- 3 days/ 2 nights accommodation for 4 persons at Potipot Gateway Resort
- full board meals for 4
- Potipot Island tour
Since this package doesn’t include transport, here are some tips on how to reach Potipot Island (if you’re coming from Metro Manila):
- Take this route: NLEX-SCTEX-Subic-San Marcelino-San Narciso-Botolan-Iba-Masinloc-Candelaria (all towns mentioned in this route after SCTEX are in Zambales)
- the drive takes about 6-7 hours on average per way
- Cost depends on prices of gasoline as well as the type of car you’re bringing
- Take the Victory Liner bus going to Sta. Cruz (Caloocan, Sampaloc, and Pasay terminals have buses going there)
- once in Candelaria, tell the conductor to drop you off in Dawal, Uacon
- since travel time is about 7 hours per way, travelers are advised to take the late night departures
- Access Victory Liner trip schedules here.
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Day 3 of our trip to Puerto Princesa brought us to San Vicente, where Long Beach and Daplac Cove are found. Here are some photos of Daplac Cove:
Daplac Cove is about a 30-minute bangka ride from Capari Resort (where we stayed in San Vicente) per way. The bangka ride is a service provided by the resort itself, which cost our group of 8 about Php 3,500.00 ($80.42) for the entire day. Guests availing of this service may just arrange with the bangkero (boatman) the best way to maximize the day island-hopping.
Meals were not a problem for us because the friendly boatmen were nice enough to do the cooking for us. All we had to do was wake up early in the morning to buy some fresh catch of fish, order rice from the resort, and of course, eat!
We were lucky enough to meet two kind residents from the island, Philippe (a Frenchman) and Ditchay (a Filipina), whose beautiful eco-friendly cottage is nested right in front of the beach. (Ay, kainggit!)
During the afternoon the couple invited us to their porch for a cup of coffee. There we learned that their cottage has been around for 20 years already (and it still looks new!). Over coffee Philippe talked (or, according to Ditchay, lectured us) to us about the pressing problem of commercialization of the island as well as their cause in letting as many people know about the bad side of putting up resorts in tiny islands such as Boayan. According to them, the presence of a luxury resort would harm the island’s ecosystem, and would render the island inaccessible to local tourists who aren’t able to afford the high rates these resorts ask for. Aside from that, Philippe also gave us the 411 on the environmental benefits of using solar energy at home. The conversation may have seemed like a lecture, but it was definitely eye-opening for us city girls who know very little about such matters.
I’m in on the cause of the San Vicente residents to save Boayan from “commercialization.” Word is out that Discovery Shores is planning to build a luxury resort in the area — something that will greatly affect local travelers, as the cost of entering the island will be very expensive. Ditchay and Philippe were right in saying that it just doesn’t make sense if it happens that such a place in the Philippines would become inaccessible to most of its citizens. More importantly, the building of such a resort would greatly harm the rich wildlife that Boayan has.
Click on this link and join in the cause! You may also find them on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=68467507745
- our taxi service (c/o Kuya Amet, the taxi driver we met in the airport–he gave us a discount!) picked us up from the hotel at 6am; got to Balingoan Port at 7:30am
- took the 8:00am ferry to Camiguin; ticket price is Php 150 + a terminal fee of Php 2.25; there’s a student discount, so don’t forget to bring your student ID!
- arrived at Benoni Port, Camiguin at 9:00 am
The multicab service c/o Paguia’s Cottages was already waiting for us at Benoni Port when we arrived. To maximize our time on the island of Mantigue, our group decided to go to there first before checking in to Paguia’s Cottages. We left our luggage in the multicab, leaving no money and valuables there, of course.
The boat ride from Mahinog to Mantigue took about 20-30 minutes. From afar we could already see the white sand beach that surrounds the island! I have seen a number of white sand beaches around the country, and I must say that this one should be on my top 20 of the best. Aside from its sand, what makes Mantigue beautiful is the lush greenery at its center, where the picnic tables are located. The various trees of the greenery provide the island’s guests with excellent shade and fresh air.
The marine sanctuary in Mantigue is no Balicasag, but try it anyway. Snorkeling there will let you see a variety of tropical fish as well as giant clams.
If you’re looking for beach activities (i.e. banana boat, jet skiing, fly fish-ing, etc) like those found in Boracay, you’ll get bored in this island for sure. But if you’re looking for a place where you could just relax and take in the beauty of nature, Mantigue Island is for you.
We decided to leave the island at around 1:30pm as we have a few more stops to make around Camiguin. Next on our IT was Katibawasan Falls. At 250 feet high, Katibawasan Falls is a sight to behold. Watching the white water cascade down a gigantic cliff made me feel like I was in a postcard or a calendar photo of the falls. It was so beautiful there, it felt unreal. Don’t forget to bring your DSLR when visiting this park! The water was clear and very cool. If I were badly sunburned in Mantigue, the cold water from the pool would have soothed every inch of my burned skin.
- entrance fee: Php 15 (adults), Php 6 (kids 7 years and below)
- souvenir shops and sari-sari stores are lined up just outside the park’s gate
After a quick check-in and shower, our group rushed to catch a view of the sunken cemetery with the sunset as its background: