Sunday, March 8, 2015

Lovely Sandy Island Strips in Ajuy

Marbuena Island Resort, Ajuy, Iloilo, photo by Bombette G. Marin

Ajuy, Iloilo is about 91.9 kilometers north from Iloilo City. Its coastline, a green sea dotted with just seven and a half islands (the other half shares border with Concepcion) and some resorts. A number of these islands present popular diving and snorkelling destinations because of their crystal clear waters and rich coral areas.

With emerging tourism development, the islands of Ajuy remain a site with minimal disruption. Locals usually find that the island beaches are enough of a reason to visit Ajuy all by itself

Nasidman Island, Ajuy, photo by Gerard Villareal

Nasidman Island beach is lovely- for those who like to relax. The sand is creamy white and the water calm. The island feels like the sleepy fishing village. Easy motorized boat access of almost 30 minutes motorized boatride from Culasi Wharf  makes this among the  favorite location when visitors would want to enjoy one of Ajuy’s the best in terms of water, sand and hospitality. 

rest area in Nasidman Island, photo by Gerard Villareal

Like other islands in the north, Nasidman is also rich in marine life. It has a Marine Protected Area that is slowly becoming a major attraction for water activities such as snorkeling, paddle boating and diving and promoted continuously by the locals. And you can make a visit to its neighboring Calabazas Island that houses the 1884 Parola or Lighthouse known to the Second Oldest Lighthouse in the country. March to May is a good time to visit the island. 

Tabagak in Nasidman, photo by Gerard Villareal

A holiday weekend is also definitely more fun with friends and families. The island is also a perfect place to witness Tabagak-drying and buy some to bring home.

Marbuena Island Resort, photo by Bombette G. Marin

Binongan-an Island popularly known as Marbuena Island Resort is a private island beach best known for its beautiful mix of sand, pebbles and beautiful wind and water. Amenities are beachside, and can get busy especially during the summer. For those who are not into snorkeling, the sand is creamish white. The water looks clear and not a lot of coral reefs in it but still it popped impression like no other.  

Marbuena Island, photo by Bombette G. Marin

The water has lesser waves so it is lovely for swimming and relaxing too. It is also known for its crescent-shaped sandbar with soft sand and calm emerald-green water. Though badly devastated by the recent typhoon, it is slowly picking up the pieces by opening its resort to the public with five (5) bamboo cottages, each cottage has two (2) fan rooms that can accommodate a group of four persons at P1,700 for overnight stay. For more information, please contact Marbuena Island Resort at (033)3291780 or send inquiries through their email: marbuenaisland@yahoo.com and check their website: http://marbuenaisland.multiply.com.

Isla Bida, photo by Bombette G. Marin

Isla BIda in Barangay Pantalan-Nabaye, Sitio Binongan-an, is a great beach experience that very few people find. It is a small sheltered hidden gem and a magical spot for a dip and a picnic. This is a perfect destination for those of you who want to find a beautiful secluded island, far from the crowds, and the frenetic city life. 

Isla Bida, photo by Bombette G. Marin

You can enjoy basking in the sun with sand. It is almost 10 kilometers or a 25-minute motorized boatride from Mangorocoro Wharf. The island resort has three open bamboo cottages, a mini pavilion that can house 20 persons, a dining hall and a house with seven (7) double-deck beds. For more information, please contact Vidal Villaruz at 09126082827.

Regardless who you are visiting while on vacation in the island beaches of Ajuy, with friends, your family or as a couple, you will truly enjoy the beauty and the things you do here.  And if you want a break from the beautiful island beach experience, there are a number of mainland attractions and things to do.

Ajuy has a land area of 19,346 hectares divided into 34 barangays. The town celebrates its annual patronal fiesta every 10th of September in honor of their patron San Nicolas de Tolentino. Market day is every Sunday.

To get to Ajuy, busses are available daily at the Northern Central Iloilo Transport Terminal, Inc. in Barangay Tagbak, Jaro, Iloilo City. For more information, please call Miss Jocelyn Maalat, Municipal Tourism Officer at 09494303612.

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