Published: March 14th 2012March 14th 2012
Getting to Marinduque was not as easy as we expected, seeing as its very close to Manila. From Dau in Pampanga we took a bus to Pasay in Manila. We asked some local tricycle drivers and they said they could take us to the JAM Liner Terminal nearby. So we agreed a price and set off in the tricycle, but instead of using the main roads the driver headed off down the back alleys of Pasay and soon we were stuck in total gridlock! We decided to leave the tricycle there and tried a Jeepney instead, same result! Total gridlock in traffic. So we just walked it! Much better. Then we rode the bus to Lucena and then a tricycle the the port of Dalahican, arriving at about 5pm only to discover the next ferry was at 10:30 pm! So we eventually arrived in Marinduque at 1am in the morning. We rode a Jeepney to the town of Boac and luckily found a guesthouse that was open! Very knackered, we slept for about 10 hours! The next day we tried to find a motorbike to rent, no luck whatsoever! But we were told a resort near the town of Gasan could
arrange a bike for us. So we caught a one hour Jeepney to the resort to disover it was managed by the local Councillor and he arranged a bike with no problem! The next day we rode right around the Island and wow its very beautiful! The East coast was amazing, very few people, just small hillside villages and beautiful scenery! Visited the small own of Torrijos and its white sand beach at Poctoy. Very nice and nobody there! All around the Island are reminders of the Moriones festival and we found a small shop near Torrijos where the locals were making Moriones masks in preparation for Easter. Maybe we an return next year for Easter as must be amazing to see. Marinduque, took a lot of effort, but definetly worth it!
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