La Manok Island: A Slice Of PARADISE At The Northernmost Tip of CEBU That You Should VISIT 


I genuinely love to stay longer on the Island of Carnaza, but La Manok Island is calling us to traipse our feet on its low profile and yet alluring innate state. I have just heard about the La Manok Island and I have no idea what the island looks like. While heading to this Island, we were still given a chance to see more of Carnaza Island with all its hidden white sand beaches, stunning cliffs and coastal sceneries that really left us in awe. Thanking our boatman for making our experienced on Carnaza Island amazing by letting us see what Carnaza Island really is. It was a quick tour around Carnaza Island before we finally bid our goodbye.

We were so lucky during our visit to this remote island because the water was so calm. The boatman told us that the waves can be seriously big and strong most of the time. I was then happy cause I’m really scared whenever I ride a boat and the waves are threatening and strong, perhaps because I’m not a good swimmer or probably because I’m afraid to fall. Everyone of us were so excited cause we all have never heard about the La Manok Island and no one have seen a photo of it as well. Hence, were a bit curious about its name and what the Island exactly looks like.

Literally, the island was far, but it is visible when you see it from afar. What makes us really in awe while on our way to the island, is the turquoise waters of the ocean and we can genuinely see the paradise under the sea. I have tried to take the photo of the island from afar since we all curious what it looks like, only my camera zoom lens won’t able to render justice to the beautiful La Manok Island. The more we get closer to the Island, our excitement is really incompressible. The Island is sluggishly divulging its natural beauty to us while our curiosity kept bringing us somewhere and we simply can’t wait to touch its beauty. From afar, it looks like a three islands lining according to their size as it appears to be so interesting and lovely. We have waited more than an hour before we can finally tread our feet on its humble state.

The La Manok Island or La Manoc Island serves as a pit stop for the fishermen, since this Island is close to the Island of Carnaza, Daanbantayan Cebu where most of the fishermen came from. The whole island does not own a resident here, but there’s a three humble house made from a bamboo and covered with a beautiful weave coconut frond as well as the roof. This serves as the rest house of the fishermen from their fishing trips. There are three small islands that composed La Manok Island. The first Island owns a high and big limestone that looks like a mushroom when you view it from afar. This Island is actually tied to the other side of the Island through the white sandbar as this where probably the name of the Island came from. The “La Manok” is a Bisaya term that means “The chicken-less Island” in which the white sandbar connects the Hen and the Cock.

I was in awe the moment I traipse my two little itchy feet with the  bluish water and pale color of the sand. I was also overwhelmed by the primitive surroundings, white sand bar and the beautiful pebble beach. What this cloistered island can promise to every visitor who would soon go down their foot here is the stunning view of an area of water that speaks so much of its innate beauty. We were actually not that lucky to truly see the visible white sand bar, since its already high tide during our visit, but you can still see the sandbar that has been covered by the turquoise waters.

The water was too clear that we can’t resist the temptation of dousing ourselves. Hence, we all went down from the boat and run to the sand bar to swim. The strong ocean current that flows between the Islands is really a struggle. You would likely notice that even you swim as much as you can, but you will still be seeing yourself in the same area like as if you’re not moving. Thus, I strongly advise that if you can’t really swim, then better don’t even go in between the two Islands. We also amble around the Island and check what the island has more to proffer.

Precisely when we were about to leave the Island and transfer to the other side. I went to the sand bar and ask my friend to take a photo of me. Unfortunately, I was stung by a jellyfish for the first time. I exactly don’t know what happened until a friend of mine told me that I was stung by a jellyfish. I can’t truly understand my feeling that time, it was as if I was bitten by a thousand of fire ants all at the same time. The painful, red rash brought by the jellyfish was really made me uncomfortable, it’s like they released thousands of extremely small barbs that hook into my skin and release venom. I really don’t know what will I do that time, my friends told me that someone has to pee on it or pour a vinegar on it, but I just let it heal itself. Truly, after more than an hour of experiencing the feeling of being stung by a jellyfish, it wasn’t that painful already.

