Polo, Maniwaya, and Mompong Islands | Things to do in Santa Cruz-Marinduque

Set on the northeastern fringes of the Municipality of Sta. Cruz lies these three major islands. The nearest of the three, Polo Island can be reached in less than 25 minutes by motorized outrigger from Buyabod Port. It has the largest wetland forest that is half of the island size. Due to its character, it harbors many different species of local and transient birds, a good number of macaque monkeys, fruit bats, and a diverse selection of marshland and marine flora and fauna. The island was the site of former island prison for Filipino revolutionaries captured by the American forces during the Fil-American War of 1900-1901. The middle of the three islands, Maniwaya Island is the most popular, offering stretches of fine white sand beaches, one 1.3km along the southwest and another 1.2km on its northeast side. Slowly being developed by locals today, it has modest and comfortable accommodations and other watersports amenities. On the island's northeast side is an offshore sand bar called Palad. An immaculate stretch of crushed coral sands in the middle of the sea appears only during low tide. The farthest among the three, Mompong Island is less than an hour of boat ride from Buyabod Port. It offers the distinctive geological formation locally known as "Ungab", a natural land bridge carved by incessant sea wave action on a sedimentary rock formation. A 2.5km white sand beach can be found on the north.
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Nearby attractions

Carmen Eco-Adventure Park
9.95 km away

The eco-adventure park offers two conference rooms, 100-bed capacity living quarters, dining room and kitchen, plus four air-conditioned rooms with twin beds and baths. Carmen, or Center for Agricultural Research Management & Enterprise Network, is a 12-minute ride from the town center. Visitors can enjoy kayaking at Isla Del Carmen inside a navigable marshland waterway for around 30 minutes. For the more adventurous type, a 7.5 kilometer kayak route will bring them to Buyabod Bay. 270 hectares of protected wetlands harbor diverse flora and fauna on its northern side. Bird watching and fire fly watching is one of the offered activity. The board walk inside the wetland forest gives an insight to an agglomeration of known 20 species of mangroves. Catch and weigh fishing is offered on the fresh and brackish fishponds. A coffee shop, convenience store, and a butterfly museum is housed inside the Tambayan hall. A 450-meter zipline is about to be installed to add high adventure in the park. A monkey trail inside the Cabatuan karst forest can be availed to witness occasional appearances of macaque monkeys.

Bitik Baluarte
11.41 km away

The original structure still remains but was now converted as a barangay office. This was used as an early warning look-out point at the height of the Moro raids in Marinduque during the Spanish period.

Sta. Cruz Church
12.26 km away

Sta. Cruz Church is one of the two oldest churches in the province. Like Boac Cathedral, it is surrounded by high protected walls. The church's main attractions are its well preserved retablo altar, the pulpit, and the original ceilings.

Things to do nearby

Caving Adventure in Marinduque
Local sightseeing
8.14 km away


Where to stay

Catanauan Cove
Hotels and homes
15.83 km away

The Catanauan Cove is a 12 hectare world-class white sand beach and residential resort. It is serenely located in Sitio Paraiso, Brgy. Cutcutan, Catanauan Quezon, around 220 kilometers south of Manila. The place can be reached in 4 to 5 hours by private vehicle. Once the South Luzon Expressway Extension (SLEX) to Lucena is completed, travel time will be shortened by 2 hours.

The Catanauan Cove is envisioned to become one of the country's prime tourists' destinations. It strongly supports the advocacy to protect "mother earth" and has in fact established a "sustainable community-base eco-tourism" program in furtherance thereof. With its more than one kilometer stretch of white sand shoreline, crystal clear waters, rolling Terrainn, thousands of full grown trees, natural swamps and ponds surrounding its "modern interpretation" of the Philippine "NIPA HUT" cottages and bungalow villas, no doubt It is a class of its own.

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