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Santa Cruz

Aerial view of Maniwaya Island's shorelineThe municipality of Santa Cruz in Marinduque is best known for its main attraction, Maniwaya Island. Along with the island, the town also boasts several caves, waterfalls, and historic sites. 

Among its best spots are the Kawa Kawa Falls, which gets its name from its pan-shaped base. It is also a popular spot among locals since its perfect for a refreshing dip and a relaxing picnic. Another outdoor attraction you can visit here is the Carmen Eco-Adventure Park. This park offers kayaking, zip-lining, fishing, bird and firefly watching, and a monkey trail experience. The park provides rustic accommodations and banquet facilities for special occasions as well. 

You can also head to the Bathala Caves to explore its cave network. Among them are the Simbahan Cave, resembling a church with altar-like stalagmites and bell-shaped stalactites; the Python Cave, which consists of interconnected caves inhabited by rock pythons and giant bats; and the Secret Cave, which appears more like a passage and features unique wall sculptures and formations at its entrance.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Santa Cruz is during the dry season, which typically runs from December to May. 

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