Marinduque

Marinduque is an island provinve in the Luzon island group of the Philippines, east of Mindoro, south of Quezon and north of Romblon. The province, which is shaped like a heart, is often called the "Heart of the Philippines", and is the home of the Moriones Festival held during Holy Week.

Towns

Gasan is divided into six towns, which are normally divided into east and west.

Other destinations

Talk

Marinduque is a Tagalog-speaking province, similar to neighboring Mindoro and Quezon. However, Tagalog as spoken on Marinduque has a number of features retained from older Tagalog, as well as from the Bikol and Visayan languages, which distinguish it from other Tagalog dialects, including the national language, Filipino (the standardized Tagalog of Manila). These include the following:

However, Marinduqueños will understand Filipino, as it is the language taught in school. English is also spoken, though to varying levels of fluency.

Get in

Marinduque can be accessed by air and by sea.

By air

Marinduque Airport (IATA: MRQ) is in Barangay Masiga, Gasan, near the border with Boac.

It is highly recommended that you arrange with the hotel/resort or person you are staying with for transfers to and from the airport as the island does not have any taxis available for hire. Jeepneys however can drop passengers off in front of the airport.

By sea

There are three ports of call for Marinduque: Balanacan Port in Mogpog, Cawit Port in Boac and Buyabod Port in Santa Cruz. Most visitors headed for Mogpog, Boac, Gasan or Buenavista by sea will enter Marinduque via Balanacan or Cawit, while those headed to Santa Cruz or Torrijos will enter via Buyabod.

Lucena City in Quezon is the main hub for passenger and roll-on/roll-off (RO-RO) ferries headed for Marinduque. Montenegro Shipping Lines (MSLI) has daily service to the island from Lucena from php208 per way. alternating between all three ports. Cawit is also served by Starhorse Shipping, connecting it to Subuquin Port in San Juan, Batangas.

There is also a daily passenger boat plying between Gasan and Pinamalayan in Oriental Mindoro.

By land

Visitors who intend to go to Marinduque by land will have to do so via Lucena or San Juan, transferring to a ferry along the way. Two bus lines have service to Marinduque: JAC Liner has bus service to Marinduque via Lucena, while RRCG Liner has bus service to Marinduque via San Juan.

Get around

Jeepneys and tricycles are the main means of transport in Marinduque. Jeepneys are often used for travel between towns, while tricycles are used to travel within towns. Pump boats (bangka) meanwhile are used to travel between the mainland and the outlying islands.

Because there are relatively few cars in Marinduque, it is possible to get around with a car or a motorcycle. However, gasoline sold in Marinduque is more expensive than in the rest of Luzon, road upgrading works often slow down travel times between towns as normally two-lane roads are reduced to a single useable lane, and outside major provincial roads, interior road quality is generally poor. In addition, driving entails having to bring a vehicle in from Luzon, and there are no rental agencies on the island.

See

Tres Reyes Islands, Marinduque

Do

Eat

There is a wide range of things to eat on Marinduque Island. In the bigger cities such as Gasan or Boac, you have more of a range of things to eat. Resorts around Marinduque do also serve meals, but when it comes to the more rural areas you will likely have less of a choice, typically Filipino food is only served around the rural areas. Street barbecues can be common around some sari-sari stores and the city areas. In some resorts you also have the option of cooking for yourself.

Drink

There are many bars on Marinduque Island that can offer you whatever your drinking need is. Most of the normal bars can be found in the main cities whilst in and around rural Marinduque you have Sari-Sari stores and beach-side bars. A number of karaoke bars are dotted around the island, where you can usually find a drink nearby.

Sleep

Gasan

Gasan has a number of hotels and resorts spread out along the coastline.

Torrijos

Torrijos has primarily resorts located along the coastline.

Boac

Boac has a number of hotels and resorts available.

Tahanan sa Isok. A lovely 15 room hotel in Boac offering modern amenities. The hotel offers a restaurant, a secluded garden and a swimming pool. Located on a quiet street but a short walk away from the festivities during Lenten season.

Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz has a number of hotels and resorts available.

Stay safe

Like any other place in the world, it is unsafe to flash all your money or belongings in public, or leave them sitting around unattended. Marinduque has a very low crime rate, in fact one of the smallest in the Philippines, But this doesn't mean you should leave all your stuff hanging around. It's wise to take care of your stuff wherever you go in the world as you travel.

Go next

To get out of Marinduque, you simply have to get to one of the nearest ports on time. Jeepneys, tricycle and FX's can always take you to the port. In the larger cities, such as Gasan, Torrijos, Santa Cruz and Boac the Bus Liners tend to stop off at the local terminal. They wait until the bus is full or when it's time to leave for the Port. If your unsure of the time of departure for the Port, ask around, especially to bus or jeepney drivers. They always know the right time.


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