On our second day at Banton Island, D’s aunt suggested we visit a fish sanctuary after seeing the photos I took on their backyard, Malabiga Beach, using my little underwater camera. I was almost jumping out of my skin to go, D never mentioned there was a fish sanctuary in the area.
Everyone was excited except my lazy friend who was really on vacation mode and too lethargic to get off the sofa. While tinkering with his PSP, he says he lacks funds for the boat since we had to pay extra for the unexpected boatride to Banton from Marinduque. I offered to pay half of it, and that at last brought his lazy ass up (grudgingly hehe) and he finally consented in going.
We were eight in the group and had to rent two outrigger boats for the trip at Php800.00 each. We started off Malabiga’s shore at quarter to ten in the morning, the sea was placid with hardly any wind, perfect time to sail.
We pushed the boat to sea, put our stocks in, boarded, and glided off the coast of Malabiga.
The shores of Banton are mostly made up of jagged rocky formations interspersed with numerous white sandy coves. I was surprised to see a few developed beaches complete with huts and colorful flags; I guess the remoteness of the place is not a hindrance for tourism.
From the rocky cliffs, the mountain island is carpeted with coconuts, lots and lots of coconuts. I’ve never seen this many coconut trees in one area. I asked D if copra farming is a major industry in the island but he said it was not, which was surprising.
Some part of the island looks almost Lord of the Ringish in its beauty, towering rocky crags of rocks with misty green mountains as backgrounds. The water all through the journey was consistently a vibrant green and blue.
From the hour-long trip, I got the chance to view half of Banton Island’s coastal area.
As we neared our destination, our boat’s engine died on us. We were more than a kilometer away from the shore and in my mind I asking myself if we were gonna swim the rest of the way. Good thing the other boat helped us out.
Passing through Puyo Island, which almost transported us to Ireland, we eventually arrived at white shore of Tabonan Beach in Barangay Yabawon. The ride was a good preview of Banton’s southwestern half.