June 23, 2017

Marinduque Travel Diary 2017: Palad Sand Bar

"For her the ocean was more than a dream, it was a place she needed to visit to find herself. And when she returned to the city, you could see the sun in her eyes, the wind in her hair, and taste the infinite salt in her lips.” A quote by an anonymous author which basically sums me up and God only knows how much I'm dying inside that I only got set foot on a beach after a year! 



Work, time, budget constraints and all other things hindered me from doing so the past year. But this Summer I made sure not to miss going to the beach anymore. It's been calling me and my soul has been begging me to go, just go (haha! I write and think exaggeratedly most of the time) Good thing me and my friend Clara finally found some time to hit the beach.  Our destination? Marinduque.
 


This is my first time to travel outside Luzon by land. It took us 5 hours of land travel to General Luna, Quezon Province where the jump off point to Maniwaya Island is. Then we boarded a mini pump boat to the island which took around an hour or less. It was raining the morning before but thank goodness the sea was calm. And it was like that the whole time we were there as evidenced by some of the photos and videos I'll include in this blog post.




Marinduque is a part of Luzon still and considered as the heart of the Philippines. It is also the location of the famous Moriones Festival. Although we were not able to visit the mainland, we only stayed at Maniwaya Island. Well there's my reason to visit again. Right? 



Another destination during a visit to Maniwaya Island is Palad Sandbar. It's just around 10 to 15 minutes off the Coast of Maniwaya Island. It's also slowly gaining attention from travelers but this sandbar is a bit elusive. It doesn't show itself that often and our boatman told us that it only shows up when it's full moon or usually on low tide which is around 5:00 pm onwards. 



When we got there the sandbar wasn't visible and there were a lot of tourists and parked boats. Even though that was the case it didn't stopped us from enjoying the destination. We walked and swim around up to where the water reaches our chest level and took a couple of pictures. It would have been nice if the sandbar was there but oh well, maybe we will be able to catch a glimpse of it next time.


Tour was arranged by: A & A Travel and Tours 



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