Marinduque Beach Guide: Best Beach Destinations in Marinduque

Aside from being home to the Roman centurions-dressed Moriones and the Moriones Festival, Marinduque is a coastal province that is home to plentiful beaches and sparkling waters. Not yet sure where to go this year?, then don’t even think twice to visit Marinduque. Here’s the best beach destinations in Marinduque:

Maniwaya Island in Marinduque photo by @kayperzy IG
Maniwaya Island in Marinduque photo by @kayperzy IG

Poctoy Beach

Poctoy Beach is a white-sanded beach abundant with coconut trees, rock formations, sparkling blue waves, and peace! For a small entrance fee (Php 20 for entrance fee and Php 10 for environmental fee as mandated by the local government that maintains the beach), you can swim, stroll, and sunbathe to your heart’s content like there’s no tomorrow. Unlike its other white-sand counterparts, Poctoy Beach is slightly underdeveloped and is yet to be reached by the hands of urbanization. With that said, if you want to stay the night in this white-sand paradise, don’t expect to see any five-star hotels nearby. You can, instead, rent small transient houses and live closer to nature.


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Poctoy Beach
Poctoy Beach

Poctoy Beach is located in Torrijos, Marinduque. To get to Torrijos from Manila, you may ride any bus line that travels from Metro Manila to Lucena.

In the harbor, get to the ferry to Santa Cruz, Marinduque. Ferry transportation lasts for 3 hours at ideal weather and tidal conditions. Once in Santa Cruz, ride any PUV from Santa Cruz to Torrijos. Keep an eye out for Damian Reyes Road, as this directly leads to Torrijos.

Palad Sandbar

If you’re looking for a beach with shallower waters because you can’t swim or because you’re bringing children along, you should drop by and say hi to Palad Sandbar. This long stretch of sand is ideal for SCUBA diving… for your feet! During low tide, you can stroll along the sandbar and look like you’re walking on water from afar. Palad Sandbar is also not too modernized, so if you want to stay overnight, you may rent a simple cottage (for Php 500) overnight or haggle with the local small-time resort owners. There are countless things to do in this sandbar regardless if the tides are low or high. Just be creative, and you’ll have lots of fun before you know it.

Palad Sandbar photo by Renz Tuzon and Dream Favor Travel and Tours
Palad Sandbar photo by Renz Tuzon and Dream Favor Travel and Tours
Afternoon in Palad Sandbar
Afternoon in Palad Sandbar

Palad Sandbar is located in Maniwaya Island. Maniwaya Island is accessible via a 30-minute boat ride from Santa Cruz. You may book a boat ride immediately as you get to the port but you may also contact your preferred resort ahead of time. Most resorts have a service boat that directly transports passengers from Santa Cruz to the island resort.

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Mongpong Island

Looking for a more exciting adventure this summer? Then travel to the farthest island from mainland Marinduque, Mongpong Island. Like Maniwaya Island from #2, Mongpong Island (sometimes called Mompong Island by the locals) is only accessible via at least an hour’s worth of boat ride. With abundantly scattered coconut trees and banana plants, untouched colossal rock formations, and an unobstructed view of where the sea meets the sky, Mongpong Island is the best place for anyone who wants to pretend to be a castaway. Stroll away from the shores and find a nice, quiet spot to sunbathe, read a book, or simply to pass the time.

Mongpong Island
Mongpong Island
MongPong Island photo by Renz Tuzon and Dream Favor Travel and Tours
MongPong Island photo by Renz Tuzon and Dream Favor Travel and Tours

Mongpong Island is approximately 19 kilometers from Bayubod Port in Santa Cruz. The island is accessible via boat and may take at least an hour depending on weather and tidal conditions.

Aroma Beach

Aroma Beach is the gateway to paradise of sun lovers and castaways from the city. The beach is so unnoticed and underdeveloped that there are more trees than the number of nearby buildings. Of course, having no nearby buildings means you should bring your own food and whatnot—but is that a problem? At least you can camp and start a bonfire at night!

Aroma Beach is located in Gasan. To get to Gasan, you may take the route as suggested in #1. Alternatively, however, you may ride a ferry set to Mogpog, Marinduque, instead of Santa Cruz, for a shorter route to Gasan.

Maniwaya Island

Maniwaya Island, alternatively spelled as Maniuaya Island, is a famous tourist destination in Marinduque. It is probably the most developed beach in all of the beaches mentioned in this list article, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not a paradise. With its large area and abundant tides, there’s no shortage of fun and relaxation here. You may choose to book a room in the nearby fancy resorts or you may choose to live closer to the seas by renting the smaller cottages near the shores. Stroll away from the crowds a bit and you can have your own private paradise in Maniwaya Island.

Maniwaya Island
Maniwaya Island

Maniwaya Island, as mentioned above, is accessible via a 30-minute boat ride from Santa Cruz.

Ulong Beach

Ulong Beach is a humble beach abundant with vegetation, and towering coconut trees. The shorelines faces westward towards Mindoro and Batangas and can become crowded during peak seasons. With that aside, however, there are a lot of activities to do here. You may rent one of the boats and set off to an adventure in the middle of the sea, perhaps?

Ulong Beach
Ulong Beach Photo credit: ecotist via Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND

Ulong Beach is located in Mogpog. Mogpog is directly accessible if you take a ferry traveling from Lucena to here.

Amoingon Beach

If you like gazing at corals and colorful schools of fish rather than swimming and grilling, then you shouldn’t miss Amoingon Beach in Marinduque. Its waters are so teeming with marine life that many would call it the snorkeling capital of Marinduque. Still, if you’re not a fan of marine life or anything like that, you can still have fun above the clear shallow waters of Amoingon Beach. Get some fresh air and sunshine outdoors, or rent the nearest transient house and inhale the smell of the sea every morning while jogging.

Amoingon Beach is located in Boac, mainland Marinduque and is accessible from either Santa Cruz of Mogpog via buses or longer jeepney rides.

Special thanks to Dream Favor Travel and Tours and Renz Tuzon for allowing us to use some of their photos 🙂

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