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Malalison Island, Antique, Philippines

It is typhoon season… and I’m traveling xD

Well, we’re supposed to go check out far flung communities and see how they were doing after devastating typhoons.. and look around to promote homestays too.

And one of the places we went is a small island that you can see once you arrive in Culasi town in Antique. And this island is Malalison or Mararison for locals.

malalison island

The small island is beautiful.. White sand remote beach is perfect for my German companion. She said it looks like Scotland from afar.

malalison island, antique

The village living there however, needs vast improvement.. so visitors that I encourage to stay there should be health and community aid workers.. it will feel so weird if tourists go there to play on the white sand while dirt poor villagers are trying to get by.. right?

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7 Responses to “Malalison Island, Antique, Philippines”

  1. This is an interesting little island. I took time to walk around the barangay amongst the houses. There are no handicrafts being made or sold and apart from Halo Halo nothing else to offer tourists/travellers to the island.
    I enjoyed walking the hills over the island, up to the typhoon damaged school and also boating around the island stopping off at various points.
    The one thing that really discerned me though was the so-called “Entrance Fee” discrimination. P10 for filipinos and P50 for foreigners to land on the sand bar.
    They think its an easy way to make money !!!!
    Surely by learning a skill and using that skill to make handicrafts or some foods to sell to visitors to the island,tidy up all the litter lying around they could develop themselves more and increase tourism

    Posted by Dave ( Silverbackpacker ) | August 31, 2014, 9:35 am
  2. hmm.. me and my German companion that time were not asked for money when we went there… but thanks for your suggestions, I hope small communities develop their own strategy to be self sustainable.

    As for the entrance fee discrimination, I think P50 is a small fee.. I will pay it coz I have the opportunity to travel and see their beautiful paradise coz I know the residents have a wee chance to do the same as I do..

    when I was there, I gave P50 pesos for a housewife who took care of our baggage while we were roaming around the island and my German companion didn’t gave anything.. must be a cultural thing but that’s really interesting to note.

    Posted by grasya | September 3, 2014, 5:45 am
  3. I know its only a small amount Grasya, but for me it is the principal of 2 tier fees… one for locals and one for foreigners. We don’t have anything like that here in England.Everyone pays the same.
    I think your German friend thought that you had paid for both of you and not that he was avoiding paying.
    On Malalison while wandering around the barangay9 or any other place i walk around ) i always try and buy from the locals who are making an effort to sell something like halohalo, or banana cue etc.
    I much prefer paying them directly than the money go into some Barangay Officials pocket (or Mayor )
    The way forward is for them to learn skills that they can use to develop Home Based business.

    Posted by Dave ( Silverbackpacker ) | September 3, 2014, 8:53 pm
  4. can i ask a question if im from antique san jose how long can i travel going to malalison island

    Posted by marifer | September 29, 2014, 12:21 pm
  5. from san jose, the travel time is an estimate of 2 hours by land and another 15-20 minutes by boat. ^_^

    Posted by admin | September 29, 2014, 9:31 pm
  6. Where did you stay? I want to go there next week!

    Posted by Kent Foster | January 10, 2015, 12:47 pm
    • if you want to stay in Malalison, just ask around for a homestay.. The place is very basic though. I checked your website, the picture of you with two young ladies is quite disturbing xD

      Posted by grasya | January 10, 2015, 2:23 pm

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