After an amazing overnight at Tibiao, Antique, we went to Malalison (Mararison) Island and Boracay. This is the second part of our 4-days-3-nights adventure in Tibiao, Malalison, and Boracay. By the way, thank you Air Asia Philippines for giving us the chance to see these wonderful places and a sure tourist destinations.
Malalison or Mararison is a small unspoiled island-destination in Antique. An island near the famous Boracay, perfect as a side-trip. It is one of the three island-barangays of Culasi, Antique. The island’s sandbar is known to change its curve depending on how strong the wind and waves can get. The two other islands in Culasi are Batbatan and Maniguin with Batbatan as the closest to Malalison.
Everyone knows Boracay, a tropical island surrounded by stunning white sand beaches and clear blue waters located about an hour’s flight from Manila. An island with numerous awards from different travel agencies, publications and organizations. Boracay is famous for being one of the world’s top travel destinations. A lively island with full of activities – day and night. Amazing, right?
11:00am arrival in Culasi from Tibiao
11:30am travelling to Malalison Island
12:00pm at Malalison Island
04:45pm left Culasi through Ceres bus going to Caticlan
05:45pm at Pandan public terminal
06:45pm at Caticlan Jetty Port
07:30pm at Boracay Island
09:00pm went to D’mall and bars
09:00am breakfast at CocoLoco
12:00pm went to Puka Beach
05:00pm left Puka Beach to watch sunset at White Beach
06:00pm at White Beach Station 3
06:30pm back to hotel
08:00pm at Golden Phoenix for buffet dinner
06:00am went to Ariel’s Point
07:30am breakfast at CocoLoco
09:00am swimming and paddle boarding at White Beach
11:00am hotel check-out
There is a resort in the island named Malalison Blue Lagoon and Spa but homestay is the most famous type of accommodation here. Listed below are some of the homestay options we considered for overnight stay.
Angelita Macuja Homestay: +63 912 815 9672 / P250 per head
Arjee Gayatin (Arjee’s Homestay): +63 915 308 3111 / P1200 for 4 persons / P1500 for 6 persons
Sally’s Balay Darayunan: +63 909 841 0185 / P1500 for 5 persons / P1800 for 8 persons / P2000 for 10 persons
Aling Jose Kubo: +63 928 301 7547 / P300 per person
Teresa Doroteo (Tess Homestay): +63 908 763 6316 / P400-P500 per person
El Doroteo Homestay: +63 920 857 6379 / P400-P500 per person
There is a lot of hotels, resorts, inns, and rooms in Boracay. Just do not forget to compare and do a little research. We stayed in CocoLoco Boracay Beach Resort located at Station 3 – Angol, Manoc-Manoc, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan. We booked a discounted room rate through their website www.cocolocoboracay.com.
GOING TO MALALISON (MARARISON) ISLAND
We came from Tibiao, Antique. You can ride a van or bus from Tibiao to Culasi (van – P20 per head).
From Iloilo City: go to Molo bus and van terminal and ride a bus going to Culasi.
From Kalibo or Caticlan: ride a bus or van going to Culasi.
Once you reached the bus terminal of Culasi, you can hire a tricycle going to Culasi Port, where the tourism office is located. You can also walk. You will pay registration fee here and your boat fee. From Culasi port to Malalison island, travel time is approximately 20 minutes.
GOING TO BORACAY ISLAND
From Caticlan airport, you need a 5-minute tricycle ride from the airport to Caticlan Jetty Port.
From Kalibo airport, ride a van going to Caticlan Jetty Port with travel time of 2 hours.
From Culasi, you can ride a van or bus going to Caticlan.
After arriving at Caticlan Jetty Port, you need to pay environmental fees, terminal fees, and boat fares to Boracay Island.
- Trekking – your main activity in Malalison Island. You will be amazed by the views and the things island can offer. It took us 2 hours to complete exploring the island. The island has been popularly called the “Batanes of Antique” because of its landscape.
- Pitcher Plants – there are pitcher plants (bellsprout) growing on both sides of the trail to make your trekking enjoyable.
- Swimming / Sandbar – have fun swimming under the sun.
- Nablag Islet – you can easily reach Nablag Islet from Luyo Beach during low tide.
- Mini cave – while resting and waiting for a boat, explore their small cave.
- White Beach (Station 1 to 3) – swim and enjoy the sunset on this epic side of the island. A lovely stretch of powdery white sand against azure water, it is also the commercial center of the island. The long beach is divided into three sections, Station 1, Station 2, and Station 3.
- Puka Beach – The pristine Puka Shell Beach is located on the north end of Boracay Island and the second longest beach on the island after the famous White Beach. Puka Beach is an image of what most people expect on a tropical island: white sand, azure water, and relatively empty. This is where locals gather the small puka shells for some of the jewelry that is sold on the island so expect the sand to be coarser than on White Beach. The water tends to be a little rougher on this side of the island but it is much quieter.
- Willy’s Rock – the most recognizable attraction on the island and the most photographed place in Boracay because of its amazing viewpoint and angle. It is also topped by a statue of the Virgin Mary.
- Bulabog Beach – This is the 2.5km long water sports beach of Boracay, and is located on the east side of the island. From November to April, Bulabog Beach is the kite boarding and windsurfing heart of Boracay. From May to October it is the water sports center of Boracay. It is a 5-minute walk to D’Mall, 10 minutes to White Beach.
- Diniwid Beach – A beautiful smaller White Sand Beach, a 10-minute walk from the famed Station 1 White Beach, and 20-minute drive to D’Mall in Station 2. Several hotels can be found directly on the beachfront while several villas are nestled atop a hill overlooking the stunning Diniwid and White Beach. A much less crowded beach perfect for those who value peace and quiet, yet still being near the more active White Beach area.
- Bar-hopping – check different bars on the island, feel the vibe and enjoy the night.
- Swimming – have fun under the sun.
You can lower these expenses; hotel, foods, and pasalubong. Above figures are for reference only, to give you a rough estimate/budget for your travel/vacation.
Seco Island – if you have time, you can visit Seco Island. Travel time to this beautiful and remote island is 3 hours, at a minimum.
Kawa Hot Bath in Tibiao, Antique – details in separate blog entry.
Batbatan Island – a one-and-half hour boat ride and closer to Malalison Island.
Carabao Island – the island is only an hour away from Boracay but offers entirely different ambiance, no loud music, no crazy crowds, no hustle and bustle – just pure island relaxation.
Ariel’s Point – a hotspot just next to Boracay and only a short boat ride away. A cliff-jumping capital, I could say. An activity not to be missed by tourists.
Parasailing, Helmet-Diving, and other water-activities.
- There is no ATM on the island, bring enough cash. No fancy restaurants and cozy bars in Malalison.
- In Malalison, electricity is available only from 6PM to 10PM. Homestays have generators with extra charges.
- Do not Leave trash on the island. Dispose it properly.
- When trekking in Malalison do not pick pitcher plants.
- Buy food and drinks at the mainland if you will stay overnight in Malalison.
- Bring drinking water when hiking.
- Bring and apply sunscreen before hiking.
- Things to bring for overnight stay: sunscreen, mosquito repellent, flashlights, power bank, toiletries, and medicines. But there are stores in the island just in case.
- Tricycle fares in Boracay is a bit different than before, they always ask for special trip rate.
- Always compare prices from different travel and booking websites.
mjian rating: 9/10