April 20, 2010

Bellarocca: Getting there

By air. This is our Seair LET L-410 Turbolet 19-seater plane at the gravel runway of the Marinduque airport. Aside from Seair, the only other local airline with flights from Manila to Marinduque, which only takes half an hour, is ZestAir.

Seair LET 410 at the gravel runway of the Marinduque airport


By land. A customer relations staff of Bellaroca meets guests at the airport with cold drinking water and cold towels. A van will take you through two Marinduque towns, Gasan and Buenavista, to the dock closest to the island. The 45-minute trip over concrete, asphalt and gravel roads will give you views of small towns and tiny fishing and farming villages typical of rural Philippines.

a small town in Marinduque through a van's windshield


By sea. A five-minute ride in one of the resort's motorized rubber boats brings guests from the dock (yes, this is it) to the island. The bangka (an outrigger canoe with a motor) at the end of the dock is used by resort staff who commute daily from Marinduque.

Bellarocca's rubber boat


Welcome to Bellarocca Island Resort and Spa!

Bellarocca Island Resort and Spa seen from the rubber boat


Oh, and if you'd rather come in a charter or private helicopter, the resort has its own helipad. I believe they can provide docking services for private yachts too. BELLAROCCA SERIES #2

21 comments:

Jacob said...

My goodness what a place and what an adventure! Thanks for sharing these photos...looks like so much fun. You must have taken hundreds of pictures!

Kaori said...

That's quite a bit of traveling! The boat ride looks fun though! Maybe you can use the heliport next time :)

Bill said...

Nice day to fly.

Reena said...

exciting!!!! wala palang cebupac or pal flights to that place? :) there are more posts, i suppose? yey!

brattcat said...

I think I'd be ready for those refreshing towels and drinks upon arrival.

Olivier said...

un long chemin ;o)

peppermint said...

What an adventure. I never use Seair before. Wondering how it look like. And thinking about getaway in this island make me want to have holiday.

Louis la Vache said...

How nice of the Bureau of Prisons to bring you to The Rock by plane...

Don and Krise said...

Oh, what a neat place. Sorry I'm a day behind. I'm doing my catching up now. Keep the photos coming Hilda, this looks like a place I'd like to see more of!

George said...

It looks as if you had an adventure getting there. It's not often that a single trip involves air, land and sea travel. But at least you had blue skies for your travel.

The TEFL Don said...

Hilda that looks good fun and also a nice place to visit.

The final shot reminds me of approaching a small Greek island-perhaps its the buildings?

Dina said...

Just getting there would be enough of an adventure, even without the resort. Wow!
Love your new picture with the life vest.

Pam said...

It looks like an adventurous journey, Hilda. By air, sea and land but I'm sure the destination is well worth it.
Have a wonderful week :)

Paty said...

Hi Hilda! The island where I live is threatened by the construction of a shipyard in the area. Please read my post http://ilovefloripa.blogspot.com/ and help me to divulge it! Thank you!

Halcyon said...

I'll be right over on my yacht then! See you there!! ;-)

Lois said...

No helicopter for me please! That plane would be scary enough. What a nice getaway!

EcoRover said...

Lovely place to be "marooned!"

Cezar and Léia said...

Well, over here all that we hear is about the chaos caused by the volcanic ash cloud...
God bless you!
Cezar

ρομπερτ said...

What a exiting entry of yours. Glad you were able to enjoy the journey so much.
Please have a wonderful Wednesday you all.

daily athens

the donG said...

i believe they have great service for this type of resort.

VP said...

It looks a bit complicated but it probably worths the effort!