DIY Travel Guide: Alibijaban Island 2017


 

Go places you can't even pronounce πŸ“Alibijaban Island πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Detailed guide on my blog 😘

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Alibijaban! Say that again – A-li-bi-ha-ban.
Pronouncing it is a struggle as going to this remote island πŸ˜€

 

Β Alibijaban Island is a virgin paradise located at the most southern tip of Quezon and is in the municipality of San Andres. From Manila, you will need to suffer a nine to ten-hour bus ride or six to seven hours of driving if you have your own car. I went by bus and the journey was very uncomfortable and butt-numbing, and to make matters worse the bus was not even air-conditioned. It kept stopping to collect new passengers even though the bus was already full ( 4 or 5 times) and I wake to be with a bunch of inconsiderate passengers who kept on chatting even when they knew the vast majority of passengers were trying to take a nap, so moral of this part of the story is take some noise cancelling headphones! Just imagine how the trip going to San Andres was! But as they say, all is well that ends well. Having said all of that, having to endure the bumpy and itchy trip to San Andres pays huge rewards at the end, as the island is amazing.

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Once you get to the port, the feeling of uneasiness will be gone and be replaced by excitement. From there, you will have a glimpse of the island itself.

It took me roughly around 20 minutes to reach Alibijaban Island. The place offers a very scenic and picturesque view of golden to white sand, aqua crystal clear waters and undisturbed forests, like mangroves. Try getting there and you will agree with me that there are no words to perfectly describe this place.

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How to get to Alibijaban Island?

Best option: Ride a direct bus going to San Andres, Quezon via Barney Bus (non-air-condition) located at Alabang Starmall. Travel time is at least 8 hours.

Schedule of Barney Bus: 4:00am/ 5:30am/ 8:30am/ 1:00pm/ 6:30pm/ 8:30pm/ 10:00pm

Fare: Full Fare P417 // Senior Citizen or Student Fare P334

Contact: Eddie Moreno (Morning) 09207072414 // Jessie Dooc (Afternoon) 09257474768

**Superlines located in Cubao also offers a direct trip to San Andres, Quezon. You can contact them for their scheduled trips. +63 922 522 5192

 

Option 2: If you’re uncomfortable with the non-airconditioned bus going to Quezon, you may opt to have a cutting trip. Just pick a bus of your choice that goes to Lucena Grand Terminal. There are a lot of buses coming from Edsa. At Lucena GT, wait for buses that will take you to San Andres Quezon. (This option is not really recommended because it will take you hours of waiting at Lucena GT before you can have a bus or a van that will take you to San Andres, Quezon)

For boat rental, you can contact Kuya Randy ( 09982758413Β ). The price may vary depending on the number of persons to be brought to the Island. For our case, we paid 500 pesos back and forth that is good for two. According to him, he offers a back and forth boat ride for 1,500 pesos for 10-12pax and 2,000 pesos for 15pax.

 


Where to stay?

Best option: Bring your own tent and pay only 100pesos as an Environmental fee.

If you are not comfortable with the idea of camping, no worries because you can rent a Kubo with a room that is good for 3 to 5 persons for Php. 500 (**plus 100 pesos each as an environmental fee). You can contact Ate Baby for accommodation inquiries,
09506449925 / 09093395311 / 09564732056.

UPDATE: As of MARCH 2017, Kubo renting price has gone up to Php. 700 😦

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Island Fees:

  • If you are planning to get to the island, please contact Kuya Randy in advance through his mobile: +6399-8275-8413.
  • They collect an Environmental or entrance fee for Php100/pax.
  • Use of utility water costsΒ β‚±10 per pail / β‚±150 per drum.
  • Cooking fee is at your own discretion, and so with the guide fee.
  • Kuya Randy charge Php200 when you go for an island tour but I suggest you to, at least, shell out a bit.
  • Port fee forΒ β‚±4.

What to do?

