Marinduque is an island province in the Philippines located in Southwestern Tagalog Region
Marinduque is an island province in the Philippines located in Southwestern Tagalog Region or MIMAROPA, formerly designated as Region IV-B. Its capital is the municipality of Boac. Marinduque lies between Tayabas Bay to the north and Sibuyan Sea to the south. It is west of the Bondoc Peninsula of Quezon province; east of Mindoro Island; and north of the island province of Romblon. Some parts of the Verde Island Passage, the center of the center of world’s marine biodiversity and a protected marine area, are also within Marinduque’s provincial waters. The province’s economy relies heavily on agriculture, particularly coconuts and rice. But the tourism industry is poised to contribute more as the opening of Marinduque Airport is expected to pave way to lot of opportunities for businesses to flourish. It is already known for its Moriones Festival held annually during the Holy Week, but it has so much more to offer: from its numerous cave systems to vibrant dive sites to stunning beaches.
The island province of Marinduque lies between Tayabas Bay (north) and Sibuyan Sea (south). It is located north of Romblon, east of Mindoro (separated by the Tablas Strait), and west of Quezon (separated by the Mongpong Pass). Marinduque comprises six municipalities: Boac (the provincial capital), Mogpog, Gasan, Buenavista, Torrijos, and Santa Cruz. Other than these towns, it also has offshore islands that include Tres Reyes Islands (Melchor, Gaspar, Baltazar), Elephant Island (Bellarocca), Maniwaya Island, Mongpong Island, and Polo Island. Marinduque is an island province in the Philippines best known for celebrating the Moriones Festival, one of the oldest religious festivals in the country held during Holy Week. Everywhere you go in the province, you can spot references to the icons of the Moriones, men and women in costumes and masks wearing garb of biblical Roman soldiers. How to get there in Marinduque? Catch a direct bus from Cubao or Buendia Going to Marinduque, Jam Liner and Jac Liner serve this route. The bus travels to Dalahican Port, boards a ro-ro ferry to Balanacan Port of Mogpog and circumnavigate the circumferential road of the province.If you’re taking this route, ask to be dropped off at Buyabod Crossing in Santa Cruz, total travel time from Manila is around seven hours and fare is approximately 880 pesos one-way. At Buyabod Crossing, transfer to a tricycle to take you to Buyabod Port for 10 pesos per passenger. Another option is to take a bus to Dalahican Port. Jac Liner, Jam Transit, Lucena Liner and Ceres Transport have buses bound to Dalahican Port leaving almost every hour daily for approximately three hours of travel, fare is as low as 210 pesos. From Dalahican Port, transfer to a Montenegro or StarHorse ro-ro going to Balanacan Port. There are numerous departures daily, regular fare is 260 pesos one-way and travel time is approximately three hours. Upon arrival in Balanacan Port, transfer to a jeepney to Santa Cruz and then to a tricycle going to Buyabod Port. Where to stay in Marinduque? As the capital of Marinduque, Boac is the center of commerce. It harbors most of the government offices and commercial establishments such as restaurants, shops, banks, market, and accommodations. It is also the only town that shares borders with all the other five municipalities; therefore, Boac is the preferred jump-off point to all other tourist attractions in Marinduque. There are resorts in the island offerring different types of accommodatios, from tent to cottages to private fan and air-conditioned rooms. The most prominent is Wawie’s Beach Resort with private room starting at 1200 pesos per night good for three. You may also opt to stay in their open air cabana at 1000 pesos good for four to six or in the tents at 500 pesos per night good for two. You may also bring your own tent and you get to pay only 300 pesos per night or your hammock at 150 pesos per night. Entrance fee is 50 pesos per person. The main mode of transportation when traveling from town to town. The minimum fare is 10 pesos per person and the maximum is 25 pesos. If you have no idea how much is the fare to your destination, the jeepney terminals display the fare matrix. The last trip is around 4 PM or 5 PM.
Things To See And Do In Marinduque? 1st activity, Experience Moriones Festival, One of the country’s oldest festivals, Moriones, locally known as “Moryonan”, has become synonymous to the province of Marinduque. Held annually during the Holy Week, Moriones is widely celebrated by both locals and tourists. Local participants dressed in Roman soldier uniform march down the main road connecting the towns of Gasan, Boac, Mogpog, and Santa Cruz. Usually, the two largest towns Boac and Santa Cruz present the reenactment of the moment when an unnamed Roman soldier (a blind “Moryon”), struck Jesus in his side with a lance while crucified on the cross and was able to see after the blood droplets from the wound touched his eyes. If every province has an official mascot, the Moryon is a no-brainer choice for Marinduque. 2nd activity. Visit Poctoy Beach, Surrounded by bodies of water, the island province offers pristine beaches that can be enjoyed all year round. The beaches of Marinduque are not too crowded (yet). Poctoy Beach in Torrijos is the most prominent beach in Marinduque. It has fine cream-colored sand and clear cerulean waters. Mt. Malindig is visible from the beach, so you can revel in its beauty while swimming or just chilling on the beach. This is where the locals usually hang out, so food and cottages are not a problem. A few resorts are also being constructed in and around the area. 3rd activity. Visit Tres Reyes Island Hopping, Gaspar, Melchor, and Baltazar, collectively known as the Tres Reyes Islands, are the popular island-hopping destinations in Marinduque. From the Gasan Freedom Park, these islands are already visible. There are locals residing on the biggest island, Gaspar. Island hopping rates are 1000 to 1500 pesos for all three islands and 500 to 600 pesos for Gaspar Island only. 4th activity. Visit Mount Malindig, Located on the southernmost portion of the province and towering at 1,157 meters above sea level, Mount Malindig is the highest peak in Marinduque. It is a favorite hiking destination, boasting a rich endemic flora and fauna. It is said to be a potentially active stratovolcano, which makes it more interesting. It has three peaks — the central (location of the old caldera), the south (the rockies), and the north (the highest). From the main road covering the towns of Buenavista and Torrijos, the mountain proudly announces its presence as it dominates the landscape. 5th activity. Visit Malbog Sulfur Resort, Springing from the mighty Mount Malindig is another crowd magnet, the natural sulfur baths in Barangay Malbog, Buenavista. Malbog Sulfur Resort is located at the foot of the mountain. Locals and foreign patrons frequent the place for its healing properties, especially those with skin problems and diseases as it is said to effectively cure them. 45 pesos is the entrance fee for adults and 30 pesos for kids, PWDs, and senior citizens.
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