Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Travel Guide: Pinamuntugan Island - The Hidden White Sand Paradise in Albay

Pinamuntugan Island is one of the unique island and beach destinations located off the coast of Cagraray Island in Albay. It is without refinement, a little wilder, slightly more untamed and significantly less touristy than its neighbor destinations. With a limited accommodation and infrastructure, it is surely an Eden for intrepid explorer who loves a rugged, less refined island with natural landscape. This simple and distinct island is now gaining popularity as it shines itself as one of the few white sand beaches in Albay. The island's stand-alone rock formation is somewhat the landmark and gateway of Pinamuntugan and is the premier celebrity of the island.
Pinamuntugan Island
(Photo Credit: Pinamuntugan Island via fb page)
With undisturbed marine life; sea stars and other marine resources, formed their sanctuary in Pinamuntugan's clear green water and hidden paradise. At the heart of the island where prodigious coconut trees dwell, found a pond inhabited by milkfish, lobster and other aquatic crustaceans. And on the eastern slope of the island, flaunts a portrait of Albay's famous "perfect cone" volcano, Mount Mayon.
Pinamuntugan Island Paradise
Pinamuntugan, is a private island owned by Estevez family. They unfold the island for public with a conservation fee to maintain the island's cleanliness and preserve it's natural beauty. Plus a directive not to distress and spoil the flora and fauna inhabiting the island.

CONSERVATION FEES

Additional Information:
  • Life Jacket Rental: P50
  • Snorkeling Equipment: P150
  • Snorkeling Guide: P50/head
  • Tent Rental: P300
  • Cottage: P500
  • *Board Surfing will be available soon, during amihan season.
PINAMUNTUGAN ISLAND ADVENTURE PACKAGE: (Minimum of 10 pax)

Here are the current packages offered by Pinamuntagan Island:

Day Tour Package:

Package E: P 650.00
*Roundtrip Boat Service from Bacacay Port – Pinamuntugan Island
*Entrance Fee

Package D: P 750.00
*Roundtrip Boat Service from Bacacay Port – Pinamuntugan Island
*Entrance Fee
*Picnic Lunch

Overnight Package:

Package C: P 900.00
*2 Days/ 1 Night Camping Fee
*Overnight Tent Accommodation

Package B: P 1,200.00
*Roundtrip Boat Service from Bacacay Port – Pinamuntugan Island
*2 Days/ 1 Night Camping Fee
*Overnight Tent Accommodation

Package A: P 1,600.00
*Roundtrip Boat Service from Bacacay Port – Pinamuntugan Island
*2 Days/ 1 Night Camping Fee
*Overnight Tent Accommodation
Meals:
*Day 1 – Picnic Lunch and Dinner
*Day 2 – Breakfast and Lunch

ADD-ON:
ISLAND HOPPING – Kabungahan Island, Namanday Island, Guinanayan Island, Kagbulacao Cave
Rate: Php 400.00 per head
MEAL: Php 100 per meal
Tour Guide: Php 500 a day

Pinamuntugan Island Contact #: 0909 125 1503 | 0908 616 5059 | (052) 742 1149
Email: pinamuntugan.island@gmail.com
FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/pinamuntuganisland/
Booking Office: Victoria Hotels & Resorts Corp. 2nd Floor Hotel Victoria Rizal Street Legazpi City, Albay.


HOW TO GET THERE:

Easy Guide to Pinamuntugan Island:

Via Legazpi City
  1. Legazpi City to Legazpi Grand Central Terminal
  2. Legazpi Grand Central Terminal to Bacacay
  3. Bacacay to Bacacay Port
  4. Bacacay Port to Pinamuntugan
Via Tabaco City
  1. Tabaco City to Bacacay
  2. Bacacay to Bacacay Port
  3. Bacacay Port to Pinamuntugan
Complete and Detailed Guide to Pinamuntugan Island:

Via Legazpi City:

Assuming you're already in Legazpi City or in any point of Legazpi, ride a jeep, taxi or charter a tricycle to Legazpi City Grand Central Terminal.
  • Legazpi Grand Terminal - Bacacay: From the terminal, look for bus, van or jeep going to Bacacay.
  • Estimated Travel Time: 1 hour
  • Approximate Travel Cost: 80 - P150
  • Bacacay - Bacacay Port: From bacacay, ride a tricycle to Bacacay port.
  • Estimated Travel Time: 5 minutes
  • Approximate Travel Cost: 10 to P15
  • Bacacay Port - Pinamuntugan Island: From the port of Bacacay, rent a boat to Pinamuntugan Island. If you already have a tour package, look for your boat, you don't need to pay anything.
  • Estimated Travel Time: 45 minutes
  • Approximate Travel Cost: 1,400 to P2,000
Tips: Legazpi Grand Central Terminal is near Gaisano Mall, Save More and Yashano Mall. You can ask the locals or officers at the Terminal for bus, jeep or van going to Bacacay.

Via Tabaco City:
  • Tabaco City - Bacacay: From Tabaco City, ride a jeep going to Bacacay.
  • Estimated Travel Time: 20 minutes
  • Approximate Travel Cost: 10 to P20
  • Bacacay - Bacacay Port: From Bacacay ride a tricycle or pedicab to Bacacay Port
  • Estimated Travel Time: 5 minutes
  • Approximate Travel Cost: 10 to P15
  • Bacacay Port - Pinamuntugan Island: From Bacacay Port, charter a boat to Pinamuntugan Island. If you already acquire an adventure package from Pinamuntugan Island, your boat will be waiting for you at the Port and you need not to pay anything.
  • Estimated Travel Time: 45 minutes
  • Approximate Travel Cost: 1,400 to P2,000
Tips: Don't forget to bargain to reduce atleast 5% of the expense. Always practice your haggling skills.

Via Air:

Book a flight to Legazpi City through Philippine Airlines or Cebu Pacific. Upon arrival at the airport, charter a taxi or tricycle to Legazpi City Grand Central Terminal. If you're in the Terminal, follow the guide above "Via Legazpi City". You can also rent a van or taxi to get you directly to Bacacay Port.

Via Land:

If you're coming from Manila, Quezon, CamNorte, CamSur, the easiest way to get to Pinamuntugan is by riding a bus en route to Tabaco City. After reaching Tabaco, follow the guide above "Via Tabaco City".

If you're coming from Sorsogon, ride a bus going to Tabaco City and tell the operator to drop you off at Bacacay. After reaching Bacacay, follow the guide above "Bacacay - Bacacay Port".

If you're a resident of Albay, you can either ride a bus or van going to Tabaco or Bacacay. If you choose to ride via Tabaco, tell the operator to drop you at Bacacay. After reaching Bacacay, follow the guide above "Bacacay - Bacacay Port".

Neighboring Destinations: Guinanayan Island, Kabungahan Island, Namanday Island, Kagbulacao Cave, Misibis Bay, San Miguel Island.

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