Want to share with you a trip you can do with your family. This is convenient even with small kids because you can bring your own car.
Last April 9 to 13, 2018, we went on a road trip to Marinduque. Marinduque is just a small island with 150 kilometers of paved circumferential road. We wanted to do the loop around Marinduque so we decided to stay in 3 spots. We stayed first in Boac, then in Poctoy beach, and our last stop was in Maniwaya Island. Here’s our itinerary:
April 9, 2018
AM: We left home around 5am. Travel time from Manila to Dalahican Port in Lucena is around 3 hours.
AM: We rode the Starhorse RORO. The fee for the car is P2340 with 2 free pax. Additional pax is P260 for adult and P130 for kid. The travel time from Dalahican Port to Balacanan Port in Marinduque is 3 hours. During the trip, we just stayed in the car since it’s a little bit hot inside the RORO.
PM: Upon arrival at Balacanan Port, we went straight to Casa de Don Emilio where we ate lunch. It’s a nice old house converted into a restaurant.
Casa de Don Emilio
Stairs going up the restaurant
PM: After lunch, we checked in at Tahanan sa Islok. The cost of room good for 3 pax is P2,100. There’s a swimming pool and restaurant in this hostel.
PM: We checked out Boac Cathedral. Then bought some Arrow Root at the Souvenir Store.
Family picture at Boac Cathedral
PM: We ate dinner at Kusina sa Plaza.
April 10, 2018
AM: We ate free breakfast at the hostel. Then we jogged around Boac.
Old house in Boac
AM: By 9am, we started driving going to Gasan which is about 30 mins from Boac. We just asked some locals where the jump-off is going to Gaspar Island. At the jump-off, we rented a boat going to Gaspar Island. The cost of the boat is P1000 for roundtrip. The boat ride is just 15 mins one way.
Gaspar Island Contact Number
Beach at Gaspar Island
AM: There is no entrance fee in Gaspar Island. It is a small island with a community of few families. We stayed in a small hut and ordered fish for grilling and some rice for our lunch. Then we just paid for the cooking fee. The beach is good for swimming with clear water and no waves. We enjoyed our short stay here.
Our simple yummy lunch
PM: After 3 hours of relaxing in Gaspar Island, we went back to the jump-off and then drove again going to Torrijos where the Poctoy Beach is located. The travel time is around 1.5 hours.
PM: We didn’t book any rooms here so we looked around and decided to stay at Rendezvous Inn Resort which is located at the beach front of Poctoy Beach. The price of the room is P2,500 good for 3 pax and 2 kids.
Rendezvous Inn Entrance
PM: The kids swam in the beach and played in the sand the whole afternoon. Poctoy beach has a nice stretch of shoreline with fine sand. Since this is a public beach, there are a lot of day tour guests here, mostly locals. But in the morning, it’s nice to walk in the beach without much tourists around.
Poctoy Beach in the morning
View of Mt. Malindig in Poctoy Beach
April 11, 2018
AM: We ate breakfast at the resort. Breakfast is not included in the room fee so we had to pay for our breakfast.
AM: Around 9am, we started driving again going to Sta. Cruz where Maniwaya Island is located. The travel time is around 2 hours. We wanted to catch the 11 am public boat at Buyabod port going to Maniwaya Island which costs P100 per head. There is only 1 trip per day so we have to catch that boat or else we will have to rent a private boat which may cost around P1,500. The travel time from Buyabod Port to Maniwaya Island is 45 minutes.
Boat to Maniwaya Island
AM: Upon arrival at Maniwaya Island, we rode a Habal-habal going to the Residencia de Palo Maria resort which costs P100. The habal-habal driver did 3 trips, back and forth since we’re 3 adults and 2 kids. All 3 trips only costs P100.
Summer loved riding the Habal-habal
PM: We swam in the beach and in the pool. And just relaxed in the resort. The room price at Residencia de Palo Maria is P3,500 good for 3 pax and 2 kids.
Entrance of Residencia de Palo Maria resort
Swimming pool at the resort
April 12, 2018
AM: Around 6am, we went to Palad Sandbar. We paid P250 per head for the boat where we joined a group of tourists. You can also rent a private boat which costs P1,500. After about 30 mins of boat ride, we arrived at the Palad Sandbar. The water is knee-deep that time so we really didn’t get to see the sandbar. There are times when the sandbar can be seen without water, depends if it’s lowtide. We just swam there and did some snorkelling.
PM: We ate lunch at the resort. And then we went to a rock formation at the other side of Maniwaya Island.
April 13, 2018
AM: We went back to the Port of Maniwaya Island to ride the public boat going to Buyabod Port. There is only 1 trip to Buyabod which is every 7am. When we arrived at Buyabod, we rode the car and went straight to Balacanan Port to ride the RORO going back to Dalahican Port in Lucena. Then we drove all the way to Manila.
About to enter the RORO
That ends our trip.
We had so much fun! We’ll definitely go back!
Thank you very much for taking time to read this post. If you have any questions about the trip, feel free to message me or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I packed all these for our trip. Obviously, I overpacked thinking that we don’t need to carry all these because we’ll bring a car. But still, packing light is the best way to go.