My body misses the saltwater, my skin longs to be burn, and my mind screams for some Vitamin Sea. I have been dreading to hit the beach since I have arrived here in Manila, and it has been six months, six months before I finally get to have what I wanted and what I needed. It was such a relief when a sudden change of plan brought us to Sombrero Island.
Sombrero Island, is an island in Mabini, Batangas with its shape similar to that of a hat. It can be reached via an outrigger boat for 15-20 minutes from a neighboring resort of Philpan. The island boasts its calm blue waters with rich underwater world waiting to be explored.
After a fun birthday climb in Mt. Gulugod Baboy, we readied ourselves for some epic side trip slash beach getaway. Kuya Globert did arrange everything for us so what we did was simply board the boat, pose for some pictures and just few minutes after, we found ourselves in a secluded island. To be honest, it isn’t the best island that I have been to, but it was enough to satisfy my hunger for some fun beach action.
I have been a lover of Mr. Sun for quite some time, and I have been basking without any sunscreen since. But that time was an exception, the heat was seriously unbearable that the first thing we did was to look for the best spot to set up our camp. Few minutes after, we had our own camp and thanks to Ate Bing for being so innovative.
While waiting for our lunch, some of us decided to hit the beach while others (Dharzie, JV, Jherson and me) explored the other side of the island. We went to scare ourselves while trying rock climbing. It was dangerous since there were some portions that are loose and if so happen that you grab on the wrong stone – it can cause an avalanche of rocks.
The climb itself was already scary since you don’t have ropes with you, it’s like you make it or you don’t. I tried to climb the part where I know is picture-worthy but my legs went wobbly. I aborted that plan and went where others climbed but pushed myself a little bit more farther.
When we went back, lunch was ready with our improvised new menu, “sandwich ala sombrero” a combination of century-old egg, anchovies and heirloom tomatoes wrapped in white bread. Kidding aside, we had a mix of red eggs, dilis and tomatoes on the side and we also have cooked corned beef for lunch.
The food was nothing fancy but the company we have found with each other, as we were laughing and sharing stories made it one of the best lunch I have had in my life.
For our last hour, we took the time to spoil ourselves with the beach. We went crazy doing group pictures, underwater shots and even our own version of Survivor. We have with us tan lines and burnt skins, but it was nothing compared to the fun that we have had.
Expenses: 2500 – RT boat transfer | 150 / pax – entrance to the island
You can contact Kuya Globert Sapunto at 09215739964 or 09179877755.