ABOUT ALIBIJABANAlibijaban is a small island located off the southeastern coast of Bondoc Peninsula in the Philippines. It belongs administratively to the municipality of San Andres, Quezon province, and is coterminous with the barangay of the same name.
The island is known for its pristine mangrove forest and coral reefs. It is also visited for its white sandy beaches and rich bird life.
|Aerial shot of Alibijaban Island in Quezon Province|
Its mangrove forest which covers approximately 140 hectares (350 acres) of the island's central and northern portions is protected under the National Integrated Protected Areas System as a wilderness area called the Alibijaban Island Wilderness Area.
225 hectares (560 acres) of waters surrounding it have also been declared a marine protected area known as the Alibijaban Fish Sanctuary.
Alibajaban has some of the most undisturbed mangrove wilderness in the Philippines. It hosts at least 22 mangrove species and 14 species of birds, including the Tabon scrubfowl, white-collared kingfisher, jungle crow, black-naped oriole, Philippine collared dove, Asian glossy starling, chestnut munia, Philippine pied fantail, common emerald dove, black-crowned night heron, common snipe.
It also supports a number of fruit bats and monitor lizards. Since the establishment on the island of a wilderness protected area in 1981, the Community Environment and Resources Office (CENRO) under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and Provincial Government of Quezon now administers the area.
The island also has the most diverse marine habitat in the region of Ragay Gulf. It is home to at least 30 genera of hard coral dominated by Porites, Montipora and Acropora. Its adjacent waters are visited by whale sharks, manta rays, and pawikans (marine turtles).
The passage of a municipal ordinance in 2006 prohibited all kinds of fishing in the area.
WHERE TO STAY IN ALIBIJABAN
Bringing and pitching your tent is the no. 1 option to make your experience memorable. This is absolutely free.
|Camping at Alibijaban Island|
However, if you are not used to camping, you can return to the town and rent a room at any of the transients on the island. Fan rooms start at ₱350. They also have two air-conditioned units available.
THINGS TO DO IN ALIBIJABAN ISLAND
- Tour at Sandbar and Mangroves areas/ Swimming
- Sunset/Sunrise viewing
- Island Hopping and many more.
Below are the updated rates on the island:
- Alibijaban Entrance/ Environmental Fee – Php100
- Tent rental – Php100
- Room rental overnight Php700 (up to 3pax)
- Nipa hut rental Php150
- Nipa huts with room- Php250
- Water for utility Php10/pail Php150/drum
A 2-way boat trip to the island will cost you ₱1,500. The boat can carry 4-10 persons. If you are a smaller group, contact Kuya Randy in advance and try to ask for a discount.
For cooking and tour guide fees, it depends on your deal.
WHAT TO BRING IN ALIBIJABAN ISLAND
Here are some things you might consider bringing with you for your day tour / adventure:
OTHER THINGS TO REMEMBER
- Phone signals are available. But expect them to be between poor and average signal strenght.
- There are two accessible washrooms for guest – one for gents and one for ladies.
- They have a separate well for drinking water. If you are sensitive to untreated or un-purified water, bring enough for your stay.
- Electricity is via solar charging. You can also pay for the fuel for him to start his generator.
- If you want to enjoy snorkeling, bring your own snorkel and life vest (if you don’t know how to swim). They don’t have that kind of stuff in the island.
HOW TO GO TO ALIBIJABAN ISLAND
To reach Alibijaban Island, you need to go to the jump off point- San Andres Quezon, some 305km (6-7 hour travel by land) southeast of Manila.
The port of San Andres would be the starting point of the island hopping adventure. The most convenient means to reach San Andres Quezon is by private transport so you have more flexibility when it comes to stopovers and travel time. f you are planning on traveling alone or with 2-3 companions, commuting is way more practical and economical option.
Barney Auto Lines (contact numbers 09253227639/ 09207072414/ 09257474768) have scheduled trips from Cubao to San Andres at 3:00PM & 8:30PM daily. Ordinary buses with wifi will cost you Php417, airconditioned bus is at Php500. For students & senior citizens Php337. Superlines (02) 4143319 / (02)4143321 / 09225225192 (airconditioned buses at Php470 one way) have scheduled trips 4:30am, 2:30pm and 5:30pm daily.
Alternatively, bus companies like DLTB, Lucena Lines and Jac Liner have regular daily trips from Cubao to Lucena. Fare ranges from Php210 to Php250. There are vans (Php270) bound to San Andres at SM City Lucena but they follow no schedule and will only move until they are full.
Option 2: If you’re uncomfortable with the non-airconditioned bus going to Quezon, you may option to have a cutting trip. Just pick a bus of your choice that goes to Lucena Grand Terminal. There are a lot of buses coming from Edsa. At Lucena Grand Terminal. You can wait for buses that will take you to San Andres Quezon. (This option is not really recommended because it will take you hours of waiting at Lucena Grand Terminal before you can have a bus or a van that will take you to San Andres, Quezon)
For return trip starting in San Andres, theres a van that goes to Lucena at 3:00am, 4:00am and 6:00am schedule daily. You can reach them at +639105863023. On the other hand, Barney Auto Lines bound for Lucena leaves San Andres 9:00am for the first trip, then 10:00am and 1:00pm. The last trip leaves at 08:00PM but this is bound straight to Cubao. Superlines has departures at 3:00PM, 4:00PM, and 9:00PM (San Andres to Cubao).
From San Andres bus terminal, you can take those bicycles with side cars called “padyak” to reach pier at Php20 per ride, but in reality, it depends on how generous you are because you will surely get an answer, “Bahala na po kayo” (all up to you) when you ask how much is the fare.
Once you arrive at the port of San Andres, you need to register first, pay the environmental fee of Php4 per head and enlist your name and other pertinent details on the boat’s manifesto. If you have a car there is a spacious parking lot right in front of the port office (Thats Php30 per vehicle for the whole duration of the stay)
Alibijaban IslandAlibijaban Island is part of San Andres, Quezon Province, CALABARZON, Philippines
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