This trip was so fun, adventures and we were truly able to see the beauty of some nearby islands in the area. One of those are unspoiled beaches, small islands and rock formation. It is situated western part of Panay and approximately 1 hour travel from Roxas City. If you're looking for an awesome weekend beach bumming adventure, this is the place to be with. The water is so clear and a lot of corals around the reef . We enjoyed taking photos in our banca and some of my friends looking forward to our next beach experience soon. Two of the most popular town spots in Capiz with a great view of beaches and islands are Ivisan and Sapian. Take note that there is no life vest, snorkeling gear and diving equipment in the area. After a long day of island hopping, we headed back to the fish port and bought some oyster. This is my highlights of my year 2013 and I explore picturesque islands of my hometown, wander quiet beach, swim and enjoy the sun.
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Monday, January 6, 2014
Rock Formations & Small Cave in Mabaay Island or Martelinos Island. It is must side trip from the beach area to the rock formation. Although some area has a stiff rock formation, the beauty of this island would be definitely a rewarding trip for me. It's fun to imagine how long it will takes to built this area of the island. One of the adventures I would love is trekking and along the way beating the rocky and steep trails is a challenge. This is a perfect venue for outdoor enthusiast and travelers like me. In Addition, I also enjoyed the cool breeze and calm water of the place. We took a lot of photos with my friends and cousins. It is definitely a great summer vacation to all who wants a nature tripping and bonding with friends. The activity was tiresome but you will surely forget the exhaustion one you reach this area of the island.
After a great boodle flight lunch with friends, we proceed to trek around the island of Mabaay and also known as " Martelinos Island". I think this is a private property. hmm! Anyway, don't forget to wear proper shoe or slippers during your trip because of a sharp rocks and corals along the way. If you plan to do hiking or trekking in the island, bring extra water and towel. The island maintains its unique beauty and the shorelines is calm. We passes through the rocky mountains and cave at the back portion of the Island. I was surprised on how the island is preserve and maintain. They also have a lot of trees and unknown fruits scattered in many parts of the island and a very relaxing place to a very fresh tourist destination in the Province of Capiz. You have to trek for about 30 minutes or less.
Going to Mabaay Island is also known as Martelinos Island in the western part of Capiz. Here's the tip and budget:
Take a tricycle ride from Roxas City Airport going to Ivisan Terminal located at Punta Tabuc, Roxas City in front of Iglesia Ni Kristo, cost you from Php 15-20 pesos per passenger. From there take a multicab going to Ivisan town proper. Ask the driver to drop you off at Ivisan Public Market where you can find jeepney bound to Basiao. Travel time is 45 minutes to 1 hour. Fare is Php 25 each. It's best to take the first trip which is 6:00AM, especially if you have a limited time to stay in Mabaay Island. From LA Beach Resort in Basiao, Ivisan you can hire motorized boat ranging Php 300 to 500 pesos for the whole day. Bring your own foods and drinks during your trip. Happy Trip Everyone - Bisayang Manlalakbay around the Philippines.
A pristine white beach with crystal clear waters which is only a 15-20 minute ride by a motorized banca from LA/ Basiao Beach Resort in Ivisan, Capiz and water is calm ideal for swimming. It was amazingly and picturesque place to be with. Take note: the white beach area is low tide during morning and high tide in the afternoon. The white sand cannot be seen during high tide and was a little rough with tiny pebbles and corals but in the water, it was smooth. Take nothing but a souvenir pictures with the ground, indeed it was amazingly clear and just swim and float in the cool clear water. Boat rental for the whole day is ranging Php 300-500 pesos for a maximum of 6 persons. You may contact boatman Kuya Reniel or Miss Edrelyn Umiten - +63935-7417614. Happy Trip Everyone - Bisayang Manlalakbay around the Philippines.
Well, this island has a lots of thing to offer you like snorkeling, diving, trekking around the island, fishing, lunch by the beach, swimming and many more. You need to bring your own foods and drinks during your trip. We bought some fish, crabs, lobster and oyster at the fish port before heading to the Island, grilled it in side part of the Island. Most visitors who come here just eat, lie down on the beach, take a swim and then leave. The island filled with tall green trees and cogon grass. We enjoyed our lunch very much and thanks to Kuya who cooked for us. Then after eating, we take a dip into the crystal-clear water and took a lot of photos.
Mabaay White Beach Island in Ivisan is one of the several white sand of Capiz. Located at the western most part of Panay Island which is surrounded by the coastline & reef of Aklan & Sapian, Capiz. It is a small island where some visitors flocked during summer time and powdery white sand of the beach front. The crystal- clear water of this Island attracts many visitors per year and some fishes at the side part of Mabaay Island. This island can be reach by a motorized banca located LA/ Basiao Beach Resort ranging Php 300-500 which depends on number of person. I did not need to dive or snorkel to see the corals up close. I had to do was lower my camera from the banca and takes pictures of the coral. I love being in the beach with friends. You can bring your own foods for lunch by the beach.
