Information about Mararison Island
Mararison island belongs to Visayas Region, under the municipality of Culasi, Antique and has 54 hectares of land area. Before 2013, Mararison earned the name unspoiled lands due to inadequate visitors, and later became famous after the super typhoon Yolanda.
As the media covered the island, tourist significantly increases, and by 2016 the local government establishes a training program for the residents of Mararison to trained households to act as a point of accommodation for visitors entering the island.
Various legends surround the origin of Mararison’s name, but among the stories, Madya-as daughter’s stubbornness on breaking the rules was a constant topic of countless tales surrounding the island.
Some stories depicted Madya-as the one who cursed his daughter to turn into an island, while other tales stated that Madya-as daughter together with her other siblings was sentenced by Bulalakaw to be eternally separated from their parents by turning them into islands due to the series of misfits that they did.
Nevertheless, Mararison is a name derived from the personality of Madya-as daughter, which meant 'the disobedient one.
At the peak of Mararison lies a panoramic view of the island and is accessible through trekking the hills to reach the highest point on the island.
How to get there
Take a plane to Caticlan or Kalibo. Afterward, take a bus or van to San Jose and get off at the Culasi Bus Stop. Walk to the Tourism Office and make a reservation for a boat ride to Mararison Island.
Best time to visit
You can visit this island anytime of the year.