DIY Travel Guide: Malalison/Mararison Island Solo Backpacking 2017


Tourists call it Malalison Island.
Locals say it’s Mararison.
I call it Paradise.

 Malalison Island is quite small.
Tho, It is now being called The Batanes of Visayas.

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Darkness had descended by the time I arrived Culasi Port and this made it a little more problematic to locate some fellow travelers who would be happy to share the boat fee going out to the island. So, I texted my contact, Kuya Mario to see if he would be able to collect me from Culasi Port and he agreed to this at a cost of 750php return trip. Luckily for me, when I was on the island, I struck up a friendship with some new people and they shared the cost of the boat back to Culasi Port and to Kuya Mario, so this time my cost was 550php for the boat fee.


HOW TO GET TO MARARISON ISLAND?

From Kalibo: Take the Ceres bus bound for San Jose, Antique. Tell the driver to drop you off Culasi, Antique. Travel time is approximately 2 hours.  Fare is P150php per person (P110 for students)

From Iloilo City: Go to the Molo Bus and Van Terminal and take the bus for Culasi, Antique (3-4 hours). The fare is P200 per person.

From Boracay, Caticlan: At the Caticlan terminal, buses and vans plying the Iloilo via San Jose, Antique route can take you directly to Culasi Antique.

Culasi Port to Mararison Island: At Culasi Port, you can rent a boat going to the island. The standard rate is 150 pesos/person round trip maximum of 5 people. But if you are a Solo traveler, it is 750 pesos but worth negotiating as I paid 550 after haggling. The boat trip takes 15-20 minutes.

Recommended Boatman: Kuya Mario  (+639-754-839-983 / +639-195-520-526)

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WHERE TO STAY:

 

 

ALING JOSIE KUBO
+639-283-017-547

TESS HOMESTAY
+639-097-636-316

EL DOROTEO HOMESTAY
+639-208-576-379

ANATALIA’S HOMESTAY
+639-264-786-329

So, without any information about where to stay on the island, the ones I contacted were charging between 400-500php a night. I asked  Kuya Mario if he knew of a cheap place to stay and he suggested “Aling Josie” for a very reasonable 300php, which I duly snapped at! The Kubo is big enough for two people and it is situated right in front of a white sand beach. It has a shared comfort room and if you are totally lazy to go and use the bathroom, there’s a potty (arinola) in every kubos haha. Aling Josie can also cook for you for a minimal fee.

The electricity is only on from 6 PM to 10 PM. Homestays have generators. Just make sure you charge your gadgets when the electricity supply is on and when it’s turned off, look up at the night sky and admire God’s creation.


ISLAND FEES

Boat ride – 150 pesos/person round trip (you will be joined by other tourists)
Solo Boat ride – normally 750 pesos but worth negotiating as I paid 550 after haggling.
Environmental Fee – 40 pesos.
Trekking Guide – 200 pesos for up to a group of 5.
Home Stay – 250-350 pesos/person per night.

Sample Expenses and  Itinerary: (Coming from Kalibo,Aklan)
day1See Full Itinerary here: DIY TRAVEL GUIDE: 4-DAY PANAY ISLAND + NEGROS OCCIDENTAL ADVENTURE


ISLAND TOUR


MARARISON SANDBAR
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PITCHER AND TUNGANGAW PLANT

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TRAVEL TIPS

Here are a few things worth remembering:

  • Take enough drinking water with you, especially if you are staying overnight on the island.
  • You can buy food to cooked for you on the island or you can eat what they might cook for you.
  • There is no ATM on the island (Nearest ATM is in Culasi). No restaurants. No bars.
  • There is electricity only from 6PM to 10PM. Homestays have generators, but you have to pay extra to have it turned on. Just charge your gadgets and when the electricity is turned off, look up at the night sky and admire god’s creation.
  • When trekking, DO NOT pick the pitcher plants. They are not souvenirs for you to take home.
  • DO NOT LEAVE TRASH on the island. Take a bag with you (like supermarket bag) so that when you go you can take your trash back to the mainland with you. DON’T pollute the environment – be responsible travelers please.

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This is a beautiful area of the Philippines and still very much undiscovered and almost remote. It’s worth the effort and step back in time and creature comforts to visit this unique area. Go before the commercial vultures arrive!


See Full Itinerary here:

DIY TRAVEL GUIDE: 4-DAY PANAY ISLAND + NEGROS OCCIDENTAL ADVENTURE14837010851961


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40 Comments Add yours

  1. Mia AC says:

    Amazing guide! Thanks for this, planning to go Mararison as well. How long was the tour? Is it possible to do a half-day tour?

