The unspoiled paradise islands and white sand beaches that dot the northern part of Iloilo are slowly gaining the attention of a growing number of tourists. A common concern of potential tourists is that there are little to no accommodations if they wish to visit these sought after parts of the province. Fortunately, they can now have the choice of spending a relaxing weekend getaway at Marbuena Island resort, a charming full featured island resort blessed with a white sand beach, azure blue waters, great islandscape panoramic views, excellent facilities, and a whole lot of nature’s surprises and discoveries.

First to greet visitors to Marbuena Island Resort is its gleaming white sandbar, a characteristic sand formation, which changes shape depending on the direction of the wind and stretches more than a hundred feet away from the shore during low tide. Perhaps the most interesting part of Marbuena island is its “nature trail,” which circles the whole island, offering a panoramic view of the sea and surrounding islands — you can catch a glimpse of the islands of Concepcion including the towering Mt. Pan de Azucar in the north, the island and mountain ranges of Negros Occidental in the east, The islands of Nasidman and Calabaza in the south, and mainland Panay in the west.

The trail continues inland into an old growth forest, where visitors can get to experience being surrounded by a preserved forest ecosystem dominated by a canopy of towering trees and the sounds of large flocks of migratory birds and fruit bats, which has made the island their enclave. Another interesting natural attraction of Marbuena Island (cited by environmentalists), is its thriving collection of mangrove species, which support the biodiversity of its waters.

Marbuena Island Resort offers the most complete facilities and amenities in all of the island destinations in Northern Iloilo. They have several air-conditioned and fan cooled rooms/cottages suited for varied types of travelers. The resort has a restaurant ready to satisfy your gastronomic needs and has recreational facilities such as a playground, picnic tables, and basketball court, and venues for seminars, weddings, birthdays, and other occasions.

Visitors can take an island hopping trip from Marbuena Island Resort to visit the surrounding snorkeling areas and tour the other nearby islands of Ajuy. You can choose to take the four island tour or the seven island tour. Part of the itinerary includes Calabaza Island, where the ruins of an 18th century Spanish era lighthouse (also called Parola) stills stands, Nasidman island, where you can experience the life in a typical fishing community, as well as the other islands, white sand beaches, and snorkeling sites in the area.

Marbuena Island Resort is located one and a half kilometers off the shore of mainland Ajuy, a coastal town in Northern Iloilo approximately 2 hours away from Iloilo City. Those wishing to commute to Marbuena Island Resort can take an Estancia/Concepcion bus in Tagbak Terminal, Jaro District, Iloilo City and request the driver to drop you off in Brgy. Mangorocoro, Ajuy. From there, it is a short tricycle ride down a dirt road to the community port of Brgy. Mangorocoro, where the pumpboat charter (motorized outrigger) of Marbuena Island Resort can pick you up and transport you to Marbuena Island.

For more inquiries you can contact Marbuena Island Resort at:

  • Contact Person: Arleen Viray, Marketing Manager of Marbuena Island Resort
  • Cellphone No: 0929-6465415
  • Telephone No: 033-3291780
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Websites:

Marbuena Island Resort – a unique island getaway perfect for relaxation, bonding with friends and family, and communing with nature

Manmade paths seamlessly blending in the rocky terrain of the island’s southern coast offering a great seascape view

View of Mt. Kanlaon in Negros Occidental from a lookout point in Marbuena Island

View of Lakawon Island in Cadiz, Negros Occidental

View of Nasidman and Calabaza Islands of Ajuy

View of Mainland Ajuy

View of the islands of Concepcion and Mt. Pan de Azucar


Nature Trail of Marbuena Island Resort

Old Growth Forest in Marbuena Island.

Majestic Century Old Tree

Bird Watching – Night Herons perched and flying about on the tops of trees. If you’re lucky you can even see an eagle hovering around the island during sundown.

Bat Colonies surrounding entire trees

Sunset in the mangrove area of Marbuena island

Intersection to community port of Brgy. Mangorocoro from the highway section in Ajuy.

View of Marbuena Island Resort from Brgy. Mangorocoro.

Boat Charter of Marbuena Island Resort.

Landscaped Outdoor Event Stage

Landscaped gardens and fishponds

Playground perfect for kids

Challenge yourself in putting together the puzzle fruit found

New Boat Tree House

New Cottages

Airconditioned Beachfront Cottages

Marbuena Island Resort at Night

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