  • Tour at Sandbar and Mangroves areas/ Swimming
  • Snorkeling
  • Sunset/Sunrise viewing
  • Camping
  • Island Hopping ( Burias Island, Sombrero Island, Talisayan Island) **cost depends on the number of persons. Fewer persons, higher cost. You can contact Kuya Randy for the island hopping fee.

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How to get back to Manila?

From the port, hire a pedicab that will take you to the bus terminal for 30 pesos. But you can also walk from port to the terminal.

Barney Trip Schedule (San Andres to Alabang Starmall): 3:00am/ 3:00pm/ 6:30pm/ 8:30pm

Contact: Joydrix Ladesma 09078143150

Also, just beside Barney bus’ terminal is the Superlines. They also have a direct trip from San Andres Quezon to Cubao. Schedule of bus trips: 4:30AM/ 4:30PM/ 9:30PM

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So there! All thanks to Vela Family for everything during my visit at Alibijaban Island!!!


Tips/Reminders:

1. It is recommended that you take the direct trip (Barney Bus) to San Andres Quezon. I prefer Barney bus compared to Superlines.
2. Bus’ last stop is at San Andres Market. You can buy the things you’ll be needing in the Island here.
3. The port is walking distance from the market but you can hire a pedicab to bring you there for a the 10pesos fare.
4. If you arrive at the Island early in the afternoon, you can have a tour first at the Sandbar and mangroves areas to max out your time and pitch your tent later just in time for the sunset.
5. You can save your 200 pesos if you will visit the sandbar and mangroves areas just by walking.
6. It is not allowed to just make your own bonfire at the shore. You need to ask permission from the locals first.
7. Bring candies or anything that suits children’s taste.
8. Don’t miss the sunrise! Perfect time to wake up is at 5:00 AM. You can actually get your best shots under the sun since it is low tide.
9. No worries for FOOD! You can ask the locals to cook something for you for a minimal fee.
10. Electricity is limited on the island since it is only powered up by solar electricity. So charging your gadgets will cost you 25pesos.
11. There is a store on the island where you can buy soft drinks, liquor, snacks and others.
12. Bring your trash bags and dispose of your waste properly.

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Actual Itinerary for 2D1N

Friday (Day 1)
4:00AM – 1:00PM ETD/ETA @San Andres
1:00PM – 2:00PM Lunch/ Buying of necessary things needed in the Island
2:00PM – 2:10PM ETA @San Andres Port
2:10PM – 2:30PM ETA @Alibijaban Island
2:30PM – 5:00PM Tour at Sandbar and Mangroves area (High tide)
5:00PM- 6:00PM Pitch Tent while enjoying the view of the sunset
6:00PM-7:00PM Cook dinner and prepare things for the bonfire.
7:00PM-9:00PM Dinner time. Share your stories with the locals.
9:00 onwards Wash up/Stargazing/Lights out
Saturday (Day 2)
5:30AM Wake up time
5:30AM-6:30AM Sunrise appreciation
6:30AM-8:00AM Free time
8:00AM – 10:00AM Tour at Sandbar and Mangroves areas (low tide)
10:00AM-2:00PM Late breakfast/Wash up/Pack up things
2:00PM-2:20PM Back to San Andres Port
2:20PM – 4:30 PM
**We missed the 3PM trip of Barney bus. But luckily, Superlines bus’ trip is at 4:30PM.
Waiting time for the bus’ departure
4:30 PM ETD Superlines
2:00AM ETA Boni, Mandaluyong

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Detailed Breakdown of Expenses

FARE
Alabang to San Andres, Quezon
Student/Senior/PWD Php. 334
Regular Php 417

334

Boat ride RT **500/2

250

Pedicab **30/2 from port to Bus Terminal

15

San Andres to Boni Mandaluyong
Student/Senior/PWD Php. 350
Regular Php 435

350

949

Environmental Fee

100

Sandbar and Mangrove Tour
**you can actually visit these areas through walking to the other side of the island. For our case, we were not informed it can be reached by walking so we took the tour by boat. However, it is okay because after all it was worth it since we got to visit these areas twice (Friday afternoon, high tide and Saturday morning, low tide) for 200 pesos only. Since we were two, we paid 100each.

