I have been to Santa Cruz, Marinduque 2 years ago because my group, T.R.I.A.G.E., were given an opportunity to train the people then for Basic Life Support, Standard First Aid, Ropemanship, and Boat Handling. Wala lang, na-share ko lang. Baka kailangan niyo sa company, kindly contact me for more info. Chos!

I was fortunate enough to be assigned in Santa Cruz with my new work. Yes, kung nabasa mo yung ibang blogs ko, iba pa work ko noon at nakaraming lipat na ko. Hahahaha! I think it’s worth the risk to find the job you would really love and give meaning to your life.

It was only after 4 months was able to recruit people (my new colleagues and friendships) to go with me to Maniwaya due to series of events I needed to attend in Manila and we needed to fit our schedule and timing of sweldo din. Mahirap gumala na walang pera. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors, Cristina for our bangka from Buyabod Port to Maniwaya v.v., Ate Badet for our cooking needs sa balur niya at bangka na pinagamit going to and from Sunong Bato, and Pielago Beach for our free accommodation. Soshal ng mga bagong friends ko, sana lahat ng friends ganun. Chos!

How to Get There?

Maniwaya is an island barangay of Santa Cruz, Province of Marinduque. You have 2 options of going there. One is via Catanauan, Quezon direct to Maniwaya or via Lucena-Santa Cruz route. I have never tried the Catanauan route, therefore, I cannot discuss it t you. If you have your own car, you can bring it up to Buyabod port in Santa Cruz, via RORO or Catanauan port.

Bus

  • ₱260 from Cubao Terminal (Jam or Jac Liner) to Dalahican Port, Lucena, Quezon.
  • ₱250 from Pasay Terminal (Jam or Jac Liner) to Dalahican Port, Lucena, Quezon.
  • ₱320 from Manila to General Luna, Quezon.

RORO

  • Dalahican Port, Lucena City, Quezon to Balanacan Port, Mogpog, Marinduque (2.5 to 3 h.
    • ₱390 Regular Fare
    • ₱332 Student Fare
    • ₱279 Senior Citizen (VAT exempt)
    • ₱195 Half Fare (Kapag sinuswerte at feeling anak ng Diyos ka that day)
  • Dalahican Port, Lucena City, Quezon to Buyabod Port, Santa Cruz, Marinduque.
    • ₱456 Regular Fare
    • ₱388 Student Fare
    • ₱326 Senior Citizen (VAT exempt)
    • ₱228 Children (3 to 7 years old)

Fast Craft

  • Dalahican Port, Lucena City, Quezon to Buyabod Port, Santa Cruz, Marinduque (2 hours travel time).
    • ₱570 Regular Fare
    • ₱485 Student Fare
    • ₱407 Senior Citizen (VAT exempt)
    • ₱285 Children (3 to 7 years old)

Boat to Maniwaya Island

boat

  • ₱80 from Buyabod Port. (Be there before 10am)
  • ₱170 from General Luna. (Be there before 10am)
  • ₱3,500 from Buyabod Port inclusive of island hopping (Palad Sandbar, snorkeling, and Ungab Rock Formation, Mongpong) up to 15 pax.
  • ₱6,000 from General Luna inclusive of island hopping (Palad Sandbar, snorkeling, and Ungab Rock Formation, Mongpong) up to 15 pax.

Accommodation

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I would suggest Pielago Beach – Lucky 7 for your accommodation (yung left side ng sign ang pupuntahan). They offer fan and airconditioned rooms.

  • ₱250 per head per night for tent.
  • ₱350 per head per night for fan room.
  • ₱1,500 per night, fan room, good for 4 to 5 persons.
  • ₱6,000 per night, airconditioned room, good for 6 pax.

Maniwaya Island has a long stretch of white sand beach with a mixture of fine and coarse, best to swim during high tide to avoid the seagrass. The island offers a pristine turquoise water that is very enjoyable for a swim.

Palad Sandbar

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Palad Sandbar is just 10 minutes away via boat from Pielago Beach – Lucky 7. Palad Sandbar boasts a length of white sand that is perfect for your awra photoshoot whether alone or with your barkada.

Sunong Bato

Sunong Bato is a lagoon accessible from the beach via habal-habal for ₱100. It has a nice tree that looks like a bonsai but not, perfect for your Instagram posts. Chos!

Expenses

Item
Bus from Manila to General Luna, Quezon RT 640.00
Boat from General Luna to Maniwaya RT 340.00
One night stay fan room 350.00
Food 800.00
Habal-Habal to Sunong Bato 100.00
Total 2,230.00
Bus from Cubao to Dalahican Port, Lucena City RT 780.00
RORO Dalahican Port to Buyabod Port RT 912.00
Boat from Buyabod to Maniwaya RT 160.00
One night stay fan room 350.00
Food 800.00
Habal-Habal to Sunong Bato 100.00
Total 3,102.00

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