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Hilutungan Island Travel Blog› entry 9 of 9 › view all entries
August 11th, 2008 – by: nomaden
Even with my dissatisfaction, there are still a few things that are worth noting in the island. There were available huts for you to rent the moment you dock and there is no reservations needed since it’s not a place were tourists flocked.. Thus, you can have the island by yourselves. You can also get good shots in the east lagoon (which has a striking view), in the centerpiece columnade pavilion (it was used several years back in a national shampoo commercial) with a picturesque white chapel for weddings and in the concrete port building.
For other amenities like tables, grills and even food can also be availed from an island cooperative which the proceeds go to the community. The resort has no overnight facilities although campouts or home stay arrangements are possible. We opted to go home after lunch so we didn't bother about the tents!
Rent motorized boats from any point in Mactan, from the northend port of Punta Engano beside the Hilton, through any of the beach resorts in Maribago, Agus or Marigondon, to the southend port of Cordova. Summer weekend prices start at about P3,500 for ($74) a 30-person sized boat to about P5,000 ($106) if you don’t haggle.
In pandanon we paid 100php each for the entrance. ($2.12)
After lunch and paying the entrance fee and hut rent we headed to Hilutungan for snorkeling. Hilutungan, a marine protected area, is also among the best places to snorkel. The outrigger boat driver told us that Koreans collected P300-P500 ($6.38-10.63) user’s fee in Hilutungan but I guess thats a cheap pay when you get to dive to one of the best dive sites in Mactan.
By the way, the fees are prohibitive: P300 per user if he dives and P500 if he takes videos underwater.
Yes, we had so much fun snorkeling in Hilutungan. It’s the first time that we’ve seen so many fishes up close. The fishes were not tamed. They come squirming at you if you have some food in your hands. The one we used to attract fishes to us was a “puso” (hanging rice). I was dead scared when I tried to feed the fishes with the h-rice because there was this BIG as in Huge (not shark huge, though) if my math is good, I think its 1 foot long fish rushed hurriedly over my hands to snap at the rice.
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