Marinduque is a heart-shaped island in the upper left side of the Philippines. Because of this, it is known as “The Heart of the Philippines”. It is the fifth smallest province in the Philippines – a 48-hour weekend getaway is more than enough time to tour the island.
And while Marinduque’s Moriones Festival lands the province in the national news every Holy Week, the small province is working double-time to attract tourists all year round.
The island province is a heart-shaped Eden of sand, sea, mountains, and falls – all you could ever hope for in an island vacation.
About eleven miles away from the island of Luzon is a heart shaped piece of land (370 square miles) surrounded by the clear deep blue sea – Marinduque. It is the geo-physical center of the Philippines, hence dubbed as “The Heart of the Philippines”. It is the smallest province in the southern Tagalog Region with only 6 towns, namely: Boac, Buenavista, Gasan, Mogpog, Sta. Cruz and Torrijos.
The island is made famous by the annual Moriones Festival but it has a lot more to offer the curious.
Get ready to be awestricken by the charming old Spanish houses, beautiful churches, pristine white sand beaches, bewildering caves, relaxing sulfur hot springs, undisturbed pristine islands and spectacular sea and mountain views.
The raw beauty of the island and a jam-packed itinerary are the things that Marinduque offers to its visitors. Indeed a treasure trove of exquisite natural beauty.
WHEN TO GO?
For most tourists who want to see the Moriones Festival, the best time to go to Marinduque is during the Lenten Season which usually starts in the Philippines at the last week of March or the first week of April.
Aside from the Moriones festival, there are more than enough reasons to explore the island. It offers year-round attractions that are often left out in the tourist trail. However, bear in mind that June-October are the rainy and typhoon-prone months.
HOW TO GET THERE?
Arriving by Air: Pasay City to Marinduque
-This option is temporarily unavailable. No airline servicing Manila-Marinduque route as of the date this post was published. Marinduque Airport is currently undergoing repair and maintenance.
Arriving By Land: Metro Manila to Lucena City
-There are public utility buses from Metro Manila that will take you to Grand Terminal, Lucena City where public utility jeepney’s bound for Talao-Talao Pier are available.
-Buses with direct route to Talao-Talao Port specifically those with signboards “Lucena-Talao-Talao Pier” are also available. From Manila, you may took off at Buendia Terminal in Pasay City corner Taft Avenue. From Quezon City, get to Kamias Road Terminal corner EDSA or Ali Mall Terminal at Cubao. Available buses at said terminals are Jac Liner, Jam Transit, Lucena Lines and Dela Rosa Lines. Jac Liner, Inc., the biggest bus operator in Southern Tagalog, also offers direct route to Marinduque. For more details or reservations, you may contact Tel. # 02-404-2073 (Buendia Terminal) or Tel. # 02-927-6139 (Kamias Terminal).
-You can also bring or drive your own car or vehicle in going to Marinduque by boarding the Roll-on, Roll-off sea ferries (RoRo) when you reach the Talao-Talao Pier. Average travel time by land from Manila to Lucena City is three (3) hours.
Arriving by Sea: Lucena City to Marinduque
-At Talao-Talao Port, Roro’s of Montenegro Shipping Lines, Inc. and Star Horse Shipping Company bound for Balanacan Port, Mogpog are available. Travel time ranges from 3 to 4 hours for Roro. The ride costs Php 200 or might go up but will never exceed Php300.
-Upon reaching the Balanacan Port, there are public utility jeepney’s and air-conditioned vans waiting to take you to your destinations with signboards: Boac, Mogpog, Gasan, Buenavista, Sta. Cruz or Torrijos.
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