Maricaban Island, Batangas

4/24/2016

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4/24/2016 –  2nd stop

If not because of the kindness of a stranger, we wouldn’t be able to reach this peaceful island. The island was all OURS that morning! 🙂 Again, this is one of the island we’ve been to in this one-day adventure. I work at night so my only awake-alert-alive day is Sunday and having too little time won’t stop my raging wanderlust! (chos)

The water is vivid and from this island, you can get a glimpse of Mindoro and Marinduque terrains.

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This is our second stop, Maricaban (Marikaban) Island. This image features stone-like corals by the shore, while the area near our boat is pure white sand with speck of black and white pebbles. Believe me, being in this place is incomparable to this picture. You have to see it for yourself.

We hadn’t had the chance to explore the area nearby, but it is a huge island with many “baby caves” or Rock formations with formed tunnel-or-cave-like-indentations/clefts – WHATEVER! They all look like caves for me =P

And it sure is interesting to see thorn-y shrubs and trees growing near the area. (change topic) There are also I think pathways that will lead to the other side of the island. If not because of the heat and the little time we have, I’ll go and explore like Dora. Okay fine it’s not funny-that’s gonna be my last.

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This is Kuya Dadie, roasting a freshly caught octopus for “pulutan“. It was caught by one of his fishermen who happened to pass by the island.
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The short “inuman” (booze) session because it’s relaxing.

You can see in this picture how the ocean color varies as you look farther towards the horizon. I found this quality of the ocean lovely!

Much of the activities we did was just swim and relax. I have been starting this habit of bringing small vials whenever backpacking to get just a few sand samples and since I ran out of vials, I picked up this small cologne bottle I found washed ashore. A little act with huge effect in helping our ocean recuperate. (I will have to transfer it to a vial when I get home so my mementos are uniform! – O.C. me.) Then of course dispose the bottle to where it should be – waste segregation helps our planet!

There were many unpaired slippers washed along on the other side of the island and this in itself really emphasizes human impact on the degradation and destruction of nature. My friend tried to look for a matching pair of slippers like he’s going to find one – I thought this might be his way of beach-bumming *laughs*.

I am hoping to see this place, next time, on a much better state.

Renting a boat from Anilao to Maricaban(or to any island) will cost you 3500 – 5000 depending on 1.) the season-(I think)-and 2.) your bargaining skills 😛 I’ve seen posts where they were able to haggle the boat ride for 2500 (whoa!). But still, our trip was for FREE – fortunately! Kuya just happened to be here, he said he’s a seafarer (“Seaman”) and also does fishing business, he has 5 boats and a bunch of fishers. We found him working instead of resting. He said he will be off shore again in a few months. He offered us a ride and said we can just talk about “it” later on – I’m talking about the fee here okay?

 

How to get there?

When we got off the cab at JAM liner, sakto, the bus was about to depart. (I asked someone not knowing that was the bus driver!).Time check: 1AM.

  • From Buendia Ave., Ride JAM Liner bus going to Batangas. Ask conductor to drop you off at Diversion Road/Mabini. P157
  • Diversion Road to Anilao Port, P27 (The jeepney driver was kind enough to drop us right at Anilao Port.) Variation is Talaga Port
    • Anilao Port (where you can best view the sunset)
    • Talaga Port (where you can see the sun rise.)
  • Anilao Port – Maricaban, Rent a boat, price ranges from 2,500-5,000. that’s one way take note. I know you can haggle with some bangkeros for island tour. Some say you can hitch-ride with fishermen (so yes you’re travelling with the fishes) and just agree on how much you’d give. 🙂

Be sure to bring enough food and water and energy and camera and battery.