Photos courtesy of Liz Reyes
By Air: Only Zest Air travels to Marinduque and they only have one flight schedule everyday, which is usually at 7:00AM. Flight from Manila to Marinduque will only take 30 minutes.
Contact No: (02) 855-3333
|Marinduque Airport in Gasan|
- Jam Transit- (2)541-4409/(2)925-1758
- JAC Liner- (2)682-5750
|Dalahican or Talao-Talao Port in Lucena|
Note: JAC Liner plies a direct Manila-Marinduque route. The bus usually leaves at 8:00 p.m. daily or you may call (02) 404-2073 for more inquiries and reservation. Their new Wi-Fi inside the bus service is actually appealing enough and worth the try =)
|Marinduque Hot Spring Resort|
- Club Marinduque
- 3E's Love Bay Beach- (42) 3321440
- A and A Beach Resort- (42) 3322817
- East Point Hotel
- Blue Sea Beach Resort- (42) 3321334
- Boac Hotel- (42) 3321121/3111096 (located in front of the Boac Cathedral)
- Pyramid Beach Resort- (42) 3321328
- Seaview Hotel- (42) 3322840
- Tahanan Sa Isok- (42) 3321231 (located near Boacmarket)
- Casa de Azul Hotel and Resort(42) 3337173
- Villa Carlos- (42) 3321882
- El Mannuel Beach Resort- (42) 3321305
- Cely's Lodging House- (42) 3321519
- Katala Becah Resort
- Rendezvous Beach Resort - 0919-5150560
- Marinduque Hot Spring Resort- 09108484947 and 09052931814
|Marinduque Hot Spring Resort|
Meal: There’s no fast food chain in any town of Marinduque even in its capital city Boac. However, one can have variation of choices among the restaurants and eateries at the town proper of Boac, Mogpog, Sta. Cruz or Gasan. One of the famous eateries in the town of Boac is Kusina sa Plaza, which is located beside Boac Plaza.
Touring: You don’t need a pre-arranged tour to visit the different places in Marinduque. As long as you know how to ask directions from the locals, then you will be perfectly okay. However, sites like Mt. Malindig and Bathala Caves would really require tour guides so better ask hotel and resort administrations if they know a person who can tour you. If you want a tried and tested guide, you can also inquire at the Marinduque Provincial Capital, Tourism Department, to ask for their recommended tour guides. Some tricycle drivers in the town of Boac can also serve as tour guides since most of them are familiar with the province's tourist spots. Upon reaching the starting point of the Bathala Caves, there's already an available guide there so checking out the caves won't really be a problem.
|Buy pasalubong at the Expo (located near the |
Senakulo site every Holy Week)
Budget. There are several ATM machines in the town of Marinduque so withdrawing cash is not a problem but still bring extra cash with you always because banks are limited there. Only PNB, Landbank and Allied Bank are available.
- Good for one person only (the costing below is just a rough estimate)
- Fare: Php 1,500 (fast craft only. This price will vary when you'll take an airplane)
- Accommodation: Php 3,000
- Food: Php 1,500
- Tour: Php1,500
- Pasalubong: Php 100
You need to have: Php 8,500/person is the safest budget one can have in order for him/her to travel the towns of Marinduque. If you want to save up, you can opt not to visit Mt. Malindig and Bathala Caves or better yet, travel in big groups.
Holy Week Itinerary
|Balanacan Port in Marinduque|
Secure your tickets right away and wait for the ferry or the RO-RO. The two crafts usually let the passengers in by 6:00-7:00 a.m or even earlier. It is highly recommended to be at the port very early during peak seasons like Holy Week so you won’t be stranded and forced to celebrate the Lenten season at the port. While waiting for the boarding, you can take your breakfast first at a nearby canteen, restaurant or waiting area that’s already open during that wee hour of the morning. If the craft will depart on time, your estimated time of arrival in the island of Marinduque is around 10:00-10:30 am.
