June 22, 2017

Marinduque Travel Diary: Sunong Bato Beach & Rock Formations

"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 the island hopping tour is the Sunong Bato Beach & Rock Formations. Its name is derived from a local word that means "nakapatong" because the rock formation looks like someone put that rock over the cliff. The beach was small and rocky plus the sand isn’t that fine. 

But there are small tidal pools present and people do cliff jumping there as well. As for me I just sat by the shore as I enjoy the waves come crashing to my feet while I wait for our group since they explored the rest of the rock formation. We stayed there around 10 to 15 minutes only then proceeded to Palad Sandbar. We also took a couple of pictures as per usual.

Tour was arranged by: A & A Travel and Tours 

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

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