Marinduque Travel Guide

Marinduque – the heart of the Philippines has such an irresistible raw appeal that beckons adventurers and nature lovers.  It beats through agricultural lands, towering mountains, verdant jungles and pristine islands and beaches.  Marinduque is part of MIMAROPA region in Luzon and best known for its grandiose celebration of the Moriones Festival during the Holy Week. Despite its erratic ferry schedule, this is a destination that will find hard to leave!

 

 

How to get to Marinduque from Manila

 

BY LAND AND SEA

 

Route 1

 

Manila to Marinduque

 

 

Jac Liner has daily trips to Marinduque from Cubao.  The ride covers the fare for the ferry and terminal fee at the port. Below is the trip schedule.

 

ORIGINTRIP SCHEDULE DESTINATIONFARE
Cubao4:00 PM Seat Reservation
5:30 PM Departure
MarinduquePhp 880
Marinduque2:00 PMCubaoPhp 880

 

Route 2

 

 

Manila Lucena/Dalahican Port Marinduque

 

Alternatively, you can take a Jac Liner bus bound for Dalahican Port in Lucena (signboard is Lucena/Dalahican Port). See the timetable below.

 

 

 

ORIGINTRIP SCHEDULEDESTINATIONRegular Fare
Cubao2:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Midnight trips: 11:00 PM and 12:00 Midnight
24 hours operation (Friday – Sunday)
Lucena Grand Terminal/Dalahican PortPhp 227.50
Buendia (Near LRT Buendia)24 hours operation (Friday – Sunday)Lucena Grand Terminal/Dalahican PortPhp 220

 

 

Route 3

 

Manila Lucena Grand Terminal Dalahican Port Marinduque

 

If you miss the Jac Liner Bus bound for Dalahican Port in Lucena, you can just board a bus en route to Lucena Grand Terminal.  Fare of ordinary bus from Cubao is Php 159.

From there, take a jeep  (Php 10 only) or tricycle (Php 160) to Dalahican Port.

 

Dalahican Port (Lucena) to Balanacan Port (Marinduque)

 

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At Dalahican Port, pay first the Terminal Fee: Adult is Php 30 / Student, Senior Citizen and Children is Php 24.

You can take a fast craft or ferry/RORO to Balanacan Port in Marinduque.  Travel time is roughly 2.5-3 hours.  Starhorse has an elegant ferry (the interior is so posh) compared to Montenegro.  You may also ride a fast craft for Php 280-Php 312. Travel time is 1.5 hours

 

Since schedule of ferry pretty much changes.  You can take a nap at the second floor and ret a mattress for Php 25 while waiting for the next ferry. Just ask the staff there to wake you up once the ferry arrives (they usually do).

 

 

FERRYDESTINATION     DEPARTUREFARE
StarhorseLucena to Balanacan06:30 AM
11:30 AM02:30 PM07:30 PM
Adult –
Php 260Senior –Php 208Student –221Child (3-7 year old)Php 130
StarhorseBalanacan to Lucena02:30 AM
10:30 AM03:30 PM11:30 PM
Adult –
Php 260Senior –Php 208Student –221Child (3-7 year old)Php 130 
MontenegroLucena to Balanacan04:00 AM
12:00 Noon12:00 Midnight04:00 PM 
Php 280 – Php 312
MontenegroBalanacan to Lucena08:00 AM
04:00 PM12 Noon08:00 PM 
Php 280 – Php 312

 

 

Note: I just checked www.montenegrolines.com.ph and it looks like this route is suspended. No schedule showing up. Kindly update me if you happen to visit Marinduque soon. Or contact Montenegro Reservation at mobile# 0925 889 1169 (Lucena) and mobile #s: 0915 994 5518/0929 776 9802/ 0933 169 1399/ 0917 92 2336 (Marinduque).

 

There are available jeepneys from Balanacan Port in Mogpog town to Boac or other parts of Marinduque like Sta.Cruz anytime of the day that is because they wait for the ferries arrival. So even if you arrive early in the morning, you won’t have a hard time looking for public transportation.  But once you arrive at the port, rush outside to ride the jeep the town where you are headed to to secure a seat.

