How we spent less than 2,000 pesos to Marinduque

Thinking of going on a vacation but on a tight budget? Wanna be away from the city but you only have the weekends? Let me share to you how we spent less than 2,000 pesos for 2 days in Marinduque, the heart of the Philippines and the fifth smallest province in the country.

Marinduque isn’t just famous because of their Moriones festival but also for the nice beaches that you will surely love. I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t name it as the heart of the Philippines if nothing is special about it, besides from the fact that it is heart-shaped.

It took us 6-7 hours to get to Maniwaya Island, which where we have booked our accommodation. Maniwaya is just a small island, with solar power running as their main source of electricity. There’s still a signal in the island so you don’t need to worry on updating your social media.

We chose to stay in Villa Atilana because of its bamboo-made architecture, cooler than those that are made of concrete. Not only that they serve good food, but the owners are also  accommodating. We were welcomed by the owner like we were their relatives who came to visit. It felt like were home in a unfamiliar place.

With Atilana Rodriguez, Villa Atilana owner

First stop,
Ungab Rock Formation

Rock that towers about 100 feet asl.  The different shades of blue sea was so stunning. One of the must-sees when in Marinduque.


Palad Sand bar

The sand bar is only visible at 3pm onwards. I would be best if it’s your last stop during island hopping.

Back to Maniwaya Island

Sunrise in Maniwaya Island. #nofilterneeded


Bus from Buendia to Lucena – 210 pesos (x2=420)

Van from Lucena to General Luna – 160 pesos(x2=320)

Boat – 3,500/5 (700 pesos)

Villa Atilana – 2,500/5 (500 pesos)

Ungab Rock Formation – 20 pesos

Palad Sandbar – 20 pesos

TOTAL = 1,980 pesos each

*For the room, you have an option to get a fan room that can accommodate up to 10 persons and it is only for 1,500 pesos. (2,500 pesos for the air-conditioned room good for 2-5 persons.)
FOOD: not included as we brought our own 🙂

Kuya Tawi (boat) – (0947) 772 3701

Villa Atilana – (0918) 559 4522
Marinduque has a lot to offer, we’d probably go back for more! 🙂

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