I have lived in Albay for over two decades and I haven’t heard of Misibis Resort often. Nobody has. I can even name more people who has been to space than Misibis. I’m serious! Okay. Space, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. Misibis, Zach Efron. Haha! The point is, Misibis is too exclusive that you can only get to the resort by a speed boat or by a helicopter. The cheapest room per night costs P20,000. That already says a lot.
So, why am I going to this ultra-expensive resort only the powerful, rich and famous can afford?
I’m not! I’m going to Cagraray Island where the resort is. Cagraray Island is part of the municipality of Bacacay and Malilipot in the province of Albay. It is part of the strip of islands on the Lagonoy Gulf. As I mentioned earlier, this part of Albay is hardly known because of it’s remoteness because of the lack of roads. But all that changed sometime in 2012 when a bridge was constructed to join the island to the mainland.
I was so mesmerized by the scenery that I forgot to check on my fuel. When I did, it was on empty again. I thought of turning back but instead gambled on the possibility that there might be “bote-bote” (reselling of fuel by small store owners) deeper into the mountains. My gut feeling was correct and I found s small store reselling 1L of fuel for P75. A few kilometers more and I reached Misibis Residential Resort.
Aside from the activities you get to enjoy in this adventure and leisure park, it also showcases different forms of alternative energy like the hundreds of solar-powered lamp posts I passed by earlier. Actually, there’s still a lot of construction going on in the park. I hope it’s 100% ready by Summer.
The park has also a pool and a hanging bridge but I didn’t get the chance to check them out. The park appears to be closed that day and I
just sneaked in I invited myself in so I really don’t feel comfortable strolling the park on my own. I kept Dhona close. We’ll be outta there in seconds the moment we hear someone cocks a shotgun!
I realized that the sun is setting but I don’t want to pass up the chance to see where the rest of the paved road leads to. I exited the park and moved on to Sula (red highlight on the map below). This route has some really steep slopes. Yikes!
I only have a little over an hour of daylight left so I left right away. Too bad I didn’t have enough time to explore more parts of the island. Still, I am leaving with a huge smile behind my helmet because I feel closer to my homeland now. Plus, I know that’s there’s still more waiting when I return. Maybe they’d even have a bridge crossing to Batan Island by then.