Backpacking Philippines through PAL’s domestic routes via CLARK

The Clark International Airport is geared to have more active flights to help decongest the NAIA. Residing near this airport, it is an advantage that Philippine Airlines added more domestic routes and thus making my backpacking more hassle free. But first, how to go Clark Airport?

How to go to CLARK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT?

DRIVE

  • From Northern Luzon, take TPLEX/SCTEX/NLEX tollgate and exit in Clark South Tollgate. Follow the road signs leading to the airport.

COMMUTE

Jeepney from Clark Maingate Terminal to Clark International Airport Terminal
  • Option 1: From NCR/South Luzon, take buses bound/passing by Dau. Alight in Dau (Mabalacat City Terminal), there is a jeepney route inside the terminal that goes straight to the airport. Fare is Php100.00
  • Option 2: From NCR/South Luzon, take buses bound/passing by Dau. Alight in the bus terminal and walk towards the terminal exit (Sogo Hotel exit), continue walking leftwards and cross the road in front of old McDonald’s Dau branch. Take jeepney route CPOINT MAINGATE and ask the driver to drop you to Clark Main Gate Terminal. There is a big sign for the airport terminal lounge.
  • Option 3: From NCR/South Luzon, take the Genesis Bus Point to Point route straight to Clark International Airport.

 

POINT TO POINT BUS ROUTES

  • Genesis Bus has almost 24 hours P2P bus directly connecting the Clark International Airport and NAIA Terminal 3. The bus has stopovers in SM City Clark,  Trinoma and in Pasay.
  • Watch out for Victory Liner Point to Point Bus as it connects Subic and Dagupan to the Clark International Airport.

What are the domestic routes from Clark by Philippine Airlines?

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Naidi Rolling Hills

BASCO, Batanes – clearly, Batanes is one of the most sought destinations in the Philippines. Apart from its 360-degree scenic spots, its unique culture, heritage, and history is a wow factor for visitors. Adding up to its uniqueness, Batanes do not share its climate to the rest of the Philippine archipelago, thanks to its locations. Basco is the jump-off point to the other inhabited islands of the Batanes Group of Islands which is Sabtang Island and Itbayat Island. Visitors can enjoy, not only the locals’ warm hospitality but also their trustworthiness and honesty.  Batanes boasts the lowest crime rates in the country.

Philippine AIrlines DOmestic Routes CLark to Naga Travel Guide Clark International Airport (1)

NAGA, Camarines Sur – having my relatives in Pili and in Naga City, I found this route really convenient. Visiting my relatives in Bicol will not be a chore anymore. Since they reside near Naga Airport. Naga City is the jump-off point to Caramoan’s fine beaches and beautiful islands. Why not fly here discover the underrated beauty of Siruman beaches or if you have plans to summit the towering Mt. Isarog. (Daily Afternoon Flights from CIA)

 

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CATARMAN, Northern Samar – an off-beaten path province but has one of the most promising tourist destinations. Famous of Northern Samar is the Biri Rock Formations. Another unique destination is Laoang Orange Beach, Imaga Beach in Allen, and the quaint Capul Island. Imaga has one of the beautiful beaches I have been with its unique rock formations and stunning white sand. The abundance of coconut trees came to be an awesome backdrop for your selfies. Capul Island would provide a quaint and total serene environment and you would truly enjoy the laid-back lifestyle of the locals.

Tarangban Falls travel Guide Calbayog City Western Samar Clark to Calbayog Philippine Airlines Domestic Route

CALBAYOG, Western Samar – the city where my paternal roots are from – source of my surname. Calbayog City holds a bunch of tourist attraction for both relaxing and adventurous alike. Head out to Calbiga caves and enjoy its unique cave climate and long spelunking trail. It is also dubbed city of waterfalls and a majestic one is the Tarangban Waterfalls. Visit its famous cathedral at the heart of the city and do some food trips along the main thoroughfares as many food stalls line up. Marvel the sunset at the port area and play the local youngsters spending their post-school hours at the shore.

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Photo Credit: Rj Dumalag

CAGAYAN DE ORO, Misamis Oriental – The City of Golden Friendship cradles the mighty Cagayan river where you can try one of the country’s famous whitewater rapids. Cagayan de Oro also is the main jump-off point to Camiguin Island and Bukidnon province. Want to enjoy the cityscape of CDO? Head out the High Ridge and enjoy the impressive panoramic view of the city. The city has many malls you can visit the homegrown Limketkai Mall. Cagayan de Oro is being served by the Laguindingan Airport which is situated about an hour away from the city proper.