100

Port Fee

4

FOOD
Lunch at San Andres Market

35

Necessary food to bring in the Island
** Dinner, Breakfast and Others

162.5

Food during the trip

87.5

Lunch @Franks at San Andres port

44.5

Dinner at Superlines Bus stop

70

399.5

PERSONAL and OTHER EXPENSES
Uber to Alabang Starmall

112

Tip

100

Water for Bath
**10pesos per pailΒ  and 150pesos per drum

50

262

GRAND TOTAL

1,814.5

 


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73 Comments Add yours

  1. Hi, advisable po ba pumunta jan this weekend? Thank you for the response πŸ™‚

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    1. Jay & Gelo says:

      advisable naman po. just contact them first para di hassle pag punta niyo πŸ™‚

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      1. ALVIN DESPE says:

        Added on the list. We just had our Cagbalete trip last month. Island was really nice so as the locals.

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        1. Jay & Gelo says:

          We havent been to Cagbalete tho we heard alot of positive reactions sa island hopefully this year din haha

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  2. Audrey says:

    Hi! Would you know if it’s possible to go here by car? I really wanna go this weekend πŸ˜€

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    1. Jay & Gelo says:

      It is possible Audrey. You can park your car at the port for a fee. From there, it will only take around 30mins to reach the island by boat. 🚣

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  3. Henry says:

    Sir, great aerial shot sa island, we’re planning to visit the island next summer. And advise or tips po?

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    1. Jay & Mark says:

      Hi there Sir! Salamat po πŸ™‚ Ilan po ba kayo? I heard medyo nagmahal na sila sa accomodation doon yung mga nipa huts na pinaparent si better is magtent nalang mas mura πŸ™‚

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  4. Blas says:

    Hello, may room po ba dito?

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    1. Jay & Mark says:

      meron po silang kubong pinaparent πŸ™‚

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  5. kate cruz says:

    what time po kaya byahe ng van at mga bus from lucena to san andres?

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    1. Jay Ramos says:

      Hi Ms. Kate. Yung mga van po not sure kung ano oras sila umaalis kasi mostly ng Van na pa San andress ee galing pang Sm Lucena. Same din Sa buses na pa Lucena Grand Terminal depends kung what time sila umalis ng Manila.

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  6. bardiq says:

    “Go places you can’t even pronounce.” Nice quote bro. πŸ‘πŸΌ

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    1. Jay Ramos says:

      Thanks sir! Totoo din kasi hahaha

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      1. bardiq says:

        Is that tagalog? What doest that mean? πŸ˜…

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        1. Jay Ramos says:

          Awww sorry! I mean! Yeah thats true πŸ™‚ someplaces where difficult to pronounce but they very beautiful 😊

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  7. hi! may signal po ba sa island?

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    1. Jay Ramos says:

      meron naman po πŸ™‚ limited lang yung electricity:)

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  8. Vonnie says:

    Nice post! That’s what a live starfish looks like! Thank you for stopping by

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    1. Jay Ramos says:

      thanks vonnie! yeah! and they are plenty of them here πŸ˜‚

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  9. Ana Sana says:

    what a gorgeous blog!!! well done, I’m loving the look and the content!

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  10. Anonymous says:

    Hi Jay, I’ve been to Jomalig last December and I highly recommend it. The 5 hours boat ride going to the island was all worth it because of the uniqueness of the island from other islands out there. The terminal is in Legarda, Manila.

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    1. Jay Ramos says:

      Oh thats nice. Thanks for the info πŸ™‚ magkano kaya dun?

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  11. sarah-lyne says:

    Hi Jay! I am planning to do a solo trip this April, which I preferred Alibijaban, is it safe to stay alone at the side of the shore at night using tent?

