I wrote this article six years ago, But I feel it still applies today. It was my first blog post and first attempt to advertise Chateau Du Mer in the Internet. The cover photo was also my first photo of the coral reefs of the Amoingon Coast of Western Marinduque.
Sunset at Low Tide as viewed from the Balcony of the Beach House
There are hundreds of tourist destinations in the Philippines. However, my favorite destination is Marinduque Island, a sleepy, unspoiled and scenic island, south of Manila. It is not world renown as Boracay Island, Aklan. However, the island has white beaches, underground caves, hot and sulfur springs, waterfalls and Mt Malindig as well as several diving sites and numerous snorkeling sites around the island.
One of my friends in US, a retiree like myself calls the island "A Heaven on Earth", where you could live like a king for less than $1000 US dollars a month complete with a driver and a maid and an abundance of fresh seafood everyday if you wish. I called it my island paradise, because there is no pollution and not much traffic except on Easter Week, when tourists from Manila and other parts of the world attend the Moriones Festival. But that is only one week out of 52 weeks. The rest of the year, you could relax, enjoy the sun and live like a king or queen, again with less than $1000(US)a month.
Chateau Du Mer Beach Resort and Conference Center,formerly a private resort and retirement property is now open to the public. For details visit the website. www.chateaudumer.com
For information about Marinduque, visit the provincial website, www.marinduque.gov.ph
For travel blogs on the island, visit, http://eazytraveler.blogsspot.com/2008/04/marinduque
or Moriones Festival 2007 @clicktheCity.com.travel or guides.clickthecity.com/travel