Travel Guide To Maniwaya Island, Marinduque

by - Friday, April 14, 2017

How To Get There?

There are two options on how to go to Maniwaya Island, but both are via Quezon Province.

Option 1 Via General Luna Port

Take a bus bound to Lucena Quezon. Inform the driver that you will alight at Lucena Grand Terminal, there are other buses that do not pass through the terminal (as per the local I have talked to). I chose Jam liner since it's the nearest on my place. Fare is 218 as of April 2017 and travel time may take up to three hours. I take the 12midnight trip and arrive at Lucena around 3 in the morning.

From Lucena Grand Terminal, there are van bound to different points of Quezon Province, you will not miss General Luna for it is the first on the terminal where you will alight from the bus. Fare is 160 php as of April 2017 and travel time may take up to 2 to 3 hours. If it is your first time, inform the driver you are going to General Luna so he can wake you up in case you fell asleep (as what happened to me).

From General Luna, there are tricycle that can take you to General Luna port. Fare is 10php as per the local but the tricycle driver charge me 20php. Travel time may take up to less 5 or 10 minutes.

From General Luna port there are boat that goes to Maniwaya Island. But the first trip and earliest is 10 in the morning. Fare is 150 php. Travel time may take up to an hour or two. You can  tell the boatman where you are heading so they can drop you on your resort. But if you are in large group you can rent a whole boat for yourself so they can pick you up, rent of whole boat ranges from 7000 to 8000 depends on pax.

Option 2

Ride a bus bound to Lucena/Dalahican Port. Then board a ferry going to Balanacan Port, Marinduque, fare is around 260 pesos. From Balanacan Port, ride a jeepney to Sta. Cruz. From Sta. Cruz town proper ride a tricycle going to Buyabod Port. From Buyabod port ride a boat going to Maniwaya Island.

I don't have much information about this option, I take the Option 1.

Alternatively, as per the local I have talked to, there are buses from Aurora Cubao, Superlines Bus bound to Bulanay. Fare is around 320 php. They have 4 pm, 7 pm, and 11 pm trip daily.

Where To Stay?

There are a lot of resort in Maniwaya Island namely, Wawie's Beach Resort, Playa Amara, Residencia De Palo Maria, Palo Maria Beach Camp Resort, I don't know much of their rates. I stayed in Wawie's Beach Resort.

Wawie's Beach Resort Rate
Tent Rental - 500php overnight
If you have your own tent and you will pitch-in on their resort, they will only charge you 300 php overnight.
Cottage - 1200 php good for 4 persons / 1500 php good for 6 persons both overnight
Entrance Fee - 50 pesos


Yep. There are open cottages available on Wawie's.


Yep. 24/7. Wawie's have generators too. 


Sunrise and Sunset watching!

You can visit the Palad Sand Bar. Boat rentals are available upon request on your resort. At Wawie's their boat rental is 1500 php good for 8 pax. They will take you to Palad SandBar and the Rock Formation. If you are solo traveler or you're just a group of four you may ask at the reception if there's anyone willing to join your group or if you are willing to join others. As per my trip, I did joined other group its just that later that night there are no available boats anymore.

Also at Wawies, they have beach volleyball, you may bring your own ball or you can borrow one for free.

Videoke. Yep. Just please, be mindful of those who are already sleeping esp at night.

Jet Ski at Wawie's. Yep.

Uhm, swimming? :D

Where To Eat?

You may bring your own if you don't want to spend more. There are grilling part where you can cook. If you want to pre-heat or cook your cannedgoods you may ask the staff of Wawie's and they will charge you for a minimum amount, I learned this from the other guests.

Wawie's Resort also have their restaurant where you can order a meal that ranges from 120 to 300. Just politely ask them.



Is It Safe?

Yep. Guaranteed. I stayed for two nights all by myself in a tent.


- If you are travelling alone and want to visit Palad Sandbar and Rock Formation but don't have enough budget, you may join other group.
- Boat rental for Pala Sandbar is 1500 good for 8 pax
- If you are in a large group you may rent your own boat that will fetch you from General Luna Port (return) and will take you to Palad Sandbar and Rock Formation for 6000 php good for 15pax.
- If you are coming from Buyabod port (return) 4000 php good for 15pax with Palad Sandbar and Rock Formation
- If you are on a budget I suggest bringing your own food. You can bring canned goods that are ready to eat and then just buy rice on the resort.
- as for the drinking water, drinking water are free on Wawie's and is available 24/7 both hot and cold.
- If you want to catch the first trip going to Maniwaya from General Luna port I suggest going there as early as what I did. It's okay to wait for 10am than to miss it.
- Leave No Trace. There are proper disposal available. Let's be mindful of our trash.
- Be friendly.
- Don't make fun of other people. I don't know, I just need to post this, for this is my first time to encounter being bashed by other travelers/tourists just because I travel alone. There are people who enjoy the company of their own. Respect that.
- Don't hesitate to ask the locals or the staff of the resort for any concerns. They are all polite and willing to help you.
- The videoke are available but please make sure you are not disturbing other people's time.


Day 1
1200 Midnight ETD to Lucena Grand Terminal
0300 ETA at Lucena Grand Terminal
0330 ETD to General Luna Port
0600 ETA General Luna Diversion
0605 Hail a tricycle to General Luna Port
0615 ETA at General Luna Port (waiting game)
1000 ETD to Maniwaya Island
1115 ETA at Maniwaya Island (your preferred resort) | settle down or set up tent
1200 noon Lunch time
1300 Free time onwards. :)

Day 2
0400 Wakeup call | Early Breakfast | Prepare for Island Hopping
0500 ETD to Palad Sand Bar then Rock Formation
1100 ETD back to island
1200 noon Lunch time
1300 Free time onwards

Day 3
0500 Wakeup call | Break camp
0630 ETD to General Luna Port
0730 ETA at General Luna Port
0735 ETD to Diversion
0800 ETD to Lucena Grand Terminal
1100 ETA at Lucena Grand Terminal
1200 Lunch time
1300 ETD to Manila
1700 Back in Manila


Bus to Lucena Grand Terminal - 218
Van to General Luna Diversion - 160
Tricycle - 20
Boat to Maniwaya - 150
Pitching of Tent (I bring my own) - 300/night
Entrance at Wawie's for entire stay - 50
Food - I bring my own food
Total - 1198 one way

I have an organize trip to Maniwaya Island this May 6-7 PM me for details :)

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  2. Hi Ellie, Can i ask what's your itinerary? or can we go maniwaya for only a day tour? :)

    1. Hi mam, posted na po itinerary above. Pero it's not my actual itinerary kasi I visited the main land of Marinduque for Moriones Festival. I just created that according to schedules of trip. :)

  3. Hi sis, is there any Iglesia Ni Cristo Church in Maniwaya island? Thankyou so much ❤️

  4. BTW gawin namin yung DIY itinerary mo this coming May 3-5. Thanks for the info.. 😘

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    gud am regards lang po sa palad sand bar & rock formation you asked po At Wawie's their boat rental is 1500 php.. good for ilang persons po un? at if ever po na kakaunti kmi pde po kayang ksama sa ibang group to complete po ung kailangan para po mas makatipid?
    inquire lang po sana tnx po


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