After the horrible encounter I had with the jellyfish, we transfer to the third island. It was where we had rested and continue on our Island life. We truly had a great time and continue to swim. I and my other travel blogger friend even had our back tumbling to make our sojourn to this island more awesome. After having our lunch, we decided to leave La Manok Island and get to our next Island destination which is Gato Island and this will be published next on my blog. Thus, kindly wait for it.

Photo credit: Wandering Feet PH

Note: This is part of our 3 days and 2 night adventure on the 5 remote Islands in the northernmost part of Cebu, namely Guintacan Island, Malapascua Island, Carnaza Island, La Manok Island and Gato Island together with other Cebu Travel Bloggers, Instagrammers and Travelers.

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HOW TO GET TO LAMANOK ISLAND OR LAMANOC ISLAND 

There are daily flights to Cebu from Manila, Davao and other part of the Philippines with Major Airlines (Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Air Asia). From the Cebu Mactan Airport, ride a taxi going to Cebu North Bus Terminal and from there, take a bus bound for Daanbantayan and you should tell the driver or the Bus conductor to drop you off at the Daanbantayan Public Market. As you reached the Tapilon Port, ask the locals in the area where is the port of Tapilon. From there, hop a boat that will take you to Carnaza Island. The fare is around Php100 per person for one way trip and the travel time is roughly 2 hours. The moment you arrived on Carnaza Island, rent a boat going to the La Manok Island since there is no public boat going directly to the La Manok Island.

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There is no public boat from the town of Daanbantayan, Cebu or even on Carnaza Island going to the La Manok Island. This Island is mostly visited by those people that are doing Island hopping at the Northernmost tip of Cebu.

During our visit to the La Manok Island, we rented a boat from Carnaza Island for only PHP 4,000 that includes going to Gato Island and going back to Tapilon Port since we are around 13 passengers that time. I guess this is more convenient if you’re traveling with a group of friends.

TRAVEL TIPS

  • Expect big waves when going to La Manok Island always make sure to secure all your gadgets and put them in the dry bag. We are just lucky enough that during our trip to the La Manok Island the ocean has been just so calm.
  • La Manok Island is a perfect place for those that loves to explore the paradise under the ocean. I advise you to bring your own swimming and snorkeling gear.
  • You can’t find a drinking water here. Hence, I advise you to bring enough water.
  • If you desire to stay longer, please bring your food cause the island doesn’t have a store.
  • I highly suggest that you have to bring your Powerbank and make certain that all your gadgets are fully charged before going to this Island since this Island has no electricity.
  • Always remember that, It is your garbage your obligation. Never leave your garbages when visiting this Island, as you depart the island bring them with you and leave them on the mainland of Daanbantayan. Don’t forget to bring your food waste bag.
  • Please remember to leave no trace behind. Take good care of our mother nature. Just enjoy and be responsible enough.

POSSIBLE TRAVEL EXPENSES TO PREPARE 


  • Fare from Cebu-Daanbantayan (Regular Bus) – Php 160
  • Breakfast – Php 100
  • Fare Daanbantayan to Port going to Guintarcan Island – Php 10
  • Boat rental going to the Guintarcan Island (good for 10-15 passengers), including the food for 2 days Island adventure – Php 500
  • Fare from Port – Daanbantayan proper – Php 10
  • Fare Daanbantayan – Maya Port – Php 10
  • Fare Maya Port – Malapascua – Php 100
  • Additional charge for a mini boat transfer – Php 40
  • Dinner at Ging-Ging’s Restaurant on Malapascua Island – Php 115
  • Mr. Kwiiz Resort bed space (fan room) and good for 4 people – Php 350
  • Lunch at Mr. Kwiiz Resort – Php 155
  • Boat rental Malapascua to Carnaza Island Php 3,000/10 people – Php 300
  • Boat Rental from Carnaza, Lamanoc Island, Galut Island and going back to Tapilon Port PHP 4000 /13 people –Php 310
  • Fare Tapilon to Cebu City – Php 190

          OVER ALL TOTAL for our 3 days and 2 night trip: Php 2,350 

Note: This is the good side when you travel with a group of friends, aside from you won’t be spending much, you will as well enjoy so much that you forget about your skin being sun burnt.