Island Hopping in Ivisan | Capiz. Most people get around by boat because it so much easier for them to travel to different island of Capiz. We were lucky to have our friend's own banca and they charged us with a minimal fee. The island has a great view of lighthouse in the center, water is so clean and many corals along the reef. You can enjoy snorkeling in a crystal-clear water or even swimming to the reef of island. At the nearby island of Ivisan, there were also a lot of boulders and interesting rock formation and the waves is a little bit strong and continuous crashed onto the island's shores. It had less people compare to other part of the island. This is my unforgettable experience in my hometown province, I was able to explore unique places, island and white beaches.
This lighthouse is newly build by the municipal office of Ivisan. About 20 feet high and painted with white color. This is our first time here and I was amazed about the hidden beauty and unspoiled place like this. Upon arriving at Tuwad Island, we took about 2 minutes walk towards the top portion of the lighthouse. There are a lot of cogon grass and an overlooking view of the ocean. I have noticed this the white sand portion in the island and some of the corals are a live too. It is no surprise that we have a lot of lighthouse and nice view of an unspoiled island in our country. Few tourist ventures or come here because it can access by a motorized banca. We meet locals from Ivisan and Roxas City, they just come here because of the clean environment and a clearer blue-water of the place.
As part of your Island Hopping Adventure in Basiao Ivisan, don't miss to check out this island called " Mahabang Pulo", a small portion of white-sand corals and a rock formation around it. This island can be reach through motorized boat. You can hire boat at Basiao/LA Beach Resort ranging from Php 300 -500 depending on number of person/boat. The water is clear and seaweeds scattered all over the place. Overlooking view of Marukol "Gamay" and "Daku" at the side and it was a cloudy morning during our visit that time. The island also have mangroves behind the rocks and it is fun during summer with your friends. For me Basiao & Ivisan, Capiz has a very unique and attractive island and you can see more tourist attraction here.
Sunday, January 5, 2014
This is Marukol Gamay & Dako Island ( a visayan word which mean "Small & Big") which is one of the great scenic view from Basiao Beach Resort. We took about 5 minutes travel and I was amazed with the rock formation surrounding the island. Did you know that you can walk towards this Island during low tide but it is dangerous for you to take this route because of rocky corals under the water. The water is so clear, trees are surrounded in the area and corals are too alive. I think it has a great view under the water and I love this little island. Some parts of Ivisan in Capiz is well-known to its white sand beaches, relaxing and beautiful island across Roxas City & nearby Aklan. Experience the beauty of the Island now and best time during Summer together with your family and friends. Our next destination is Mahabang Pulo & the perfect white sand of Mabaay Island or Martilenos Island.
Basiao Ivisan Capiz | It was a cloudy morning when we arrived and the beach resort has not so fine white sand but a clear blue water which is located in Sitio Marangkalan, Basiao, Ivisan Capiz. The place has a great view of the ocean facing the 3 Island of Mahabang Pulo Island, Marukol Gamay & Dako Island. About 1 kilometer stretch of white sand. The resort composed of two big cottages and other small nipa hut. Ranging Php 100 to 500 pesos per cottage. Let's experience the beauty and relaxing ambiance of the place, about 30-40 minutes away from the town proper of Ivisan. Discover the nature beauty of Ivisan and relax yourself on a clean environment and not crowded beach resort in Capiz. After a quick time in the beach, we decided to take our boat going to Marukol Island for the first time.
Ivisan Fish Port | Basiao, Ivisan in Capiz. Before heading to our island hopping trip, we bought fish, crabs and lobster at their fish port. They are all fresh and a live. The price is so cheap not expensive versus in the market. The town of Ivisan is become the most dynamic port in the region because of the high volume of seafood. My cousin's friend is very helpful and friendly. She also arranged our boat for the island hopping. The boatman uses a big "lambat" for fishing and the water is so clear. Check out my next blog post about our island hopping escapades.
Going to Christ the King Redeemer Statue of Capiz in Barangay Malocloc Norte, Ivisan:
Upon arriving in Roxas City Airport , take a jeepney bound to Pueblo De Panay Terminal (new) where you can find jeepney going to Sapian western part of Capiz or bus/van going to Kalibo and Caticlan. Ask the driver to get you off to Barangay Malocloc Norte and travel time is 30-40 minutes. This is just right part of the national road highway and facing the Church of Sto. Domingo. There is no entrance fee at shrine, just ask the caretaker that you would take photos on it. Best time to visit the place during morning because of the great shot facing the sunset. Happy Trip Everyone - Bisayang Manlalakbay around the Philippines.
