Dashing Spot: White Island, Camiguin

Dashing Spot: White Island, Camiguin

It’s white, it’s fine, and it’s oh so far away.

Arguably one of Camiguin’s most popular attractions, White Island boasts of fine white sand beaches as far as your eye can see. Photo by JJ Alvarico

If you think you’ve seen the whitest of sands a Philippine beach has to ofer, wait until you set foot on Medan Island, more popularly known as White Island in Camiguin.

White Island, a 10-minute motorbike ride from the northern coast of the island province, is postcard perfect— with blindingly white sand that strikes a stark contrast against crystal clear waters that reflect the blueness of the skies. It will be hard not to be taken aback by Mt. Hibok-Hibok’s commanding presence in its backdrop.

But the main charm of White Island is its changing shape, which depends on the tide. So sometimes you see a serpentine shape, other times, the crescent of a usual beach, and who knows what else at another time.

Magical, isn’t it? 

Get there

SkyJet Airlines launches its direct Manila to Camiguin flights on May 6, 2019. Tickets are now on sale. Flights are on daily except Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Dashing Spot: Pass Island, Coron

Dashing Spot: Pass Island, Coron

In Coron, Palawan lies this tiny island with a beach that will stun its visitors, whether they’re staying for the night or only stopping by. We highly recommend it if you’re after Coron’s unique beauty but want total detachment.

Crystal clear waters, stunning surroundings of Pass Island

If you could choose to get washed up on the shores of an island after venturing headlong into a storm, where would you like to end up in? We won’t want that in general but with enough food and water supply, Pass Island, a tiny island hours away from Busuanga Airport, in the middle of Coron, is not a bad place to be stuck in for a while.

It’s an interesting name for a three-hectare island that’s often thought of as nothing more than a lunch stop for island hopping tours. The name comes from the island being the only island that you’re 100% guaranteed to pass through on your way to distant towns like El Nido and Culion. The best parts of Pass Island are its crystal-clear waters that are perfect for swimming and snorkeling and a beach with sand that’s so powdery white you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s Boracay. It also has unimpeded views of the sunrise and sunset along with so many places for selfies (get the hammocks!) that you’re bound to run out of storage space on your phone or SD card.

Get there

  • Board a Skyjet Airlines flight to Coron from Manila, which takes about 35 minutes.
  • Once in Coron, take a ride to the Coron Port, roughly 45 minutes to an hour from the airport.
  • Get on a boat to Pass Island for around Php6,000 (you’ll have to rent the whole boat) . You can also book a Reefs and Wrecks tour in town for anywhere between Php1,400-Php2,000 per person. Entry to the island for the day is at Php200 per person.

Stay

Pass Island offers beach huts at Php1,000 per person per night. You can also bring your tent or sleeping bag for Php500, while renting one of their own tents is at Php750. Pass Island Palawan. 

Words and photo: Andrew Del Rosario

Dashing spot: Calayan

Dashing spot: Calayan

A grueling 20-hour travel that ends nice—to real virgin natural attractions

Picture-perfect Sibang Cove.

Your castaway dreams can be made of this: 20 hours of butt-numbing bus ride and (literally) a rocking boat ride to get to far flung Calayan, part of the Babuyan Group of Islands at the northernmost tip of Luzon, 528 kilometers north of Manila.

Calayan’s main lure are its wildness and complete detachment from the world allowing you to enjoy its virgin natural attractions all by yourself—or except for maybe a local or two. It’s fabled for its white-sand beaches, stunningly blue lagoons,and beautiful hills particularly Nagudungan Hills, which offers a breathtaking view of the island’s three coves Caniwara, Sibang and Cababaan. Trek to Bangaan Hills for an IG-worthy ocean view of Calayan.

Get there

  • Take a Florida or RJC bus in Sampaloc Manila bound for Claveria, Cagayan, a 13-hour ride.
  • Get off at Claveria bus station, then take a tricycle going to the Claveria port.
  • Hop on a lampitaw, a native outrigger boat, to Calayan, a five- to seven-hour boat ride depending on the sea conditions.
  • Boats leave at 5am and 9am only. Pre-book your boat transfers.

Stay
TPS Homestay owned by Tessie Pimentel Singun offers an accommodation priced at Php300 (USD6) per night and Php120 per meal for each person. She can also help with boat hire. Call days in advance to book.
Mobile number: +63929 837 5737

Photo by Norma Rei Villamater

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