Daily Archives: July 24, 2014

Camiguin: White Island

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White Island is perhaps Camiguin’s best known beach.  With Mt. Hibok-Hibok as its backdrop, it is one picturesque uninhabited island.

Most people come here in the morning but my guide, Kuya Criz, suggested that we come here in the afternoon because then, it would be low tide so the sandbar is bigger.  Note that going to the island is dependent on weather and tide conditions.

After paying Php 420 as entrance and banca fees, we set sail to the famed White Island.  I loved it at first sight.  It was such a long stretch of sandbar (the longest that I’ve seen so far) surrounded by clear blue-green waters.

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When I alighted from my chartered banca, I was pleased to discover that its sand was fine, though still not as fine as Boracay’s.

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The best part about this visit?  White Beach was not crowded at all!  I counted only about half a dozen bancas and maybe only a dozen tourists.

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Kuya Criz was right.  Not only was it low tide in late afternoon, but there were so few people it was easy to find my own secluded spot and just watch the world pass me by while listening to some music  (I would have preferred listening to the crashing waves but the waves here were just gently  lapping against the shore, frothy, and almost soundless).

I didn’t feel like swimming so I just took as many photos of Mt. Hibok Hibok at different angles.  I loved watching the sea and the sand at its feet.

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I had fun too writing my name on the sand and doing my best to photograph it before the crashing waves could erase it.

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The sight of docked bancas was also beautiful to look at, especially since they’re colored yellow, white, blue, or red, thus blending well with the sea’s azure color.

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At around 5:30 PM, our respective banca drivers told us that it’s time to head back because once darkness settled, it would be quite a challenge to make our way back to shore.  Hearing this made me sad as I could already see the sky with streaks of yellow-orange and was looking forward to sunset.

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But safety always comes first so I grudgingly followed my guide.

Here’s a collage of how the island looked like as we were leaving.

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Our ride back was interesting because I could see the sun gradually setting and painting the sun in vivid shades of red and yellow.  It was beautiful!

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Here’s my favorite sunset photos:

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Isn’t it beautiful to look at the sun meeting the sea in the horizon?