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1. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 8y

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Hey Folks,

Does anyone have some information on the Agusan Fishing Marsh in Mindanao?

More specifically, the costs of taking a boat out? And cost on a guide? And where to stay?

I think Butuan is the nearest place to stay?

Thanks

2. Posted by pau_p1 (Respected Member 214 posts) 8y

when do you plan to go?... I would not recommend visiting the island of Mindanao for the time being as there is some unrest on some areas in the island... though Butuan is a bit far from the current problem on the island.. it's best not to visit the island in the next few months...

I was trying to search the marshland using Google Earth and it seems to be a very big area and the nearest city in the Agusan Del Sur province is Bayugan... or Bislig City.. though Butuan is a bigger metro area near to it... i'll try to ask some Mindanaoan friends of mine in another forum and try to add info on this...

[ Edit: Edited on Aug 21, 2008, at 5:31 PM by pau_p1 ]

3. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 8y

Thanks for that.

Would appreciate any feedback!

4. Posted by CM Chi (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

Yes, I agree with Pau_P1. I saw it on the news last week. The Philippines has been experiencing political problems again and that there's war in Mindanao.

5. Posted by pau_p1 (Respected Member 214 posts) 8y

i got info that San Francisco is the nearest municipality to the marshland... it may have the establishments that offer accommodations there... though I would guess that its a not very urbanized... Butuan is a bit far from the marshland..

and I wouldn't say that there is a war currently in Mindanao but the Philippine Military is controlling the terroristic attacks of some rouge groups separatist MILF group in the island... but the government is in pushing the central MILF to control their rouge groups in accordance to the peace treaty being discussed by both panels.. but yeah.. it may not be advisable to visit the island this next few months until this insurgents has been calmed of..

6. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 8y

Mindanao is a big island, do you really think it is dangerous to go there? I know there was a bit of trouble a month or so ago, but it was very isolated. Perhaps travel to Zamboanga and the Sulu islands are not recommended, but I would think the rest of the island is ok. Although I guess I would think twice before going but that is probably just because of the media coverage of the situation. It would be good to get someone from Mindanao on here to give us their opinions.

7. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 8y

Thanks for the replies.

I found out that in the Marsh you can get a "life jacket" boat as a tour for a whopping 8,000 peso. Thats two 4 hour trips.

For a no life jacket pump boat it's 5,000 Peso, for the same times. This includes, and over night in a school, bring your own mosquito net etc. And to stay at a locals house it's "negotiable."

Sorry to say but that's wayyyy out of the price league. Did some internet searches and read a blog of two years ago with similar prices. A friend called from the area. Fuel was cited as being the reason, that and a monopoly and the catering of "tourists that have money". Which is a bit odd as tourists that have money would "normally" like a hotel. But anyway, too much. I think a local river trip might do.

Lots of tourists in Mindanao by the way. There's more police, and army. No problems other than local media making it look the army are in control. Not going to get into that one. But anyway, there are tourists and it looks safer than in a long time

8. Posted by pau_p1 (Respected Member 214 posts) 8y

well.. yeah I guess so... Agusan should be far enough to be troubled by the rebels.. specially that they only trouble the provinces within the Moro area....