For Boac, Marinduque’s capital, jeep fare from Balanacan Port in Mogpog  is Php 60 and travel time is about 30 minutes

 

  • It is safe to arrive in Marinduque in the wee hours of the morning. In fact, they have one of the lowest crime rates in the country.  Yet still, as in any places, be careful with your things, while in Boac, I saw some kids steal money from the pocket of a poor old man.
  • I arrived in Lucena Port at 12 Noon and missed the last ferry, so I was supposed to board the next ferry in the afternoon but it was not available until 7:00 PM. I arrived in Balanacan Port Marinduque around 1:00 AM.
  •  The iconic landmark of Balanacan Port is the statue of Our Lady of Good Voyage, however if you are arriving at night or early in the morning, chances are, you will barely notice it.

 

 

How to get to Marinduque from Oriental Mindoro

 

  • From the port of Gasan, Oriental Mindoro, a large outrigger boat leaves daily at  8:00 AM for Pinamalayan, Oriental Mindoro. Travel time is roughly 3 hours depending on the weather. I took this route back in October 2012 and it took us 5 hours to cross because of the gigantic waves (there was an incoming storm that time). Fare is Php 250.

 

  • Warning: Don’t take this route during habagat season or when the weather is bad.

 

 


 

 

GETTING AROUND IN MARINDUQUE

 

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  • Jeepneys are available to take passengers from one town to the next.
  • Tricycles are the best option to get around the town. The commercial center of Boac can be explored by foot and there’s a slim chance of you getting lost. Request a map from your hotel or head to the Municipal Hall, and request for a Tourist Map from the Tourism Officer.
  • It is highly suggested that you reserve a hotel if you are arriving late at night or in the wee hours of the morning or at least  make sure you know which hotel/hostels you prefer to stay at so you won’t have a hard time locating it.
  •  During my trip, the ferry was late for 7 hours.  So we  arrived in Boac late in the evening.  An old lady befriended me (while we were in Lucena Terminal) and she invited me to stay at her humble home somewhere in Boac because she was worried that I’ll have a hard time looking for a hotel. The next morning I left because she’s headed to the mountains to farm.  If you are arriving late in the evening, best to book a hotel in advance.

 

 

PLACES TO SEE IN MARINDUQUE

 

 

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Boac Cathedral

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Boac Heritage Houses

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Boac Museum

Luzon Datum

Malbog Surfur Spring

Paadjao Falls

Maniwaya Island

Palad Sandbar

Ungab Rock Formation

 

Bathala Cave

Sta.Cruz Marinduque

Entrance Fee Php 50

Guide Fee Php 300 (good for 10 pax)

 

Ka-amon Cave

Guide Fee Php 150

 

 

 

Poctoy Beach

 

 

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How to get to Poctoy Beach From Balanacan Port in Mogpog

 

Ride a van or jeep bound for Sta. Cruz, from there, switch to a jeep bound for Torrijos. Tell the driver to drop you off at Poctoy Beach ( it should e on your left side).

 

How to get to Poctoy Beach From Boac

 

Ride a jeep bound for Torrijos.  At Poblacion Torrijos, you can switch to a jeep bound for Sta.Cruz at the jeep terminal.  Then tell the driver you are getting off at Poctoy Beach.  Alternatively, you can ride a tricycle to Poctoy Beach since it’s just 15 minutes away.

During my trip, I stayed at Boac and just made a day tour to Poctoy Beach. But I wish I stayed overnight in one of the resorts or homestay in Poctoy Beach.  Travel time from Boac is about 1.5-2 hours.

Alternatively, you can ride a jeep bound for Sta. Cruz and from there, just transfer to a jeep to Torrijos.  Total travel time is about 2 hours.

 

 

Tres Reyes Islands

 

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Tres Reyes Island Hopping Boat Rate

 

Gaspar Island – Php 500

Tres Reyes Islands (Gaspara, Baltazar and Melchor) – Php 1,000

 

 

HOW TO GET TO GASAN FOR TRES REYES ISLAND

 

To get to Gasan from Boac, ride a jeep bound for Gasan. Travel time is 30 minutes.  At the port, ask around for boats that can go to Tres Reyes Islands.

