Once you get to Callao Caves Tourist Zone, you'll find flat bottomed boats waiting to ferry you across the Minoran River (Pinacanauan = cleanest river) to the stairs for Callao Caves for P10/pax/way. If you decide to wait for the "circadian flight" of the resident bats, then it's P300 for the boat rental.
Pay the boatman after he brings you back to the take-off point.
It is a good idea to base yourself in Tuguegarao if you want to visit the province of Cagayan. There are several buses that ply the route:
tel. no. +63 78 682-8632
DELTRA BUS CO.
tel. no. +63 2 732-7849
8:00 pm departure
Manila: 761 M Earnshaw Corner Loyola St., Sampaloc
tel. no. +63 2 781-3450
Quezon City: 146 Roosevelt corner Paraiso
tel. no. +63 2 371-5290
tel. no. +63 78 846-2196
8:00pm, 8:30pm departure
note: double decker bus available only at Roosevelt
AUTOBUS TRANSPORT SYSTEMS INCORPORATED
Manila: Dimasalang Street Corner Laong Laan St., Sampaloc
tel. no. +63 2 735-8098
6:30, 9:15, 11:30 PM departures
fare: Deluxe (w/ CR) P556, Regular aircon P479
VICTORY LINER INCORPORATED
Caloocan City: 713 Rizal Avenue Extension
Quezon City: Edsa, Cubao
tel. nos. 833-0293, 833-5019, 361-4665, 741-1439, 361-1506, 361-1510
BALIWAG TRANSIT INCORPORATED
Quezon City: 33 Edsa, Cubao
7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 11:00pm departures
fare: Aircon bus P575
For our trip, we took Baliwag Transit. The bus is quite old and the seats have plastic cover :0( Imagine us sliding from our seats come the zigzag road at Dalton Pass!!!
Old Filipino calesa with a twist! The calesa driver seat inside the box-like cariton instead.
Calesa is still one of the local modes of transporation in Tuguegarao and a ride would cost P15 per person. It is cheaper here compared to a calesa ride in Vigan (Ilocos) or even in Binondo (Manila).
From our experience, it is difficult to find a cheap (meaning P2,500 below) vehicle to rent in Tuguegarao. A typical day's rent would be P2,500 for a van with a/c EXCLUSIVE of petrol and driver's meal...totalling to a "not so friendly" P4,000~P4,200. You'll be lucky to find one that offers P3,500.
Also tried negotiating for a jeepney for the same deal (whole day tour from 10am-5:30pm from Tuguegarao up to Claveria) but was unlucky.