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.
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.
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/
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.