Maniwaya island, Palad Sandbar and Ungab Rock Formation
A 30-minute boat ride from Buyabod Port in Marinduque brought us to Maniwaya Island.
Maniwaya Island is a popular Marinduque beach destination for both locals and tourists. I was expecting to be doing a little camping in the island, but I was surprised to see family-owned resorts lined up along the shores – some are even picturesque and intagrammable. But despite the commercialized facade, Maniwaya keeps its peaceful and calm vibe that reflects in the clear blue sea (the sand, however, is coarse and there are rough shells).
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How to get to Maniwaya Island?
Cebu Pacific now flies from Manila to Marinduque. This is the fastest route that only takes less than an hour flight.
From Marinduque airport, you can take jeepney or tricycle to Buyabod Port.
From Buyabod Port, take a boat ride to Maniwaya Island.
Where we stayed: Villa Atilana
We stayed in Villa Atilana that offers accommodation for solo travelers, group and families. I love the resort’s mix of tropical zen and nautical designs. We were welcomed by the owners and the friendly doggos that followed us around.
Maniwaya Island, Marinduque
We came a little late for lunch but just the perfect time to witness the sunset. We just hang out at the local sari-sari store near the beach where we ate Halo Halo, Mais Con Yelo, Chips and Snacks.
It was one of the most chill afternoons in the island – a taste of simple island living.
Palad Sand Bar, Marinduque
The following morning, we sailed early to visit the Palad Sandbar. It is best to visit the Palad Sandbar at around 6:00 AM to 8:000 AM when it is low tide. Palad Sandbar is known for its powdery white sand and clear blue water. Unfortunately, we missed it but we took the opportunity to take photos (because the sun was out and it was a beautiful day!).
Ungab Rock Formation
Ungab Rock Formation is one of a popular natural landmark in Marinduque located at Mongpong Island. Ungab Rock is a big rock that forms an arc or a bridge that makes a good frame border for photos.
Based on my Google Search, Ungab Rock Formation is usually crowded with tourists, and we were in luck because we got Ungab Rock all by ourselves during our visit.
The water is so clear on this side of the island, but waves can be too strong to knock you out.
You can go island hopping by renting a boat which you can coordinate with your hotel/hostel or boatmen around the island (price starts at Php 5,000).
You can also go snorkeling or diving, but the Palad Sandbar and Ungab Rock Formation are usually included in the island hopping itinerary.
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Philippine truly has many hidden gems.
It was one of the most fun and amazing travel experiences.
This is part 4 of #CEBfliesMarinduque travel blog series. Thank you to Cebu Pacific Air, Department of Tourism MIMAROPA, and Dream Favor Travel and Tours for taking care of us.