I decided to go as a joiner in a group tour last February 26, 2018. The meet up was at Teleperformance Shaw Boulevard, one o’clock in the morning. I joined a group of 30 individual (2 vans). The van arrived at the venue passed 1:30 AM, siksikan mga bes (unlike the other tours na napuntahan ko, upong komportable), then tambay muna sa McDo Centris na akala namin may pick-upin ng madami iyon pala isa lang at sa kabilang van pa. Grabe lang, we stayed at McDo for 30 minutes, (sayang oras mga mumshie). At ayon na nga, the tour went along and lahat yata ng stop-over na McDo ay hinintuan namin for some bathroom break at wala naman nag-rest room sa mga joiners.
We arrived at Jollibee Mariveles past six in the morning, we had a breakfast there for more than an hour (actually, hinihintay namin matapos ang mga coordinator kumain). We reached the docking area past eight but we were waiting for the boat (wala pa daw yung boat). Okay, pero mag-aalas nueve na at hindi pa nagsisimula ang tour, sayang talaga ang oras. My self talk is “okay lang yan. Mahaba pa ang araw…”
So there you go, we started the tour at nine in the morning, the waves were a bit strong but can manage, we arrived in the first cove Nagbintana Cove, it’s spectacular – ang ganda lang at sobrang instagramable ang lahat ng anggulo. So I met Divine her and pretty much we get along. Pinagdaanan ko din ang pinagdaanan nya, kaya alam ko malalagpasan nya ito.
Then we went to the next cove which is Tinanlakan Cove, dito naman pwedeng mag cliff dive, syempre walang nag-dare pero ako wish ko talaga magawa ito soon. The next cove was bats sanctuary which they named Pulong Kawayan, parang Palawan lang ang rock formations and best for swimming and snorkling daw.
Sobrang nakakapagod ang boat ride, as in. Our energies was consumed sa picture taking pictures sa Nagbintana cove. Medyo may kalayuan din kasi ang interval ng mga coves kaya ganoon. Ang sarap matulog sa the Bangka. We arrived at the last cove (4th pa lang, nag request kami na last ito kasi gutom at pagod na kami…Hahahaha! Kami ang sumuko sa tour), beach ito na may gray sand or they call it Apatot Cove. Okay naman sya, prang secluded island na wala talagang means to survive. I mean, no shades, no stores and all, kaso sa sobrang init ang hirap magtagal.
At the start of the tour, we were reminded na sarado ang Laki Beach (ang ganda pa naman doon based sa instagram) so the option was the other beach which they called Lusong Beach, may Php. 100.00 entrance fee na hindi kasama sa tour package. It is underdeveloped beach, own by San Miguel daw yung kalahati, samantala yung kalahati ay sa isang local family. Kaya yung local family ang nagma-manage dito, sa kanila ka din magbabayad. Well, frustrated ang mga joiners because of this, it’s an ordinary beach pero gusto ko iyong dagat, it’s calm and sarap mag-meditate, light brown din ang sand kaya keri na din.
We ate our lunch here, actually the cottage has also payment but I forgot kung magkano. There is also a store (nag-iisa lang ‘to), they have water, drinks and some chichi / biscuits; they also sell Buko for Php. 25.00. The beach has a bathroom but because of lines, we decided to ask the store owner if we could take a bath in their house – gladly they agreed (pwede daw magbayad, pwede din hindi – bahala ka na pero nagbigay ako ng Php. 20.00).
We left at 4:00PM and the waves are stronger now, good thing is that it only took us 20 minutes to reach the docking area. Ang nakakainis lang dito, we supposed to leave the place at five in the afternoon pero dahil naligo at hinintay namin ang guide, umalis kami ng 5:30 PM (kung tutuusin nga, 4:30PM ay okay na ang lahat ng joiners, naligo na kasi ang karamihan sa beach pa lang kaya ready na. Iyon lang ang mga coordinator ang matagal). Biruin mo puno na ang dalawang van pero wala pa din sila (unprofessional). Kaya ayon, fiesta pala sa Mariveles kaya traffic, 7:30 na ng nakalabas kami ng bayan ng Mariveles and based on our schedule, we should be in Manila at eight in the evening. We ate dinner along the way at reach Balintawak at 10:30 PM.
I hope coordinators are more professional in dealing with their clients. Follow the time at hindi papampam. Be respectful with the clients also, I noticed that the coordinators were bullying the joiners (as if close or kahit na hindi ito excuse). Ayoko na mag-name ng tour because I messaged their lead regarding these concerns.
Php. 999.00 ( tour package)
Php. 100.00 (entrance to Lusong Beach)
Php. 20-30 (cottage share)
Php. 200.00 ( Jolibee breakfast and lunch)
Php. 25 .00 (buko)
Php. 20.00 (donation to the rest room)
Php. 25.00 (mineral water)
Php. 160.00 (dinner somewhere in Bataan)
Total: Php. 1559.00 (plus may baon kasi akong bread, junkfoods and water)