Marinduque

Marinduque, is an island located between Tayabas Bay and Sibuyan Sea.  It is part of the Mimaropa Region, (aka Suthwestern Tagalog Region and previously designated as Region IV-B) and is also part of the Luzon island group.  If there is anything that makes Mimaropa known, that would be that it is the home of the Moriones Festival, which takes place every Holy Week, and that together with Batanes, it has the lowest crime in the country.

If you are looking for a quick, long-weekend-getaway from Manila, this may very well be one great option.

What to do in Marinduque?

Marinduque is a fun island to ride around.  It is big enough for you to enjoy a full day of riding and small enough for you to circle it in one day and stop and see some of the sights it has to offer.

If you decide to ride around the island, non-stop, this may take you anywhere between 2 to 3.5 hours.  However, do make time to stop along the way as there are places worth visiting.

  • Beaches and Island hopping – If you are looking to get a tan or chill on the fine sand, head over to the port in Buyabod, park your bike and get on a bangka.  Tell the basngkero (boatman) to take you to Maniuaya Island, Palad Sandbar and/or Mompong Island, where you can jump off the Ungab Rock Formation.  This could all be done in a day, if you start really early, or you could find one that you like and stay a little longer.  Just remember that Palad Sandbar is only accessible during low tide, so plan your visit well if you want to instagram here.
    Alternatively, you can head over to Gasan and visit Tres Reyes Islands, named after the 3 kings that according to the bible, brought gold incense and myrrh to baby Jesus.
    You have a number of very nice beaches around the island, and it is not hard to sdtay away from the crowds, which makes the beach extra special.
  • Boac Cathedral – The pride and joy of the locals.  It is the oldest building in Marinduque and a must if you have any interest in the history of the island and the Spanish influence in the Philippines.
  • If you like nature and the outdoors, you have plenty of options.  You can hike up Mount Malindi and Tarug Peak or you can visit some of the caves the island has to offer, such as, Bathala Caves, Bagumbongan cave or Tarug Cave.  If you want to take a dip in  fresh water, head over to Kawa-Kawa falls, Paadjao falls in Mogpog or Duyay falls.

Where to stay in Marinduque

Marinduque is kind of an off-the-beaten-path destination in the Philippines, and as such, hospitality business options are limited.

If you are on the west coast of the island, near Boac, you may want to check out Eastpoint Hotel.  Nothing fancy, but it is clean, and it serves as a perfect base from which one can explore the island and (very important) have a relatively late dinner within a short walk from the hotel (this hotel only offers some instant coffee for breakfast, but no lunch or dinner).

If you are on the east coast of the island, you may want to head over to Beach Club Cagpo.  Quiet, by a beautiful beach, and has a nice enough restaurant, in case you just want to chill and not go anywhere.

This is also a good base from which you can explore some of the island’s sights.

Where to eat in Marinduque

Marinduque is nothing like most major tourist destinations in the Philippines, and while it is absolutely stunning and it hosts one of the most peculiar festivals, it may not have as many food options other than your regular carinderias (which are always worth a try).

If you are craving for something different (in Marinduque’s context) and want to stray away from adobo and sinigang), 10 y.o. Cafe, offers a very nice menu and atmosphere.  It is the closest you will find (or at least what we found) to your typical hipster cafe you could find in any other big city.  Staff is friendly and they open till late compared to other establishments in the island.

On the other side of the island, tucked away by the beach, you have Beach Club Cagpo, which also has some nice non local food items in a great beach-side setting.

If you are craving for some of the local flavours, you have Kusina sa Plaza, near the Boac Cathedral, but you maight aswell venture into any of the local carinderias you can find along the road and in the different towns around the island.

Geting to and from Marinduque

If you are planning to ride your motorcycle to Marinduque, you have a number of options.  You can get to Marinduque from the port of Lucena, in the Quezon Province, in the island of Luzon, or, you can get to Marinduque from Romblon.

There are 2 ports with a roro service in Marinduque: Port of Balanacan, in Mogpog and the Port of Cawit in Boac.  Find more info on the roro services here.

Check out our map of the different roro ports in the Philippines.

Dalahican Port (Lucena) roro (ferry) price and schedules


If you are traveling by road and intend to ride between islands, you will need to board a roro (ferry). Most islands (especially the larger ones) have one or more ports from which one can load a vehicle and explore different islands.  Read this post to find out about the Dalahican port (Lucena, Quezon Province) roro ferry price and schedules.

