|The first welcome as seen from Iloilo.|
|The mountains of Antique as seen from the bus.|
|The rough road going up to the base of the mountain in Pandan, Antique. Those are our friends on the first trike.|
|Crystal clear water of Malumpati cold spring. Photo grabbed from my friend @missmarieangelie.|
|The floor of the cold spring can be seen ,as clear as this, from the bridge.|
|Bamboo rafts can also be rented. Photo grabbed from my friend, @missmarieangelie|
|Fave sistahs and I prepping for a dip. Grabbed from @vitzkylicious13.|
|Doesn't know how to swim? Not a problem! Grabbed from @missmarieangelie|
|Some parts of the spring are actually deep. Photo by: @vitzkylicious13|
|Yep. There's a life saver. :D Photo by @vitzkylicious13|
|That's a bff bonding, cold spring version. Photo by|
|Tea candles in paper bags and polaroid pictures hanging. These were unexpected by the birthday girl. :)|
|This is how it actually looked like. Ain't that lovely?|
|Yep. That's a candlelight boodle fight dinner by the spring.|
|The view that greets the hostel guests. I can't help but took a snap of her. Hey there,Mt. Madia-as..we've met.|
|Mt. Madia-as as seen from Anna Sophie Hostel. Photo by Ronie M.|
|Malalison Island by sunset as seen from Culasi port.|
It would take 15 minutes to reach the beautiful Malalison Island. The smallboat we took can carry 4 passengers and the water was so clear you can see the corals as you cross. Malalison Island is a marine sanctuary, and it is one of the most beautiful places I've been to.
|Little boat ride to the island.|
|Touchdown Malalison. That's Mt. Madia-as in the background. Photo by Ronie M.|
|Malalison island at noon. Crystal clear water and beautiful day. Heaven! Photo grabbed from @missmarieangelie|
When we arrived, we were surprised by the number or campers and tents that greeted us by the shoreline. Upon arrival, you will also have to pay an environmental fee of 10 pesos. The locals are very friendly and obviously used to seeing visitors. There are smiles and greetings everywhere.
Majority of the areas here have no shade, a grassy land it is, so be sure to have your sunblock handy. Here are my friends as we start our way up.
|Surrounded by greens. The trail up is cool and still a bit shady.|
|Flowers in Malalison Island. Photo by Erl|
|Beauty among the grasses of Malalison Island.|
As a reward for catching your breath along the trails, expect to see something like these:
|Yes, you'll be walking by the cliff in Malalison.|
|One of the very few trees that can withstand the environment in Malalison.|
|Snapped a photo as we walked to the other side, descending to the cave.|
|The port of Malalison as seen from above.|
|My friend, Ronie, in his "this is my land" gesture.:)|
|That's downtown Culasi as seen from the top of Malalison Island.|
|The rocky slopes are so beautiful, you'll forget you are walking along the cliff. Photo by Erl.|
Here's where we went to with the help of our guide, Manong Loreto.
|Friends and I on our way to the peak.|
|The trekking in Malalison offers a very beautiful view.|
|A little try on modelling? Photo by Erl|
|Other than the grasses, the only plant that can grow here are pine trees.|
And my friend Erl tried paddling. It's Anne, Ronie and I in the background.
|All you need to do is bravely cross the chest-level water to get to the adjacent island. The current though was quite strong.|
On the other side of the island, there are two caves..
|On the opposite side of the island are the caves... and here are the cavemen haha|
|Ascending to the highest point in Malalison island,Culasi,Antique|
|Halfway to go.... difficult trail down but the view in Malalison is worth it all.|
|Of course, a little fun will be essential|
|Our guide as he contemplates, looking down the sandbar. We've reached the top of Malalison Island.|
Trekking in Malalison Island was so great, we wanted to do it again. The sad thing was, we just hope that other tourists who come to see the beauty of this island will help the locals not just by giving them livelihood through tourism, but with taking care of the environment. On the top of the island, we've seen plastic bottles left by those who came their ahead of us. Please, do not leave anything there. The locals can't sweep the trash after you at all times.
For those who travel... I hope you'll put this in mind: "Leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but pictures." We have been blessed with very beautiful places, so let's help taking care of it.
For an enjoyable trip to Antique, 3 days and 2 nights can be good to take a refreshing weekend from the City of Love.
Kruhay, Antique! See you again soon.