June 24, 2017

Marinduque Travel Diary: Sunrise Watching at 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? 

The beach in front of the resort was so-so. 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. 

One of the best moments during this trip was when we watched the sunrise on our last day at the island. I put my phone on alarm at 4:00 am and woke up my friend. We prepped and walked to that beach area I was telling you about earlier. I've been wanting to do sunrise watching since the last time I was able to do it was when I was in Siargao, while sipping coffee and sitting on our room's veranda. 

Since it was the end of May, we feared we won't see the sunrise because of rainy and cloudy weather predictions. But Mother Nature knows how to put on a show for those who can appreciate her. It's a humble scene, yet a glorious one. This videos and photos that we took ain’t even giving a drop of justice to how beautiful and breath taking that moment was. 

The sea was also eerily calm. The waves was soft even though you can see that it was raining in some parts around us. The sky's colors was majestic, the clouds were sitting low. This was surely a scene where the sea meets the sky. The beauty that was in front of us was something unfathomable. This is one of those experiences that money can't equate with. In that moment my heart and mind was definitely swell twice its size and peace just enveloped my whole being. It was a pretty neat experience and I would definitely do this all over again whenever I have the chance to.

Here's the video of the sunrise: 

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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