I like exploring the not so mainstream destinations in the Philippines because it always makes me realize how beautiful our country is. Beyond Boracay and the rest, there are a lot of islands in the country that can really make you say wow! Say for example, Jomalig and many more! It’s just up to you to discover it.
A few months ago my girlfriend, Eloi, and I explored Burias Island in Masbate. And just a few weeks after that, we traveled to Maniwaya Island in Sta. Cruz, Marinduque.
Marinduque is not really that talked about among tourists, until recently that social media feeds have suddenly been full of amazing photos and experiences of travelers about this province. The first time, I saw a photo of Maniwaya Island, I was intrigued. “Marinduque has this beautiful beaches?”
I was like, the majority of us, who think that to live a satisfactory life, one must kill himself with work, and if ever he needs a break like a vacation, well he can do that just once a year.
Yes. Once a year. You read it right. It’s clearly way different from what I am right now who tries to explore new places for like once or twice a month.
But I had to be honest, that was me. That was my life. I focused too much on work, thinking that money and material things are the only way to go. Then if I need to travel, I just have to wait for my friends so we can travel together, once a year.
For me, the word “wait” is big” . After learning much about life from my travels, I realized that the word wait is dangerous.
When I wrote my blog post about the beautiful island of Calaguas, I remember mentioning about sharing my island hopping experience there. I apologize if it took me months before sharing this one with you, but I guess this is the most appropriate time because it’s summer!
One of the best things about Calaguas is experienced in the morning. Imagine waking up in this paradise – white sand and clear blue water. And then you’re with your beloved one. Yiihiii!
We had our breakfast first and told our guide that we were going to avail the island tour for an additional fee. Rates is 2,500 Php with maximum number of 15 people. Mahabang Buhangin is the main island/beach in Calaguas. It is 1.7 km. long stretch of powdery white sand with its pristine water, best enjoyed through beach bumming and swimming. This is where the travelers’ camp.
I’ve been reading a lot of good things about Alibijaban island. Of how over the years this island in the municipality of San Andres, in the southern tip of Quezon province has become a destination of adventurers and budget travelers. Those who are seeking some white pristine beach to escape the stress and traffic of the city.
There are a lot of photos of Alibijaban online, that’s why it’s impossible for every traveler not to wish to experience this island. Good thing when we availed the Burias Island, Masbate tour, there’s a sidetrip to Alibijaban. Yehey!
Dapa Island, the first island to explore in our Burias, Masbate Island Hopping Experience. Our tour coordinator mentioned that this is sometimes called as the Snake Island because of its naturally shaped cave and rocks which are believed to be the home of some sea snakes. Yikes!
It was about two hour boat ride from our jump off at San Andres port.The island has a different appeal, not the usual island paradise that we all think of. It has narrow shores with rugged features and rock formations. But once we got closer, we all agreed that the best about this island is its clear turquoise water.
It was late afternoon when our boat arrived at the shores of Sombrero Island in Masbate. Looking from afar, we already had an idea why the island was called Sombrero. Sombrero is a Filipino term for hat, and the island has an iconic rock formation that looks like that, actually a cowboy’s hat!
But wait before you roll your eyes and say “I know right!” LOL! Let me show you some photos of the island during our arrival One taken from the boat and the other one on the island itself.
Summer is the time for family outing and also for friends to bond. Well, if you’re looking for destinations to beat the summer heat, you’re in the right place. Or shall I say, you’re in the right blog post!
I assure you, these travel destinations will not only refresh your body and mind, but will also strengthen your bond and relationship with your lovedones. You know, I’ve been to these places myself and experience it first-hand. 🙂 So I know these are awesome!
Eloi told me with such excitement when we got off the boat and welcomed by these rock formations in a tiny island of Animasola in Masbate.
Ano yun? ( What is it?) I asked her. Seems like she remembered something.
Then she finally burst it out. “I watched this in an episode of Biyahe ni Drew (Travel show). Drew described this rock formation something like an old and torn pages of a huge book that fell from the sky.”
The moment I saw this tiny island from afar, I stood up despite the quite bumpy boat ride. When we got closer, due to so much happiness I guess of what I was seeing, I could almost imagine Chris Rock telling me, “Damn, that’s what I’m talkin’ about!”Haha!
Surprised. I never expected that the usual island hopping would be “an experience.”
Our tour coordinator instructed the bangkeros (boat men) to go straight to the sandbar. The boat made its turn and stopped in the middle of long stretch of sandbar with crystal clear water.
The island itself is so small, that the word islet would be a more appropriate term. At the end of this sandbar, the island was visible with its white sand and rock formation.
But no doubt, the main attraction of our morning was the sandbar…
By the time we stepped out of the coaster bus, the staff of the local government of Palompon, Leyte met us with their warmth and smile. They escorted us to the second floor of the municipal hall for a simple program and registration. It was actually a briefing before exploring the best kept treasure of the town, the world-renowned sandbars of Kalanggaman Island
Over the years, I’ve been lucky to experience some of the best beaches in the country. But still, when I hear the word beach, I never think of those powdery white sand of the popular ones, all I think about is Onay Beach in my hometown Laoang, Northern Samar.