Aug 13, 2011 - Polilio    No Comments

The Amazing Secrets of Polilio Island

Some thirty kilometers off the north eastern coast of Quezon province in Luzon, Philippines, is an island separated by Polillo Straight facing the Pacific Ocean twenty kilometers east of Quezon. You might be confused between the words “Polilio” and “Polillo” which sounds similar, that Polillo is just among the municipalities within the Polilio Island. Polilio Island, with 368 square miles, is considered the second largest island of the Pacific coast of Luzon.

Polillo Island

Unfinished port located in Polillo Island—Photo courtesy of armiel on Flickr

Located just one hundred 10 kilometers east of Manila, this island retreat spot is surprisingly well preserved with eighty percent of its forest unspoiled by modernization and almost all of its surrounding seas inhabited by rich and rare corals. And since it is also a bird sanctuary, a rare bird called “Balod” thrives in this breathtaking countryside haven. Now your trip to Polillo island resorts might be among the unique trips you’ll have for a vacation starting from a three-hour boat ride from Real, Quezon. Expect that the towns in the island are rustic with no permanent buses and jeepneys traveling the routes from one municipality to another. Even the roads are not well established for the meantime. But a thrilling motorcycle ride to roam around the island can be a trip for cheer since it’s economic and most proffered by the residents; this might get you to more exciting scenic spots and fill your blogs with unique pictures and day off diaries.

The islands name is derived from a Chinese word “Pu-Li-Lu”, which means “an island with plenty of food.” The fresh seafood found in the market speaks for the specialty of each household in this island that boasts of an amazing treat with spices that are richly grown since it has resources that can be found nowhere else in the country.

Consisting of several islands, there are attractive beaches with fine white sand and shallow waters with spacious mangrove forests surrounding the islands and coral reefs suitable for an avid diver. Its underwater is also known to be infested with many species of sharks: beautiful animals for curious and adventurous divers. In this Polillo Island resorts getaway, you’ll enjoy convening with the rich ecosystem that even the residents are unaware of; electricity is only available between two o’clock in the afternoon and six o’clock the following morning. And since this area is one among the priority for biodiversity conservation, bring around cameras and don’t miss to catch your moments with nature.

Before waking up with the melody of birds as if so near you in your Polillo Island resorts getaway, that soothes the tiring but rewarding journey to reach this island, you need to know that from Polilio Town Pier, the closest resort is just 20 kilometers away. At any rate resorts serve the freshest tuna for a start and one among the prized specialties: crabs cooked in coconut milk, which comes now in a variety of cooking style. Now you’ll have a good time relaxing: just next to the window whether a tiny bridge on a man-made pond or inside an air conditioned room. If you’re a bit sporty, there are lawn tennis and basketball courts. You can also enjoy indoor games as some resorts have table tennis and billiard tables under a roof within a four walled corner, but it’s the majestic view of the beaches and the surrounding ecosystem that amazes you and keeps you searching for more. Rooms and accommodation here costs about PHP 800 to PHP 1,300 (room for two) and Php1500 to Php3500 (room for five or six). Your Island trip affords you packages too when going island hopping. Just allot Php2000 for boat rental and your travel escapade is worth the cost. See the waves and snorkel along the clear waters or stay overnight in one of the islands; paddle around the puzzling mangroves to see more bird species, you’ll definitely dream for more.

When seeing the great sights and relaxing sounds of Polilio Island resorts, you can bring tent for your island overnight experience or pack swimming gadgets since there are currently no rental shops available on the island. And definitely don’t miss the ride to Polilio, its one you shouldn’t miss.

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