Sunday, January 20, 2008

Maniuayan Island, Marinduque

This island is really a big find! Maniuayan is one of the three islands of Sta Cruz, Marinduque.
If you are searching for beautiful, natural white sand beaches unspoilt by tourism then this is the place for you. There are no resorts here. Strictly for adventurers. There are some families on the island who offers rooms to tourists. We stayed with Mrs. Lucita Perlada (around 350 pesos with food). We found her quite easily because her daughter we accidentally met her daughter in Sta. Cruz, Marinduque. She overheard us ask the storekeeper at the port about her mother (the storekeeper confirmed the relationship. Everybody knows everybody in places like this.)

The accomodations given to us were very basic. We slept on a bed without mattress (papag) and ate fried fish and rice everyday. I really like this place because it shows that there are still so many beautiful, undiscovered places in the Philippines. If you want to come here, take a boat from Lucena to Sta Cruz. Then from the port where you will arrive, find a boat that would leave for Maniuayan.

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