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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Experience Antique: Mararison Island

I thought I will never be able to go to Antique after having Influenza after my Davao trip. I have to take full bed rest for almost 2 weeks just so I can fully recover. But thankfully, after 10 days of resting, I was able to follow my colleagues in Antique and already missed 2 days of our itinerary. 

I arrived Kalibo Airport last Monday, September 26 and waited for my shuttle service to drop me off to Culasi Antique. It was a 2-hr drive from Kalibo going to Antique and when I get to Culasi, I rode a small boat that will only fit 6 persons max ( that's what I think, lol). I was with these 2 boatmen and we traveled from port to the island about 20minutes because of the strong current and waves (Jesus Christ!) I survived that 20-minute long boat ride that I felt it was 20 years already, lol.

During Typhoon Yolanda, Mararison Island was hit and houses are washed out. It was devastating to all IP (Indigenous People) who lost their houses and boats. But thankfully after few years after the typhoon, the community built and put barriers at the sea shore. You will see here how simple their lives is, I have seen woman weaving their fish net, fishing is their main source of living here on the island. 

The marvelous mountains of Mararison Island. It was somehow likely common view of Batanes (though I have never been to Batanes). 

Thanks Jola for capturing this coz I have to go down and be back at our hut because it was starting to rain again.

When the rest of the group are back from the mountain, we only have 20 minutes to stay on the island or else we have to stay there because it was starting to build up strong current because it was raining and also there is a monsoon/Habagat that time.

Of course, it was only me who is panicking because I can't stand to ride on that small boat again and experience more waves and actually high waves! But were able to get off the island just at the right time, thank God! 

It was a nerve-wracking, fun and unforgettable experience in Mararison Island. 

Experience Antique: Mararison Island


  1. The mountains remind of the hills in Bohol. Ah man when I finished reading, I felt like I still wanted to read more! But I guess your trip got cut short due to the weather

  2. Beautiful photos! I am glad you were feeling well enough to make the trip...and survived the waves! And I am glad the community was able to rebuild, I can't imagine seeing my whole town washed away.

  3. What an absolutely beautiful part of the world. The mountains are so incredibly distinctive while the water looks very inviting. But also, it seems very exposed and it's not surprising that the Typhoon causes such a huge amount of damage. Nice post and some lovely shots

  4. I can imagine the scare after you say about the typhoon!
    I am glad the people there are slowly picking up the threads of life.
    Hope such a tragedy never happens again.

  5. As soon as I saw Mararison Island mountains I thought about hobbiton, from The lord of the rings movies! But these are better, being closer to the sea, something I always take into consideration :D

  6. You´re images remind me even a bit of Hawaii ;) A touch of Kauai :) I really enjoyed reading your post even if I´m really sorry that you´ve been so sick! Thanks for sharing your travel experience <3

  7. I never heard of this area before. The mountains look beautiful. Good you recovered from your illness!

  8. These pictures are so beautifully captured and I am in love with the way you captured the beach. Pardon my ignorance but I would really love to know which country are we talking about here?

  9. Lovely pictures that bring alive the lush greenery and sheer beauty of the landscapes. I can feel the wind in my hair and smell the fresh grass. I can hear the call of the mountains crying out to get out there.

  10. You have beautiful photos here. Mararison island is really beautiful and hope I get to visit soon. Philippines indeed has so much to offer!

  11. Love it. I'm Pinay but haven't had the chance to extensively travel in PI so this gives me idea. I had no idea about this part of the country. Awesome focus on lesser known places. Keep it up.

  12. I’d never heard of this place before but it looks wonderful! Mountains and sea together are always the best :) Thank you for sharing this story and beautiful photos! x

  13. Looks very serene but not sure how it would be during the typhoon you mention.
    But I'd like to have a closer look at it someday. Great frames too, especially where the sea is visible.

  14. You have some of the amazing captures of the Mararison Island glad you could make to it in spite of ill health. Sorry to know how the island was once washed away but good that they built it back.Hope to visit someday soon.

  15. That's so sad to hear about a Devestating natural disaster. I'm glad you were still able to make the most of your time in this gorgeous location. All the best travelers make the most of a bad situation and push on :)

  16. There is nothing worse that having to miss a trip because you don't feel well. I am happy that you managed to get there though, I know how hard it is to travel when you are sick. Even if it rained the views look amazing and I'm sad to hear that the place when through a natural disaster recently. It's gorgeous.


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