the island itself is still on off the beaten track, and not a lot of people know that this exist. but anyone from Candelaria can be asked how to get there and will even lead you to a boatman who can give you a boatride for P350.00 good for six persons.
Few people stay overnight at the island. We brought some mountain bikes with us so we decided to rent a room in Isla Vista even if we were going camping on the island. This way we could also use the shower the next day before going to Manila and we have a place to store our bikes. Nipa hut room rate is 600pesos a night and can fit 3 people. Nice little dining table in front. They serve strange sisig (parang half cooked, wet and pale) but their relyenong bangus is excellent.
We pitched our tents and some of us walked around the small island while the others prepared supper. Its true that the caretaker sells halo halo at 25pesos per order, however, what I didn't know was that they also sold beer at 25pesos a bottle there. No ice so bring a big ice box and lots of ice.
Tables are rented at 100pesos per night. Chairs are also rented and costs 10pesos each. We saw some Korean teenagers there. Apparently they were sentenced to live in rough conditions there for a month. They were living "big brother" style with only 2 sets of clothes and spartan belongings. Some were desparate enough to approach us and ask for some beer and cigarettes. They were (of course) punished in the morning for doing so. Big brother sees all I guess....
The moon was out that night. Very bright. The ocean was sparkling and it was clear enough for a night swim so thats what we did. It was like swimming in a pool. You can see the moonlight reflected like marble on the ocean floor.
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