Welcome to Ticao Island
Ticao feels on the edge between laissez-faire island time and impending tourism development. For now, the sweet, rotting scent of copra weaves through the trees and – except in the few small townships – concrete barely interrupts the bamboo and thatch structures. The island’s one road bumps and winds and slopes its way through villages such as Batuan, where you can stop and check out the mangrove boardwalk.
In Monreal, hire a bangka for the day (P2500 to P3000) and head along the coast to see the 30m-tall Catandayagan Falls or lovely Talisay Beach, both on the west coast.