Maniwaya Island – Sta. Cruz, Marinduque

It has been roughly four months after we have had the Vitamin SEA, our nerves and skin have been that thirsty to the crystal-clear-and-salted water of the ocean. The month of June is the beginning of rainy season here in the Philippines, but it takes a lot of timing and preparedness as we planned to set sail on one of the beautiful islands of Marinduque, the Maniwaya Island.
Maniwaya Island is located in Sta. Cruz and one of the smaller islands in Marinduque. Other islands near the Maniwaya are the Mompong Island and Polo Island. 
The legend of the island of Marinduque is so interesting as it was formed as a consequence of a tragic love affair between Mariin and Gatduke.  Same as the old tale stories go that the parents of the female character, Mariin did not approve her love for Gatduke and planned to behead the male character. Before this would happen, Mariin and Gatduke eloped and sailed to the sea, which they drowned together forming the island which is now called Marinduque.
And so we went to Maniwaya Island via Grand Central Terminal in Lucena then rode a van going to Gen Luna where the port going to Maniwaya Island is located.

These gents are right on time!

We are so ready to do this!

The water colors from dark blue turned to sky blue to clear emerald green as we reached the beautiful island of Maniwaya. We met few flying fishes along the way; some part of the ocean with clear emerald green colored water is welcoming us with corals and starfishes under.
It is so easy to spot Marikit-Na Resort as it is located in front of the beach. You will be greeted by this beautiful and high-end looking façade of the resort with its huge name made of Bamboo with different paint colors, just enough to see that you arrived at your destination.
Know more about Marikit-Na and what it offers here.
After the sumptuous breakfast, we are so ready to explore Maniwaya Island. First stop is the other side of Maniwaya Island where Palo Maria Resort is situated. We are so lucky to have the sun up despite the weather forecast of thunderstorm. And that we are the only human beings having fun in this amazing island!

We fell inlove right then and there!

More fun under!

Crystal clear! It’s like a mirror!

Quality water in this island!

All of us just can’t get enough!

More under water shots please!

We can’t resist the water, oh yes!

Next stop is the Mompong Island where you can find the amazing Ungab Rock Formation. It’s so fascinating and everyone was left in awe with this view!

Jaw-dropping view of Ungab Rock Formation.

Just WOW!

Groufie with this beautiful scenery!

Ungab Rock Formation is such an exceptional beauty of art! A bridge-like rock formed with an opening that shaped like a witch hat, added by the crystal emerald green water, it is so beautiful. 

We surely are having so much fun under the sun!

You can clearly see in our skin how we enjoyed the water and sun. But the most awaited place is yet to be revealed this afternoon! Before we lose all our energy, we decided to head back to Marikit-na Resort to recharge our energy for the next adventure – the Palad Sandbar!

After eating lunch and resting a bit, charging phones and securing photos captured awhile ago, we are all set to be amazed in the middle of the ocean!

With the 15-minute boat ride from the Marikit-na Resort, we were greeted by one of the most amazing creations in the middle of the ocean!

Palad Sandbar at its finest!

You can only see the Palad Sandbar in a very limited time, as the water is low tide about 3:00PM-4:00PM, there you’ll see the amazing Palad Sandbar in the middle of the ocean. The waves a little strong as they meet at the center of the Sandbar; be careful as you swim at the sides of the sandbar it may be deceiving but some parts are deep so better not risk.
This is just so amazing!


I won’t mind playing horseback riding or do the signature tumbling!

Yoga-ing at the Palad Sandbar! Amazing!

We call ourselves so blessed as today is a perfect day with the sun beaming at us as we enjoy ourselves with the waves. Oh the clear blue-green ocean plus, the Palad Sandbar let us enjoy its magnificent!

How romantic this place is?! For friends and for lovers! 

Now I understand why Miss Earth 2015 Candidates chose to stay at Marikit-Na and explore Maniwaya Island!

Again, this place is so AMAZING!


June 19, 2015

1:25AM – Jac Liner Bus Terminal at Buendia (Gil Puyat LRT Station)
3:45AM – Grand Terminal Lucena
5:00AM – Van Terminal going to the Port of Gen Luna
8:00AM – Boat ride from Gen Luna Port to Marikit-Na resort
9:30AM – Breakfast at Marikit-Na resort
10:00AM – Island hopping (Mompong Island and side of Palo Maria Resort Shore)
1:00PM – Go back to Marikit-Na resort for lunch
2:10PM – Lunch at Marikit-Na resort
3:30PM – Going to Palad Sandbar

