June 20, 2017

Marinduque Travel Diary: Maniwaya Island

“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? 

We joined a travel group during this trip and we stayed at a resort in Pielago Beach. Most of the vacationers there opted to use tents as their accommodations. But for me and my friend we chose to rent a room instead. I'm not sure if it will be comfortable for us to use a tent. Good thing we did not avail of the tent because it was quite humid. The resort was very very basic, nothing luxurious. Our room had only one electric fan and there is no comfort room inside our room but there were several common bathrooms. It was ok, we got by though.

The beach in front of the resort was just ok (well if you're going to compare it with Boracay, Coron or Bohol). The sand was cream colored and a bit fine. There were a lot of seaweeds on the shore at Pielago so when we went swimming, we walked a couple of meters to the right of the resort where the beach was wider and had finer sand. 

Though the accommodation that we had wasn't what my friend and I are used to, that was compensated by how much generous and good tasting our meals were. Not all group tours serve good and ample food; I'm thankful we didn't experience that. The group that we were with and our tour guides were also nice and fun. 

All in all I can say that it was quite a nice trip. It was also good that I was able to go to this part of the Philippines. This trip to Maniwaya Island, Marinduque was what me and my friend needed so badly and I'm glad I finally got to set my feet on sand after so long.

Tour was arranged by: A & A Travel and Tours 

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