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Dazzling Dazzle at the Beach in Brgy. Poblacion
You can get to Carabao Island from Tablas Island, Caticlan and Boracay Island. Instructions can be found here.
Upon our arrival at Brgy. Poblacion, Carabao Island we asked the people near our docking area on where we can stay. We met Ma’am Laura Bandala, a local of Carabao Island, she pointed us to a house made of nipa located at the beach front (my type of lodging). It has 2 floors and 2 CR inside. It was surprising when she told us that it was only 500 Pesos/night. We stayed there overnight. The downside of this lodging though is the water in the CR was a bit salty. It was somehow salty and because of that it was hard to take a bath. You can look for Ma’am Laura Bandala if you want to stay here.
There are still a couple more lodgings in Brgy. Poblacion, you can check out Senyor Lakwatsero’s post here for that.
There are more lodgings in Brgy. Lanas, the Barangay where you can see Puka Beach of Boracay Island. You can check Pinoy Adventurista’s stay in Brgy. Lanas here.
If you ask me on where I would prefer to stay, it would still be the nipa house in Brgy. Poblacion. It’s very affordable, I love staying in a house that is not made of concrete and it’s right in front of the beach.
By the way, the electricity of the whole Carabao Island is only from 5PM to 11PM and 4:30AM to 6:30AM. So charge your electronic gadgets on these times.
The lodgings in Brgy. Poblacion are all basic lodgings, they have no restaurants so the only you can do is to buy ingredients and either cook your own food or ask the staff of the lodgings to cook it for you, for a price of course.
What we did was we bought some canned goods and we asked the staff of our lodging to cook rice for us. We also found a barbecue stand near the center of Poblacion (other end of the beach, 10 minute walk from our lodging) where we bought chicken and pork barbecue. So for the night we had dinner on the terrace of our nipa house. 🙂
Drinking water is also not easy to find near the nipa house though there are lots of sari-sari stores around. We walked to the other end of the beach just to find bottled drinking water. So be sure to bring your own drinking water when going to Carabao Island.
The resorts in Brgy. Lanas has restaurants on where you can eat.
Upon arriving at the airport we ask motorcycle drivers around if how much would it cost us if we would go around the island for a day. They answered 200 Pesos/hour for pinoy and 300 Pesos/hour for foreigners. A motorcycle can only carry up to 2 passengers. I seriously find it very expensive and very time pressuring.
The places that you can get to are Tagaytay Point, Lanas Beach and the under construction airport then back to Brgy. Poblacion. Though I would recommend for people to skip the airport, but go if you want to it may not have suited my taste but it may suit yours.
Here’s a technique I thought of. Ride the motorcycle to Tagaytay Point then to Lanas Beach. That would take you about an hour. You’ll be time pressured in Tagaytay Point but you won’t be at Lanas Beach. Then after you finished walking around Lanas Beach, find and ride a motorcycle again going back to Brgy. Poblacion. The motorcycle ride would then cost 80 Pesos/person.
There are also many different caves around the island. You may want to ask the motorcycle drivers about it.
At Lanas Beach, request that you be dropped off at the church. Go back to the church and see what sand erosion can do. From there you can see Boracay Island. Walk on the direction away from Boracay Island to see the different beach spots of Brgy. Lanas.
To get a better picture of what you can do in Carabao Island check my 11 Things to do in Carabao Island, Romblon post.
This post is part of my 12 for 2012 Travel Project that aims to create travel guides to help travellers go around the Philippines.
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