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Friday, July 13, 2012

My First Step in Sarangani and Marorong Islet Welcomes Me

Last but not the least is the Marorong Islet. This is the last attraction we visited since it is near at Mabila Port. Marorong Islet is located 130 meters away from Mabila Port. It is also called as Ballistic Islet which derives from a word bullet because of it's bullet or rocket shaped like that nestles the ruins of what was once a bastion of Ruy Lopez de Villalobos.

Marorong Islet was already renovated, they added sea wall along the islet to keep waters from coming in during high tide. It has a little shore portion but we haven't see it because it was already late in the afternoon when we get there and water is about to go high.

marorong islet balut island

Island hop in Balut Island can be done in one day but if you want to stay there for more days and nights during other outdoor activities, you can check in at JVL Inn or stay at Tuke Maklang Beach Resort. JVL Inn is located in Brgy. Mabila - it is just a walking distance from Mabila Port. It is safe because Mayor Jerry Cawa owned Tuke Maklang Resort and JVL Inn.

JVL Inn is a comfortable place and affordable too. Room rates range from PHP 1,000 to PHP 2,000 per room and per night. Usually rooms are good for groups like 5-8 persons according to one of the JVL stuff we talked.

mabila port balut island

Also don't worry about the foods as JVL Inn has a cafe downstairs. Their foods are affordable and delicious too.

We left Mabila Port at 9:00PM. Every Sunday, M/V Song of Dolly 3 fare is only PHP 300.00, original fare is PHP 360.00. Again, we traversed 5 hours before reaching the Lion Wharf in General Santos City and the night we left Mabila Port, it was really raining hard.

Some of my friends asked me why am I not afraid traversing the ocean in the middle of the night, I said "that's one of the fun thing in life - taking a risk :D". I do pray also, in fact the boat captain leads the prayer before leaving the port.

For more travel details and expenses breakdown in Balut Island , check out this post - Olaniban Island Balut Island

Friday, July 13, 2012 by pinoytravelpod · 3

Monday, July 9, 2012

Unforgettable Kayak Experience in Tuke Maklang Beach Resort of Balut Island Sarangani

After visiting Sabang Hot Spring, we then headed to Tuke Maklang Beach Resort. At far you can see blue green waters, but some part of it has a lot of sea weeds specially at the shallow portion - still Tuke Maklang is nice.

tuke maklang beach resort balut island sarangani

The resort was already developed, with 2 available rooms, each room is good for two persons. You can bring tents and pitch it for free. There are open cottages available too for only Php 100.00.

tuke maklang beach resort balut island saranganiOpen Cottages in Tuke Maklang


You can enjoy sports here too as they have volleyball sand court and jet ski. They have small boat (kayaking) but the time we asked to rent it, they allow us to use it for free. :D We enjoyed boat riding even though we don't know how to use boat paddle.

Aside from that, you can check out the back of Tuke Maklang Beach Resort, another set of white sand beaches but not yet developed.

tuke maklang beach resort balut island saranganiAt the back of Tuke Maklang


Tuke Maklang Beach Resort was owned by Mayor Jerry Cawa. The entrance fee is only PHP 10.00. They have also canteen where you can have short orders and halo-halo. So when you're planning to visit Balut Island, don't ever skip this place. You can stay here overnight, more convenient and safe.

Getting there should be included when you hire a boat for island hop. Please check out the post about Mabila Port in Balut Island, Sarangani. Few people only visited this place as Balut Island is not yet well known to people and it takes a lot of time before you can reach the place.

But you know what, traveling in remote places is more fun, educational, adventure, you'll discover how simple their lifestyle is, know their culture and beliefs.

Other Photos Taken at Tuke Maklang Beach Resort

tuke maklang beach resort balut island sarangani

tuke maklang beach resort balut island saranganiAt top of this wall resides numerous bats


tuke maklang beach resort balut island sarangani

tuke maklang beach resort balut island sarangani

Monday, July 9, 2012 by pinoytravelpod · 2

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Heart Shaped Sabang Hot Spring at Brgy. Lipol, Balut Island Sarangani, Davao del Sur

The next spot we visited in Balut Island was the Sabang Hot Spring. Some suggested to go there at night right after the island hopping to let ourselves relax and experience a bath in hot spring.

sabang hot spring balut island sarangani

But to our surprise, Sabang Hot Spring has a temperature that can be hot as 80C - you can really boil an egg here! Sabang Hot Spring is about 16 meters wide. There were two enclosed hot springs there. The small one and the heart shaped one. The heart shape hot spring has the hottest temperature as it is very near to a huge volcanic hole where you can see the water is really boiling. It produce sulfur also - which they said it's good for skin and used by many spa.

sabang hot spring balut island sarangani

According to the boat operator, Sabang Hot Spring, Olaniban Island and even the M/V Song of Dolly 3 are owned by RD Group of Companies.

Maybe few years from now, there will be available spas near the Sabang Hot Spring. It might be fully develop also as the place was already promoted on TV and a recommended tourist attraction in Mindanao.

Sabang Hot Spring is located at Barangay Lipol and about 1 hour and 30 minutes travel from Olaniban Island.

sabang hot spring balut island sarangani

sabang hot spring balut island sarangani

While strolling around Balut Island and while heading to Sabang Hot Spring, we witness these scenic view of Bolae Cove and Tuke Nunsol. Really breathtaking. Check out these photos.





Wednesday, July 4, 2012 by pinoytravelpod · 0

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