Marinduque : Ulong Bay, the cheap escape

One of the cheapest escapes from the summer's heat that I've been to is actually Ulong Bay in Mogpog, Marinduque. Get to know more about my experiences here:



Transpo:

From Mogpog, walk to the public market and you’ll see a line of tricycles that you can rent for a rate of 100 pesos one way. (They can transport a maximum of five people depending on how much luggage you have but they might ask an additional fee per head.)

Tip: for more convenient travel when going back to Mogpog, get the contact number of your trike driver so you can contact him after your adventure.

You have to cross this bridge before reaching the bay! There's obviously no other way to visit here so I highly suggest that you pack your things properly so that it would easier to carry than to keep on crossing the bridge.

Cottages:

There are two beach resorts located in Ulong Bay. We decided to stay at the Family beach resort and here are the rates. (For day trip.)

Regular rates: (off peak season)
Umbrella (with four chairs and table) – 50 pesos
Nipa hut (good for 15 to 20 people) – 250 pesos

Peak Season
Umbrella (with four chairs and table) – 150 pesos
Nipa Hut (good for 15 to 20 people) – they opt to charge guests per head during this season

Ella’s experience


I am actually quite disappointed with our experience during the peak season because we only had a five-day difference between our first and second visit and the price turned out too high though I understand that it is peak season. However, the more frustrating part is that my group is willing to pay higher for the nipa hut but they insist it is reserved for a certain group already. After some time, they gave it to another group who just came after us. Not even the person they called as 'reserved.' It was a struggle for us at first because we were given the umbrella seat but it has no umbrella at all. They gave us an umbrella afterward so it’s a relief in some way. If you plan your trip during an off-peak season, you’ll be pampered by all means so it’s hugely suggested.

Amenities
- Good water supply
- Bathroom and Shower Area
- Lavatory for washing your dishes
- Trash bins for every nipa hut (also near the umbrellas)
- Proximity to the beach (you are just five meters away from the water)

Optional:
You can rent inflatable at 30 pesos only
Grill for rent


Ulong bay’s sand isn’t pure white but it looks almost white sand when I took photos. When we came here, we are lucky enough to enjoy four sand bars near sunset. The temperature of the water also changes from morning to night so make sure to enjoy your stay! (This is the first time we visited, we almost owned the whole place cause there's no one around!)


Ella’s Recommendations

If you can’t avoid visiting the place during holy week, make sure to come as early as dawn just so you can have a good cottage to rent. If not, you can bring your own tent. Anyway, the place is free of charge! (This is how crowded it is on our second visit)

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