shipwreck at Balinmanok cove. locals say that this ship containing tons of contraband ran aground during a severe storm in the year 2000 while Pres.Estrada was in power. Reportedly, a large portion of the drugs went missing by the time authorities retrieved the contents. It is now being slowly canibalized by locals for its remaining timber.
Balaki Island is a good 45 minute banka ride from the campsite. There are a lot of balaki fishes (goatfish) and moray eels around the island. Lots of coral formations too.
About a 15minute boatride from the campsite. Snake island is named for the large number of snakes that used to be found on the island.
Take NLEX and go onto SCTEX. On SCTEX head towards TARLAC/BAGUIO but exit at HACIENDA LUICITA exit. Go on McArthur Highway and turn left at SIESTA (mercury drug) going towards CAMILING. Stay on the NATIONAL ROAD until you get to ALAMINOS. From ALAMINOS, go on towards BURGOS. At Burgos you will see a PETRON GAS STATION just after the small burgos town proper. Turn RIGHT on that small street in front of the Petron Gas Station and then turn Left at the dead end. Go on the cemented/asphalted road until you reach Baryo ng Concordia. From there keep going straight to Pogoruac and turn LEFT at the T section. After 3.5kilometers you will see an intersection marked by a GIANT Tire, turn LEFT at the tire. This will bring you to Tambobong/Osmena area. Ask where the PANTALAN (wharf) is located.
By PUBLIC TRANSPO:
Ride Victory Liner from Cubao to Alaminos (370pesos). From Alaminos town proper, ride another bus or jeep going to BURGOS (50pesos). Then from Burgos town proper in front of market ride another Jeep going to TAMBOBONG/OSMENA and go down at the PANTALAN. This final jeep ride is only available until about 1pm so please take note! If you miss the ride, you can charter a tricycle to tambobong but it will set you back about 300pesos one way!
MORE INFO ON HOW TO GET THERE AND MAPS:
Especially when drinking alcohol, be wary of locals as they get too friendly. Even sitting down with you uninvited especially if you drink near the waters or on the beach. Alert your host immediately if you are uncomfortable with whomever imposed on you.
Ask around for fresh catch of the day. You might be lucky enough to find a good sized tuna. At 70/kilo just buy they whole thing and feast on it with your friends for days! haha