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Palad Sandbar in Marinduque: Expectation versus Reality

We had a great time enjoying Maniwaya Island all morning. Marinduque really surprised me.

At 2:30 PM, we started the boat travel going to the most popular Sandbar of Marinduque, the Palad Sandbar. It’s still part of the Maniwaya Island in the town of Sta. Cruz. I’ve seen lot of beautiful photos of Palad Sandbar online.

I remember I had this picture of Palad Sandbar in my mind. I saw this months before we planned our trip to Marinduque. This is it.

Palad Sandbar Maniwaya Island Sta Cruz Marinduque
Credit: MariduqueMovers.com

Beautiful.

I imagined myself and Eloisa having a picture like this. Though we’re not using DSLR or any expensive camera, the sandbar’s beauty is enough for us to have a similar photo. Then I will put a caption, “no filter, just pure beauty.” Hahaha!

So after about 30 minutes of boat ride, I noticed  a number of boats flocked in the middle of the sea. At first, I asked is that a fish trade or something? Like a “muro-ami”  or when a boat catches a lot of fishes, other fishermen would flock into them to buy or trade some squids, fishes and others. Haha! I know I have a crazy imagination.

But lo and behold, when we got closer, it was actually the sandbar, yes the Palad Sandbar!

And I was like, what??!! Haha!

I didn’t see that coming. At first, I was in denial, telling myself no this is a fish market in the middle of the sea. Haha! But when I started to see people in their bikinis and beach shorts, I finally conceded. Indeed, acceptance is the key. Hahaha!

I imagined the photo of Palad Sandbar that I have ingrained in my mind for so long was starting to get blurred and broken into little pieces (drama! Haha).

Palad Sandbar Maniwaya Island Sta Cruz Marinduque
Arriving at Palad Sandbar

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Palad Sandbar Maniwaya Island Sta Cruz Marinduque

But I am an adult man. I’m a grown up. I have to look into this in an objective perspective. The truth is the sandbar is beautiful, the problem is there’s a lot of tourists.  I was like, where the hell did they all come from? Haha! We only have a few vacationers in Maniwaya? So where?

I didn’t realize that Maniwaya is actually a pretty big island and it has people located on the other side.

Also, the people from the mainland Sta. Cruz, Marinduque are also renting boats going to the Sandbar. And it was a weekend and summer, so the number of tourists that day was finally making sense to me.

Palad Sandbar Maniwaya Island Sta Cruz Marinduque

Palad Sandbar Maniwaya Island Sta Cruz Marinduque
Thank you Son and Bes for this photo. Credit: S&B Adventure!

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Palad Sandbar Maniwaya Island Sta Cruz Marinduque

But you know, that will not make me and Eloi, discouraged. When we got off the boat, we immediately looked for a spot that had little number of tourists. We took some few photos and believe it or not we still had a precious moments together like holding hands while walking along the stretch of beautiful sandbar.

We stayed there for a while, and after a few minutes, some boats started to leave and we finally had a good view. We even managed to have some group photos that captured the real beauty of the place.

Palad Sandbar Maniwaya Island Sta Cruz Marinduque
Thank you Son and Bes for this photo. Credit: S&B Adventure!
Palad Sandbar Maniwaya Island Sta Cruz Marinduque
New Friends. Let’s do this again. yeah! 🙂 Credit: S&B Adventure

I want to make it clear that Palad Sandbar is beautiful, it’s still beautiful despite the staggering number of tourists we encountered. And after a few hours when others started to leave, we all realized that. It’s a different feeling when you walk in the middle of the sea, surrounded by clear water. It’s like being a kid again imagining you have a superpower that you can walk on water.

When it was about time to leave, I told myself it was still an amazing experience. And when I looked at Eloi, she seemed happy also. Palad Sandbar is not that secluded anymore. I am also happy that Marinduque is starting to be recognized as a tourism destination in the Philippines.

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Note: Our travel to Palad Sandbar was made possible by joining the event of S&B Adventure. Thank you Son and Bes for this amazing experience.

For travel guide and itinerary to Palad Sandbar and Maniwaya Island in Marinduque, check out my post, Maniwaya Island: Chillin’ and Lovin’ in Marinduque.


8 Comments

  1. Oly Buenavia

    That’s what also happened to us when we went to Alibijaban San Andres Quezon 🙂 … I imagined walking along the stretch of the sandbar, walking hand in hand with my Ga, with just the beautiful clear waters surrounding us. And when we got there, same view as when you arrived in the Palad Sandbar hehehe…with so many boats and people walking, swimming, taking selfies etc. But then again, i just remind myself that we all have the right to see and explore the beauty of nature like this, so we just enjoyed ourselves while we’re there 🙂

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  2. Oliver

    Hi! Would there be a place to store important belongings (dSLR, wallets, etc.) in Maniwaya while we are island hopping? Like a trusted resort lounge of some sort? We would be camping at tents so I figured we should keep our stuff safe. Thanks!

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