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    1. Jay Ramos says:

      Hi po πŸ‘‹πŸΌ yes its very safe here. We even left our things inside our tent when we went to sandbar and kami lang yung campers that time. The kids even gonna stay near you to give you company πŸ™‚

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      1. Sarah-Lyne Cabildo Busante says:

        Yey! Thank you Jay! Your blog is helpful. 😊

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        1. Jay Ramos says:

          Thanks po πŸ™‚ hope it help you in some ways hehe #happytravels πŸ™‚

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          1. Sarah-Lyne Cabildo Busante says:

            Anyways, my plan is to travel three islands in Quezon, Which is Alibijaban, Jomalig, and Cagbalete, have you noticed any transport in Lucena going to Jomalig?

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          2. Jay Ramos says:

            I have also plans going to Jomalig and Cagbalete ee. And di pa ako masyado nakakapagresearch about the most convenient way going there pero alam ko Dumadaan din namn yung mga Raymind Buses sa LGT πŸ™‚

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          3. Sarah-Lyne Cabildo Busante says:

            Really? Kailan mo balak?
            For 5 days ko kasi siya balak libutin eh. I searched some blogs na din regarding sa two islands. Pero uunahin ko kasi yung Alibijaban, to Jomalig, then to Cagbalete.

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          4. Jay Ramos says:

            This summer sana din! So parang after alibijaban going to cagbalete ka na or jomalig sunod sunod?

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          5. Sarah-Lyne Cabildo Busante says:

            Alibijaban, then Jomalig tapos Cagbalete, kasi Cagbalete mas malapit sa Manila, so malapit na ako pauwi. Hehe

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          6. Jay Ramos says:

            Ay wow backpacking siya haha beach hopping pa πŸ™‚ feasible naman pagalikbalik nga lang no? Update kita kung kelan kami πŸ™‚

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          7. Sarah-Lyne Cabildo Busante says:

            Opo ,kaya sana nga makahanap ako ng way para dina ako ma hassle masyado, para isang puntahan nalang sa Quezon. Heheh I hope na mapuntahan ko lahat. Sige Jay, will wait on your update. πŸ˜‰

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  12. Buen says:

    Hi sa boat po ba Kay kuya randy 500 for 2 Hindi n po sya naghihintay ng kasabay.. Hindi po b sya nagtaas since summer n. Tnx in advnce

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    1. Jay Ramos says:

      hi po. kapag dalawa lang kayo di na siya magaantay. or depende din kapag may mga nakasabay kayo papunta doon thi 15mins lang namn from port to the island. sa price po, just ask him nalang. di ko na din sure ee

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  13. Anonymous says:

    Nicest blog I’ve ever read. Thank you! Planning to visit the island this April.

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    1. Jay Ramos says:

      Thanks πŸ™‚ hope you enjoy the place and have a good time πŸ™‚

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    1. Jay Ramos says:

      Yes po πŸ™‚ Island po kasi siya pero mga 15mins boat ride lang naman πŸ™‚

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  14. Bea Gonzales says:

    I imagined the fun you were having while reading your blog! I’d really love to go there. Quick question though, is it hard going back to Manila from the terminal? I was wondering if it would take a lot of hours. Thank you!

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    1. Jay Ramos says:

      Commuting would take you 8hours or more, we took an ordinary bus so it stops to get passengers every now and then but you can also try to use vans as they are faster compared to buses. The place is amazing really and cant wait to be back haha just be remember the bus schedule 3:00am/ 3:00pm/ 6:30pm/ 8:30pm πŸ™‚ happy travels po πŸ™‚

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  15. harvey bonsol says:

    sobrang ganda nga sa alibijaban,,, white sand, mangroves, clear water…lahat na … breathtaking ang tanawin… sana makabalik muli ako dyan πŸ™‚ akala ko di ko to mahahanap sa search engine kasi masyadong tago yung lugar, nakakagulat, ang dami na palang articles about dito

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    1. Jay Ramos says:

