Marinduque Island Review
Marinduque Island, an island in the Philippines located in Luzon, is called the smallest Paradise province in the Southern Tagalog Region of the Philippines. It is shaped like a heart drifting in clear aquamarine seas. Marinduque Island is typified by rolling hills, gorgeous valleys, steep seashore rock face, intermingled with flatlands in the western part of the island. Marinduque Island is blessed with fertile soil, rich marine life, and large deposits of iron ore, copper and lead. It has 17 out-of-the-way islets and the more known ones are Tres Reyes, where the best diving sites can be found and the Elephant Island where a world renowned resort is located.
Fishing Village – Buenavista, Marinduque Island
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Marinduque Island is blessed with the bounty of nature. It has numerous white powdery sand beaches, fabulous diving sites, mysterious caves, magnificent waterfalls, invigorating hot springs and out-of-the-way islets ideal as quiet vacation spots. Some of the most beautiful beaches in Marinduque Island are the beaches of Boac, Poctoy and the beaches of Maniwaya Island. There are resorts and spas located in these beaches that offer affordable accommodation as well as water sports equipment rentals for snorkeling, diving and windsurfing.
Marinduque Island’s hot springs are comparable to those found in Japan. The waters in these hot springs are said to be medicinal and very rejuvenating. The best hot springs can be found in Malbog, Buenavista. For those who prefer the cold reviving waters of the magnificent waterfalls, the bests are Bulusukan Falls snuggled in a beautiful natural forest that is home to a variety of butterfly species; and Paadjao Cascades where the magnificent water cascades into a pool of cold refreshing water. For the spelunking aficionado, the Bathala Caves and Tarug Caves offer a most exciting experience.
What placed Marinduque Island in the tourist map though is the Moriones Festival during the Lenten Season. During this season, the streets of the towns of Boac, Gasan and Mogpog become the stage of a Lenten drama where people dressed in the costume of Roman Centurions roam the streets. The celebration ends in a reenactment of the life of Longinus, a blind Roman Centurion during Christ’s crucifixion.
Photo by ederic