|Posted by clubcagpo on October 28, 2010 at 2:16 AM||comments (0)|
"The volcanic, heart-shaped island of Marinduque sits in the Tablas Strait, between Luzon to the north & Mindoro to the south... Those that have visited the area return with tales of beautiful reefs, Hammerheads Sharks, Dolphins and Pirate Shipwrecks."
Off the north-western tip of Marinduque is Natanco. The wall diving here is fabulous, with impressive corals and prolific marine life. Nearby, a Japanese WWII torpedo boat rests in 40m of water & can be dived.
To the south, just off the coast of Gasan, you find the Trey Reyes Islands, or ‘Three Kings’. The most westerly of the three islands, Balthazar, has the best diving. Here you will find a wall with lovely Gorgonians & plenty of pelagic action, including the occasional sighting of Hammerhead Sharks. There is also an interesting cave here which can be dived, where you can find plenty of Stonefish.
Between Gaspar & Melchor Islands - the other two ‘kings’ - there is the wreck of a Chinese Junk lying in 40m of water. The junk is believed to have belonged to a notorious Chinese pirate called Limahong.
A little to the east is Elephante Island is another great drift dive along a precipitous wall with beautiful corals. Further round the coast is Torrijos, where a series of ridges & canyons are home to large schools of Snapper & Barracuda.
To the south of Marinduque are three more islands with good diving - Maestro de Campo, Dos Hermanos & Banton Island. Maestro de Campo is all about wrecks. There are two Japanese WWII wrecks and a few Japanese war-planes, plus the wreck of a ferry that sunk in the 1980’s. Dos Hermanos has an interesting topography with numerous cracks & crevices hiding all sorts of life. Banton Island is the pick of these southern islands. The island's inhabitants do not actively participate in much fishing and as a result, marine life is superb - with abundant reef-life, plus Turtles, Sharks, Rays & even occasional Dolphins.
East of here lies the Subuyan Sea. Only a few intrepid divers have ever made it this far, but the reports suggest that the Subuyan Sea is a world-renowned dive spot just waiting to happen.
The dive season here runs from February to May, Outside these months, conditions are often too rough to reach the best sites.
More information on Marinduque Diving can be found on the Underwater Asia website on Marinduque.
|Posted by clubcagpo on August 23, 2010 at 5:56 AM||comments (0)|
Marinduque Island has recently featured in CNN's article on up and coming future tourist hotspots in Asia.
Quote from CNN:
The lowdown: Pristine beaches, diving sites, a balmy climate. Marinduque has all the postcard charms of other Filipino hotspots such as Boracay and Tagaytay, but none of their tired tourist crowds. The volcanic island of Marinduque is just a 45-minute flight from bustling Manila, but manages to elude the capital’s frenetic pace. There’s nary a nightclub or souvenir shack in sight. It has a generous sprinkling of hot springs and white sandy beaches, notably the sulphuric hot springs of Malbog, and Poctoy’s White Beach, which doubles as a community hangout. The uninhabited Tres Reyes Islands off the Gasan coast ranks among Marinduque’s best diving sites with azure waters, profuse corals and an underwater cave.
Checkout the full article on CNNgo's website here.
|Posted by clubcagpo on October 12, 2009 at 10:18 AM||comments (4)|
The first Underground Subterranean River to have been found in Marinduque has been recently discovered by a team led by provincial tourism officers in Sta. Cruz, Marinduque.
The San Isidro Cave and Subterranean River, is located in Sta. Cruz, Marinduque, Philippines. Village leaders in San Isidro are now aimed at carefully preserving the site.
Club Cagpo is a simple drive away from the Bathala Cave system, and can arrange transportation to any Eco-tourism spot or other destinations around Marinduque at your request. We offer Van hire (see "Van hire" on links bar to the left). The Bathala caves are only one of the many eco sites on Marinduque Island.
Caves, Spelunking and Eco-tourism, Marinduque is famed for its many cave systems, such as the grand Bathala Caves which even feature a "Cathedral" like cave which houses the coffins and relics of ancient ancestors of Marinduqueno's or possibly also World War II soldiers. A complex network of eight caves however only four of which have so far been fully explored. One of the biggest is called "Simbahan". Another cave, "Kay Coke" cave, is occasionally guarded by rock pythons. The third cave has an underground river and the fourth one houses human bones and ancient relics believed to be the remains of World War II soldiers or possibly past ancestors of Marinduque island.
(Entering the Bathala Caves with Tour guides)
About the Bathala Cave System
The Caves of Bathala are eight different caves, named Church Cave, Secret Cave, Python Cave, Cemetrey Cave, Lihim Cave, Underground Cave, River Cave and Kay Mendez Cave. They are located in a 19 hectare area, at about 700m asl. The small karst contains even more caves, but they are not explored or named.
The biggest cave is called Kuweba ng Simbahan (Cave of the Church), as it was used for worship. It was believed to be the home of Amang Bathala, the Supreme God of the Tagalogs, the indegneous inhabitants of the Philippines. The cave is big enough for 100 people. The next cave is 100m away and called Cemetrey Cave, as it was used as a burial site. Excavations revealed earthen jars, china jars, coffin fragments and human relics, including 13 skulls. The excavation was carried out by the French archaeologist Alfred Marche.
(Inside one of the Bathala Caves)
The Python Cave is guarded by numerous living pythons. The strange thing is, that the snakes are normally dangerous and aggressive, but here at the cave they are not harmful. They are said to have never harmed visitors. Visitors even take pictures as close as 35cm. The locals explain this with the fact that the snakes are the pets of Bathala.
(The Cave ecosystem is a hotspot for biodiversity of animals and plant life)
The unique and spiritual connection with the Bathala caves has also prompted throughout history the occupation of the caves by Guerillas and religous sects. Some noteable past occupants of the Bathala caves are the The Pulajan Movement then later the Samahang Tatlong Persona Solo Dios, who stayed at the cave for a long time during the early 1900s.