When someone asks a Filipino to recommend a local destination, Antique might be the last place that they would think of. But hear me out – there is an island less than three hours from the capital town that I think stands out to be one of the best-looking beach destinations in the country.
The developing 55-hectare island is surrounded by white sandy beaches and rolling hills that could rival that of Batanes. The trek requires a guide that is available at about P200 as of 2019. Meanwhile, the locals that live in the beach area offer homestays for tourists that also immerse you on the locals’ ways of life. Alternatively, there is a private resort that offers humble cottages fronting a cove that is perfect for photoshoots and/or R&R.
Check out my Instagram (@dalebacar) for more photos and videos from this trip.
How to go to Mararison: From San Jose in Antique, Kalibo, or Caticlan, take a bus to Culasi, Antique. At the Culasi Port, take a boat to Mararison. If you are booking the private resort, they have their own private boat that takes you to the island from their beach-front restaurant in Culasi. Instructions will be provided upon booking.