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Australia to Philippines

By doina — last modified May 15, 2008 04:39 PM

Published: 2008-05-15 16:39:50
Topics: Pacific Ocean West
Countries: Australia , Indonesia , Papua New Guinea , Philippines

I'm planning a cruise from Oz to Philippines in 2007 and have decided on 2 possible routes ....

Either Townsville to PNG (Samurai) then north along the northern side of Indonesia or up to Micronesia then to Northern Mandanao and then Cebu...

or ...

Darwin to Ambon then Mandanao and on to Cebu via East side of Mandanao (With no stops)

I think the best option is via PNG to Micronesia then across to Philippines to avoid Indonesia Paperwork (CAIT's), pirates and terrorists....

However, it seems the Darwin - Ambon - Mandanao option is more direct and quite possibly more interesting ...

Do you have any suggestions?

Best and safest way to go is leaving PNG to port. The other route is not at all more interesting, and going close to Mindanao is too risky.

You'll enjoy the Louisiades in PNG, so make sure you stop there.

All the best.

Jimmy Cornell

Steve writes: The east side of Mindanao is not risky at all, although it doesn't offer many all-weather ports. Davao as an entry port is convenient and considered to be safe.

Bryan Levinge S/Y Cavalier: I made the trip from the Philippines down the east side of Mindanao to Sulawesi in July - August 2006 - I joined the Darwin Kupang Rally which seemed to be the easiest way to get the CAIT. The organisers also provided me with an official letter in Bahasa Indonesia to show to officials where and if necessary. We entered Indonesia at Bitung on the NE tip of Sulawesi. Absolutely no problems heard of in that area - also look at

John writes: John says: Steve is 100% correct. There are no cruising problems east of Danao and Danao is a much better port to clear into (no charges) than Cebu Port (outrageous charges with no receipts!).