Dalahican port is located in Lucena city in the Quezon province in the Calabarzon region of the Philippines.  This port is the jump off point to Marinduque, Banton, Tablas, Romblon and Sibuyan.

There are two shipping lines that operate passenger ferry/roro boats from Lucena (Starhorse Shipping Lines and Montenegro Shipping Lines).  Both offer around 5 boats daily, but schedules are constantly changing and depending on the number of passengers and weather.  Also, you have boats that sail between Luchena (Dalahican Ferry Terminal) and Mogpog (Port of Balanacan), but there are also a number of boats that sail from Lucena to the port of Cawid in Marinduque and then sail to Banton, Tablas, Romblon and Sibuyan.

Trying to contact the companies through phone, e-mail or their social media can be close to impossible, so as a general rule of thumb, if you plan to sail from the port of Lucena, it is a smart idea to bbe there any time between 3a.m. (first boat sails at 3:30a.m.) and noon (if you want to catch some day light on your arrival in Marinduque.

It takes anywhere from 2 to 3 hours to sail between Lucena and Mogpog, while it may take an extra hour if you are traveling to or from the port of Cawid.

Find prices and schedules below.  Some companies will offer discounts for children, students, senior citizens and persons with disabilities, check when booking/purchasing your tickets.  Not all vessels have different classes, some may just have the regular seats/beds and a tourist class with aircon and others may have more than 2 different classes onboard.

 

Information provided is accurate at the time of writing.  If you know of more services which are not listed, please leave a comment below and we will update the post as soon as possible.
To Port of Balanacan, Mogpog (Marinduque)

Montenegro Shipping Lines

Departure times:

1:00, 3:00, 10:00, 12:00, 15:00, 19:00, 22:00, 23:00

Travel Time:

3 hours

Price:

S.U.V./sedan: php 2,340.00
mini bus:
motorcycle under 400cc:
motorcycle 400cc and above: php 936.00

passenger economy: php
passenger premium economy: N/A
passenger business: N/A

passenger terminal fee: php 30.00
vehicle terminal fee (Car/Truck): php 129.00
vehicle terminal fee (motorcycle): php 65.00
vehicle terminal fee on arrival: N/A

Starhorse Shipping Lines

Departure times:

00:30, 03:30, 09:30, 11:30, 13:30, 18:30, 20:30, 22:30

Travel Time:

3 hours

Price:

S.U.V./sedan: php 2,340.00
mini bus:
motorcycle under 400cc: php 936.00
motorcycle 400cc and above: php 936.00

passenger economy: php 260.00
passenger premium economy: N/A
passenger business: N/A

passenger terminal fee: php 30.00
vehicle terminal fee (Car/Truck): php 129.00
vehicle terminal fee (motorcycle): php 65.00
vehicle terminal fee on arrival: N/A

To Port of Cawid (Marinduque)

Starhorse Shipping Lines

Departure times:

16:00

Travel Time:

4 hours

Price:

S.U.V./sedan: php 3000.00
mini bus:
motorcycle under 400cc:
motorcycle 400cc and above:

passenger economy:
passenger premium economy: N/A
passenger business: N/A

passenger terminal fee: php 30.00
vehicle terminal fee (Car/Truck): php 129.00
vehicle terminal fee (motorcycle): php 65.00
vehicle terminal fee on arrival: N/A

To Port of Banton

Starhorse Shipping Lines

Departure times:

16:00

Travel Time:
Price:

S.U.V./sedan:
mini bus:
motorcycle under 400cc:
motorcycle 400cc and above:

passenger economy:
passenger premium economy: N/A
passenger business: N/A

passenger terminal fee: php 30.00
vehicle terminal fee (Car/Truck): php 129.00
vehicle terminal fee (motorcycle): php 65.00
vehicle terminal fee on arrival: N/A

To Port of San Agustin (Tablas)

Starhorse Shipping Lines

Departure times:

16:00

Travel Time:
Price:

S.U.V./sedan:
mini bus:
motorcycle under 400cc:
motorcycle 400cc and above:

passenger economy:
passenger premium economy: N/A
passenger business: N/A

passenger terminal fee: php 30.00
vehicle terminal fee (Car/Truck): php 129.00
vehicle terminal fee (motorcycle): php 65.00
vehicle terminal fee on arrival: N/A

To Port of Romblon

Starhorse Shipping Lines

Departure times:

16:00

Travel Time:
Price:

S.U.V./sedan:
mini bus:
motorcycle under 400cc:
motorcycle 400cc and above:

passenger economy:
passenger premium economy: N/A
passenger business: N/A

passenger terminal fee: php 30.00
vehicle terminal fee (Car/Truck): php 129.00
vehicle terminal fee (motorcycle): php 65.00
vehicle terminal fee on arrival: N/A

