Nogas Island, Anini-y, Antique Province, Philippines

Nogas Island, Anini-y, Antique Province, Philippines

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Here’s a electronic picture narrative of our take a look at to Nogas Island, Anini-y, Antique Province, Philippines, such as hiking, beach locations, mangroves, birding, lighthouse, in which to acquire your s picnic lunch. Pack your lunch, your snorkeling equipment, your digicam and binoculars in a water-proof bag and head for a quite exclusive location.

We to start with noticed Nogas Island from the Antique shore at Sira-an scorching springs approximately a 12 months ago. Nogas was an engaging prospect, an uninhabited maritime reserve of an island surrounded by white sand seashores. So in January 2008 we last but not least experienced the probability for a visit. We left our dwelling in Molo, Iloilo Metropolis in advance of 8 in the morning but our progress was not speedy as we stopped to obtain the great bibinkas (a coconut specialty) at the “Bingkahan Mohon” in  — hugely, highly recommended. It is suitable in the vicinity of the junction with the highway which heads to Mandurriao. The following halt was the often satisfying public market in Miagao exactly where we purchased extra fruit and treats. We bought our choose-out lunch at an eatery in Tiolas, the place we also spied and bought a gorgeous four kilogram speckled grouper to be picked up on our way back. The eatery is Magpatao-Hay. It’s on the left right before Tiolas. It a serious Filipino location with dust floors but awesome men and women and good food stuff. They capture their individual fish just offshore of the eatery. Complete of provisions we received underway at the time again. We turned of towards Anini-y at Tiolas. Had we ongoing on the major street we would have crossed the mountains and finished up at Antique’s capitol, San Jose.

There is also a bus from Iloilo Town to Sira-an Incredibly hot Springs and to Anini-y, jumping off level for Nogas Island While we haven’t ridden it ourselves, it seems to be to be a rapid-paced adventure. We fully grasp that it leaves from the bus terminal in Molo on San Pedro Street, a block or two east of Molo Plaza. It stops in Oton, in the vicinity of the plaza or you can flag it down any place.  You’ll have to discover and communicate with the Molo bus terminal manager to locate the schedule.

Bus from Iloilo City to Sira-an Hot Springs and Anini-y (Nogas Island)

Bus from Iloilo Town to Sira-an Very hot Springs and Anini-y (Nogas Island)

The first bit of the street to Anini-y, via Tiolas, was paved and pretty rather. There are a couple of resorts, some just picnic shelters, 1 or two other people supplying overnight accommodations. We have gone to one particular of these, LSDC Dive Vacation resort, which you can see at http://www.pbase.com/hammerslag/sanjoaquin.   This is a great halting put on your way to Nogas.  You can cease for lunch and a swim or, if you received a late start out, remain right away in this article.

LSDC Dive Resort, Tiolas

Just after a few kilometers, paved streets disappear other than for random stretches. The streets and bridges are beneath perpetual maintenance and very rough. We stopped at a loved ones owned dive shack correct where the rugged Cresta del Gallo mountain dives to the sea. It’s a breathtaking location. Ultimately we arrived to Sira-an Sizzling Springs (lined my a further of my accounts) and proceeded to another primary but quite rather non-public dive camp on the mainland seashore opposite Nogas. We relished the lunch we experienced acquired in Tiolas when the pump boat was currently being organized for our excursion to Nogas Island. The spherical journey cost was P500. The boatman we employed can be discovered by turning down a filth monitor straight away (on Anini-y side) over and above the old cemetery (see image above) located between Sira-an Scorching Springs and Anini-y.

Suggestion:  The boat company to Nogas Island and scuba classes, tools and accomodations can be organized in progress through Boy Saldaña –  mobile numbers: 0920-952-8869 and 0917-305-0699. Saldaña’s dive middle and boats can be located by turning down a dust monitor straight away (on Anini-y facet) over and above the old cemetery located among Sira-an Incredibly hot Springs and Anini-y.  The web-site is http://www.thedivehouse.com/

Anini-y Cemetary

Anini-y Cemetery – transform still left promptly outside of the cemetery

You'll park near this pretty bahay kubo to take the pump boat to Nogas Island

You will park around this fairly bahay kubo to just take the pump boat to Nogas Island

Leaving for Nogas Island (seen in distance) from Sira-an, Antique

Nogas Island Entrance Sign, Nogas Island, Antique Province, Philippines

Nogas Island Entrance Sign, Nogas Island, Antique Province, Philippines

Sad to say, on a subsequent excursion we found this signal had been vandalized and there was loads of litter in close proximity to in which the boats go ashore.

