June 21, 2017

Marinduque Travel Diary 2017: Ungab Rock Formation

"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? 




Part of this trip was a visit to Ungab Rock Formation which is located at Mongpong Island, a neighboring island of Maniwaya. On our way we saw some other white beaches and other common limestone rock formations that somehow reminded me of Coron and Puerto Princesa in Palawan. The sea was beautiful with all its certain shades of green.




Since it was a weekend, the place was packed with people and there was no chance to get a good photo without other people photo-bumming our shots. We tried to improvise and I think we got some good fairly enough pictures. We wanted to stay longer and try to do some cliff diving but that wasn't feasible because of the number of the crowd that was present.




The rock formation was nice and looks like a big arch or gate. It was nice but I think it is best to go here on weekdays or during the lean season to avoid the crowd and truly enjoy the place. The beach didn't have a fine sand just like at Maniwaya. The shore was full of broken pieces of corals and sea shells so it's best to wear slippers when walking here. But all in all it was nice to be able to check it off the list of places I want to visit. 




Tour was arranged by: A & A Travel and Tours 


Read more of my Marinduque 2017 trip: 
Marinduque Travel Diary 2017: Maniwaya Island
Marinduque Travel Diary 2017: Ungab Rock Formation
Marinduque Travel Diary 2017: Sunong Bato Beach
Marinduque Travel Diary 2017: Palad Sand Bar
Marinduque Travel Diary 2017: Sunrise Watching at Maniwaya Island
Marinduque Travel Diary 2017: Lucban Side Trip
Marinduque Travel Diary 2017: Travel Video



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