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“Undiscovered. Quiet. Pristine.”
Review of Maniwaya Island

Maniwaya Island
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Reviewed April 14, 2014

Visited April 2014.

PROS:
- You mainly have the island all to yourself. There are very few visitors, to think that we came here 2nd week of April.
- The beach is comparable to Puerto Galera. Quality of the sand is pebbly/grainy, not the same as the powdery white sand of Boracay.
- Long stretch of the white sand beach (about 1km all the way to the other side of the resort from where we stayed).
- Highlight of our stay was going to the Palad Sandbar. It is a 500m-1km stretch of pure white sand in the middle of the sea. We asked our resort boatman to take us here twice during our stay (for a minimal fee).

CONS:
- Like El Nido, they do not have electricity in the morning. Only from 5PM onwards.
- For me, an overnight stay is enough. There are limited things to do. We got tired of frolicking in the beach after a full day, although there are jetskis, an ATV, a banana boat, a kayak and, a pool in our resort.
- The beach has seaweed / sea grass at 4 feet deep when we visited.

All things considered, we had a fun and enjoyable stay. Definitely worth coming back next year.

4  Thank MayaLauren
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Reviewed May 23, 2013

Visited the island for the last part of our Marinduque trip last month. Two days and one night was definitely not enough. Stayed at Residencia de Palo Maria, which is the only resort on the island. Booked a bungalow for four which had one room, a fridge, a dining table, and some wooden seats. It was relatively cheap. They also had a restaurant, which served great food. There's a small store beside it that sold beer in case the bar has closed. They have their own generator and it's turned on throughout the night and for a few hours in the morning.

The owners, Clarence and Ester, were very nice and accommodating. Since their speedboat can't pick up our party of seven, he sent a boatman to pick us up from Sta. Cruz and bring us to the island. It took about an hour for us to get to Maniwaya. They let you use their kayaks for free, and they will also arrange a boat to take you to the Palad Sandbar, which was around an hour away. Unfortunately, we got there past sunset, so we really couldn't enjoy it.

One end of the beach, where Palo de Maria (owned by Clarence's father) stands, is probably the best place in the island to swim and soak up the sun. The water is cleaner on this side, and the shore is wider. It's best to swim in the morning, since the waves are not as strong and it's low tide. It rises before noon. Not a lot of people come to the island, so it doesn't really get crowded. Really worth visiting for some R&R and beach bumming.

5  Thank Arianne C
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Reviewed February 6, 2013

The place seems enchanting and inviting the first time one step on Maniwaya Island shore. It has white sand beaches, pristine clear blue water and magnificent natural views. It looks like a virgin and unpolluted island never been discovered by many travelers, so the place is not crowded but one has the feeling like in a paradise undiscovered island. There's lot of activities to be done like visiting the palad island, an island that sink during high tide and come up during the low tide. Then, around the island you can enjoy bird watching and listening from varieties of sound they make. An island hopping is so enjoyable, and a visit in different places and beautiful spots in the island is a must such as a visit in Mompong island, the Bathala cave in Sta. Cruz, wondering along the pathways in the middle of the island, and interact with the friendly and hospitable locals. The northwest beach along the Mompong pass is absolutely amazing. Indeed, I have the most enjoyable trip on this paradise island of Marinduque.

8  Thank Jansen R
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Reviewed December 25, 2012

If basking in the pure beauty of nature is your thing, then a stay in Maniwaya Island would be perfect! We went there during the peak season (summer, Holy Week) and surprisingly, it was not as crowded as the other beaches in the Philippines. I guess you can still consider this as one of those "off the beaten path" places... but maybe not for long. The island, which used to have very basic amenities, now has a relatively new resort in the area called Residencia de Palo Maria Resort offering accommodations with modern facilities, a swimming pool and jetski rentals. Since we went to the island for just a quick daytour, we opted for the more modest resort, the Palo Maria Beach Resort. Entrance fee is Php25 and there's a small nipa hut that you can rent for about Php500. You can ask the caretakers to have a meal cooked for you, but don't expect much because the choices are limited (canned goods). Better yet, there are fishermen on the shore offering their freshest catch and you can have the resort to cook/grill them for you, for a minimal fee. If you're staying at the more upscale Residencia de Palo Maria Resort, then food would not be a problem.

The area is still not fully developed so most parts of the beach has sea grass, but if you really love the sun and the sand, you wouldn't really mind it. :) As long as it's an uncrowded beautiful beach, i'm not that hard to please, so overall i'd have to say that i LOVE this island!!! Would love to go back there for a much longer beach bumming.

On getting there: From Manila, u get get to Marinduque by plane or by bus. If you choose the latter, you will have to endure a 5-hour bus ride from Manila to Dalahican, Lucena, and then you will have to ride a 3-4 ferry ride from Dalahican, Lucena to Buyabod port in Sta.Cruz, Marinduque. From the port, there's a passenger boat that can take you to the island, scheduled to leave at around 10:30am. If you're traveling with a group, you may opt to negotiate with a fisherman to rent an exclusive boat, which is what we did. We made a deal for P1,500 roundtrip, with a sidetrip to Mongpong Island and Palad sandbar (don't forget to include these on your itinerary!).

16  Thank RamblingRunner
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Reviewed April 16, 2013 via mobile
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