 

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BACOLOD, Negros Occidental – known for the Mascara Festival, Bacolod City is famous for its Inasal dish – grilled chicken and the piaya. Campuestuhan Highland Resort and Mambukal Resort are one of the spots to enjoy while in Bacolod. Don’t ever leave the City of Smiles without having a photo-op with The Ruins. Take a short commute to Talisay City to enjoy its vibes frozen in time. A lot of antique and old structures still exist in the city.  Their famous Bacolod Inasal and Piaya are the ones must try to munch on.

 

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TAGBILARAN, Bohol – Famous for its Chocolate Hills, Bohol holds a lot more attractions and landscapes aside from these unique mounds. Try the beaches in Anda and Tubigon and enjoy island hopping activities. Do the usual countryside tour where you can visit Tarsier conservation sites, the famous old churches and landmarks. Feel the beach party in Alona White Beach in Panglao Island. Cave jump in the mouth of Cabagnow and experience its magical beauty and clear waters.  (Daily Flights from CIA Midafternoon)

 

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DAVAO CITY – The airport is strategically located at the center of Davao Region which makes backpacking the region easy.  It is one of the jump-off points if you plan to summit the highest peak in the country, Mt. Apo while paradise-like Samal Island is just a 15-minute ferry ride from the city where you can enjoy its stunning beaches and experience the cold waters of Hagimit Falls. The highest waterfalls, Aliwagwag Falls is a 4-5 hour travel from Davao City via Compostela Valley, ask the bus driver to drop you off at the jump off point just beside the road.  (M-W-F-Sun Flights from CIA)

 

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PUERTO PRINCESA, Palawan – the City Forest of Palawan within the island paradise is the gateway to the amazing off beaten Southern Palawan. Fly to Puerto Princesa and marvel the Tabon Caves in Quezon town and move to the southernmost municipality of Balabac where you would see islands rimmed with fine white sand and turquoise waters almost void of tourists.

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BUSUANGA (Coron) (M-W-F Flights from CIA, mid-afternoon) one of the spots in Palawan that is busy year-round, flocked by foreign and local tourists, its unique beauty of karst formations, amazing clean deep lakes and rich marine life would want to stay longer. Experience safari wildlife in the famous Calauit and experience feeding giraffes and photograph foraging zebras. Experience the quaint town of Culion and enjoy its beauty. Never leave Coron without sauntering on the amazing beaches of Banana Island, Pass Island and Bulog Dos Islands. Coron has this eerily beautiful shipwrecks you can freedive.

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CATICLAN, Aklan – the nearest gateway to one of the best island in the world, Boracay. Hopping here also brings you nearer to Romblon Island province and other spots like Naba Windmills and the beaches of Buruanga. Catch a bus bound to San Jose, Antique and you will pass by the junctions leading to the Tibiao, were the famous Kawa Hot Bath became popular, the island that separates you to busy city life to mundane and simple island lifestyle and the newly discovered Antique Rice Terraces in General Fullon. (T-TH-Sa Flights from CIA, late afternoon)

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CEBU CITY – the queen city of the south offers a myriad of activities and spots that visitors can choose from. If you will visit all of its scenic landscapes, lush forest trails, captivating seascape and island life, it will require you more than a month of stay in Cebu, I imagine. South Cebu is famous for its waterfalls hopping activity (M-W-F flights from CIA Nighttime)

Catanduanes Binurong Point Viract Travel Guide

VIRAC, Catanduanes – the Happy Island of Bicol Region – boasting its shores facing the Pacific Ocean, thus, a haven for surfers at the Puraran Beach. Marvel beautiful sunrise at the Binurong Point and learn its rich religious history with the Bato Church. Virac is also nearer to the famed Caramoan of Camarines Sur. Travel less than an hour to Codon Port and about an hour to island hopping in Caramoan.

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TUGUEGARAO, Cagayan – the northeasternmost province of Luzon main island, famous for its delectable Pancit Batil Patong, the large Callao Cave and captivating Palaui Island. Cagayan is also known for its Bluewater Cave and Waterfalls Natural Park – an adrenaline packed destination for adventure seekers.

 

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SAN JOSE, Occidental Mindoro – gateway to MIMAROPA subregion. This gateway town proves a potential tourist destination with its rich cultural background, its indigenous people, the Mangyans, where visiting their villages seems to be locked in time. Beaches like Inasakan are really captivating. Its mountainscapes are unique and breathtaking, the Devil Mountain – its jagged peaks and reddish brown coloration during summer earned its moniker. The Mangyan Village in San Jose boasts rolling hill terrain and locals leaving in indigenous huts.

HOPING TO FLY SOON WITH BELOW DESTINATIONS! 

SAN VICENTE, Palawan – gateway to the longest white sand beach in the Philippines.

SIARGAO, Surigao del Norte – famed for its surfing spot in Cloud 9 amazing lagoons and beaches dotting its island.

CAUAYAN, Isabela – your jump off point to the pristine Quirino Province and the vast province of Isabela.

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