Everyday a handful of breath taking islands and must see destinations in the country are discovered, adding to our already overflowing bucketlist. Maniwaya Island happens to be one of those undiscovered jewels hidden behind the shadows in the not so distant province of Marinduque.
HOW TO GET HERE
From Manila (Buendia or Kamuning Cubao), there are buses (JAM or JAC) that would take you directly to Lucena, Quezon, the fare was roughly P200.00-Php250.00.
There are two major shipping lines that can take you to Balanacan, Marinduque, one is Montenegro and the other one is Starhorse, the fare is only Php 260.00 plus a terminal fee of Php 30.00.
At Balanacan Port, jeepneys and vans wait for passengers going to Sta. Cruz, fare was Php 80.00. Reaching the town proper of Sta. Cruz, there are tricycles bound for Buyabod that are located just in front of the DepEd building, fare was Php 15.00 each. Motorized boat at Buyabod Port leaves for Maniwaya Island at 10:00am, fare was Php 70.00.
WHERE TO STAY
Wawie’s Beach – A relaxing resort with the usual tropical vibe. Cottages are made of native materials such as bamboo and nipa and has a spacious camping area under the coconut shaded grounds.
Contact number: 63 921 369 5359
WHAT TO DO
Check out Palad Sand Bar and Ungab Rock
Local Travel Guide in The Philippines suggested tips: The best time to go to the island is during the low season from July to November. Beach is guaranteed all yours and prices are much cheaper.