Almost 2 years ago I was amazed after I read the article of sir Dong Ho of Escapeislands because of his great discovery and how he narrated what his experience are in this unspoiled beach of Alibijaban Island, although there are some bad reputation in this place like poisoning anyone who’s new face in the area, even the locals in the mainland they remind the other tourist to be alert all the time and they are very suspicious to other tourists but i'm not sure if this is true and I think this is only a rumors.
I met Billy one of my trips in Bulacan and he mentioned to me he accidentally visited the Alibijaban Island because instead of climbing Mt. Batulao in Nasugbu Batangas with his co-mountaineers he detoured in the island without any itinerary and contact person and I became interested to his story about the island. The first thing I asked to him was if the tell-tale was true and his response was just like me that even the locals in the mainland reminded him about that rumors. Hmmm I think this is not safe for me to visit but as he mentioned to me the family who accommodated to him was very generous and very kind. I request to him if he can accompany me fortunately as he said to me I will set a date that we are free.
I made a request to Billy if we can visit the island at the end of the month of May fortunately he agreed with that date, almost 2 weeks of preparations a lot of time to invite but to sad to say majority of my friends are too busy, and I remember Pim Red one of my friends in FB that I never met before because she messaged me if I have trips I will invite her, fortunately the island I mentioned to her also in her lists to visit.
Friday afternoon after our office work, we met at JAC Liner in Buendia bound for Lucena and we need to catch the midnight trip in Lucena going to San Andres unfortunately we didn’t anticipate the crowd of passengers in terminal we thought just like an ordinary day more than 2hours we fall in line and the worse thing was too hot shet naliligo na kami sa sariling pawis.
When we arrived in Lucena Grand Terminal at 12:30AM the bus bound to San Andres Quezon was ready to depart the terminal we hurriedly rode to the bus and the bus were full of passengers but fortunately they gave priority to us and gave us a seat.
Her first topload experience....
The first bad thing we encountered during our trip was the flat tire we waited more than an hour before it got fixed, second when we were at the rough road then suddenly the bus stop when he start the engine, the gear was misalign as the conductor checked and the gears creating a terrible sound, and the third encounter was a flat tire again both wheels. (Sigh) what the F ang malas nga naman we consumed 9hours of traveling instead of 6-7hours only fortunately there’s a jeep stop and willing to carry a stranded passengers, we were very thankful because they didn’t charge us.
At the mini market we bought our food supplies that we can use in the island and Nanay Melba she’s waiting at the port, when I saw the boat I’m doubting if it could carry us because it’s too small and as my estimation the capacity it can only carry less than 5person and we don’t even have a lifevest. They said to me trust the boatman I guess that’s not the issue because no one can predict the how rough the sea, and my concern was I don’t know how to swim!
Before we dock in the island, nostalgic feeling. I remembered my Calaguas adventure but the difference of this island was its way more peaceful and tourist free.
Preparing our food for lunch
A few minutes of rest at Nanay Melba's house we decided to go around and fortunately we were accompanied by the kids who are also our guide, but I have no idea where we going as the kids said we were going to a farm.
Bridge surrounded by mangroves
The first highlight we encountered was we crossed a bridges surrounded by bacawan almost less than an hour we hiked to reach the farm. As I saw the clear water and the long stretch of white sand I was amazed and this is what I’m looking for, best beach ever I’ve visited so far. Always came to our mouth napakaganda naman dito ang linaw ng tubig.
Instead I go for swimming; I enjoy capturing photos for my documentation to share how beautiful this unspoiled island is. I’m so speechless, as what I’ve said no need to edit it in Photoshop for this perfect picturesque view and the weather also cooperated with us, the perfect structures of the clouds and the clear waters of the sea. And I want to stay longer or camp for 1 night in the area. At 3:00PM we went back at Nanay Melba’s house because sir Adrian is waiting.
Chasing the sunset, lowtide at the Island
At night we have little social for us to know each other and a big revelation happened because we were guessing the real name of ma’am Pim Red because she don’t want to reveal her real name publicly hahaha.
Other side of the Island
Our second day we hired a boat to tour around the island when we’re near the cliffs of the Island we experienced a huge waves that struck our boat and I said to Billy uwi na tayo natatakot na ako. I saw the boatman removing water in our boat everytime the waves strike; I’m praying that the engine will not stop again in that situation like that. Finally we docked small portion of shore and after that our boat already smooth going to the farm, we decided to have our lunch there para masulit ang oras.
We left Alibijahan island with full of memories not only how beautiful and peaceful the Island is, but also the kindness and generosity of the locals that we mingled during our stay for a short time.