Malalison Island, Culasi, Antique
Malalison Island is a breath taking (Watch the video to know what I meant by breath taking…haha) island with white sand, corals and schools of fish pass here (watch the video), village, hills, etc.
It is located in Culasi, Antique, Philippines. To be more specific, Antique is part of the Panay Islands in Visayas, wherein Culasi is one hour away from boracay island by land.
It may be written as Malalison, but it is pronounced as Ma-ra-ri-sn Island.
To give you a heads up, we have prepared a video for you The first part features tibiao fish spa, and then, the second part features malalison island.
The island can be accessed by a small pump boat (or a raft or canoe on a nice sunny day); from Culasi, the boat ride will only take around 15 minutes.
view of malalison island from culasi’s main land
I thought it is was a typical island just like of the islands of hundred Islands in Pangasinan, but Malalison gave me a different Island experience. When the boat was nearing the island, the water was amazingly crystal clear, I could see the corals, the fish, the starfishes, but, sadly, some parts seemed to be dead reefs already. I wanted to jump out of the boat but I did not bring my snorkels and life vest.
amazingly clear water
So we went down at the back of the island. Because they said there was a cave and a short trail to have a better view from the top. The cave was already closed, and sadly, there was too much vandals on the cave entrance. Since the island was still undeveloped, we somehow managed to find a trail (they said, there was a wider trail years back) to go to the top of the island to have a glimpse of the top view. Reaching the top of the island, we got to see the following:
1. There was a cove with white sand at the back of the island.
2. AXL Rose climbed Malalison Island as well?
3. Mini-chocolate hills, antique version. [I have never actually seen the Bohol chocolate hills but this scenery somehow looked the same as those in pictures.]
4. The majestic Madia-as Mountain and the clear sea. The Madia-as Mountain Ridge divides the Panay Island from Aklan to Iloilo. They say it is a nice place for Mountain Climbing. The term Madia-as, as they say, is a term coined from the Madiapajit Empire.
5. Pitcher plants naturally scattered around the mountain top.
me and the pitcher plants
6. The village’s elementary School. [When we went down we saw the old elementary school near the sea...but the foundation was being eaten up by the sea already so the building was not usable anymore, so they transferred the elementary school on the mountain top...im thinking this can also be a good evacuation center if anything happend...]
kids from the elementary school
After the 45 minutes (or more) walk, after seeing all the breath-taking (breath taking defined as one wrong step and your breath will be taken away..hehe… and breath taking defined as AWESOME!!! view that can make you fall in love) scenery, I was excited to go down to feel the beach and feel the white sand on my bare feet.
The experience going the mountain was the same as feeling I felt when I came down Mt. Pondaquit and finally reaching Anawangin Cove. The difference is that the trail was shorter, the view was nicer, the grass was shorter, and the beach was far nicer because of the white beach and the corals. It was all worth it…too bad I did not bring my snorkels when I went.
My advice… when you intend to have a feel of the mountain-top breath-taking view, wear pants and arm-velope on top of your swim suit.
As a traveller, on the other hand, I was somehow down-hearted because even if the place was UBER nice…the locals dint really take much time to take care of the place and make a tourism-living out of it. I just hope the beauty of the place will be preserved for the next generation to see.
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