The island of Mantigue can be reach within 30-45 minutes by boat from the main island.
It's a beautiful island. Fine sand (not as fine as Boracay, some parts are even stoney). Crystal clear water. But, one thing that I have notice is that it somewhat became like a home for at least 50 families who originated from Bohol and occupied the island and put up their homes there.
I have seen a local documentary about Mantigue and there seems to be some actions coming from the local government for them to be relocated. Some, like in most cases in the Philippines, the residents are fighting for their right to stay in the island (harsh as it is, but this is something that I do not really understand about informal settlers. They know upfront it is NOT their property to begin with and when the local gov't begins to oust them from the vicinity, they would insist their so called RIGHT.)
I would love to see the island uninhabited and instead, be developed without compromising it's natural wonders.
Also, this would have been perfect if not for the food. It was awful! We spent lunchtime there and we were offered seashells (apparently, on that day, seashells and swordfish are the only two options; we chose the more palatable--seashells) by the local tindera residing in the island for lunch. I almost vomitted.
*better to bring your own food
*The island offers a lot of shade from the scorching sunrays but again, SUNBLOCK!
I am really hoping that when I get back, the government has done to better the island...OR ELSE...
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