Upon arrival to you resort or hotel, unpack your things, take your lunch and have along rest because night of Holy Thursday is going to be a busy one
Night of Holy Thursday
|Senakulo in Boac|
|Via Crucis in the town of Boac|
|Bathala Caves (Simbahan Cave)|
1st stop: Jumpstart the tour by visiting the Bathala Caves in Sta. Cruz, Marinduque, 1.5-2hrs. away from the town of Boac. Bathala Caves is a complex network of seven caves, however only four of which have so far been explored. One of the biggest is called "Simbahan." "Kay Coke" cave, on the other hand, is occasionally guarded by pythons. The third cave has an underground river and the fourth one houses human bones believed to be the remains of World War II soldiers. Exploring one cave, which of course includes the hike, would eat up at least 1-1.5 hours so decide first whether you want to check out all the caves or even visit Bathala Caves. You may opt to visit the four caves or just tell the tour guide which caves you only prefer to visit. Cave touring fee is Php200.00 per head and this comes with a guide already. One word of advise, wear comfortable clothes and shoes because you need to climb rocks and enter narrow cave entrances for the exploration. Also, when going down the Simbahan Cave (one of the caves of Bathala Caves), you NEED, yes you REALLY NEED to hold on to the big rocks with bat wastes or poop all over it. If you are not okay with it, prepare to fall. ^_^
|Mt. Malindig from afar|
|Tres Reyes Islands from afar|
after Melchor, Gaspar and Balthazar, Elephant Island, Mindoro, Verde Island,Southern Luzon all the way to Bicol, Romblon, Batangas, Laguna, Quezon and Burias Island. It was said that on a clear day, Mt. Mayon is also visible from Mt. Malindig’s summit although this claim has yet to be verified. Speaking of the Tres Reyes Island, you can also visit the three islands but you need to hire an outrigger boat (fee is approximately Php1,500) to take you there. Since it entails visiting other islands, you may be pressed for time already so you may do this in another other day if you still have time and for you to fully enjoy it. Travel time from the mainland to the island is about 30 minutes. The only inhabited island among the three is the largest one, which is Gaspar.
|Malbog Hot Spring|
4th stop: Head to Gasan to see the “Butterfly Capital of the Philippines.” The town contributes 85% of the country’s butterfly and pupa exports. Aside from preserved butterfly souvenirs, shirts and live butterflies for sale, WHS Butterfly Farm also offers a farm tour where you can learn more about butterflies and its habitat. If you want to experience releasing butterflies in the wild, you can fulfill that fantasy at the Butterfly farm while contributing to their preservation at the same time.
Easter Sunday is the day when almost all the town folks and tourists of Marinduque go to the beach for a swim since it’s a belief that it’s also a form of celebration that Christ has finally resurrected. Also, the repeat reenactment of the beheading of Longinus or the “pugutan” is being held early morning of Sunday. Several Morions will be seen roaming around looking for the centurion Longinus.
Longinus, on the other hand, can be seen running, acting as if he’s hiding from someone. The chasing will be held in the city proper of Boac.
After visiting the shrine, head at the 1-km long, fine white sand white beach of Poctoy, probably one of the best and frequented beaches in Marinduque. It has a magnificent view of Mt. Malindig and the coral reefs and clear water makes it an ideal spot for snorkeling. If you weren't able to bring some food with you, Poctoy White Beach has a long strip of carinderias where you can make paluto at a very affordable price. They also have picnic tables and beach huts for rent, pricing starts at Php250.
Bask under the sun all day and wait for the sunset which is definitely a sight to behold at the said beach. If you can even stay a little late, late night parties are also being held at the beach. Entrance fee to the white beach is more or less Php20.00.
Monday after Holy Week
It is expected that you will arrive at the city of Manila before or after lunch depending on the traffic. Before heading home, you might want to eat first and reminisce again your spiritual, cultural and historical tour at "The Heart."
*Written for and first published on WikiPinas Travel Guide