To Port of Ambulong (Sibuyan)

Starhorse Shipping Lines

Departure times:

16:00

Travel Time:
Price:

S.U.V./sedan:
mini bus:
motorcycle under 400cc:
motorcycle 400cc and above:

passenger economy:
passenger premium economy: N/A
passenger business: N/A

passenger terminal fee: php 30.00
vehicle terminal fee (Car/Truck): php 129.00
vehicle terminal fee (motorcycle): php 65.00
vehicle terminal fee on arrival: N/A

We board roro (ferries) from Dalahican port in our following rides:

Batangas Port roro (ferry) price and schedules

If you are traveling by road and intend to ride between islands, you will need to board a roro (ferry). Most islands (especially the larger ones) have one or more ports from which one can load a vehicle and explore different islands.  Read this post to find out about the Batangas port roro ferry price and schedules.

Batangas port is located in Batangas city in the province with the same name in the Calabbarzon region of the Philippines.  This port is the jump off point to many major ports in the Philippines and is one of the ports from which one can leave and to which one can arrive when traveling to and from the island of Luzon.

Find prices and schedules below.  Some companies will offer discounts for children, students, senior citizens and persons with disabbilities, check when booking/purchasing your tickets.  Not all vessels have different classes, some may just have the regular seats/beds and a tourist class with aircon and others may have more than 2 different classes onboard.

 

Information provided is accurate at the time of writing.  If you know of more services which are not listed, please leave a comment below and we will update the post as soon as possible.
To Abra de Ilog (Occidental Mindoro)

Montenegro Shipping Lines

Departure times:

02:00, 06:00, 10:00, 14:00, 18:00, 22:00

Travel Time:

3 hours

Price:

S.U.V./sedan: php 1,872.00
mini bus:
motorcycle under 400cc:
motorcycle 400cc and above: php 936.00

passenger economy: php 260.00
passenger premium economy: N/A
passenger business: N/A

passenger terminal fee: php 30.00
vehicle terminal fee (Car/Truck): php 129.00
vehicle terminal fee (motorcycle): php 65.00
vehicle terminal fee on arrival: N/A

To Puerto Galera

Starlite Ferries

Departure times:

10:00, 18:00

Travel Time:

3 hours

Price:

S.U.V./sedan:
mini bus:
motorcycle under 400cc:
motorcycle 400cc and above:

passenger economy:
passenger premium economy: N/A
passenger business:

passenger terminal fee: php 30.00
vehicle terminal fee (Car/Truck): php 129.00
vehicle terminal fee (motorcycle): php 65.00
vehicle terminal fee on arrival: N/A

To Calapan

Fastcat

Departure times:

00:00, 01:30, 06:00, 09:00, 11:00, 14:30, 18:00, 20:00

Travel Time:

1.5 hours

Price:

S.U.V./sedan: php 1,540.00
mini bus: php 2,300.00
motorcycle under 400cc: php 720.00
motorcycle 400cc and above: php 860.00

passenger economy: php 190.00
passenger premium economy: php 250.00
passenger business: php 300.00

passenger terminal fee: php 30.00
vehicle terminal fee (Car/Truck): php 129.00
vehicle terminal fee (motorcycle): php 65.00
vehicle terminal fee on arrival: N/A

Montenegro Shipping Lines

Departure times:

00:00, 02:00, 04:00, 6:00, 8:00, 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, 16:00, 18:00, 20:00, 22:00

Travel Time:

3 hours

Price:

S.U.V./sedan:
mini bus:
motorcycle under 400cc:
motorcycle 400cc and above:

passenger economy:
passenger premium economy: N/A
passenger business: N/A

passenger terminal fee: php 30.00
vehicle terminal fee (Car/Truck): php 129.00
vehicle terminal fee (motorcycle): php 65.00
vehicle terminal fee on arrival: N/A

Starlite Ferries

Departure times:

01:00, 03:00, 05:00, 07:00, 09:00, 11:00, 13:00, 15:00, 17:00, 19:00, 21:00, 23:00

Travel Time:

3 hours

Price:

S.U.V./sedan: php 1350.00
mini bus:
motorcycle under 400cc: php 600.00
motorcycle 400cc and above:

passenger economy: php 199.00
passenger premium economy: N/A
passenger business: php 250.00

passenger terminal fee: php 30.00
vehicle terminal fee (Car/Truck): php 129.00
vehicle terminal fee (motorcycle): php 65.00
vehicle terminal fee on arrival: N/A