I've been to Monasterio De Tarlac and they had also similar statue here in Capiz. This shrine is located along the highway of Ivisan going to Aklan & Sapian, Capiz road and one of the iconic man-made statue painted with white about 130 feet tall. According to the caretaker beside the church of Sto. Rosario, these is a privately owned by Inday Ruth Gamboa. They also had a waiting area cottage along the main part of the shrine. We took a lot of photos before heading to Mambusao (hometown). The area is become one of the tourist attraction in the province of Capiz and the shrine area has a great view of natures and tall trees above a hilly/rocky surface of the mountain. I was appreciate the beauty & scenic view from the top. This statue is build a few years ago to attract people or tourist going to Boracay and other parts of Panay Island. Check out my next post about " How to Get to Christ the King Redeemer in Ivisan, Capiz.
Mantalinga Island | Roxas City. What a lovely view at Baybay, Roxas City in the province of Capiz. I grew up looking this small island every year during my childhood days in my hometown province. Well, this black grey sand beach of Baybay and backdrop island of Matalinga Island would make yourself relax and calm under the heat of the sun. One of thebest tourist destination in the province of Capiz. You'll see this island during a plane ride at Roxas City Airport or hire a banca to get there at Dumulog or Culasi for an island hopping, snorkeling and diving as well. I have no idea about the tour rate but you can check with the Tourist Assistance Center located at People's Park. I really enjoyed the day and the food as well. Maybe someday I can get here and explore behind this island.
Saturday, January 4, 2014
This is the new seaside food stalls in Roxas City which offers best seafood in town. One of the tourist attraction in the province with a great view of Roxas City Bay & nearby Mantalinga Island which is a kilometer away from the shoreline of La Playa De Roxas or People's Park. At the center of the park you'll see this Tourist Assistance Center will provide you information and tourist attraction of the whole province of Capiz. This area is open and free to tourist to enjoy and unwind all over the day. Some portion of the area is now developed and made into bars and restaurants in order you to have a night life during the day. They also have a wide open parking space and good view during the night.
I'm a fan of fresh seafood! So my sister and I took a 1 hour jeepney ride from Mambusao (hometown) to Roxas City. Upon arriving at the Albar Terminal, we took a tricycle ride going to Baybay Roxas City where you can find a lot of seafood's choice. Look for the "Seafood Court at People's Park Plaza:. Travel time is 20-30 minutes and cost you Php 15 per head. You could see a lot seafood stalls here, but we decided to have it at Japinu Seafood Stall with great view of Baybay Beach. The service staffs were great and the foods are delicious. What we had were sinigang Blue Marlin, baked oyster with cheese & toasted garlic sauce, grilled squid and we just added pork barbeque. It is best to eat with your hands and the place is an open place with chairs and tables outside. We just waited for a 20-30 minutes and then the food is served. The money spent is worth the good and good service as well which is perfect for group meals and family gathering. I can assure you that you will not regret having one of your meal in here.
Affordable Swimming Pool in Capiz | Ed & Dat Mini Resort is one of the pool resort in Barangay Poblacion Tabuc, Palje, Mambusao in Capiz. They have a 1 medium swimming pool and 2 kiddie pool. Entrance Fee for Kids & Adults is Php 20.00. For Swimming Pool Fee: Kids - Php 50 and for Adults - Php 80. They also have air-conditioned rooms, cottages and function hall for all occasions with the capacity of 50 person with a minimal fee. We enjoyed the use of their facilities like shower room, playground for kids, riverside cottages, mini canteen and their pool area. About their pool design they have distinct color of aqua blue and depth varies from 3 to 5 feet with a view of Mambusao River at the left side of their cottage. If you want a quick relaxation, family bonding and get together with friends, well this is the place for you. Here's the rates: Umbrella Type - Php 50 / Riverside Nipa Hut - Php 100 / Medium Size Cottages - Php 150.
Going to Talon Adventure Park in Roxas City Capiz | New Tourist Attraction in Capiz
From Ayagao White Beach Resort we took a 10 minutes drive going to Talon Adventure Park. Zipline and ATV ride is also available for your extreme adventure experience. This area is located just right ahead towards Roxas City -Ivisan road. At the national highway of Barangay Balijuagan (landmark - Balijuagan National High School & Elementary) take a tricycle going to the park which cost you Php 8 pesos per head. You may take jeepney at Roxas-Ivisan Terminal located at Barangay Punta Tabuc Roxas City. Travel time is 30 minutes and cost you abou Php 12 pesos per hear. Please check out my blog post here - http://jeffponce.blogspot.com/2014/01/how-to-get-to-ayagao-white-beach-resort.html and Happy Trip Everyone - Bisayang Manlalakbay around the Philippines.
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