Ormoc: The Gateway to Region 8 Adventures

Supposedly last week (written a week after November 10-11-12, 2017), I will be joining a major climb at Mt. Talinis, however 2 weeks before that big day, I found out that the date that was approved was only on the 13 of November, while the climb will start on the 10 of November reason why I came up with a very good idea—to gate crash to Hocson Brothers’ humble abode!

And here ya go… Right after my shift on Saturday (11-11), I went directly to Pier 1 to catch the 1:30 PM trip of Ocean Jet. I arrived at 12:30 at Pier 1 and I was very blessed to catch the 1:30PM trip of Weesam Express. It was a weekend, yet the boat wasn’t full and I’ve got the whole bay for me. The boat docked at 4PM at Ormoc Port.

Ormoc - Isabel  2016

With Kris, Ching & The Hocson Brothers.

HOW TO GO TO ORMOC from CEBU:

  • From any point in Cebu, head your way to Pier 1.
  • Ticket fares depend on the ferry and the accommodation, so better check out the links below.
  • Pier 1, Terminal Fee – P25
  • Schedules & ferries bound to Ormoc: Supercat, Roble, Ocean Jet , Weesam Express
    • Fare table: Supercat – Economy 490++ // Roble – 450++ // Ocean Jet – Economy 600 ++ –

It was my 2nd time to visit Ormoc, 2nd time in Isabel, 2 times in Palompon and 1 time in Naval.  Below is the list on where to go if you are just stepping foot in Ormoc, Tacloban, Palompon & Naval. If you happen to pass by on these places and you have a 3-4 hours layover or rest, visit these places:

Where to Eat in Ormoc?

  • Coastal Resto (not sure if this is still operational)
  • Spork
  • Lorenzo’s

Where to Go in Ormoc?

  • Sabin Resort Hotel
  • Lake Danao National Park (accessible in through Palompon)
    • Entrance Fee – P25
    • Floating Cottage – P150/hour
    • Boat rent – P100
  • Carmelite Spirituality Center (accessible in through Palompon)
  • Leyte Geothermal Production Field

HOW TO GO TO PALOMPON from ORMOC:

  • As of this writing, there is a new van terminal at Robinson’s Ormoc but I am just not sure if the old van terminal (just outside the pier) is still operational.
  • v-hire fare starts at P120; allot at least a P150 for your one-way ticket.
  • Travel time: 30mins – 45 mins

Where to Eat in Palompon?

  • Café Umberto – I spent a few hours in this café while Joshua was preaching. I was the first customer on that Sunday.
  • 1620 Bistro

Where to Go in Palompon?

  • Liberty Park
  • St Francis Xavier Church
  • Lantaw Palompon
  • Kalanggaman Island

HOW TO GO TO TACLOBAN from ORMOC:

  • As of this writing, there is a new van terminal at Robinson’s Ormoc but I am just not sure if the old van terminal (just outside the pier) is still operational.
  • v-hire fare starts at P130; allot at least a P150 for your one-way ticket.
  • Travel time: 1.5 hours

HOW TO GO TO BILIRAN from ORMOC:

  • As of this writing, there is a new van terminal at Robinson’s Ormoc but I am just not sure if the old van terminal (just outside the pier) is still operational.
  • v-hire/buses fare starts at P130; allot at least a P150 for your one-way ticket.
  • Travel time:

 

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