Sunday, July 21, 2024

The Mongpong Island of Marinduque: Habal-Habal Tour and Night time Actions


The province of Marinduque might be extra popularly recognized for its Maniwaya Island, notably the majestic Palad Sandbar. The province can also be recognized for its well-liked Moriones Competition which is widely known throughout the Holy Week. Curiously, Marinduque can also be dubbed because the “Coronary heart of the Philippines“. Not simply because the island itself is actually formed like a human coronary heart however the location of the island is just like the anatomy of the place the center is within the human physique.

The I Love Mongpong Signal

There’s, nonetheless, one other island in Marinduque, not too removed from Maniwaya, that’s beginning to acquire buzz. With its powdery white sand and placing rock formation, Mongpong Island has change into one of many prime locations in Marinduque at the moment.  Mongpong, to not be confused with Mogpog, is a small island situated on the northeast a part of Marindique. Whereas Maniwaya Island is actually a prime vacationer vacation spot in Marinduque, Mongpong Island is particular by itself. As an example, the island options some distinctive rock formations together with the one referred to as Ungab.


My associates and I went to Mongpong for a 2days-1night tour which already enabled us to discover the whole neighborhood of the island by means of “island hopping” and habal-habal tour. We have been picked up from Cavite on Friday night time and we have been in a position to attain Catanauan, Quezon province Saturday morning at round 5 am. From right here, we had a forty five minute boat trip going to Mongpong Island. The very first thing that may greet you upon arriving the island is the El Marinduqueño’s Island Resort. In contrast to different islands that I’ve visited to date just like the Calaguas Island in Camarines Norte or the Sombrero Island in Masbate, Mongpong is extra commercialized. Actually, in 2019, round 400 households of the island receives 24/7 energy provide through Diesel energy plant.


The El Marinduqueños Island Resort.

The island presents well-furnished lodging, a bunch of sari-sari shops, a public faculty, a market, and extra. There are cottages out there, a pool space, a bunch of consolation rooms, and areas the place you’ll be able to pitch tents. Since we’re already a part of a packaged tour, all the doorway charges within the island is already shouldered by our organizers. Nonetheless, in case you are planning to go to the island through DIY tour, remember that there’s a minimal entrance price of Php 50 within the resort. You may pitch your individual tent for Php150 or higher but attempt their cottages and rooms starting from Php600 to Php4000/night time. If you’re planning to go to the island, ensure to ebook your lodging first by messaging them on to their official web page (El Marinduqueños Island Resort)


Tents and cottages.


The powdered sand shore of Mongpong

Upon arriving in Mongpong, you can be greeted by a big cafeteria-like corridor the place you should buy meals, drinks, and souvenirs. It additionally acts as an occasion space which supplies you entry to their sound system and videoke machine. You even have entry to their man-made pool.

A free-to-access pool space. The pool, nonetheless, is utilizing a salt water


Moriones Statue

Mongpong seaside contains a combination of coarse and powdery white sand. Additionally they provide some seaside actions like Banana boat and kayak.

cottages and pool lounge chairs

Since we’re scheduled to go to the Ungab Rock Formation the subsequent day, we took benefit of our time and availed a Habal-habal tour. Utilizing the habal habal (motorbike), the driving force (information) will tour you round some unspoiled spots in Mongpong. A habal-habal can solely accommodate one guess per trip and it’ll price Php250 per tour.

Throughout our tour, the driving force took us to 3 notable places within the island – the Pier, the Siargao Vibe, and the Hidden Paradise.


The Pier

The primary vacation spot is the pier. Though there’s actually nothing a lot to do on this space, you will get a good looking panoramic view of the island. You can too seize the chance to take a pleasant Instagram-worthy image in that little shed on the finish of the pier.

The Mongpong White Seaside as considered from the pier


Benefit from the panoramic view of the island

“Siargao Vibe”

Our second vacation spot is what the locals described as “Siargao Vibe“. That is in reference of Siargao’s well-known Palm Tree street. One other picturesque spot in Mongpong.

“The Hidden Paradise”

We concluded our Habal-habal tour within the so-called Hidden Paradise. It’s certainly a paradise and in contrast to the shoreline in entrance of El Mrinduqueño’s Island Resort, this one will not be simply accessible. We have been instructed that it’s extra superb to go to this place within the afternoon as you will get a powerful view of the sundown.
Regardless of the rocky shore, you’ll positively benefit from the crystal clear water on this space.
The much less crowd, the higher!

A hidden paradise certainly!

The Habal-habal
Having fun with the sundown in Mongpong

“Nightlife in Mongpong”

Earlier than the night time ends, we had the chance to witness a fireplace dance which occurs to be an everyday exercise within the island.
What a good way to finish our first day in Mongpong

How a lot is our Tour prices?

The 2d1N Marinduque tour supplied by Backpackers Route is price Php2999 per head. These embody the van and boat transfers, 3 units of meals, tent, entry to swimming pool, toll and parking charges. Right here’s the breakdowns of bills for our Marinduque escapade. I’m excluding private bills like pasalubong and additional drinks.

Marinduque Bundle Tour Php 2,999
Habal-Habal Tour Php 250
Ungab Rock Formation Eco Price Php 50
Eco Price Php100
Girasoles Farm Entrance Php 100
Complete: Php 3499*

(*)This excludes our first breakfast which we had in Quezon and numerous private bills. Costs and charges are additionally topic to vary with out prior discover.

(**) This tour can also be NOT SPONSORED by Backpackers Route and all of the aforementioned charges are shouldered by me

This put up is a part of my Marinduque Escapade Sequence. Be at liberty to revisit my earlier entries right here:

Be at liberty to observe my Marinduque Escapade Vlog right here

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