The Montenegro boat scheduled to leave 8pm finally left before 10pm. Only the passengers of buses, cars and some trucks were allowed to board. I learned later that some of those buses have been there by 6am, 4am, or even earlier.
Another boat came around 10:30pm. By 11:30pm, we boarded it. People were rushing and walking fast, hoping to get good seats as it is a free seating boat. We got good seats, with a long table. The boat finally left Roxas port around 2am. Some buses and their passengers also came. The passengers said their bus from Manila going to Iloilo arrived Roxas port around 6am of December 22, and the boat left Or. Mindoro 2am of December 23, wow.
It was a good ride, some big waves were encountered but it's a big boat so we were fine. Our boat arrived Caticlan port shortly before 7am. The two girls were still sleeping, they slept almost 2am, playing and talking inside the boat.
Finally we were in Panay island (composed of four provinces -- Aklan, Capiz, Antique and Iloilo). Then we went to the ticket office for a short boat ride to Boracay, our 2nd destination.
There is a boat plying the Batangas-Caticlan route (hence, no more land trip in Mindoro island), 2GO (www.2go.com.ph), about 8-9 hours travel time.
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