Tayabas Bay, Santa Cruz, Marinduque
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The place is still pristine. It was not crowded when we went there last year - November. We stayed at Residencia De Palo Maria Resort. They don't have a menu but instead you can let them know what you want to eat at least 4 hours and they can cook and prepare it for you. Their spicy pork sinigang was the crowd favorite. It was always part of our meal. You should also try their steamed lapu lapu.
We also went to the Palar Sandbar. I'll review it separately.
Btw, there is no electricty from 3pm to 5pm/6pm. The cell signal is also weak and I liked it. Good opportunity to enjoy the place and appreciate the people around you.
The only down side of this trip was the long travel hours. Other than that, everything about Marinduque is
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I never thought I could literally solo a resort in an island for just 2,300.00
How? Me and my friends joined an open group tour where joiners are welcome. We were 9 already. And the tour organizer was looking for joiners to fill the van up to 13 participants. Luckily, **wink** the tour has been pushed through even though we are 9. Haha!
The 2,300 we paid was inclusive of van transfers, boat ride, 3 full board meals, accommodation and island hopping. Yes I am a barat traveller and that's how barat I am!
We stayed at Lorna's Place in Maniwaya. By the time we arrived, I can sense that there aren't any other guests. And yes, we got to solo the resort!!! As in we were so pampered.
The food they were served us was restaurant style!!! These are what we had:
Crispy Fried Shrimp
Pineapple for dessert
Deep Fried Chicken with veggies and sauce
Cake for dessert
Sinigang na Labahita
Yang Chao Riiiiiiiiice
We didn't expect that the foods served will be so delicious!! AS IN MASARAP LAHAT
Electricity supply by the way was 3pm to 11pm only.
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Makaka move on ka sa ganda!
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We are so lucky to have some of the most amazing & beautiful beaches in the world, IMO. And man, I tell you, the waters of Marinduque will make you say, "Wow..."
I was just here last weekend along with a friend who's a member of a group of backpackers who have been traveling all over the Philippines. I even met a 23-year old lad who's been to 70+ provinces already which made me think, "What the heck am I doing with my life?"
Being a joiner, I only got to pay 2,300 for the entire trip. Cool, right? It includes transportation (2 vans were rented), food, water, boat rental fees, environmental fees, & tents. I slept on a friend's hammock, actually. Achievement unlocked! There are also rooms for rent, though I don't know how much is their rates.
Anyways, it took us 5 hours (I think) from Ayala-Makati to reach the port of General Luna in Quezon, then another hour of boat ride going to the island.
When we got there, everyone was doing this first: check their phones for signal! And to our surprise, it's really good! You can even use your mobile data for internet! Mawala na lahat wag lang signal. LOL!
The only downside is the water. It'll probably take 3-5 mins. to fill a single bucket. Electricity there mainly depends on a generator which only operates from 3pm-5am, so bring your power banks. Food there is also limited, but they actually have hotdogs, rice, cup noodles, sodas, coffee, chips, etc. No restaurants there, but don't worry, you ain't gonna starve. Some locals also sell fresh seafood & desserts like halo-halo!
It's only ideal to stay here for a night or 2 just to explore what this place has to offer. You can snorkel, rent a jetski, do island hopping, make a bonfire at night, play beach volleyball, and more. Wait until you see the island at night with so many stars and a full moon. Sobrang ganda!
A weekend well spent indeed!
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If you're looking for a nice beach to just relax and unwind without the noisy crowd and all that jazz, Maniwaya Island is the perfect beach getaway.
Unlike any other tourist-y beaches in the Philippines, not too many people flock here, except, of course on Holy Week, which they celebrate Marinduque's star festival, Moriones Festival.
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Maniwaya Island situated along Sta. Cruz Marinduque boasts its white sand and crystal clear water!
Perfect for some quite time and indeed a beautiful escape from the hustle and bustle of Manila.
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