Is this for real? An overnight stay on your own island? It Sounds expensive, right? I have that reaction when I saw this post at Airbnb saying “Your own Island in a lake near Manila.” While looking for a place to hold our team building with the charity group that I’m managing before. I know that this area is out of our budget, so I just bookmarked it and promised myself that I will be here one day.
I didn’t wait that long when one time Marge and I are talking about her birthday celebration. She asked for a recommendation on where to celebrate her birthday. This place immediately comes to my mind. After sharing this to her, to my surprise, she booked this place right away! I know that she will love it too. Who doesn’t? By simply looking at the photos online, you’ll be mesmerized by the beauty of this island; It looks magical!
Unlike my previous quick escapades, this one made me extra excited. I did not expect that this kind of place exists just 3 hours away from Manila. I can’t believe that I would find the serenity that I’m looking without traveling that far from the city. That idea alone is unbelievable. And the best part of it, you don’t need to spend more than five thousand pesos for 2 to have an overnight stay here. I’m telling you this one-of-a-kind travel is not costly as you think.
How to get to Sundang Island?
By Public Transportation:
- Take a Green Star bus going to Santa Cruz-Pagsanjan. It is located at LRT Gil Puyat station near McDonald’s. Transportation cost is Php 140.
- From Green Star Bus station at Sta. Cruz, you have the option to take a jeep or tricycle going to Cavinti. We commissioned a tricycle that brought us at Brgy. Lumot, Cavinti. Transportation cost us Php 100 each.
- Pick-up point is at NAPOCOR Watershed Management Field Office. It’s a 10 minutes boat ride for you to reach Sundang Island.
The view of the island as we come closer is outstanding. It’s indescribable that feels like I’m dreaming. I only see this kind of scene on movies; but this time it’s for real. A barking dog which looks hostile greeted us as we unload from the small boat. I actually have cynophobia (fear of dogs), but gladly it became more welcoming.
The first thing I noticed was the rustic bungalow house perfectly build in this island. This is how I want my future rest house looks like; simple, refreshing and isolated. After a short travel from the busy city of Manila, it felt like I was transported somewhere in the Swedish countryside.
The 80-square meter house is equipped with everything you need to survive. Yet, they don’t have a refrigerator so it’s advisable to buy lots of ice at the small store at the pick-up point. No need to bring a cooler they have it there. Also, Please note to bring all the ingredients that you need for cooking. In our case, we asked the driver to dropped us at Puregold near Green Star bus terminal to buy our supplies. Once you’re on the island, complaining about forgetting something is not an option. Don’t ruin your vacation just because you forget to bring a soy sauce for your adobo.
After having our late lunch, they decided to swim in the lake. I told them I was hesitant to swim seeing that the water is dark; mixed of mud and moss. Yet, looking on it I’m confident that it is clean. Swimming here gave me an usual feeling. At first, I’m not comfortable stepping at squishy mud, afterwards I got used to it. If you’re planning to swim here, It’s recommended to wear aqua shoes for safety..
I enjoyed our quick swimming bonding. Also, I love the calm and warm water of the lake. Furthermore, we enjoy rubbing our bodies with mud. Thinking that it’s a good way to exfoliate our skin. We could have stayed even longer if it didn’t rain.
There is one bedroom with 1 queen size bed, 1 single bed, and mattresses. In case you will be on a big group, you can spread these mattresses anywhere inside the house. There’s no television but who cares? You’re not here to watch your favorite show.
Electricity runs from 6:00 pm-12:00 mn. If you want to use electricity beyond these hours, an extra charge of Php 100 is required. Based on my experience, no need to request for electricity during midnight. However, it’s warm inside the room so keep the door open. I’m not comfortable sleeping without a fan, so I decided to step out and sleep alone in the living room. There was a heavy rain with strong winds during that time so imagine how cold that night was. Cool enough to give me a good night sleep and make me feel lazy to wake up the next day.
Their hammock is the perfect spot of this island. Here you can read a book, listen to your favorite music, drink a cup of coffee or tea, nap, do nothing and just feel the fresh air. There’s a separate room close to the main house where you can also do the same. Also, there are available board games that you can play with your group. This is also, where we celebrated Marge’s birthday while drinking. But unlike other birthday celebrations, we didn’t dance nor play loud music. Instead, we shared our life stories and get to know each other. It’s an incredible way of celebrating someone’s birthday.
I’m fortunate that I discover and experienced the surprising relaxation offered by this island. It is a perfect place for people who loves to unwind. it is an ideal getaway to bond with your family and friends. The moment that you visit this island, I hope that you got to forget about your cellphones and social media. Disconnect your life from stress and worries. This is the right moment to reconnect your body with nature.
Published Rate based on their website.
P2,900 a night on weekdays (Monday nights to Thursday nights)
P3,900 a night on weekends and holidays (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights and nights before and after holidays)
for first 2 guests
P700/guest per night for every succeeding guest
For more info please contact:
Phones: +63-998-987-1840 or +63-2-433-1751