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.
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.
Carnaza Island: DISCOVERING The Different FACE Of Its NATURAL BEAUTY
La-aw Cove: The LOVELY Hidden LAGOON On Guintarcan Island
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.
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.
- 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 – 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 divided to 10 people – PHP 300
Boat Rental from Carnaza, Lamanoc Island, Galut Island and going back to Tapilon Port PHP 4000 divided to 13 people – 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.
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
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
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.
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!