      Hi po! Good to know that you like the place πŸ™‚ kami din haha actually di din namin alam nung una na may mga blogs na pala siya haha tho yung iba hindi na updated lol sarap balikan yung place tapos ang nice pa ng mga tao doon πŸ™‚

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  16. Hi Jay,
    Is it safe ba to travel there with 10-year old girl? Hindi ba maalon? How many hours ang boat ride from the last island you hopped in going back to San Adres Port?
    Hope to receive your reply before March 18…
    Your blog is so nice especially your pictures. Awesome!
    Thanks… πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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    1. Jay Ramos says:

      hello po πŸ™‚ when we went there di namn siya maalon and it will inly took 15mins from the port going to the island so safe siya πŸ™‚

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  17. carllbatnag says:

    Great pictures! I can’t wait to go there myself. πŸ˜‰

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    1. Jay Ramos says:

      Hi Carl! Thanks πŸ™‚ the place is even better in person haha.

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  18. Peejhaywalking says:

    bro dun sa 3k na island hopping, punta kaya sa burias group of island yon?

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    1. Jay Ramos says:

      Hello kuya. Yes po! As per kuya randy kasama nayun sa tour sa burias islang pabalik ng port πŸ™‚

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  19. I could do with some of this right now! Snowing in London πŸ˜›

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    1. Jay Ramos says:

      send the snow here please

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  20. Thanks for liking my post! Your blog makes me want to pick up and go….

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    1. Jay Ramos says:

      Thanks tooπŸ˜‡

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  21. heylexaaa says:

    Wow. We’ll saved this for future reference. πŸ™‚ By the way, your photos are really awesome. I wonder what camera’s are you using on your travels here. =) Hope to hear from you soon.

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    1. Jay Ramos says:

      Oh wow! Thanks πŸ˜€ actually most of the shots were taken from my phone lang haha Iphone5 then samsung S7, sjcam then dji drone for aerial photogs hehe πŸ˜‚

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  22. Thanks for the like on my post, your blog looks great – I look forward to reading more.

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    1. Jay Ramos says:

      thanks. i love that article btw πŸ™‚

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  23. Gawd! That’s a must-go for me! Thanks buddy! Oops, follow us again please, new domain blah blah blah… ✌️

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  24. justtravelogue says:

    nice! A very detailed post! I’ll pinned this for my future reference. Happy DIY traveling! πŸ˜€

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    1. Jay Ramos says:

      Thanks. Hope nakatulong siya in some ways hahaha

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  25. Gara says:

    Hi approx magkano po rate if may island hopping

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    1. Jay Ramos says:

      Hi po 3k daw po as per kuya Randy day tour πŸ™‚

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      1. Rainzel says:

        Sa 3k included na po dun yung back and forth sa port?

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        1. Jay Ramos says:

          Yes po πŸ™‚ included na siya πŸ™‚

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      2. Rainzel says:

        Hi. Sa 3k included na po dun yung back and forth sa port?

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  26. ian jade says:

    Wow! We are actually planning to visit this place very soon. Buti nlang tinag aq dto ng ksma ko at nakita nmin yng breakdown ng gastos at sana lng hindi magbago yng boat fee na 500 for 2 person at balikan na. Bka kc by the time na pumunta kame eh mag iba cla ng price. Hehe

    Ganda ng shot ng mga pictures lalo na yung video using drone. The best!

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    1. Jay Ramos says:

      hindi yan kuya hahaha just contact kuya randy kasi siya talaga yung guide doon kasama yung twins niya πŸ™‚ just mention us lol Jay πŸ™‚

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  27. Alvin says:

    Really interesting place! Thanks for the idea.
    Can we ride to San Andres at Boni Mandaluyong? If yes, where? And at what times pls? Thanks in advance.

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    1. Jay Ramos says:

      better po if sasakay kayo sa cubao or starmall as limited lang yung sasakyan diretsong san andres tho pwede kayo sumakay from boni going to lucena grand terminal:)

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  28. Great pics you got there pal!

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    1. Jay Ramos says:

      😱😱😱😱 thanks pal!

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