Upon the mention of Marinduque, people would associate the place to the Moriones festival and or Bellarocca. Aside from these two, there aren't much buzz on places to visit. Though the main reason for us to go to Marinduque was Bellaroca, we still wanted to visit and check out another area. Upon researching on the different beaches in Marinduque, we came across Maniwaya Island.
The journey starts by a 3 to 4 hour bus ride going to Dalahican port in Lucena, Quezon. At Dalahican, there are different ferries that will go to either Cawit Port in Boac, Buyabod Port in Sta.Cruz and the ferry that we took headed for Balanacan Port in Mogpog.
|Ferry Going to Marinduque|
Upon getting down at Balanacan, we rode a jeep that headed for Sta. Cruz. We asked the driver to drop us off at the town's main church. From the church, we had to take a tricycle that brought us to Buyabod port. We asked Residencia Palo De Maria beach resort to pick us up from Buyabod port since trips to Maniwaya Island happens only once or twice a day.
|Reaching Balanacan Port|
After less than 30 minutes, we finally made it to Maniwaya Island. With less than a thousand of people residing in Maniwaya and with electricity being available for a certain number of hours, the calmness and peacefulness of the place was so evident.
We made our way to the only operational resort on the island, Residencia De Palo Maria. The resort was really nice, it has a swimming pool right in the middle and they offered different types of accommodations.
***To contact Residencia De Palo Maria one can call this number +63 919 237 5633 / +63 922 867 0312 or visit their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ResidenciaDePaloMaria
|Residencia De Palo Maria|
|Resort's Swimming Pool|
From Bamboo Huts with fans, air conditioned Single rooms, Twin rooms and Family rooms. Each room was equipped with Television with cable.
|Bamboo Hut Fan Room|
|Different Types of Air -Conditioned Rooms|
The resort allows guests to cook their own food in the kitchen for a minimal charge. As for us we didn't bring any food, luckily the resort prepares meals for its guests. Meals consists of fresh fish and white rice. We enjoyed lounging around and eating under the shade of this huge tree.
|Our favorite spot in the resort, under the shade of a Huge Tree|
They also offered different activities such as jetskis, atv's, a banana boat ride and even a videoke machine.
|Jetski and Atv for Rent|
After a quick change of clothes, we set off to wander around the small island. There wasn't any big cemented roads on the island, the local's mode of transportation there was using bicycles and most of them goes around by foot. We made our way to the other end of the island and what greeted us was a vast beautiful shore and calm clear waters.
|Beach Area at the other side|
We immediately wanted to take a dip but seeing the jellyfish on the shore prevented us from doing so. It was only later that we found out that these jellyfish don't sting and we should have take a dip.
The waters in front of Residencia resort is not really much of an inviting spot to swim, there were small sea critters that bites and there are a lot of sea urchins even in the shallow waters. The caretakers told us not to worry because the next day they assured us that we'll love Palad Sandbar.
|At Palad Sandbar|
Early in the morning we rode a bangka to go to the sandbar and go snorkeling. After around 20 minutes, a patch of white sand appears in the middle of the sea. It was like it magically appeared right on the spot, the lower the tide, the more prominent the sandbar is. As we were told it was best to go early in the morning in order to see the whole sandbar. The sandbar was a mixture of crush corals small rocks and sand, it can be kind of rough in some areas but nonetheless it was so beautiful. The guide brought with us a giant beach umbrella to serve as our shade when it became too hot.
Notice the difference between the picture above and below, when high tide sets in the sandbar will completely disappear under the waters.
|What's left of the Sandbar...|
The waters was cool and crystal clear, on the horizon was the view of the open sea and birds would fly by once in a while. I can't ask for anything more, it was a perfect spot to lounge and swim around.
|Lounging Around Crystal Clear Waters|
After leaving Palad Sandbar with a heavy heart, we were off to the snorkeling area. The remnants of cyanide fishing was evident, some of the corals had an off white color. The boatman and guide told us that locals would used cyanide to catch fish before but this practice has been stopped already. We still got to spot some fish swimming around.
After returning from our snorkeling expedition, we decided to walk around the island again. Tress surround the whole island and as soon you go deeper in the island, you can hear the hypnotic beautiful chirping sound of birds. We had so much fun spotting and looking at the different species of birds found on the island.
