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Maniwaya Island

The Province of Marinduque is synonymous to the celebration of the Filipino holy week because of the infamous Moriones Festival. But aside from that the province shelters some islands that hold a few beautiful white sand beaches and the fish-shaped Maniwaya Island is one of them.

Maniwaya is actually an island barangay just less than an hour boat ride from the mainland Municipality of Sta. Cruz.The white sand and cool water of the island is the most sought after by the locals and guests to ease the scorching heat especially during summer season.

The beach of Maniwaya is above mediocre beach destination compared to other marvelous beaches. It is comparable to the overcrowded and overated beach resort of Batangas for being so clean with course to fine sugary white coral sand  and clear turquoise water.

Beach Resort in Maniwaya Island includes:

Residencia de Palo Maria

The transient sojourn in this resort was fun-filled and relaxing indeed.  This is the place to be when you want comfort living in an island, being the only resort with generators as the island has a scheduled electricity.

What To Do?

There are various water activities to indulge at while at the resort like kayaking as well as the use of speedboats and jetski. Indoor activities include table tennis, darts and of course swimming in its well-landscaped swimming pool situated at the middle of the resort.

Guests can likewise order foods at their dining area or you may want to request for a freshly-caught seafood and have it cooked the way you want it to be.

Room Rates for an Overnight Stay (24 hours) – based on their Facebook Page posted March 3, 2013

Family Room (1 Twin Bed and 1 Single Bed, with living and dining room) – 3,500.00 pesos for 5 persons inclusive of air-condition, TV w/cable and refrigerator

Twin Bungalow Room (1 twin bed and 1 single bed) – 3,000.00 pesos for 3 persons inclusive of air-condition, TV w/cable and CR

Single Room (1 twin bed) – 2,000.00 pesos for 2 persons

Kubo/Bamboo Hut (1 Twin Bed) – 1,500.00 pesos for 2 to 3 persons inclusive of fan and TV

Suite Room (1 Twin Bed and 1 Single Bed) – 2,500.00 pesos for 3 to 4 persons inclusive of flat screen TV and air-condition with CR

Deluxe Room (1 Twin Bed) – 2,000.00 pesos maximum of 2 persons inclusive of flat-screen TV, air-condition with CR

Superior Room (1 Twin Bed) – 1,800.00 pesos maximum of 2 persons inclusive of flat-screen TV, air-condition and common CR

Note:  additional 200.00 pesos for extra bed and additional 200.00 pesos for exceeding person

Playa Amara Beach

It is the newest resort on Palo Maria beach, which offers spacious airconditioned rooms, native closed cottages and draped cabanas for day trips.The resort is located at the other end of the beach, far from the crowds of Residencia de Palo Maria.It is advisable to bring powerbanks the island don’t have electricity access and only have sheduled generator from 3 pm to 11 pm only. The resort also has a provision for a swimming pool.

Here are the room rates :
Aircon room – Php 4,000 good for 3-4 pax
Fan rooms are also available

Marikit-Na Beach

The remoteness of the countryside at Maniwaya Island is intact within its shorelines from scattered cornfields to the presence of coin-operated videoke machines. If there’s any tropical bliss to be had there, its patch of rural retreat that’s called Marikit-na Beach Resort is the next best thing. Perhaps, it’s the only luxury that matches its natural beauty.

The villa can be exclusively rented for a group (max of 35 pax), so you’ll have privacy. Each spacious room costs Php 1,800 for 24 hours stay, good for 2 pax. There is an extra charge of Php 600 per additional guest.

Wawie’s Beach Resort

Famous for backpackers and campers as it offers affordable nipa huts and camping tents.

Rates are as follows:

  • Native family rooms with fan and extra mattress – Php 1,500.00 for 24 hours, max. of 7 pax
  • Native Sweet Lovers Room with fan – Php 1,000.00 for 24 hours, max. of 4 pax
  • Day tour cottage/ kubo – Php 500.00 for 12 hours stay, max of 12 pax
  • Camping tent Php 300.00 for 24 hours, max of 2 pax / Php 500.00 for 24 hours, max of 5 pax
  • Entrance Fee is Php. 50.00 only, children of age 10 and below are free of entrance fee

Palad Sandbar

It is located two miles away from the northeast coast of Maniwaya Island, blessed of crystal clear, shallow waters ideal for swimming and ivory white sand and is only visible at low tides.On the horizon was the view of the open sea and birds would fly by once in a while, it was a perfect spot for snorkelling and to swim around. The remnant of cyanide fishing can be seen evidently because the corals had an off white corals but said to be stopped in the present.

After swimming and snorkelling expedition you will wish to walk around the island and hear for yourself the haven of nature fullof hypnotic beautiful chirping sound of birds and see different species of birds found in the island.

When you are tired you can take a nap under the shade of huge trees and find the calmness and peaceful of the place by yourself and wake up on calming chirping sounds of birdsand breathe on fresh and unpolluted air.

How to get to Maniwaya:

From Manila (Buendia or Kamuning Cubao), there are buses (JAM or JAC) that would take you directly to Lucena, Quezon, the fare was roughly P200.00-Php250.00. If the bus did not proceed to Dalahican Port, you can ride a tricycle (Php30.00/pax) to the pier.

There are two major shipping lines that can take you to Balanacan, Marinduque, one is Montenegro and the other one is Starhorse, the fare is just Php 260.00 plus a terminal fee of Php 30.00. Ferry schedule bound for Balanacan is almost every three hours that starts at 12 midnight and the last trip at 4:00pm

At Balanacan Port, jeepneys and vans wait for passengers bound for Sta. Cruz, fare was Php 80.00. Reaching the town proper of Sta. Cruz, there are tricycles bound for Buyabod that are located just in front of the DepEd building, fare was Php 15.00 each. Motorized boat at Buyabod Port leaves for Maniwaya Island at 10:00am, fare was Php 70.00. The boat from Maniwaya Island returns the next day to Buyabod Port at 7:00am.


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