 

Beginning of path to Nogas Island Light House, Antique Province, Philippines

Starting of route to Nogas Island Gentle Household, Antique Province, Philippines

The banca vacation about was uneventful. When we bought to Nogas we have been the only types on the island except for our boatman, his two young ones and his helper. Although I do really like the vivid buzz of existence in the Philippines, it was nice to get away to a silent, eco-friendly put where mother nature is the primary concentrate. There’s an great report on birding on Nogas at: http://www.birdwatch.ph/html/journey/trip20041208.html
Fabulous Frangipani-lined Path to Light House, Nogas Island, Antique Province, Philippines

Amazing Frangipani-lined Route to Light Dwelling, Nogas Island, Antique Province, Philippines

Just after unloading we strolled the path from the beach to the lighthouse. What a shock and delight that route is! We really do not know who gets the credit rating but several years in the past just about every facet of the path ended up planted with aromatic Frangipani bushes, now in close proximity to trees — locally termed Calachuchi. The trees have developed to build a flowering bower over the total path. Continuing on earlier the lighthouse we ran into an remarkable and spooky balete tree and then impenetrable mangrove wetlands so we turned again.

Carol on Nogas Island Light House Path, Antique Province, Philippines

Carol on Nogas Island Light Dwelling Path, Antique Province, Philippines

Frangipani Trees and Nogas Island Light House, Antique Province, Philippines

Frangipani Trees and Nogas Island Light-weight Home, Antique Province, Philippines

Nogas Island Light Station

Nogas Island Light-weight Station

Banyan Tree (Ficus benghalenis), known locally as "Balete", Nogas Island, Antique Province, Philippines

Banyan Tree (Ficus benghalenis), recognized regionally as “Balete”

Also named Ficus or Banyan tree – Lunok in Ilonggo. Continue going for walks past the lighthouse and you are going to appear to this tree. This tree is thought by lots of Filipinos to be a property to several spirit beings, typically troublesome. Our urbane Ilonggo companions seemed a bit uncomfortable and repeatedly requested the spirits to justification them (tabi, tabi, tabi) for intruding.   Possessing them pose by the tree was a no-go so It is Bob below the tree.

Walking back to the Beach, Nogas Island, Antique Province, Philippines

Strolling back to the Seaside, Nogas Island, Antique Province, Philippines

Returning to the seaside, some of us napped on a bed brought out from hiding by our boatman. My spouse and I explored the seashores, up and down from the landing and trailhead.

St. John de Nepomuceno Church in Anini-y from Nogas Island, Antique Province, Philippines

St. John de Nepomuceno Church in Anini-y from Nogas Island, Antique Province, Philippines

Regional divers say that the reefs at Nogas are the very best kinds obtainable from Iloilo Metropolis.

Nogas Island - surrounded by white sand beaches and flourishing Mangroves

Nogas Island – surrounded by very sand shorelines and flourishing Mangroves, Antique Province, Philippines

Carol Exploring Nogas Island Mangroves, Antique Province, Philippines

Carol Exploring Nogas Island Mangroves, Antique Province, Philippines

Mangroves Taking Root on Nogas Island Beach, Antique Province, Philippines

Mangroves Getting Root on Nogas Island Beach front, Antique Province, Philippines

Is this pinapple-looking fruit a Bromeliad?, Nogas Island, Antique Province, Philippines

This pineapple-on the lookout fruit is a Screw Pine (pandanus)  Nogas Island, Antique Province, Philippines

We say goodbye to our helpers.  Nogas Island, Antique Province, Philippines

We say goodbye to our helpers. Nogas Island, Antique Province, Philippines

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