 

 


 

 

 

WHERE TO STAY IN MARINDUQUE

 

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ACCOMMODATION IN BOAC

 

Boac Hotel

Mobile #: 0916 517 3861  / 0928 409 4329

Room Rates start at Php 500 – Php 2,500

I stayed here during my trip to Marinduque.

Lucky Seven Pension House

Mobile #: 0910 822 2973

They have dorm rooms for Php 300 per person. Best price for backpackers.

 

Tahanan sa Islok

Room rates start at Php 1,000-Php 2,200baty

They have swimming pool

Abby’s Place

Mobile #: 0922 845 2833/ 0917 522 5560/ 0918 945 5560

AC rooms start at Php 900

 

ACCOMMODATION IN POCTOY BEACH

Villa Torrijos

Poctoy Beach, Torrijos

Check here for room rates

 

 

Luxury Resort in Marinduque

Bellaroca Island Resort and Spa

Brgy, Tungig – Lipata, Buenavista, Elefante Island

Check here for room rates

 

 


 

WHERE TO EAT IN BOAC MARINDUQUE

 

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Kusina sa Plaza

Mercarder Street, Boac

Good Chow Food Express

Kusina Plaza

They also have branches around Marinduque


 

Where to Buy Souvenirs

 

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Pasalubong Center
DTI Marinduque
Boac

Villamin’s Handicrafts
Zamora St.
Brgy. Dos, Gasan

Torrijos Handloom Factory
Torrijos Loom Weavers
Brgy.Matuyatuya

Gabisan Pottery Shop
Brgy.Poctoy


 

MARINDUQUE TRAVEL ITINERARY

 

 

Day 1 – Torrijos

      Activities
10:00 AMArrival in Balanacan, Marinduque
10:15 AMRide a jeep to Torrijos, if there is none, jeep bound for Sta,Cruz will do. At Sta, Cruz just transfer to a jeep to Torrijos
12:15 PMArrive in Poctoy Beach
12:30 PMCheck in at Resort or Homestay
01:00 PMLunch (Note: No restaurants nearby as of my last visit. Do ask your hotel/homestay if they can include you for lunch and just pay them for the meal
01:30 PMPMExplore Ka-amon
04:00 PMBeach Bumming at Poctoy
06:00 PMDinner

 

 

Day 2 – BOAC/ GASANACTIVITIES
07:00 AMJeep to Boac
08:00 AMArrive in Boac
8:15 AMCheck in at Hotel (or if you want, you can stay in Gasan instead)
8:45 AMBreakfast
9:30 AMExplore downtown Boac and its heritage houses
10:30 AMSee Boac Museum
11:00 AMVisit  Boac Cathedral
11:30 AMLunch
01:00 PMJeep to Gasan
01:30 PMArrive in Gasan
01:45 PMIsland Hopping
04:00 PMTravel back to Boac or stay overnight in Gasan

 


 

MARINDUQUE TRAVEL BUDGET

 

 

ACTIVITIES/ATTRACTIONSFEES
Bus from Cubao to Dalahican  (roundtrip)Php 227.50 x 2 = Php 455
Ferry to Marinduque (roundtrip)Php 260 x 2 = Php 520
Terminal Fee (roundtrip)Php 30 x 2 = Php 60
Jeep to BoacPhp 50 x 2 = Php 100
Jeep to TorrijosPhp 70 x 2 = Php 140
Poctoy Beach  Entrance FeePhp 25
Ka-amon CavePhp 150
Tres Reyes IslandPhp 1,000
Hotel (2 nights)Php 500 x 2 = Php 1,000
Food (per meal)Php 100 x 6 = Php 600
GRAND TOTALPhp 4,050

 


FESTIVALS

 

Moriones Festival – Every Holy Week (March or April)

 

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Originally Published March 5, 2013

Updated: February 14, 2016

 


 

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Comments

  1. Hi!

    Were going to Marinduque this weekend and your blog is a really big help.