5:50PM – Go back to Marikit-Na

June 20, 2015

7:30AM – Island hopping and swimming time
10:30AM – Back to Marikit-Na for snacks and preparation to go back to Manila
12:00NN – Set sail to Gen Luna Port
1:30PM – Van from Gen Luna going to Grand Central Terminal Lucena
3:00PM – Bus going to Buendia (drop off at Dela Rosa)

9:00PM – Arrival at Dela Rosa, Makati

Total cost/pax: P2, 588.00

P209 – Bus Fare to Lucena Grand Terminal
P160 – Van from Grand Terminal to Gen Luna Port
P1000 – Boat Fare (P6000/boat and can hold about 8 pax)
P150 – Budget per meal
P700 – Accommodation overnight

Marikit-Na Resort – Maniwaya Island, Sta. Cruz, Marinduque

Marikit-Na Resort is our first choice as soon as we have plotted the plan of our getaway. It is not only because of the aesthetic that you will see from all the blogs across the internet but most especially the positive write-ups we read about it with their excellent service. As we are all into excellent service and good food, we surely hit the phone to make reservations. No down payment needed (no hassle indeed).

From the port of Gen Luna, the people who will fetch us at 8:00AM are surely on time with a big smile as they (Philip and Francis) greet us good morning!

For about one (1) hour and twenty (20) minutes boat ride, we were welcomed by this lovely façade of Marikit-Na Resort. White sand and emerald green-crystal water, I can say that this will definitely be a good stay!

I can live here forever!

Upon arrival, we were greeted by these hospitable people of Marikit-Na with a welcome drink, cheers! You have to register your name and contact number for security purposes.

Cheers with this thirst quenching lemonade!

As we are about to see our room and where we could store our backpacks, we are so amazed how wonderful and organized the place is! No wonder Ms. Earth 2015 candidates chose to stay here last month and enjoyed their summer vacation!

Such a mansion with style.

And hello to this spacious area! We occupied the 1st floor with two (2) small rooms, one (1) huge room with 3 beds and a bathroom with bathtub! How cool is that? Vacation it is!

Hello very organic-theme house.

Bathroom, anyone?


Bathtub – like a boss!


Melodramatic area

Food is excellent! Breakfast is served and before going out and do the island hopping, you just have to give your orders for lunch and before you know you’re hungry, meal is already served!


Tocino paborito!



They have their own bar area and a movie theater room! You may watch one free movie of your choice, but will need to pay for the succeeding movies you want to watch. Though, it is not yet fully operational, so opted not to.
Marikit-Na is the only resort in the island that has a solar panel and so you don’t need to worry with the electricity, it is 24hrs! Though some of the rooms still don’t have AC units, but they have electric fans. Overnight stay is not really so comfortable as it’s really hot since we chose to stay in one huge room and there is actually no wind coming inside. 
There are other resorts around the island so you still have other options. But we are all recommending Marikit-Na resort, not only on its affordability but more importantly, the people who are giving excellent service and are hospitable enough to accommodate all our needs.

Hello from me and twinny! 


What a wonderful area to relax.

P.S. There’s a corkage fee for any liquor that you will bring and drink in the resort which is same price of the liquor you bought. However, should you wish to drink, they have beers and other hard liquors to offer. They also offer other junk foods and toiletries, just in case.

Experience Marikit-Na Resort. Contact Sir Ron at 0927-878-9782

Mt. Pico De Loro – Ternate, Cavite

Nature has been one of my secret outlets, (well, at least for some), its more of recharging your inner self through nature, be surrounded by living things and feel the natural atmosphere.

Mt. Pico De Loro, also known as Mt. Palay Palay can be found in Cavite within the boudaries of Sitio Malauyas, Ternate and Maragondon and part of it is Nasugbu, Batangas. 

All geared up, and off we go to conquer Mt. Pico de Loro last May 31, sunny morning. 

First we made sure we plot our itinerary just right to fit our schedule (especially its Sunday, we need to make sure of having enough time to rest after the hike).


04:00AM Call time at Coastal Mall Bus Terminal
04:20AM Rode the bus going to Ternate, Cavite
5:30AM Drop off point and rode the tricycle going to the DENR
6:00AM Arrival at DENR. Pay registration
6:45AM Start trekking
8:30AM Arrival at the Campsite
9:30AM Arrival at the Summit
10:00AM Arrival at the Monolith
12:50PM Arrival at the DENR

The DENR representative’s table is located at the entrance of the forest, so you won’t really be lost. The drop off point has a good venue and space for parking, so don’t worry if you have your own car, you just have to pay a reasonable amount of parking fee for safety and security of your valuable.

DENR registration fee at P25/pax, register your name, location and time in. You surely need to go register your time out as well (if in case you will choose to backtrail to Ternate).

