Mararison is a modest island off the western coastline of Panay. Until eventually now this pearl experienced been guarded by the sluggish community transportation and the deficiency of resort accommodation. This will modify before long!
Very first the Tale
The identify alone spells experience. “Mararison” comes from the Kinaray-a “malalison,” that means disobedient. In accordance to legend, a younger lady named Mara fell in adore with a stranger. Regardless of her parents’ objections to the gentleman, she eloped with him a single evening. The enthusiasts were being out at sea when a storm came. And you know what takes place to disobedient children. The upcoming day, the villagers identified a gorgeous island, which they named right after Mara, the malalison.
Where is Mararison?
The little island lays about 3 km off the coast of Culasi in Antique on Panay island. You may possibly zoom the map in and out. When I went the initial time to Mararison, we had our own motor vehicle. We required about 2 hrs from Kalibo, the money of Aklan province to go above to Antique. A close friend residing in Culasi, Gottfried, did employ the service of a bangka for our team. The trip from Culasi to the island lasts 10 to 20 minutes. This relies upon on the location you would like to check out.
Quickly you will be there by fastcraft
FastCat not too long ago declared the opening of new routes. They will sail from Bulalacao (Mindoro) to Buruanga (Panay) and Culasi (Panay).
But there is hope for this excellent island. FastCat opens really normally new routes. They set up their ramps in the ports. Then they test the new route. If it helps make dollars, they maintain it. If the new route is beneath expectations, they let it tumble. We have viewed this take place for the route Opol – Camiguin – Jagna. If you like, you may possibly read through right here. Soon following the routine modification FastCat abandoned Camiguin.
Malalison satisfies just about everybody’s desires. On the northern and jap coast sunbathers obtain white beach locations with pristine turquoise waters. Especially the white sandbar of the easternmost point is a Everyday living for sunlight hungry vacationers.
We generally favored the south-western beach around the Gui-ob cave. The seashore is designed of gravel and in the h2o are deep canyons inviting for totally free-diving.
Unfortunately the secret cove of Luyo seaside in the west is now a vacationer magnet. It is just a Lifetime. White sand, some fisher-boats and some huts. Current pics on Google Earth show that the route over the island has now photo voltaic driven lights and there are some new cabins and properties.
Let’s go a step back again – reminiscences …
We strongly endorse to take a look at Malalison as shortly as probable. Once more an island in the Philippines could be occupied by a international lodge company. At the time Henan or an additional global resort business has put their ft on an island, it will not be available and affordable for you.
I’ll once again go there this summer months to kiss the lovely lady “Mara” prior to she’ll get lost for ever.
I would never ever have had the pleasure to be on Mararison island devoid of Gottfried who life (lived?) in Culasi. You can see Gottfried in the centre of the boat photograph earlier mentioned. Sad to say we dropped make contact with. Net in Culasi appears nevertheless to be a mess.
I would also thank Ernst and Silvia, with whom I lived my initial year in the Philippines. They still left the islands in 2013.