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