If you have been Chilled in the Coldspring of Pandan so many times and been Cooked in the Kawa Hot Bath in Tibiao; Continue feeding your wanderlust in the Province of Antique by exploring the Batanes-like Island of Malalison (Mararison for locals) in the town of Culasi for only 700 pesos.
First, invite atleast 5 friends.
Second, Choose your starting point based on your location (Transportation Cost may be bigger or lower). Example for me as I am from Boracay and my other friends came from the mainland Aklan; i will make Caticlan as our base. Then, ride an Ordinary Ceres Bus with a sign board San Jose. Ask the conductor to drop in Culasi Town Plaza (Fare is 100 pesos).
Third, before leading to the Island one should pay a registration and environmental fee worth 30 Philippine Peso in the Tourism Center;a walking distance from the Municipal Hall. After paying, tourists/travelers then proceed to the scheduled pump-boat (No boatman fixers allowed already unlike before). Pump-boat minimum cost is 750 pesos good for 5 persons. Five (5) and above will be automatically paying 150 each. The boat fee includes on and off transfer to Malalison and a special island tour where you can be able to see the entire island 360-degree by the sea.
Lastly, upon reaching Mararison, it’s up to you for what itinerary you will be done while spending a vacation in the Island.
Below is the list of some payments you might pay:
1. Cottage – Ranges from Php 200 up
2. Homestay Rooms – Ranges from Php 250 (per head) up.
Contact Numbers: 09472819819 / 09553249195
3. Fish and Others – Php 190 per kilo (may vary)
4. Rice – 50 per kilo (may vary)
5. Cooking Service – Php 100 per type of cooking
Here is a sample of expenses breakdown if you will be traveling by 5: DETAILS EXPENSES Caticlan – Culasi Town Hall 100.00 Environmental Fee 30.00 Boat from Mainland (750÷5) 150.00 Tourguide (200÷5) 40.00 Boat (Optional going back to Kawit Sandbar if you are tired hiking the Tuyong2x Hills) 50.00 Dish (1kg Pork & 1 kg Fish for 380÷5) 76.00 One (1) kg Rice (50÷5) 10.00 Paluto Cooking Service (100 per type × 3= 300 ÷ 5) 60.00 Water for Bath 20.00 Culasi – Caticlan 100.00 Other Expenses such as Bottled Water and Junk Foods 64.00
Attractions or Tourist Spots in Mararison:
1. Batanes-like Hills
2. Mararison Sandbar
4. Nablag Islet
5. Mararison Fish Sanctuary
6. Children’s Choir
7. White Sand Beach (Sandbar Area)
8. Pebble Beach (Cave Side)
9. Coral Beach (Nablag Islet side)
10. Fresh Catched Fish
11. Blue Clean Water
12. Carnivorous Pitcher Plants
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