3 Days and 2 night Itinerary. Exploring five remote Islands in the Northernmost tip of Cebu. Guintarcan Island, Malapascua Island, Carnaza Island, Lamanok Island and Gato Island. 

DAY 1 

  • 1:30 AM- Meet-up at the North Bus Terminal
  • 02:00 AM- Depart from Cebu City
  • 06:30 AM- ETA in Daanbantayan
  • 07:00 AM- Breakfast
  • 07:30 AM- Buying the necessary supplies needed in Guintarcan Island
  • 9:30 AM – Depart for Guintarcan Island
  • 10:40 AM- ETA Guintarcan Island
  • 10:50 AM – Trek going to La-aw Lagoon
  • 11:20 AM – ETA La-aw Lagoon
  • 11:30 AM – Swimming in La-aw Lagoon
  • 12:00 PM – Lunch
  • 12:30 PM – Swimming continue
  • 02:00 PM – Depart for Daanbantayan
  • 03:15PM – ETA at Daanbantayan
  • 03:30 PM – Depart for Maya Port
  • 03:50 PM – ETA in Maya Part
  • 04:00 PM- Buying all the necessary supplies for 2 days Island adventure. 05:00 PM – Depart for Malapascua Island
  • 05:30 PM – ETA Malapascua Island
  • 05:50 PM – Looking for a Hostel to stay in Malapascua for a night
  • 09:00 PM – Dinner
  • 10:00 PM – Social
  • 11:30 PM – Rest time

DAY 2

  • 07:00 AM – Prepare for breakfast
  • 08:30 AM – Breakfast
  • 09:30 AM – Exploring Malapascua Island
  • 11:00 AM – Prepare for check out at Mr. Kwiiz Beach Resort
  • 11:50 PM – Check out
  • 12:00 PM – Lunch at Mr. Kwiiz Beach Resort
  • 02:00 PM – Depart for Carnaza Island
  • 03:30 PM – ETA Carnaza Island
  • 04:00 PM – exploring the Island and chasing sunrise
  • 06:30 PM – Prepare for Dinner
  • 08:30 PM – Dinner
  • 09:30 PM – Social
  • 12:00 AM – Rest time

DAY 3 

  • 05:00 AM – Wake up and prepare for sunrise viewing
  • 05:30 AM – Sunrise viewing
  • 06:30 AM – Prepare for breakfast
  • 08:30 AM – Cleaning the camping area
  • 09:00 AM – Breakfast
  • 09:00 AM – Prepare for Lamanok Island
  • 10:00 AM – Depart for Lamanok
  • 11:20 AM – ETA Lamanok Island
  • 11:30 AM – Explore and enjoying Lamanok Island
  • 12:30 PM – Lunch
  • 01:00 PM – Depart for Gato Island
  • 02:20 PM – side trip on Gato Island for a while
  • 02:30 PM – Depart for Tapilon Port
  • 04:00 PM – ETA Tapilon Port
  • 04:10 PM – Quick wash up at the Karederia (food beanery).
  • 05:00 PM – Depart for Cebu City
  • 09:30 PM – ETA Cebu City
  • 10:00 PM – Home sweet home.

SPECIAL THANKS

I would like to thank Master Arnold of Wandering Soul Scamper for the invitation and for planning the whole trip. To John Jay of Wandering Feet PH, James of ASANASADSIJAMES, Gly of Chasing Potatoes, Mike Laagan of The Traveling Panda, Sean of His Hidden Letters, Dilon of Chasing Wonders, to Gelai for always making sure that we have luscious food to eat, to Angel Kevin and Duke that I have just met, may I still see you on our next adventure and to Rome of Basta Bisaya and Totem of Totemgineer. Thank you so much guys for the fun filled adventure that I have experienced together with you all. See you all on our next adventure again!

