Wednesday, January 11, 2012

MANLAWI ISLAND - EPISODE 1


In writing this Caramoan Islands adventure follow-up post, I had to look at the pictures (mostly taken by my father-in-law) over and over again during our island hopping trip, and I swear, each picture tells more than a thousand words, that they make me want to post them all here.  However, I don't want to upload them all at once, as I feel each picture deserves a fair share of exposure in my blog.  Therefore, as resolution to my dilemma, I'm just going to make several posts, and I hope you join me as I reiterate, in a multi-part series, my Survivor-ish escapade in Caramoan Islands.  Shall we begin?

Let's start with the boat our Survivor wannabe team used for island hopping.


Vince's aunt owns a boat, that is being used primarily for taking tourists on island hopping, so we are really thankful that she let us use her boat for free.  We only had to pay for the boat crew as well as fuel, but still that saved us a lot of money.  With packed lunch, water, extra clothes, camera and sunblock, off to our first stop we went - Manlawi.


The first word that comes to my mind when I think of Manlawi is "virgin."  Out of the 7107 islands in the archipelago, I'm not sure how many are still as pure as Manlawi, but Manlawi is an epitome of innocence and beauty of untouched nature.  Simply paradise!  Those kubo or cottages along the sandbar are free for public use, and the locals' only request is that tourists keep the whole place clean by not leaving any garbage as some apparently did in the past :(


With the exception of a few locals by the seashore, we were the only ones in the beach, so we basically got the whole place for ourselves.  The long stretch of gorgeous sandbar and shallow waters was truly a haven for urban people like me and my family.  We had a great time running on the sand, swimming in the water, chasing fish, and playing with hermit crabs and starfish.

Survivor wannabes for a day!

I still have more pictures and stories to share in ensuing Caramoan-related posts, so just hang in there, because I will definitely be back! ;)

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28 comments:

  1. Napakaganda naman ng island na yan KM! Ang linis ng tubig. Nice shots that you have here. Parang ang peaceful ng paligid. Nature at it's best.

    PS. I especially like your last pic na nasa boat kayo. Kasi lahat kayo todo ngiti dun. :)

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  2. Ganda talaga, Kriz! Lagi ko nga binabalikan yung mga pictures eh ;) Sana lang ma-preserve talaga.

    Pansinin mo si Pakoy, sya ang pinakatodo smile. Hehe!

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  3. Sobrang virgin nga, KM! Ang ganda! Paraisong-paraiso sya para sakin. Nakita ko si Papaleng sa last pic, hehehe! At naman! Si Pakoy! ang lapad ng ngiti, hahaha!

    Uy, baka di ako makadalaw dito ng ilang araw. Magbabakasyon muna ako sa ospital :-(

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  4. You just can't beat the person who never gives up.keep in touch.

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  5. Remove failure as an option.blogwalking.

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  6. Remove failure as an option.blogwalking.

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  7. I like your site. Happy to be here.. Keep it up.

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  8. taga bicol din ako pero hindi ko pa yan napuntahan kasi bihira rin kaming umuwi eh. i spent half of my life in Quezon City (Manila, Philippines). i wish someday mapuntahan ko rin ang magagandang lugar natin. :-)

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  9. Sobrang ganda sis! Looks like one big family reunion din pala ng both family ninyo ni Vince ang bakasyon na ito...

    Sorryha medyo madalang ang dalaw ko. Medyo may problema sa connection namin ngayon.

    Salamat sa mga dalaw at suporta. Hugs!

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  10. I also have a pic of the lady selling sea shells in Manlawi Sandbar! ;)

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  11. oh, so beautiful! Thank's for sharing KM:)

    Visiting for Blue Monday! Here's my share- hope you can stop by:)

    http://www.mommys4seasonsjourney.com/2012/01/mango-juice-and-strawberry-banana-smoothies.html

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  12. Beautifully captured. Looks like a paradise. Sis, anong day nga yung happiness is?

    Please come and see my Blue, have a great week!

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  13. Wow, such a beautiful island, paradise indeed! Nice shots too, your photos make the island look more interesting. :)

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  14. our country has so much to boast!! thanks for sharing, KM..hope you could visit my entry at http://bustlingbangkok.info/dusit-zoo/

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  15. Wow, more fun in the Philippines talaga! I wish I can visit different places in my native land in the future!

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  16. what a beautiful island, beautiful views and pictures too. It looks like you had a fun adventure with the family. Sis KM visiting from Tuesday Travels, hope that you can return the visit too.

    http://www.tropical7107islands.com/2012/01/driving-to-the-fish-farm.html

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  17. Beautiful shots of the sea and sky :) Ah, we have a beautiful country :)

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  18. Looks pristine..!!! Visiting for TT.

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  19. Wow so pretty in there...Visiting from TT!

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  20. Oh what a beautiful place! Paradise! And that's just in the Luzon area right? In Mindanao, and I'm sure in Visayas, too, There's a lot more extra beautiful spots to check out. Indeed, it's more fun and beautiful in Philippines!

    Visiting for last week's TT, KM! Thanks for joining, as always!

    Re: Yes, I am 11 weeks along the way. Thank you! :)

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  21. Beautiful! It's good the locals keep it clean! Patsy from
    HeARTworks

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  22. Marvelous island and magnificent shots of it. Carver, ABC Wednesday Team

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  23. Marvelous island and magnificent shots of it. Carver, ABC Wednesday Team

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  24. beautiful vacation shots. visiting from ABC Wed.

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  25. should be a MAGNIFICENT adventure!
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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  26. Simply beautiful and untouched. A paradise...how fortunate you were to visit that place.

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  27. One of the Bicol Prides! Nice survivor team hehehe.

    Little MISSES
    Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

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