Aside from birds, we also came across different livestock owned by the locals. From carabaos, cows, goats, turkey and pigs.
|A Carabao and his Little Calf|
|A local walking his Carabao around the Island|
To cap off our final evening on the island, we witness a beautiful sunset. In the fast paced modern times of today, staying in Maniwaya island was such a treat. Imagine waking up to the calming chirping sounds of birds, breathing in unpolluted fresh air, eating fresh fish that was just caught, walking around luscious fields of greens, lounging around and taking naps under the shade of huge trees and just being calm and at peace by yourself. Maniwaya is truly a haven for me.
|Sunset at Maniwaya|
nice. going to the not so popular places. is it worth a visit? or not so muchReplyDelete
Thanks jim! it iss worth visiting! we love the beach! you can't go wrong with the sand and the sea.Delete
Been there last holy but not on the sand bar. Still have the reason to go back!!ReplyDelete
- Billy Palatino of http://galaero-escapetravels.blogspot.com/
Thanks Billy! You should go visit the sandbar! since you're from Marinduque, it'll be easy for you.Delete
I already included you in my blog roll! Pls. mind to include mine too!
Thanks! See you around!
how much po ung bangka from palo maria to sand bar? thanksReplyDelete
Hi Katrina! Residencia De Palo Maria resort asked us to pay php1,500 for the bangka. The fare includes the transfer from Buyabod port to and from the resort. Also it includes the trip to Palad Sand Bar and Snorkelling site.Delete
Hello, Included po ba yung meal sa stay niyo?ReplyDelete
Hi Irah! Meals are not included. Pwede kayong mag order ng food sa kanila, meals will only consist of fish. Mga 150 to 200php ang mga isdang ulam. Pag may sariling dala kayong lulutuin, pwede kayong makigamit at maki luto sa kusina nila. Meron din maliit na sari sari store sa tabi pero puro de lata at instant lang ang mabibili.Delete
elow.I've been there in maniwaya island before. pero di aq nagstay sa palo maria..mgkano ba per nyt ang price ng pag stay-in for one person?tnx..ReplyDelete
Hi! Where did you stay? Are there more resorts that opened up? I'm really not exactly sure kung magkano pero sa pagkaka alala ko mga less than 2k para sa aircon room. Yung kubo na may fan, mga 1k. Check mo yung prices nila sa facebook. Thanks!Delete
Im looking for the best beach/ island in Marinduque . ung mejo remote pa na simiiar sa calaguas island ng cam norte ang tubig at sand? any suggestions po? thanks very muchReplyDelete
Hi! If i remember it right, may mga beach around marinduque but public. We saw a couple of islands but not much of a beach area talaga. You can check out palad sandbar. Hopefully when you go, walang tao para remote ang feeling. The sand around marinduque us not as fine as calaguas but may charm pa rin ang place.Delete
Hi yaj, how much would be the budget for 2 ? All in together with the transpo and and stay in resort? We just git back from Cagbalete Island in Mauban Quezon (pls try it, the beach and the sans is breathtaking) and we are planning to go to marinduque this june. Thank in advance. You're blog was so helpful.ReplyDelete
Hi Jet! Thanks for the wonderful suggestion! I'll include Cagbalete as one of my future destinations! Depends how long you would stay on the island but assuming you're going for a 3 day 2 night stay, it would cost around 7k to 8k (aircon room and private boat). You can email me at email@example.com if you have further questions about Maniwaya. Thanks Jet!Delete
hey there! just read your blog about this beautiful place. Me and my friends always look for a new destination to explore. Is there any camping sites in Maniwaya? because we prefer to camp rather than to check-in in a resort or hotel. ThanksReplyDelete
Hi Sophia! The shore is wide on the other side plus it had a good area with smooth paved grass so I guess you can pitch your tents there. Problem is the restrooms, there are no public restrooms on the island. I suggest you contact their facebook page and ask, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Maniwaya-Island/221618207856290 to be sure. Do tell me about other new destinations that's worth visiting. Thanks! Enjoy!Delete
Hi, How long will the entire trip take?ReplyDelete
from Manila to the island of Maniwaya? thanks! :)
Hi Miguel! It will take around 6 to 8 hours total, you basically have to allot half a day to go to the island. Or you can travel by plane which cut travel time dramatically. From what I know, Zest Air has flights going to Marinduque.ReplyDelete