    Thanks for sharing your adventures and stories about places.

  2. Hi. Very nice blog by the way.

    I live in Marinduque. I just want to clarify that the insurance is voluntary. They have a separate booth for the insurance, terminal fee and ticket.

  3. Hi!
    I want to know a camping site in marinduque.. Pl. give me a good clean safe camping place in Marinduque.

    Thanks,
    Jesi

  4. Hi,
    Would it be possible to ask for details on how you get to Mindoro Oriental from Marinduque? I was planning a short trip to the island after my visit from Marinduque. Also, about the way back to the mainland/Lucena. I would appreciate your help. Thanks a lot.

  5. we will be going in Marinduque. i’m looking for some hotel where we can stay. i only found one, Villa Briones, is there some more? where can i find them

  6. Hi mam. We are planning a trip to marinduque this coming holy week, is there a parking area in lucena where we can safely park our vehicle during our stay at the island?thank you

    1. Hmmm. That I don’t know. You can ask sa Lucena Port po. You might want to consider taking your car sa Marinduque. The ferry is big naman and can accommodate vehicles.

    2. Yes there is a parking area at lucena port.. you just have to pay the parking fee.. 🙂

      1. Thanks for the heads up, Melody! 🙂

  7. Hi idol. I will surely use this itinerary you shared though I may tweak some of it. Maraming salamat kasi I am one of those “wanderers” na inspired and naimpluwensyahan mo sa pagliliwaliw sa Pinas. May God bless you and your family. By the way, anyone who’s interested? 2 of my friends and I are going to Marinduque from 26th midnight to 28th afternoon. Please contact me or reply to this. Thanks.

    1. Salamat din Gino. Enjoy Marinduque!

  8. We’re planning a weekend trip to Marinduque and we want to squeeze in as many activities as we can. May we know how long we should allocate for the Ka-amon cave? We plan to make Boac our base, travel to the furthest attractions on the first day and work our way back.

  9. Wow Gael! Just wow! Been following you on instagram and since I can’t get over sa ganda ng pinupuntahan mo, I have to visit your blog na rin! hahaha!

    1. Thank you, Chris! Enjoy! 🙂

  10. Hi, most comprehensive guide I found online for Marinduque. Thanks a lot!

  11. Hi! This one is the most informative blog about Marinduque. Do you think the direct route from cubao to marinduque is more convenient? I am planning to go there this August. I hope the weather will be fine 🙂

  12. this is such a big help, thanks !

  13. thanks Gael. i am a British national, living in Rizal province. i have visited 34 provinces so far. one day i hope to have covered them all, although i guess i might have problems in visiting Basilan and Sulu etc. in two weeks time we will visit Marinduque. 3 nights. plan so far includes ferry to Balanacan. pass through Boac. stay near Gasan. then next day, down near Buenavista. then 3rd day over at Poctoy. then, leaving on the 4th day, try finding a ferry at Buyabod? have you heard of the ferry from Buyabod?

    1. Yes, but not sure of the schedule though. enjoy Marinduque!

    2. You might want to add quezon province on your list sir, lots of islands and places to visit..ive been there a few times like real quezon, cagbalete island mauban quezon, aurora quezon, polilio island, dampalitan and borawan island in padre burgos, puting buhangin and kwebang lampas in pagbilao and many more… Im from laguna only thats why its accesible and same if ur from rizal

      1. Agreed, Quezon has a lot of beautiful beaches. Only been to Kwebang Lampas back in 2010 so I sure hope to explore more this year.

  14. Hello Gael! I was researching on how to get to Mogpog, Marinduque and came across your blog. Thank you so much for the comprehensive information. And for the assurance that the island is safe even for solo travelers. I hope to visit the area for ocular inspection of my hubby’s ancestral land…. hope to develop a camp site there…. If I get that project development done, I promise to send you an email through this blog…so you can visit and check my concept out….complimentary in exchange for the information I just harvested. Best Regards, Tish

    1. Thanks for dropping by Tish! Goodluck sa project!

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