Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Kansilad Bound

Once again, for those interested or planning to go to Lianga and the Kansilad Beach Resort for the coming weekend or a few days of sun, sea and surf, here's the way to get there from Butuan City which is actually the closest urban center with port and air carrier facilities.

Using your own private vehicle would be the ideal since Lianga is over 120 kilometers east of that city. But public transportation is available and, in most cases, thoroughly reliable. Buses leave the Butuan bus terminal on an almost hourly basis but, if one is a first timer, making sure one does get eventually to Lianga means knowing where to go and how to get there.

By bus, the direct, no fuss route to Lianga means taking the buses bound for Tandag (the provincial capital of Surigao del Sur province). The two to three hour journey takes you through the western edge of Agusan del Norte into Agusan del Sur where the major stop is San Francisco town which is at the crossroads of the main highway going separately to Lianga and Davao City (some almost 200 kilometers away).

Those unable to get on the Tandag bus in Butuan can take the Davao bound trips, get off at San Francisco and take the smaller buses and jeepneys there which service the Lianga and San Francisco area. Tandag bound buses from Davao are also available if your timing is lucky.

From San Francisco, Lianga is just over 30 kilometers away. One passes through Barobo town (Surigao del Sur already), makes a left turn and be in Lianga in an hour or so. The roads are almost completely paved with concrete all the way so traveling is no longer the physical and mental challenge it used to be in the past.

By car, Butuan is just two hours from Lianga. The key to not getting lost is to take notice of the road signs. Asking directions from the locals along the road can also be beneficial.

By the way, the Kansilad Beach Resort is only four kilometers north of Lianga. There are billboards and signs within the town to show first time visitors the way there.

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