Climbing Mt. Pico de Loro is one of those you can never forget (if I may say), not just because its a too much little difficult but the lessons it will impart to you will greatly imprint in your memories (like what it have done to me).

I came here with my friends because of too much stress as well as I feel the need to have one step forward to achieve another goal in life. I have dreamed of conquering several mountains and one in the list is Mt. Pico de Loro. Mt. Pico de Loro, is known for its beautiful and unique structure, and its highlight which stands alone is the Monolith.

Before you begin your journey to the forest, it is recommended for you to do stretching and warm up. Trekking could be a little tricky but it can be done.

Journey to the Grand Line (I pretended to be in an adventure with Luffy and the gang in One Piece!).

After an hour trek, hello beautiful view! This is not yet the Campsite nor the Summit. Way to go!

We even met the cutest and youngest mountaineer person in town, meet Enya Mandapat, 4 years old. This little cutie has already climbed Mt. Pulag and Mt. Maculot (can you imagine how embarrassing that moment knowing at her age, she already experienced other known mountains! HAHA!)

Not too long, we arrived at the Campsite, you have to pass this area and enjoy the view, rest and before you go to the Summit.

Now this is just so amazing!

Notice that we have not hired a tour guide at the beginning of our trek, yet, upon reaching Campsite, we still need to go about 20-minute walk to go to the Summit which is the highest point of the mountain. You have to be very careful as the sand and small rocks are quite contributors of the slimy area (thank God its sunny, what else if it’s raining!). 

Upon arrival in the start line of the Summit, we met Kuya Asiong and Andy, both locals and both tour guides. As we rest our feet before we challenge ourselves with the slimy area part going to the Summit, they mentioned that it’s better to have a tour guide especially that we are first timers (and beginners) and since we are planning to climb the Monolith, we need a huge amount of assistance. 

Photo with Kuya Asiong.
Photo with Andy.

In short, we hired them at P50/pax from Summit to Monolith and back to Summit and part ways at the Campsite. P50 for your life! (So why have second thought?) And since they are so extra careful to us, and have given all the assistance we needed, won’t hurt to double the pay. 🙂

Below picture is the Summit, this was taken from the Campsite. Now that’s pretty high!

Off we go to the Summit!

From the Summit, we were just so excited to see and climb the Monolith. The view is priceless!

Overlooking view of the Monolith from the Summit is just so amazing and wondering how will we ever reach that part especially that visually speaking, it’s a huge-like-compilation-of-rocks-that-erected-in-the-middle-of-a-forest! 

Let’s go to the Monolith! The entrance way up to the Monolith, big rocks , a little slimy and one wrong move and you know what will happen. So you really have to be extra careful here.

Photo before we climb the Monolith.

And so we’re out and about to do the highlight. There are only two (2) ropes that will help you reach the top. When you look at it, it’s such a piece of cake but when it’s already my turn, well, I can’t even step but it went out just fine.. You just gotta have that courage and strength and timing. 

And before we could gather our breathe, see how amazed and happy we are as we reached the top!

The excitement and happiness!

We made it!

AMAZING! Feels like I am flying!

Summit view captured from the Monolith. Breath-taking view indeed!

Resting my feet while my shoe-selfie-ing with this view!

This is just so perfect!

Those moments in your life as if sitting on the edge of a cliff. Its this, literally. 🙂

Speechless with the beauty of nature!

It’s just so AMAZING! The touch of the cold wind that blew my face, the green scenario below that flashes straight to my eyes, as if we are surrounded by clouds, and the company I’m with, what is not to love? It’s just so beautiful! 

There are two (2) trails going back after the Monolith experience. Either back trail or going back to where you came from which in our case, Ternate, Cavite or go down the trail of Nasugbu, Batangas.

We chose to do back trail since we already know the way. 

From the Summit and Monolith, there you will see Nasugbu, Batangas’ body of water and you will have a glimpse with the Pico De Loro Resort (well, the white part of the roof :P).

To learn more, it’s not enough to listen with the stories of other people, but experience.. Experience so you just don’t know the story but you know what it feels to be really in the story.

Planning to go? Sure! Escape the city and find time to unwind with nature. Recharge and take time to talk to your inner self. Exchange your time with meaningful adventures!

Begginers and/or professionals, we highly recommend Mt. Pico de Loro. 

Total actual cost
Bus (Manila-Ternate, Cavite) P81/pax
Tricycle to DENR P100/pax
DENR Reg fee P25/pax
Tour guide fee P100/pax (originally P50/pax)
Food P120 (heavy meal)
Tricycle to Terminal Manila bound P75
Bus (Ternate, Cavite-Manila) P83

Total cost: P584.00 

So schedule your getaway and have a happy feet! 🙂