The last time I was here is when I was around 4 or 5 years old. And I can barely remember what happenend during that trip. All I remeber from that previous trip were the flying fish as our ship passed in the ocean, and the vast stretch of unspoiled nature in the island. Guess what? They’re still there.
I will spare you the long, arduous journey we had to take to get there. Let’s just say that I finished all the installments of the Resident Evil series, and we’re still not there. Suffice to say, the journey may be long, but the destination was worth it.
The first thing I noticed about Marinduque is the lack of public transportation. Good thing our relatives there were able to score us a van so we can go around town. Secondly, the whole place was teeming with nature. Everything was like a scene from a NatGeo program: there were mountains, lakes, islands, and vast stretches of farmland. Some areas don’t have a signal reception and there were no malls or supermarkets around!
All the isolation made me appreciate all the nature around me. In that place, the stars seem brighter, the smell of the air is a lot fresher, and the whole place is like it’s made to be conducive to bumming around. Its pristine beaches are not overrun by tourists or businesses (entrance is at 30php) and you can actually rent a boat to tour you to nearby islands if they’re available.
Overall, my Marinduque experience is both tiring and fulfilling at the same time. People should definitely try the island out if you’re not afraid of getting a little out of your comfort zone and going in an adventure. Also, if you have more than a weekend to spare.