Marex and Vanishing Island

During our Samal Island Adventure, on our first day, after touring the Monfort Bat Caves, we headed to Marex Beach Resort for lunch.  I told Olan, Marex sounds like a sex diary movie flick…in lined with Xerex.  He snorted, suppresed a laughter and motioned for me to behave.  Turns out, Marex is the resort owner’s name. Awts!

It’s a simple resort with one big pond amidst its cottages.  You can rent the little huts in the middle of the pond, if you fancy fishing without having to leave to catch some in the open sea.  But we are not there to experience a fishing  bonanza, we are there because Marex Beach Resort is our jump off point towards Vanishing Island.

It was low tide when we arrived.  Dr. Marex, happily informed us that she will build a little port so that guests can go to their  canoe without having to wade the wet sand during low tide.  I don’t mind getting wet, it is the beach after all, but it seems, some guests find it a hassle.

Richard loves the boat.

Meet BATCH 1 hehehe! (group photo courtesy by Dr. Charles Ortiz)

A boat can fit eight people.  The trip from Marex Beach resort towards Vanishing Island takes around 10 minutes.

Vanishing Island is a government property and one of its caretakers is Marex Beach Resort.  This patch of land in the middle of the sea is only visible from 9am till 4pm before it disappears as water levels rise up.  The Island is a full of mangroves and it is also a fish sanctuary where you can feed marine life.  You can ask the resort for feeding instructions and directions.  The water is crystal blue and the sand is fine and white.  It is also clean and serene.

(mark, girlie, dulce, richard)

Overnight stays are also possible.  There is one hut in the island that you can rent for Php3,000/night.   The Island is by no means big and can be toured in a matter of 20-30 minutes of less.   Temperamental lovers who has a love and hate relationship may find the Island restricting or romantic *tee hee ^.^

I would personally suggest that you guys  consider a day trip (compared to an overnight stay) in Vanishing Island.  Personally, because I’m scared of being in a hut in the middle of the night amidst waters. Heck, I’m an island girl, but this Island girl is not the best swimmer there is…I can barely swim (boooo! haha!)

Anyway, You can go there around ten am, prep and have lunch there, play in the water, go to the wishing well (yes there is one), take lots of photos and go back to Marex Resort before 4pm.  It is also a good location for photo shoots, in fact, my first photo shoots in Samal was in Vanishing Island.  I was with two other photographers and four models.  We could not find an apt location for the “Sweet Summer Skin” shoot anywhere in the Island until we found the little sanctuary in the middle of the sea.  It is so in the middle of the water that the view is just spectacular.  Anywhere you go is just perfect ^.^

with Dr. Remo Aguilar, theonly blogger from Tacurong
and Dr. Marex and husband, photo taken by Olan

Photo by Dr. Charles Ortiz

Samal Island adventure Tour was organized by Olan Emboscado of Olanology.com

11 Responses

  1. kim and mj April 20, 2011 / 6:46 pm

    that boat looks too small, nakakatakot pag ako sumakay! baka lumubog…hehehe..can’t swim pa naman… -KIM

    • 13thWiTCH April 21, 2011 / 9:49 pm

      it looks small because…we are big heheheh :P

  2. Richard April 20, 2011 / 7:00 pm

    it all started here! he he. go minda-1! go batch 1! ang saya saya! :D

  3. Angie April 20, 2011 / 10:22 pm

    Leah: Leah says “It is also a good location for photo shoots, in fact, my first photo shoots in Samal was in Vanishing Island. I was with two other photographers and four models. We could not find an apt location for the “Sweet Summer Skin” shoot anywhere in the Island until we found the little sanctuary in the middle of the sea. It is so in the middle of the water that the view is just spectacular. Anywhere you go is just perfect ^.^ ”

    Kasama ako at ang sister ko at that time.I met Leah few days pa lang after sa Seminar.. :)
    So sad lang I accidentally delete the photos in my mini camera. :(
    I got a great shots from far away while the photo session are going on. ha ha…. :)

    • 13thWiTCH April 23, 2011 / 5:12 pm

      sige lang anj, naa bitaw ka buenavista :)

  4. Angie April 20, 2011 / 10:26 pm

    By the way Ley..I love the 3rd photo from the top.. :) Nice shots.. :)
    Sana sinali mo na rin yong net ng Volley Ball.. :) It will add to the composition…Super summer,at the beach… :)
    Ang ganda ng Sky…Perfect formation…. :)

    • 13thWiTCH April 23, 2011 / 5:12 pm

      ai oo noh? hahahahah thanks for the tip anj, i will try next time ^.^

  5. Greg April 21, 2011 / 7:27 am

    Yes, I remember Vanishing Island well. Your first photo shoot..who knew what it would lead to then. Great post Lay, I have wanted to go there with you ever since back then…and yea, we better stay all night, I will protect you and its just wayyy too cool to leave at 4pm. I want to go even more now, your quite a travel writer now.

    • 13thWiTCH April 23, 2011 / 5:13 pm

      umm… i will think about it :)

  6. Mark July 8, 2013 / 8:40 pm

    Hi, how much is the boat rental to Vanishing Island? How do I get to Marex?

    • 13thWiTCH July 9, 2013 / 9:32 am

      Marex is in Sitio Baybay in Barangay Tambo…it’s 20 minutes away from Babak District. It is five minutes away from the renowned Monfort Bat Cave. I am not sure how much is boat but i would think it is affordable. Cottages range from 800-5k

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