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51 thoughts on “La Manok Island: A Slice Of PARADISE At The Northernmost Tip of CEBU That You Should VISIT 

  1. Omg, cebu is such a beautiful place, Your photosa says it all. Thanks for the travel tips esp highlighting not to litter and always take good care of the nature. Hope your jellyfish sting got better. 😊

    Jhae

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  2. You are totally right that until you get closer, the magic isn’t quite obvious, then as your photos take me in, I start to see the golden sand beneath the shallow water and the beach and land of the island. What a magical space!

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  3. Wow!! What a great trip! Can’t believe you got stung by a Jelly!! But it all looks so worth the journey. Your photos are incredible. I will definitely be paying La Manok a visit when I reach Cebu! Thanks for sharing – really helpful 🙂

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  4. How long did it take for your jellyfish sting to heal? I’ve actually never been stung by one! Either way, this is a great guide, so thanks so much!

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  5. La Manok Island is a heaven on earth…loved the pictures! The jelly-fish bite seems horrible…I have heard about it and know that it’s really painful. Is there a way to avoid it at all?

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  6. I have heard about La Manok island but after reading this post I have learned so many things I didn’t know about this beautiful paradise! Sorry to hear about the jellyfish encounter, we were stung so many times in Mozambique over December so I feel you pain 😛 Thanks for this informative post!

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  7. Cebu looks gorgeous and you have captured it so well in your pics! Hope you recovered from the Jellyfish sting. This is a great guide for people planning to go to Cebu.

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  8. The whole of Philippines is so beautiful that it’s hard to decide what to leave and what not. Your pictures and tips at the end are always the deciding factors.
    I am sorry to hear about your Jellyfish sting bite. It’s horrible thing to happen while traveling. How much time does it take to heal? .

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  9. I’m so sorry that you were stung by a jellyfish. That sounds like a terrible experience! But at least you got to visit this slice of paradise. Truly the Philippines have some of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen.

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  10. First of all, WOW! I had no idea this was there! I truly wish I had found your blog before my visit to the Philippines. It’s unfortunate that you were stung by a jellyfish, but I think I would trade a jellyfish sting for a day exploring this area. That water truly is just so crystal clear, isn’t it?

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  11. Beautiful, but yes, mother nature can be dangerous too. Take care. I think I am already too old for something as remote as this island. I am a confessed landlubber. Hehe.

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  12. I always find those underrated, not-so-famous, sometimes never heard, and remote places more beautiful, exquisite, and interesting compared to places that are mainstream. Aside from that, the traffic of people is a lot lesser which will make your trip less stressful and worthwhile. La manok island is one of a kind. I have never heard about this place in cebu…

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  13. Wow! What a beautiful experience! I have swum with jelly fish before however I have never been stung. I am not sure what causes that to happen. I would love to know how to dive and swim like this one day!

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  14. I used to have that fear of sea travel but I starting to embrace it now Lai.. I started to find it so rewarding! What a great adventure you had here… you made me realized that Cebu has so many hidden gems to offer and I think a week or two is not enough to explore this province
    Yikes, I experienced being stung by jellyfish too when I was a kid and I still remember the pain

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  15. I love island recommendations. And this does look like paradise. I love everything. The color of the water is stunning. Pity though, that you were stung by a jellyfish. I’ve never been stung luckily. But then again: I haven’t swum around jellyfish a lot!

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  16. You just got to love the Philippines, I mean, who wouldn’t, right? It’s like every day, more and more places here in the PH are discovered! More stunning beaches to visit, more beautiful forests to check, more mountains to climb. More adventure awaits, really! I wish one day, we can visit this place when we go to Cebu.

