If you are not sure where to head off for a memorable vacation, why not try Marinduque? You probably never heard of the name but we can assure you that this can prove to be one of the best holiday destination options you ever considered.
Marinduque is a Philippine island province. It is in the southwestern region of Tagalog, right in between Tayabas Bay and the Sibuyan Sea. Marinduque is commonly referred to as the Heart of the Philippines because of its location, as well as its shape. In fact this island is right in the geographical center of the archipelago. There is a historic stone marker, the Luzon Datum of 1911, which serves as a main geodetic reference for maps and surveys.
Marinduque is renowned for its peacefulness as well as its natural beauty. It is also most known for an annual festival held during the Holy Week. This is the Moriones Festival, which combines religion with folklore. If you were to visit Marinduque at this time of year you will surely enjoy seeing the people wearing costumes replicating attire worn by biblical characters, and mostly of the Roman soldiers.
Marinduque is a favorite spot for visitors and tourists at this time of year. However, it is also a perfect location for a vacation all year round, especially if you want to visit a safe and beautiful place. In fact Marinduque is a serene place, which would be an ideal location for those who love nature.
The beaches and the various islets are so beautiful, and would no doubt mesmerize anyone. This makes Marinduque a very good location for honeymooners and couples. The beaches are perfect for those who want to relax and unwind. You will not be visiting noisy and crowded beaches here, but rather, you will be able to bathe or sunbathe in peace, while enjoying the beautiful surroundings. You will no doubt love to take long walks across the soft white sand, while looking at the crystal clear sea. Poctoy White beach is a popular beach, from where you will also be able to view Mt. Malindig.
The beaches are ideal for swimming as well as for other water sports such as kayaking and snorkelling. You will be able to avail of budget friendly accommodations in one of the resorts or else opt for a tent, especially if you would like to camp out.
However nature in Marinduque is not only about the beaches. There are also the Malbog sulfuric springs to see, and even a butterfly farm. You will no doubt be able to enjoy picturesque views of the Bella Rocca and the Tres Reyes Islands. If you are more adventurous you should also devote time to go for a hike up Mt. Malindig where you would be able to reach the highest point of the island, or go island hopping or caving too!
Marinduque prides itself of a circumferential road that is fully paved. You can thus avail of a unique sightseeing tour across more than 150km either by motorcycle or bicycle. It is a perfect option for those who really want to enjoy a memorable sightseeing tour.
There are also some heritage sites worth checking out too while you are visiting Marinduque. The Boac Cathedral is a popular spot. There is also the Gasan Church which is known for its beautiful interior with unique fan carvings and beams made from crafted coconut shells. Another place worth visiting is the Biglang Awa Shrine. There are many souvenir shops to check out too, and you will surely be able to find some beautiful mementos to take with you since there are many handmade items and souvenirs made by talented local artisans for sale in these shops and stores.
Also, Marinduque is a great tourist spot when it comes to the cuisine. For those who love seafood there is plenty to enjoy in Marinduque. Fish, shrimps, baby lobsters and the famous manakla, are sure to make your mouth water. There are also plenty of local delicacies to try out such as the panganan, the arrowroot cookies and the bibingkang Boac.
So, if you really want a vacation that will allow you to relax and unwind, Marinduque is a perfect tourist spot. It is indeed as if you were to spend a few days in a place that feels like heaven on earth. So tranquil and peaceful, naturally beautiful, and also historic, Marinduque offers value for money and makes for a memorable holiday destination for anyone!
Cebu Pacific flies from Manila to Marinduque three times a week departing Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Find and book a flight ticket for route Manila – Marinduque today. Special shout out to the Department of Tourism MIMAROPA and Dream Favor Travel & Tours.
Marinduque Suggested Itinerary
Butterfly farm, experience live encounter with butterflies
St Joseph Church in Gasan
Freedom Park View of Tres Reyes islands
Visit Sulfur Spring
View of Mt. Malindig
View of Bellaroca
View along Yook
Visit Poctoy white beach | lunch at the beach
Loom weaving/ handicraft
Visit Sta Cruz church
Visit the original arrowroot cookies maker
Proceed to Mogpog and reach the heart of the Philippines
LUZONDATUMOF1911 sunset view
Back to Boac Town dinner at Mamita’s Cafe
Check in at Balar Hotel
Breakfast at the hotel
Proceed to Bagumbungan cave | start caving adventure
Proceed to Buyabod port | overnight stay in the island | Villa Atilana
Boat ride to Palad sandbar, Ungab rock formation
Lunch at Maniwaya island
Boat ride back to Boac
Visit the Cathedral
Visit Biglang Awa Shrine
Visit the church museum
Visit heritage houses
Breakfast Balar Hotel
Flight back to Manila
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