Wednesday, July 25, 2012

malamawi island

the timing and the mode of getting there will be the most important factor. generally, tourists going to the island of Malamawi would always go there to visit White Beach. the island's nicest beach area for swimming. timing is important as this beach is totally different during weekdays and the weekend. on this particular trip, i had Chyng of No Spam No Virus No Kidding with me.
since i wanted her to experience how a usual local would go there, we decided to take the public boat ride (10mins) and the habal-habal ride from the Malamawi's main port to White Beach (20-30mins). 

it was the best time as it was summer on a weekday. there were very few people in the area with soldiers who are regularly stationed in the area for security purpose. this was the first stop for the Eskapo Mindanao Series.  

the beach
a large portion of the coast of the island are white sand beaches but it's the area called White Beach that is popular to many. the sand in White Beach can be compared to that of Boracay, the crystal clear waters is exceptional but the expanse of an almost rock-less area for beach swimming is limited to less than a kilometer. both side of the main beach stretch is rocky. making it best for beach swimming, snorkeling and shell picking.

the people
the island of Malamawi is shared by both Christians and Muslims. the coastal areas are mainly occupied by the Badjaos while mostly Christian communities are settled inland. the island has an extension of Isabela city's public school but due to accessibility some of the people in the island still prefer studying in the main island of Basilan.  

the distance
it is accessible from Isabela City by a public motor boat enough to carry 20 people crossing the Isabela channel. it travels daily the entire day as most locals would travel to the city and back everyday. length of the boat trip is 10-15minutes. main mode of transportation within the island are motorbikes.

the topography
composed of two major islands connected by a large protected mangrove swamp. one side is facing the Isabela channel where the city of Isabela is visible while the other side is the Sulu sea. a hilly portion is set on the middle of the island the rest is flat and roads are mostly unpaved.

the security
it is relatively safe to go to the island but as i would always recommend, it is better to have a local join you or best yet coordinate with the city tourism. (see contact number below).

check out Chyng's post on her experience of Basilan
 Dont Tell My Mother I Spent a Summer Day In Basilan

Island: Malamawi
Barangay: Carbon
City: Isabela
Province: Zamboanga Peninsula
Region: Western Mindanao

GPS Location: 
6' 43'' 20 N
121' 57" 45 E

how to get there:
from Isabela city:
option 1: take a boat trip from Isabela city's boat dock site for Malamawi bound trips. it is just a short walk away from the main dock site of ferries coming from Zamboanga. Isabela dock site to Malamawi pier (10minutes or less). 
from the Malamawi pier or is locally known as Carbon pier, there are motorbike drivers who can bring you to White beach. if you've arranged in advance for a pick-up ride, they will pick you up from here for an hour or less trip to White beach.
option 2: rent a boat from Isabela city pier Malamawi bound that will bring you directly to White beach. warning: this can be risky as waves are most of the time big for this route. this less recommended.

eskapo recommends:
it is advisable to check first the situation in the island before setting a visit. i also recommend that you know of someone from the island who can guide you around. 

Mr. Gerald Louise Tubil - Isabela City Tourism 0917-6344989



idol sabi ko na nga ba si chyng yung kasama mo ... nabasa ko kasi to sa post ni chyng :) ganda ng beach super white grabe ng sand :)

Traveling Hawk said...

The beach is fantastic and so are the photos!

ardee sean said...

unang picture pa lang.. gusto ko ng languyin.. naks parang swimmer lang.. magtampisaw lang pala... hehehe.. ganda rin dito... :P

escape said...

>Kulapitot, yes. magkasama kami ni Chyng on this trip. marami pa kaming pupuntahan. sana makabisita ka rin sa beach ng malamawi.

>Traveling Hawk, thanks! with a nice beach you'll get a nice photo. i think. hahaha...

>Ardee, yes. mahirap tanggihan maligo sa beach na ganito. sana makapunta ka.

Asiong32 said...

mukhang maganda talaga yung beach Dom, nalala ko tuloy ang tondol. hayyy...hehe

Pinoy Adventurista said...

Di ko 'to napuntahan... will definitely go here pagbalik ko, soon! will contact my friend in Basilan... :)

Drew said...

Ganda dyan, Dong! Kaso parang di ko pa kayang magenjoy sa beach habang may mga armed men na nakatambay sa paligid hehe!

Chyng said...

i really like that 2nd to the last photo. i wish i took that shot. hehe

im so lucky narating ko to. super bragging rights! haha thanks dom! looking forward sa ating next trip!

Maja Dera said...

ganda naman dyan!!!hindi kb magagawi ng zamboanga this aug?sana makapunta din kami dyan! =))

Maja Dera said...

si chyng din ba ang model ng iyong homepage?nice! =))

sheng said...

I want to go to Basilan too, as to when, I don't know, but I am indeed interested to go!

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

si Chyng mukhang di man lang nahirapan sumakay sa likod ng motorbike with her long skirt!

Alice said...

Wow the water is really crystal clear. But the sight of the rifle really made a city girl like me worried lol.

JC Sabio said...

ganda ng white beach.parang paraiso lang!hehe!:)

docgelo said...

i believe you, dom (and chyng) in saying the place is safe. however, nangiti ako sa photo na posted mo beside your text explaining security & safety; ang haba ng baril! safe nga!

lakwatserong tatay said...

wow...ganda ng beach..wish ko talaga makapunta sa basilan...kelan ba open invites mo dom?....join talaga ko...^_^

SandyCarlson said...

That water is so clear! Looks like a really beautiful place. As always and ever. Your blog is amazing.

exotic travels and vacations said...

Wonderful island. The water is so clear! :)

Photo Cache said...

am back from my vacay, how have you been?

Christian | LAKAD Pilipinas said...

ang swerte naman ni chyng! the beach looks really really fine!

Anonymous said...

The security photo freaks me out and makes me paranoid, lol! just kidding... I like the shawl that the lady is wearing from the first photo. Great set.


Eds said...

ganda naman ng beach kaya lang kapag narinig mo ng basilan parang mapapaisip ka namang pumunta pa for security reason

Heart of Rachel said...

The unspoiled beach is so beautiful.

pusangkalye said...

if ever I would take the risk of going there. (natakot don sa gun pic.hahaha), yung beach ang gusto kong makita :)

Nomadic Samuel said...

This looks like a gorgeous island. I really appreciate the level of detail and tips section on this post.

Lonesome Wanderer said...

I would love to go tramping in Mindanao in the future. Nice blog.

soloflightEd said...

ang ganda ng island! very clear ng tubig! and parang walang bato nga. saya. hope na makapunta ako dito in the future. will be in Zamboanga end of November. :)

Unknown said...

Hi sir. I saw in Bantog Backpackers' blog that you're their tour guide when the visited Basilan. I am planning po to visit Basilan with a friend on June 29, 2016. I would like to ask po sana if you can recommend a local tour guide to accompany us. My email is Thank you sir.


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