philippines

Distance: ~1526Km (~948miles)
Duration: 6-8 days (minimum)
Date: February 2018
Road condition: Mostly paved/concrete roads. Rural roads in average condition, expect some caved in lanes due to erosion. Traffic and roadworks can be chaotic/reckless. Ports are chaotic.

Follow parts of the Pan Philippine Highway (AH26) through the Islands of Luzon, Samar and Leyte. Hop over to Bohol and Cebu Island to finally reach Dumaguete City on Negros Island. Plenty of scenic views, a (often active) volcano next to Legazpi City and many twisting roads everywhere. Pass through hundreds of small villages and towns on your way.

Ferry services can be unreliable. Includes POI with hotels/motels so you have a place to stay along the route as well as some attractions to visit.
You'll find decent fuel stations from Petron and Shell and some others all along the route.

If you drive at a no-nonsense pace this route can be completed in about a week. If you decide to stay in certain places, it'll be longer of-course.
Lake Taal isn't really worth the time. But Lemery has a lot of historical houses and sites throughout the city.
Naga is OK for a day of exploring and relaxing. Legazpi City has some malls and is interesting for the Mt. Mayon volcano.
Catarman has a decent (and tourist free) beach. Tacloban has some WW2 history and a decent city center and of-course the San Juanico Bridge.
Bohol has many nice attractions to visit such as the famous Chocolate Hills and some nice-ish beach towns.

Watch out in the Matnog ferry port - This is the most unorganized port ever. You're supposed to get directions from the guard at the gate. When I was there, the guy was not there and I ended up waiting to board without the proper paperwork. Only to find out that when I went to get the missing papers I found out the ferry was out of service, had been broken for several days. And STILL they sold me tickets for it. I ended up with another ferry company after getting a partial refund. The port authorities are mostly absent.

Also watch out in Catbalogan City. This city is extremely polluted and dirtied with sewage (actual puddles of sewage in the street), rats/cockroaches and garbage littered everywhere. NOT recommended to walk around with slippers/open shoes.

IMPORTANT: This adventure includes ferry crossings, make sure you have all paperwork for your vehicle for the ferry ports prepared, bring multiple copies of everything. Never submit originals, you won't get them back! It's often easiest to just show up at the ticket office, ask what paperwork they want and in what order. Also check with the coast guard/navy what they want to see for your clearance to board. The documentation required always revolves around a valid registration and ownership documents. Check with each port what you'll need. There is no standard procedure, each port has its own idiosyncrasies.

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