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