There are nice explanation why the island of Marinduque is dubbed because the “Coronary heart of the Philippines“. To begin with, the island itself is actually formed like a human coronary heart. Along with that, the association of the island is just like the anatomy of the place the center is within the human physique. My mates and I had been capable of go to Marinduque final April and it was really an incredible expertise. We had an opportunity to hitch a tour organized by Backpackers Route which is a 2-Days-1-night keep in Mongpong Island. Mongpong, to not be confused with Mogpog, is a small island situated on the northeast a part of Marindique. It’s the nearest island subsequent to the well-known Maniwaya which is popularly identified for the Palad Sandbar.
Whereas Maniwaya Island is actually a prime vacationer vacation spot in Marinduque, Mongpong Island is particular by itself. For example, the island options some distinctive rock formations together with the one known as Ungab. Our 2D1N tour in Marinduque permits us to discover the complete neighborhood of the island by island hopping and habal-habal tour. We additionally get an opportunity to go to the Palad sandbar and witness some thrilling evening actions in Mongpong. We additionally concluded our tour by visiting the Girasoles Farm in Candelaria, Quezon.
In the present day, I’m sharing you the abstract of our latest Marinduque escapade in addition to some notable bills we had on prime of our packaged tour with Backpackers Route.
Day 1: Arriving in Mongpong
We had been picked up from Cavite on Friday evening and we had been capable of attain Catanauan, Quezon province Saturday morning at round 5 am. From right here, we had a forty five minute boat trip going to Mongpong Island. The very first thing that can greet you upon arriving the island is the El Marinduqueño’s Island Resort. Not like different islands that I’ve visited to date just like the Calaguas Island in Camarines Norte or the Sombrero Island in Masbate, Mongpong is barely commercialized. There’s a common energy provide within the island, effectively furnished lodging, a bunch of sari-sari shops, a public faculty, a market, and extra. The very first thing we did upon arriving is to arrange our tent.
Since we’re already a part of a packaged tour, all the doorway charges within the island is already shouldered by our organizers. Nevertheless, if you’re planning to go to the island through DIY tour, needless to say there’s a minimal entrance charge of Php 50 within the resort. You possibly can pitch your individual tent for Php150 or higher but attempt their cottages and rooms starting from Php600 to Php4000/evening. If you’re planning to go to the island, ensure that to guide your lodging first by messaging them on to their official web page (El Marinduqueños Island Resort)
There’s a massive cafeteria-like corridor the place you should buy meals, drinks, and souvenirs. It additionally acts as an occasion space which supplies you entry to their sound system and videoke machine. You even have entry to their man-made pool. Mongpong seashore contains a combination of coarse and powdery white sand. Additionally they provide some seashore actions like Banana boat and kayak. After organising our tent, we had sufficient free time earlier than our lunch so we determined to avail the so-called Habal-Habal tour. Utilizing the habal habal (motorbike), the motive force (information) will tour you round some unspoiled spots in Mongpong. A habal-habal can solely accommodate one guess per trip and it’ll value Php250 per tour. Our tour guides took us to a few notable location; the Pier, the Siargao Vibe, and the Hidden Paradise.
The primary vacation spot is the pier. Though there’s actually nothing a lot to do on this space, you may get a phenomenal panoramic view of the island. It’s also possible to seize the chance to take a pleasant Instagram-worthy image in that little shed on the finish of the pier.
The Siargao Vibe in Mongpong
Our second vacation spot is what the locals described as “Siargao Vibe“. That is in reference of Siargao’s well-known Palm Tree highway. One other picturesque spot in Mongpong.
Hidden Paradise in Mongpong
We concluded our Habal-habal tour within the so-called Hidden Paradise. It’s certainly a paradise and in contrast to the shoreline in entrance of El Mrinduqueño’s Island Resort, this one shouldn’t be simply accessible. We had been informed that it’s extra supreme to go to this place within the afternoon as you may get a powerful view of the sundown. As a lot as we need to keep longer, we had been scheduled to return within the resort for our lunch.
The crystal clear water of Mongpong
Out of curiosity, I requested my tour information if there’s any church close by the resort and he was variety sufficient to drop me off in a small chapel earlier than we head again to the resort. The small chapel was devoted underneath the patronage of Our Woman of Lourdes.
The Ungab Rock Formation
After our lunch, we proceeded to one of many main highlights of our Marinduque escapade. We had an opportunity to witness the favored Ungab Rock Formation. Ungab is thought for its distinctive arch-like formation. There may be additionally a minimal environmental or touchdown charge of Php50. Ideally, you must go to this place on weekdays because it will get actually crowded on weekends. We had been supposed to go to the Palad Sandbar after Ungab however the tide is already excessive so our organizer determined to maneuver it the subsequent day.
We went again to the resort and concluded our first day with an incredible fireplace dancing exercise.
Day 2 : Palad Sandbar and Girasoles Farm
The marginally submerged Palad Sandbar of Maniwaya
Maniwaya Island has been sitting on my bucket record for fairly a while and I’m glad that i had the chance to go to the well-known Palad Sandbar. Sadly, although we arrived there on time, we had been fairly late to witness the sandbar in its full kind. The tide is beginning to go excessive and the sandbar is sort of submerged in water already. Along with that, the place is full of an awesome crowd. Though it was probably not a satisfying expertise or most likely probably not how I pictured the tour will probably be like, we determined to get pleasure from our time and take advantage of out of it. We took as many footage as we probably can earlier than we head again to Mongpong and pack our issues.
Girasoles Farm in Quezon
Earlier than heading again to Manila, we had a few facet journeys. We first went to a pasalubong store in Quezon and we headed subsequent to the Girasoles Farm in Candelaria. It’s a stunning attraction that one way or the other jogs my memory of the Sunflower Farm in Tayug, Pangasinan however higher. It options lots of picture-worthy points of interest that depict varied well-known festivals within the nation like Panagbenga, Pahiyas, and Flores de Mayo to call a couple of. The doorway charge is Php100.
How a lot is our Tour prices?
The 2d1N Marinduque tour provided by Backpackers Route is value Php2999 per head. These embody the van and boat transfers, 3 units of meals, tent, entry to swimming pool, toll and parking charges. Right here’s the breakdowns of bills for our Marinduque escapade. I’m excluding private bills like pasalubong and additional drinks.
|Marinduque Package deal Tour||Php 2,999|
|Habal-Habal Tour||Php 250|
|Ungab Rock Formation Eco Price||Php 50|
|Girasoles Farm Entrance||Php 100|
(*)This excludes our first breakfast which we had in Quezon and varied private bills. Costs and charges are additionally topic to alter with out prior discover.
(**) This tour can be NOT SPONSORED by Backpackers Route and all of the aforementioned charges are shouldered by me
That is additionally the beginning of my Marinduque Escapade sequence and I’ll have extra particulars about every vacation spot in my future weblog entries. For the meantime, be at liberty to look at my Vlog about this latest journey (and please subscribe 🙂 )