Mararison Island: Culasi’s crown jewel

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Saturday, June 11, 2011

“WHAT’S that yonder island, Ed?” I asked my uncle, the husband of mom’s youngest sister Inday Nerissa. Our favorite drinks in hand, Ed and I were watching the glorious sunset along the crescent-shaped shoreline of Barangay Lamputong in Culasi, Antique.

“Mararison,” replied Ed, a retired quality control manager of Sunkist who has lived for decades in California, but upon retirement, settled along the beach of Culasi, which he refers to as his small piece of paradise on earth.

“We have been to Boracay this morning but we have not been to that island which is just visible from here,” I said. Culasi is 45 minutes from Caticlan, the jump-off point to Boracay. Earlier that day, we left Culasi and prowled Boracay’s beaches. Early in the afternoon, we returned to Culasi.


Immediately the following morning, Ed leased a pump boat and sent my entire family – my wife Ging and our children Rap, Migz, Gaib and Yuyi together with my cousin Kim to Mararison for a whole day adventure.

Mararison is shaped like a tadpole with its tail pointing to mainland Panay while its head faces the vastness of the Sulu Sea to the left and the South China Sea to the right. The tail is powdery white sand, which shames that of Boracay. “This is even better than Boracay, Pa. No plankton!” Yuyi quipped.

After splashing in the crystal clear waters in the ‘tail’ of the island, off we went to the portion facing the sea. Along the way, we passed by a cove with an islet which is accessible by foot, even at high tide, from the main island.

We found along the way brightly colored live corals and equally attractive fishes darting among them.

A little farther still, we arrived at our destination – a cozy nook shaded by pine trees with a cave to boot! The kids wanted to explore the cave but I told them not to.

There was plenty enough to do at the beach – swimming, snorkeling and boating. When we got tired of the water, we trekked up the highlands of the island where you can get an unobstructed view of Mararison and you can also see the town of Culasi.

We thoroughly forgot ourselves that we hardly noticed it was soon time to go back to Nerissa’s Resort.

Mararison so captivated us that, every time we go to Culasi, we make it a point to go to the island. We’ve been there thrice and we’ll be coming back for more!

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on June 11, 2011.


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