Few things have such a huge impact on each person’s genuine happiness, enjoyment and joy. It could be friendship with our partners, family members, co-workers, people we just met or the people we have known for a few years. This 2020, I would like to start this year by looking back at our last and most memorable trip in 2019.
“A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future, and accepts you just the way you are.”
WOLO gang, December 2019
We were invited by one of our friends to visit their province, Marinduque. I’ve heard about this place before because of the infamous Maniwaya Island. We were supposed to visit that island, however during that time, a typhoon is coming so boats are not allowed to travel by sea. So, we went to Poctoy white beach instead.
It was a sunny day and to my surprise, Poctoy white beach has clean white sand. There aren’t many people when we arrived, which made the place more enjoyable, less crowd yay! But I was told that during the summer, the beach is full packed.
The mountain over there is Mt. Malindig
We were welcomed with these colorful chairs that Kyle jumped right on!
The cottages along the shore, perfect for those are staying for a day
We rented a beachfront room, it’s about PHP 1,500 overnight for 6 1/2 people! It has its own bathroom and air conditioning. So, since there’s 6 1/2 of us, we only really paid around PHP 250 per person. Not bat at all! However, that’s during low season, during the peak season they can go up to PHP 2,000 per night.
We arrived just before lunch, and there are a lot of small restaurants or carinderia that can cook meals for your group and that’s what we did. We had calamari, grilled squid and fish, sinigang na bangus and a lot of rice. All these for less than PHP 1,000!
Siesta time under the coconut trees are the best!
We brought a tent too in case someone wants to chill by the beach
After lunch, Kyle was playing with the sand and went off to swim
As for me, I just did a little photo shoot LOL. I can’t help it, the place is Instagram worthy!
Especially during SUNSET! See what I did here? Super nice!
To be honest, we didn’t have a lot of photos as a group and that’s a good thing! That only means we enjoyed our bonding time too much that we didn’t need to capture every minute of it.
The morning after, this was the SUNRISE!
While enjoying the sunrise (at the lifeguard’s area), our background was Mt. Malindig.
After our trip to Poctoy Beach, we were stranded at Marinduque for 3 more days because of the Typhoon Kammuri or Tisoy (that’s another long story but would rather not tell anymore). Good vibes only!
How to get to Poctoy White Beach:
- We went there with a van and it can be found on Waze or Google Maps
- Via commute: From Cubao, take a bus to Lucena, Quezon, fare is around PHP 280
- From the Lucena Grand Terminal, take a tricycle or jeepney going to Dalahican Port
- From Dalahican Port, take a ferry (RoRo as they call it) bound to Balanacan Port in Mogpog, Marinduque. Terminal Fee at Dalahican Port is Php30.00 and fare is PHP 280.
- From Balanacan Port, take jeepney or van going to Sta. Cruz. Fare is PHP 50-80.
- From Sta. Cruz, take jeepney going to Torrojos. Ask the driver to drop you off at Poctoy White Beach, fare is PHP 40.00.
- If you’re going to Marinduque, make this as your side trip. Make sure you have other places to visit because the total travel time is around 10 hours.
- Entrance fee per person is only PHP 50 per person, and you can pitch tent for free. How cool is that? Mind you, it was so cold at night, but you can bring think blankets if you’re up for it.
- Like what we did, you can have the carinderia cook your meals for you. They also have solo meals like tapsilog, tocilog which is around PHP 150-180.
- They also sell merienda in the afternoon like halo-halo, mais con yelo, kikiam, fish balls, sandwiches (wow! that made me hungry!)
- Bring water and drinks, it can be a little more expensive when buying it there
- Make sure you capture the sunrise and the sunset, it’s a must!!!
And that’s it for our adventure at Poctoy white beach. I hope this blog helps in case you’re planning your Marinduque trip. For more of my adventures, follow me on Facebook and Instagram and subscribe to our YouTube channel. Happy travels! 🙂