What to bring
- Buy your food, freshwater for drinking and cooking, ice, charcoal and other supplies from the market before heading to Mahabang Buhangin. There are small stores on the island, but they might not have what you need or items cost significantly higher.
- There are no accommodations on the island so bring your own tent to save on the cost of renting a cottage or tent there. You can actually sleep on the beach, like we did, but just to be safe in case it rains, we rented a tent for Php350.00 which can fit 4 pax.
- Rain poncho
- Bring your own cooking utensils and mess kits. Although our boatman was kind enough to lend us a grill, pot and even an ice container, we found that we should have brought our own chopping board, bigger knife/cleaver, food keeper (for the cooked food/leftover) and what have you.
- Garbage bags – not only for your trash, but also to waterproof your things. And remember, practice the Leave No Trace principle.
- Flashlight or headlamp
- Insect repellent
- Loose change to buy a bucket of pump water (Php10.00/bucket).
- Goggles or snorkeling gear
- You can have your meals cooked by one of the locals, but it can be expensive. e.g. Php100.00 for cooking rice.
- There are different rates for ‘entrance’ and environmental fees depending on where you plan to stay. At the far left of Mahabang Buhangin (if you’re on the boat approaching the island) which they refer to as Giovanni’s, the fee is Php170.00 per head with unlimited use of pump water. On the far right where we camped, we only paid Php75.00 per head.
Who to contact
We highly recommend Mang Boy Camano: 0908-546-0683. He even lets his guests shower in their bathroom. You can also buy a 5 gallon freshwater and ice from their store at Php100.00 and Php3.00 per piece, respectively.
Breakdown of expenses