What's the best bus lines/airlines & tips for rapid transit out of Manila to Laoag in northern Luzon & to Surigao Is. in south?
Only have 17 days to travel to the northwest coast from Laoag to Claveria area, and then down to the southern Visayas/Surigao Is. Was going to bring a surfboard, but don't know how much of a hassle it will be, or $ cost to transport on bus or plane. Might not worth it. Going to probably be flat, anyway. Thinking of express/premier bus or fly from Manila to Laoag, then after a week, bus or fly back down to Manila. Then on to Surigao Island for another week. Bus or fly, don't know. Want to keep it cheap, but don't want to waste a lot of time on buses...especially, since it will be the rainy season and those "scenic views" are blocked out by rain. Last time I was there was in 1972-75. Did lots of hard-core exploring back then, but it looks way easier now. Any suggestions, fellow nomads?