Malalison Island, Culasi, Antique

April 16, 2009. Early the next day after we arrived in Culasi, we all got up early and went on a short drive from our friend’s home, to the beach near the municipal hall to take a pump boat to Malalison Island. The island is one of the three island barangays of Culasi, and is the nearest one to the coast, with a distance of around 4 kilometers. It was a 20-minute pump boat ride to the island. Ours, though, took longer because we requested for the boat to go around the entire island before docking at the main beach.

The island was a relatively small island, with still some unspoiled coves and rugged stone cliffs. One can probably enjoy taking a peaceful hike around the island, though that we weren’t able to do.

After around ten to fifteen minutes around the island, we finally dock at main hook-shaped beach. Our friend from Culasi told us the beach was comparable to Boracay (which incidentally was relatively near Culasi). Indeed, it was. Not better, but comparable. The sand was just as white, though not as fine or powdery, and the waters just as crystal clear, even clearer.

Best of all, we were the only ones at the beach. The waters can get deep immediately a few meters from the shore, however, so if you don’t know how to swim, you might not get too far away. Though, on the upside, one can go snorkeling right there and then. Though, we weren’t able to do that either.

After less than an hour in the water, I took a peaceful nap in one of the huts on the beach. Even if I slept on a bamboo table, I’ve never had a sleep that good in a while, after all the anxiety and stress over the Student Regent selection two days before. By lunch time, we headed back to the main town of Culasi, with the same pump boat. See, I had to get on my way back to Iloilo City because my flight back to Manila was that evening. Since Iloilo city was a good four to five hours away, I had to leave by lunch time. My other friends, however, proceeded to Boracay after lunch.

I sat on the side of the boat on the way back, with my feet on the water. It got pretty hot that afternoon, too.

Cagayan de Oro and Camiguin (Part IV)

After having breakfast, we checked out of the resort and our host brought us to Katibawasan Falls, still in Camiguin.

Katibawasan Falls, Camiguin

We were to leave back for Manila that same day with an afternoon flight from Cagayan de Oro–so as much as I wanted to take a dip in the cold crystal clear pool at the bottom of the falls, I couldn’t. The falls itself was a tall one, 70+ feet.

Sunken Cemetery, CamiguinTo make most of our stay in Camiguin, we took the counter-clockwise route of the island’s circumferential road to make a full 360-degree drive of the entire island. We passed by the Sunken Cemetery in Catarman town, at the island’s west coast. Near the Sunken Cemetery is the ruins of Gui-ob Church. Both were devastated by an eruption of Mt. Vulcan, one of Camiguin’s volcanoes, almost 150 years ago. We didn’t stay long at those places. After a few minutes and a few snapshots, we hurriedly went off and proceeded to Benoni Port.

Katibawasan Falls, Camiguin

We arrived back at Misamis Oriental just before the clock struck 1 PM. We had less than two hours before our plane leaves for Manila, and Cagayan de Oro was almost two hours away. We had to speed through much of Misamis’ coastal highway back to CDO. We had fastfood take-out for lunch to save time. We almost missed our flight. So now, we’re back here in Quezon City. School’s about to start and I don’t know if that should delight me.

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Cagayan de Oro and Camiguin (Part II)

Balingoan Port, jump off point to Camiguin island province

Since we wanted to get to Camiguin before it got dark, we sped off through Misamis Oriental from Cagayan de Oro to the town of Balingoan, where our vehicle boarded a ferry on route to the island province.

We got at Benoni port, in the town of Mahinog at the eastern side of the island at almost six in the evening. After our vehicle got off from the ferry, we immediately took off for Mambajao, the island province’s capitol at the northern part of the island.

Camiguin

My parents and our host went to market for a while to buy some fish before we proceeded to the resort where we stayed for the night. It was also in Mambajao. When we got there (Paras Beach Resort), our host asked the staff to cook our fish, then we went off again to Ardent Hot Springs where we spent an hour bathing in the warm pools before having dinner back at Paras.

It was a very stomach filling dinner. Only the spatial limits of my stomach can stop me from eating if you offer me any viand with gata. Add to that, crispy pata. I made sure to do some laps in the pool before sleeping though.

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Puerto Galera a second time (II)

After a hearty lunch at Patti’s grandmother’s, we went off to a secluded beach down a cliff a few meters from the house. They call it Dungon. It was a small beach, (with lots of rocks and stones, but that’s all right). We were the only people there (well, except for the divers on a boat a hundred meters off the coast). I’m a fan of secluded beaches. Beautiful.

Dungon, Sinandigan, Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro

EDIT: Darn, the photo collage says, “a small secluded beach in Sabang…” It’s supposed to be Sinandigan, not Sabang. I couldn’t edit the collage, I delete the original PSD files right after uploading the JPGs. Hehe.