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  17. Oh you are an island hopper and I always like to read about the new islands from your posts.:) Seems like this is another beautiful place in Philippines.The photos say it all about the beauty of the island.And crystal clear water is something that anyone cant refuse this place!

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  18. Wow! I’ve always dreamt of going to Cebu, and there are so many places there that I want to visit. Although this is the first time I’ve heard of La Manoc Island, I want to include it in our itinerary. The place looks so peaceful and relaxing, but I hope I can survive the boat ride. Haha!

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  19. That is such a beautiful place! The water is so clear and the pale sand rivals Boracay’s.. and the sandbar is just plain lovely. I love sandbars, they seem such whimsical pieces of land, visible now, almost disappearing later when the high tide comes in. There’s something quite magical about them, no? Especially when the waters are this clear.. paradise indeed. ❤

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  22. Other than the fact that the island is so full of surprises. First, it’s a pit stop to fishermen. Next, it can also serve as a pit stop to travelers like you. Then its water is so clear. Dang! I definitely miss the sea! Though it sucks that a jellyfish stung you. It reminded me of Chandler, Joey, and Monica from FRIENDS HAHAHA

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  23. Jellyfish scare me no end. My far and few adventures with the sea began and ended 25 years back when I visited the beaches of Gujarat and Kerala. Looking at these pictures, I cannot but envy your proximity to the sea. The blue waters and the blue skies are making me wistful again.

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  24. These untouched places are indeed breath-taking. Your pictures show at least a little how wonderful your journey was. However, the jellyfish is something I would avoid in any possible way. I am just scared if I know there are jellyfish nearby. Nevertheless, La Manok Island seems a true paradise. I would like to visit it one day.

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  25. This is indeed a beautiful place. I just don’t understand why the island was associated with chickens (hen and rooster), when they don’t look like chickens at all. I am sorry about the jellyfish sting. I never had those before but it looks like it really hurt. I hope you’re feeling okay now.

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  26. Cool place! I have never heard of this island before. You’re good at discovering places no one has ever heard of before! I was actually looking for the meaning behind the name of the island in your blog post, and thought it was weird to name it “The Chickenless Island.” Haha! So sorry about the jellyfish sting. I have never been stung by a jellyfish before but I can imagine how excruciating that is. But at least you still got to continue on your adventure!

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  27. The water is so clear. And I couldnt help smiling looking at the photos. You’ve got a real eye for beauty. And I like how vivid everything is.

    Funny that when we go to the beach, I am totally afraid of jelly fish. I first learned about how jelly fish could be a real “antagonist” was when my boys watched Spongebob. Squidward would always say playing with jelly fish is a crazy idea. So I am totally afraid of them.

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  28. I blog often and I genuinely thank you for your information. This great article has really peaked my interest. I’m going to book mark your website and keep checking for new details about once per week. I opted in for your Feed as well.

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  29. Wow! Just look at that crystal-clear water! That alone is worth a trip to this remote island! The place looks serene and calm and the water is pristine!

    Thank you for this very detailed post about this island in Cebu. Heading there early next year and I have not decided on where to go and which islands to explore, I will definitely include this one in our list of islands to consider visiting on our trip!

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  32. I have been planning to go to Cebu and was considering going to the usual places that most people visit when they go to Cebu. It was only when I browsed your blog that I realized Cebu has so much to offer. I want to explore Lamanoc but looks like I need to gather my friends to make the boat trips less expensive. Another concern is the big waves. When is the safest month to go there?

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  33. Everything I see of Cebu makes me want to visit more and more. My daughter visited this year as a guest of Cebu Pacific Air and her photos and videos were amazing. And also yours.

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  34. I hope the sting from the jellyfish did not hurt badly.
    Us Indians are largely land animals, though we have one of the largest warm water coastlines! The reason why I am mentioning is that we too have to appreciate the joys of the seas just as you do.
    This island looks like a whale, isn’t it?

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