Maniwaya Island, Marinduque, Philippines

Every year during Holy Week or the week after we try to go somewhere new. This year we ended up in Marinduque! It was so hard to choose the photos for this post because there were so many. Maniwaya is beautiful!

We stayed from April 9 to 11 (3 days, 2 nights) although for most people over night is good enough hehe.

From Manila head to General Luna (map below) Take note that traffic can get quite heavy in Sariaya, Quezon Province. You can leave your car at the local church and it will be look after by one of the locals there, he will ask you to leave your keys though just incase the car needs to be moved. Of course we were hesitant at first, but he seemed like a genuine guy. Just remember to not leave any valuables in your cars.

You can walk from the church the port, they have daily trips going to Maniwaya Island. Travel time is about one hour, unless there other passengers going to other island then it may take a little longer.

We did hear from the other tourist that there is another port going to Maniwaya Island further down south from which the travel time is almost two hours which is why we opted to take a boat from General Luna instead. You can commute the same route by bus (JAC Liner).

We stayed at Residencia De Palo Maria. We rented out a family room for Php 3,500 per night. We were quite surprise at how big the room was! There are three double beds in the family room, however you can request for extra matresses. For other room rates you an check their website here. Also there is only electricity from 3 pm to morning.

On our first day we were all a bit tired from the commute so we decided to just chill. The beach is just so relaxing, no matter what the weather! Hehe.

The next was our island hopping tour! We paid P1000 for a group of 4 persons. There were also 6 other people on the tour with us.

First stop, and my personal favorite by a long stop, Palad Sandbar. It’s located about 3 kilometers from Maniwaya Island and it only seen during lowtide.

We were so lucky that it was such a beautiful day! The water was so clear, calm and so amazingly beautiful! We would’ve stayed there all day if we could!

As much as I enjoyed swimming in the pretty water and taking lots of photos, it was time to go to our next destination, Mongpong Island.

We didn’t spend too long on this island mainly because it was around 11 am when we got there and it was scoring hot. Also, there was a sea snake and I couldn’t stay knowing there was one in the water! Nevertheless, still worth seeing!

Last stop, snorkeling. I’m not sure exactly where though.

There weren’t as many fish and corals as we expected but still great to look at! We learnt from the locals that before there were many people doing dynamite fishing in the area which sadly destroyed a lot of the corals.

We were back at the island by lunch, had some delicious seafood and refreshing halo-halo!

Roam around the island, it’s really beautiful!

There’s also a lot other things you can do like table tennis, kayaking, banana boat, jetski, wakeboarding, atv and speed boating. Residencia de Palo Maria also has a pool, but the beach is always better in my opinion.

Perfect sunset to end a perfect weekend! Amazing!


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  1. Would you know the schedule of the passenger boats from Gen. Luna port to Maniwaya Island and vice versa? Thanks!

    1. According to the locals, boats from Gen. Luna to Maniwaya is 10 am everyday and on the way back, 7/8 am 🙂

  2. Wow! This place is really breathtaking! It was seemingly unspoiled paradise and definitely a great place to visit this summer to unwind from the stressful life in the city! Gosh, that white sand and clear blue water is really amazing! i hope I can visit this place someday

  3. Wow!!! The beach is sooo beautiful! I’m a bit hesitant lang to bring a car and leave the car and keys hehehe

  4. I love your photos and interesting angles.I miss going to the beach. We used to go to the beach every Black Saturday when we were young.

  5. It would be fun to go out on Holy Week with family or friends but since my family has a strong belief of accidents during Holy Week, I have no choice but to stay home. But if given the chance, I would love to travel to places as well and of course, this island would be one of those destinations I would love to go to because of that beautiful beach!

  6. The beach looks beautiful indeed, especially the sandbar, and it’s a good thing it’s not that far from the metro. I still don’t have plans for the holy week so I might keep this place in mind. I find the accommodation steep though, is there any other cheap place to stay in around the area?

  7. Beautiful beach! I hope i can go there too.. i’ve heard so much good things about marinduque.

  8. I’m not really a beach person but the scenery can already convince me to go here! It really is beautiful. Nature loving 🙂

  9. It was in this blog that i’ve first knew about the island. the island looks divine. i’ll include this on my must-visits 🙂

  10. I have been to many places but never at Marinduque. So it is such a pleasure to read your post and look at your photos. I like what I am seeing mainly because on the surface, the beaches seem clean and untouched. Underwater, I can only hope the corals are intact. From experience, that is not always the case.

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