To Odiongan (Tablas)

2Go Travel

Departure times:

Monday
21:00
Thursday
22:00
Sunday
22:00

Travel Time:

7 hours

Price:

S.U.V./sedan:
mini bus:
motorcycle under 400cc:
motorcycle 400cc and above:

passenger economy:
passenger premium economy: N/A
passenger business:

passenger terminal fee: php 30.00
vehicle terminal fee (Car/Truck): php 129.00
vehicle terminal fee (motorcycle): php 65.00
vehicle terminal fee on arrival: N/A

To Romblon

2Go Travel

Departure times:

Monday
21:00
Thursday
22:00
Sunday
22:00

Travel Time:

7 hours

Price:

S.U.V./sedan:
mini bus:
motorcycle under 400cc:
motorcycle 400cc and above:

passenger economy:
passenger premium economy: N/A
passenger business:

passenger terminal fee: php 30.00
vehicle terminal fee (Car/Truck): php 129.00
vehicle terminal fee (motorcycle): php 65.00
vehicle terminal fee on arrival: N/A

To Roxas (Oriental Mindoro)

2Go Travel

Departure times:

Monday
21:00
Thursday
22:00
Sunday
22:00

Travel Time:

7 hours

Price:

S.U.V./sedan:
mini bus:
motorcycle under 400cc:
motorcycle 400cc and above:

passenger economy:
passenger premium economy: N/A
passenger business:

passenger terminal fee: php 30.00
vehicle terminal fee (Car/Truck): php 129.00
vehicle terminal fee (motorcycle): php 65.00
vehicle terminal fee on arrival: N/A

To Caticlan

2Go Travel

Departure times:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
21:00

Travel Time:

10 hours

Price:

S.U.V./sedan:
mini bus:
motorcycle under 400cc:
motorcycle 400cc and above:

passenger economy:
passenger premium economy: N/A
passenger business:

passenger terminal fee: php 30.00
vehicle terminal fee (Car/Truck): php 129.00
vehicle terminal fee (motorcycle): php 65.00
vehicle terminal fee on arrival: N/A

We board roro (ferries) from Batangas port in our following rides:

Sablayan : 3 Days

Sablayan : 4 Days

Manila to Cebu : 1 Way : 9 Days

Rides

Contact us if you’d like a custom itinerary

Baler

Baler is the capital of the province of Aurora, in the Central Luzon region of the Philippines.  It is mostly known for being the shooting location of the famous surfing scene in Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now. “I love the smell of napalm in the morning” and “Charlie don’t surf!” are 2 lines that may sound familiar, especially if you are a film buff.  Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore played by Robert Duval said these lines at Charlie’s Point, now one of the most accessible and popular surf spots in the area.  But if you are an avid surfer, or just want to give it a try, know that this is only the beginning of what Baler has to offer.

Located a, roughly, 7 hour ride from Manila (it took us 12 hours from Santa Ana, Cagayan), Baler is not only ther birthplace of the Philippines Surf scene, but also home to some beautiful white sand beaches and waterfalls.

Digisit, Ditumabo, Cunayan and Paltic falls are all within a reasonable distance and are a must if you wish to combine a little hiking with a little dip in fresh water.

Head over to Dinadiawan or down to Dicasalarin Cove if you want to avoid the crowds and relax on a white sand beach sorounded by beautiful coconut trees.

Baler is also motorcycling paradise.  Its twisting roads are fairly quiet and there isn’t much traffic outside the town propper.  The ride will reward you with great sea views and coconut trees, beautiful muntains and rivers.  Road conditions are good, but watch out for certain sections where the pavement disappears and the roasd becomes a dirt track.

If you are looking for a place to stay, we really like Kahanamoku Bed & Breakfast, which is super clean, well decorated and has very tasty and healthy breakfast options which you need to order before 5pm the previous day.  Even though this place does not have T.V. or wifi, it is one of our favourite lodging options in the Philippines.  It is also the home of Salty Dog Customs and also offer yoga classes and retreats.  If you are in Baler for surfing, Cemento beach and Cobra Reef are literally across the road.

While some claim to be able to surf all year round, surf season in Baler runs from September to March, having best waves from December to February.  Do check out Sabang Beach, Charlie’s Point, Lindy’s Point and Cobra Reef in Cemento Beach if you want to catch some waves.  Charlie Does is the perfect all in one stop iuf you are hungry, need a board and even if you need some lessons before jumping in the water.

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