Thursday, November 18, 2010

what you need to know about alibijaban

my two guides were not wearing slippers even after we saw several sea urchins while crossing the long beach coast of Alibijaban island. it's not that they don't have slippers, in fact they were carrying their slippers.the kapitana assigned two kids to guide me in the East side of the island and explore more what they claim as their island paradise. so if you thought you've seen what Alibijaban is about on my last post, think again. here are some things you need to know about this island.
it isn't unexplored but not exploited. very few knew that as early as 1981, Alibijaban island was already declared as a wilderness area covering an area of 430hectares. a secret well kept by the province of Quezon. expect sandbars.the small community in the island is composed of Tagalogs but majority are Bisaya. this was a big surprise for me that even their kapitana is Bisaya. this though did not create major conflict as they stand together in preserving the islands natural resources.don't be surprised if you learn from the locals that some sea turtles visit the island. this island being part of Ragay gulf is home to some endemic sea creatures and a large part of the area is still covered by mangroves. didn't have the chance to snorkel but by the look of the water from the boat, you know that snorkel is a great activity.
almost the entire island is flat but not plain. if you expect it just to be plain white sand island beach with coconut trees in the middle, explore the island by walking. one of my favorite spot is the wooden boat remains in its Eastern coast.after a long walk, i was convinced with the idea of the kapitana of placing a welcome arch that says "welcome to an island paradise" and let me add "an island of nice people".how to get there:
take a bus to Lucena Grand Terminal and take a bus going to San Andres. this will take about 5-6hours or best yet to take the van in SM Lucena which also goes directly to San Andres. this trip will just be around 4hours - i recommend this option.

location:
island: Alibijaban
province: Quezon
boat take off point: San Andres, Quezon

escape factor:
boat trip experience: 3.0
beachscape: 4.0
beach sand: 4.0
seclusion: 4.5
overall escape factor: 4.0

GPS location
13^ 20' 30.48" N
122^ 43' 8.6" E

30 comments:

Traveling Hawk said...

dong ho, it's amzing! What beauty and so unknown. You have great photos here but I like especially that shipwreck.

Photo Cache said...

I like that it's quiet and isolated. I see it as a perfect hideaway for writers who want to finish that masterpiece.

Chyng said...

i would love to see a sea turtle too, lalo na yung babies! =)

Reena said...

ahas ba yung sa isang photo? fave ko ung may shipwreck. :)

SandyCarlson said...

Oh, a beautiful place to be. Thank you for taking me out of here for a little bit. I appreciate the beauty and peace.

ni├▒abonitanggala said...

such a wonderful place! nice photos dom..looking at the pictures i really want to go there to spend a day or two.
kelan ka babalik don? ok lng po ba pumunta doon sometime in june or july?

chicafabulosa said...

This place is indeed a paradise. May I ask Dong, where did you stay here? Do they have a place to stay for tourists like us?

Allen said...

hey sir dong! im back! LOL

ang ganda nung wreck. for some reason, mejo natakot ako. di ko alam. lol

Xprosaic said...

Whoa! I was surprised sa quezon pala ito... hehehehhe..

Moks™ said...

Ganda dyan par... sarap mamasyal, napakarelaxing ng view parang mawawala lahat ng problema mo. Nga pala anung post processing gamit mosa photos? nice shot na naman to par.

Ailee Verzosa said...

wow... that's so cool... i really love the few last shots... =] refreshing to the eyes...

Borneo Falcon said...

This place is a beauty

Luna Miranda said...

i love it and would like to visit this island! medyo matagal lang ang byahe. but this looks like a perfect Holy Week getaway!:p

Luna Miranda said...

before i forget, my cousin in Bacolod told me about Danjugan Island.:p

alicesg said...

Nice beach and not crowded with tourists. Love the photo on the shipwreck.

princess_dyanie said...

ang ganda nga? nag swimming ka?

nuts said...

perfect ten and post mo na to! galing ng photographs and story. best buddy talaga kayo ni Fang! huh! ahas?! What an amazing adventure! congrats!

Keith said...

I want to find this beach.... It is amazing. i love the pictures you took. Thank you

Rizalenio said...

Awesome entry as always. Parang I want to know more the story of that shipwreck.

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

It's really interesting how dynamic inter-island immigration is in the Philippines but like you, I'm surprised that many of them opted to stay in a relatively unknown island. Usually, we find people from distant provinces immigrating to larger towns or cities.

Bengbeng said...

the perfect hideaway. i imagine spending a week or two would enable one to unwind fast. liked the shipwreck pic most. i experienced sea urchin before. i had to have the needles removed one by one at the local clinic. painful experience. :)

witsandnuts said...

Some photos look like they've been shot from the desert. Amazing place.

Cagayan de Oro map said...

Another interesting island to travel. Good thing you have visited this place. this sure is an exciting adventure for you. :)http://www.cdokay.com/

thepinaysolobackpacker said...

I guess there's a lot of Bisaya bec of their livelihood-->fishing. I rmmbr during our fieldwork in an island in Sorsogon,we've met,and interviewed fishermen frm Quezon, and Visayas. whenever they find a better place to catch fish, clams, shrimps, etc. they migrate w/ their families. now once the resources slowly depletes, they leave the community for a greener pasture.
that's a great beach Dong! I'd love to be explore it one day.

carlotta1924 said...

i wonder how old that boat wreck is.

:)

chino said...

dong ho , its really a paradise. gusto ko rin ito mapuntahan.

Ding said...

I was in this island way back 1993-94, for a coastal resource management project. ganda ng lugar. we dropped concrete blocks for coral restoration. It was heavily damaged back then. sana may tumunbo nang corals.

It's good to see it again!

Thanks for sharing!

Trip@dora said...

Beautiful photos dong ho! I never thought that Quezon has this secret. And it's just near my province, Laguna. This will be added to my long list of must-visit places in PH. thanks for this.

ianisme said...

sir dong... finally napuntahan ko narin island na to.. after 3 attempts... grabe ang byahe pero sulit na sulit.. planning to organize one fund raising tour soon.... proceeds for the DENR facility dun...

http://limbonisku.blogspot.com/2012/03/all-smiles-in-alibijaban-island.html

ondo said...

ung shipwreck na un ay m/v susan.cguro mahigit 20 years n un dun.un dati ang pinagkakargahan ng mga kalakal papuntang lucena at pabalik ng san andres.wala pa kc kalsada noon papasok ng san andres

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