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    1. Jay & Gelo says:

      Yes! you can tour the island for half day po 🙂 Hope you enjoy Malalison:)

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  2. Albert Roy Del Rosario says:

    This is very helpful. Thanks 🙂

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    1. Jay & Mark says:

      Thanks po Sir! Ingat po and Happy Travels 🙂

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  3. Anonymous says:

    Hi po, nag-paplao po kmai ng mga friends ko na pumunta sa malalison island this november. MAY ROOM PO BA NA KASYA SA 7-8person??
    GUSTO SANA NAMIN, ISANG ROOM NA LANG…hehe

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    1. Jay & Mark says:

      di ko lang po sure kung kasya kayo lahat as karamihan ng tooms doon ee hindi ganun spacious tho you can contact Aling Rosing po from the contact above or yung Enrique’s kasi balita ako malaki yun ee 🙂

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  4. Creati says:

    Nice review. I am now thinking of revising my Aklan trip! Very helpful.

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    1. Jay & Mark says:

      Thanks po! Happy Travels 🙂

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  5. Sarah says:

    magkanu po ung island tour nio?
    and btw i called kuya Mario ung 150 daw n boat if joined is per way not roundtrip? confused lng ako

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    1. Jay & Mark says:

      250 po yun kasama yung guide mandatory kasi ee. yung sa boat fare po 150/head siya kapag may mga kasabay ka na pupunta or aalis sa island. 750 balikan kapag wala in my case 550 binayaran ko kasi nung pumunta ako doon gabi na so wala na ako kasama pero mayron nung umalis na ako ng island 🙂

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  6. Anonymous says:

    I called Aling Josie, they charge now 1500 php but she can give us for only 1000… but there are other places to go there

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    1. Jay Ramos says:

      seryoso? for a Kubo that small? 1500 na or what? ano inclusions? sige ill update my blog na din 🙂

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  7. Anonymous says:

    i’m so excited pupunta kami jan sa september =)

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    1. Jay Ramos says:

      Wow! Hope you enjoy Malalison po. And hope nakatulong yung blog kahit papano haha. happy travels po 🙂

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  8. mumai says:

    Hi! ilang oras po yung trekking sa malalison topview? thanks.

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    1. Jay Ramos says:

      Mga less than an hour po pero yung tour sa buong island baka abutin ng 2hrs mahigit 🙂

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  9. Dana Alulod says:

    would like to ask lng po kung merong oras ung port going to malalison?

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    1. Jay Ramos says:

      Wala nman po as long as may contact kayong bangkero. Tho normally from 6am to 5pm sila kaso nung pumunta ako doon sarado na yung tourism office kasi gabi mga 8pm na so di na ako nakapagbayad and register pero may contact na ako na bangkero own by Kuya Mario (brgy. captain). Kaya nakatawid pa din ako ng island that time.

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      1. Dana Alulod says:

        Ahh Ok thanks planning to go there iside trip nmin sa Boracay tour nmin Thank you for sharing!

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  10. Karl Sevilla says:

    May room kamo for overnight?

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    1. Jay Ramos says:

      yes po 🙂 may mga nagpaparent po dun ng kubo good for two or room po 🙂

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  11. Bea says:

    Hi. Yung pinagstay mo overnight, mag isa lang ba sa room or sharing yon? Thank you!

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    1. Jay Ramos says:

      Magisa lang po pero pwede siya sharing up to 2pax . Harap na siya ng beach tas kubo siya pero may mesa sa na pagkainan sa harap 🙂

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  12. Lilybeth says:

    Love the place! very serene and quiet tho some are scared to go here hahaa which is bad.. i thinnk they dont hesitate to visit the place 🙂

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    1. Jay Ramos says:

      Cant agree more 🙂 yeah i know why haha tho agree ako tahimik and very safe namn yung place 🙂

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  13. Summer says:

    Hi, what time po pinaka early trip to malalison from culasi port? 😊

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    1. Jay Ramos says:

      hi po mga 6am po meron na yan as long as may contact kayo sa isla. or you can also contact Kuya marion upon your arrival para masundi agad kayo 🙂

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  14. Angel says:

    naks! ganda ng place! may ganito pala sa Antique sayang di ko napuntahan before nung pumunta ako 😦

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    1. Jay Ramos says:

      Actually ngayon palang siya nakikila talaga. Pero sayang! Andun na kayo ee lol 😂

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      1. Angel says:

        kaya nga ee. next time ulit pag nagboracay hehe

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        1. Jay Ramos says:

          Sige po 🙂 madami na maganda dun ngayon na sidetrip 🙂

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  15. Jerry says:

    Hi bro! Safe ba diyan? as in pwede mag overnight sa mismong island?

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Jay Ramos says:

      Very safe po 🙂 mababait po yun mga tao same sa mga kids! Need mo lang pi contact-in yung mga tao para di hassel pumunta 🙂

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  16. lovelyness says:

    woow! astig ng pics hehe may pa drone pa lol. love reading it veru informative 🙂
    will try this place when go to Boracay! Thanks Byajayro!!!

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    1. Jay Ramos says:

      Wow! Salamat po 🙂 yes must try siya white sand din yung beach 🙂

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  17. Anonymous says:

    amazing post! very detailed! love your photos too haha

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Jay Ramos says:

      Woow. Thanks for that! Happy travels po 🙂

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    1. Jay Ramos says:

      oh wow thanks alot 🙏

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