An Island of Strange Beauty
The long and exhausted travel is worthless upon the first look in the island Few meter away before the boat dock the shore, you will see the residential area standing on top of white bright sand. Not far off is the green, the blue and white surrounding.
With the natural beauty, the island remain less crowded than other famous island, its perfect for those who quest island for relaxation.
The undeveloped state, made the place a very laid back. The mangrove forest are undisturbed and the shores is almost untouched. Great place for those seeking private retreats and solitary adventures.
Alibijaban island is a small paradise, located in San Andres, Southern part Quezon Province known as Bondoc Peninsula, commonly known as Bonpen. San Andres is one of the farthest municipality in all municipalities of Quezon from Manila.
The remoteness of the place, remain unknown to many, but worth to explore and preserve.
Under Water Activity
There is distinguished diving site of the island, unfortunately availability of gadget for diving, either for snorkeling is not available.
Since there’s no commercial tourism activity, you need to bring everything you need, or try to barrow from the locals.
Due to unavailability of the gadgets, we just settled in the big rocks, few meters away from the shores.
Underwater scenery got overwhelmed. The miniature corals formations is surprisingly inhabited by different types of fishes and corals. Great diving experience, beautiful underwater scenery.
The other side of the island
The other side is opposite from the front yard of the island, where boulders of rocks are found. During low tide, they can easily picked shell fish for their foods.
The Mangrove Forest
According to the locals, the best charcoal and firewood is the wood come from the mangrove tree.
Today, the local learned the importance of the mangrove, where it helps to reduce the impacts of severe typhoon, strong winds, floods, as well as cyclone and tsunamis, commonly hit not only their island, but also in other part of the country.
They also learned that mangroves provide a key nursery for fish, a homes to other animal species and other sea life.
Like coral reefs, mangrove forests are extremely productive ecosystem that provide numerous goods and services both to the marine environment and people.
Aside from the natural method of reproduction of mangrove, or called seed falls from the tree to the mud and grow it naturally, with the help of some environmental groups, the local learned not only the importance of conservation and restoration of mangrove forest , instead the initiative of the local to plant and protect mangrove properly.
Called as forest of the sea, or a green coastal breakwater, mangrove systems, like coral reef and white sand beach surprisingly attract tourist. The diverse place is good for snorkeling, around the mangrove, where marvelous variety of baby fish, jellyfish, urchins and other sea life can be found.
There are around 5 varieties of mangrove in the island, including one non aquatic mangrove.
This area is under the jurisdiction of DENR
Everyday, there are many locals, including young student passing the mangrove forest. May their school give them awareness and appreciation for mangroves so that they learn not only the academic knowledge but they also become a better stewards of this vital natural resources for the future.
Source of Income
Each member of the family are helping hands for their daily needs, where fishing is the daily source.
Way of Living
How to get there?
Manila to San Andres.
Superlines Transport have 3 daily direct trip to San Andres 4:30 AM, 2:30 PM, and 5:30 PM. Schedule may change without notice. For some inquiries you may call 02-414-3119/02-4143321 and 09225225192. Fare Php.470.00
Manila to Lucena
There are some Bus lines from Cubao (EDSA-Kamuning-Kamias) to Lucena (Grand Terminal) like JAC Liner, Lucena Lines and DLTB, Tritran. Fare around Php. 220.00
Lucena to San Andres
Barney Auto Lines from Alabang terminal is passing the Lucena Grand Terminal to take passenger going to San Andres. Last trip is 12:00 midnight, then follow the next trip at 2:00 AM. Four to five hours travel. Fare Php.216.00 .
There are groups of Van operator in Lucena bound to San Andres. Van Terminal in Pacific Mall 0910-5863023, the schedule are 11:00AM, 1:00PM and last trip is 3:00 PM. There are also van terminal in SM Lucena, Van Fare is Php. 270.00 higher compare with the bus. The advantage of the van, it travel faster and non stop going to San Andres, while the bus is stationary.
San Andress to Alibjaban
From Bus terminal in San Andres, there are two options going to the island. 1.Proceed to the pier and hitch a ride for some motor boat going, or going back to the island. Fare is around Php. 20.00 – Php.50.00. Motor boat are frequent in the morning to transport their commodities, and buy their needs back to the island. Reminder: there no regular trip going to the island and vice verse.
2. Second option is to contact, Randy and or his wife Jinjin 0977-370-8487 and 0998-275-8413 to fetch you in the pier. Negotiation regarding his services must be agreed, before going to Alibijaban, specially the inclusion of his service. like guiding fee, snorkeling, and many others. Paying the “BAHALA NA PO KAYO” is one problem we encountered with them. Randy and the wife, as well as the locals are kind. Travel time:, around 15 minutes from pier to Alibijaban Island.