Mararison Island, Antique Province

DESTINATIONS

The Island

Mararison is the island that exemplifies climate resilience. This 55-hectare beauty, off the western flank of Panay island, survived the wrath of Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. With its aquamarine waters and golden hills, Mararison has adopted sustainable travel as a means to rise from calamity.

The introduction of solar power to Mararison proved to be the turning point that turned the island’s fortunes around, after Haiyan’s devastation. With the opening of homestays for overnight visitors, businesses sprouted while improved internet connectivity allowed linkages to flourish and the overall standard of living to improve.

The island’s resilience is exemplified by Riza Mae Tachado, now a XXXX, who was writing her college thesis when a typhoon struck Mararison. She was unable to leave the island for weeks but she and her groupmates used their mobile phones to communicate with each other, finish their thesis and submit it on time.

Like Riza, the island has pulled itself up from destruction through community action, a firm resolve, creative use of technology and a new awareness of the reality of climate change and how to alleviate its effects.

With Mararison as an example, Banwa has realized the need for integrated solutions to sustainable development and climate resilience. What is needed is a network of interrelated sustainable practices and enterprises to combat the effects of climate change.

Mararison island, that small brown dot in the middle of a vast blue sea, is the breath of fresh air that will lead the rest of the country on the road to sustainable development.

How to get to Mararison

Mararison is accessible from either Iloilo City or Kalibo, the gateway to Boracay. From Iloilo, there are frequent buses to Culasi town from the Iloilo City bus terminal. From the Culasi Bus Station, it is a short fifteen-minute banca ride to Mararison. A charter trip to the island will cost PhP1,000 while the regular ferry costs PhP 100 per person.
From Kalibo, catch the bus or van to Culasi. From the Culasi pier, take the regular ferry or charter a banca to the island.

Getting to Mararison – Costs

From Iloilo:
• Taxi from Iloilo Airport to Bus Station, PhP 500-700
• Bus from Iloilo to Culasi – PhP 300/ person
• Tricycle from Culasi Bus Station to Pier – PhP 10 pesos/ person
• Regular Ferry from Culasi to Mararison – PhP 100/ person
• Charter boat from Culasi to Mararison – PhP 1,000

From Kalibo:

• Bus from Kalibo to Culasi – Php 300 Pesos/ person
• Van Kalibo to Culasi – PhP 350 pesos/person
• Tricycle from Culasi Bus Station to Pier – PhP 10/ person
• Regular Ferry from Culasi to Mararison – PhP 100/ person
• Charter boat fro, Culasi port to Mararison – PhP 1,000


Homestays

Gemma’s Homestay

Gemma’s Homestay

A shady, green oasis on a tropical island

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Gracia Camino’s Homestay

Gracia Camino’s Homestay

One of the Island’s Longest-Running Homestays

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Sofing Macuja’s Homestay

Sofing Macuja’s Homestay

Welcome to Sofing’s Proud Home

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Cristy Calawod’s Homestay

Cristy Calawod’s Homestay

Stay with this Friendly and light-hearted Entrepreneur

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Nanay Flora’s Homestay

Nanay Flora’s Homestay

A Warm and Friendly Home

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Mommy Or’s Homestay

Mommy Or’s Homestay

Ever smiling Mommy Ors welcomes you to her homestay!

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Herma Guillermo Homestay

Herma Guillermo Homestay

A View of Lush Mountains and the Sea.

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El Doroteo Homestay

El Doroteo Homestay

A Place for Exchanging Stories and Experiences

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Prince Michael Homestay

Prince Michael Homestay

Get Treated Like Royalty at his Homestay

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Haida Doroteo’s Homestay

Haida Doroteo’s Homestay

An Enterprising Woman’s Abode

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Angelita Macuja’s Homestay

Angelita Macuja’s Homestay

Born and Raised on the Island

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Eladio’s Homestay

Eladio’s Homestay

A Kind Man’s Home

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Activities

MARARISON SNORKELING

Mararison is surrounded by a wide fringing reef abuzz with marine life. While a part of the reef on the island’s west side has been designated a strict no-take zone, snorkeling is allowed in the areas immediately outside of this zone. Snorkeling equipment is available from XXX at XX per day.

Mararison Beaches and Swimming

Mararison is surrounded by beaches but the best swimming is on its sandbar that juts out XX meters into the clear blue waters of the Visayan Sea. You can rent a bamboo and nipa cabana on Kawit for XX per day.

Mararison Hiking

Beyond the island’s close-knit cluster of houses are Mararison’s Marlboro Country hills with its fantastic 360 view of the Antique mountain ranges as well as the cerulean seas and islands. Best to make the short hike at sunset when the soft light makes the views of the lofty peaks and the surrounding islands truly special.

Mararison Island-hopping

Within a couple of hours of a banca ride are a couple of other small islands, Seco and XXXX which can make for fun day trips out of Mararison. Seco, Spanish for dry, is a sand bar with a few trees on its central core. XXX has an old light house operated by the Philippine Navy and a pristine reef. Return banca trips may be negotiated directly with MICBETO on Mararison.