Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Camiguin: White Island

by lakwatserong tatay

For our 2nd day of adventure, we get up to our beds early in the morning, eventhough we had a bit hangover just from out last nights "inuman session",  to have our 1st activity of the day, island hopping that is just few minutes away on Pabua Cottages. Lucky for our group we do not need to travel from other towns just to go in Brgy. Yumbing, because we're just staying infront of one of the famous island in Camiguin. Infact i wasn't remember the exact time, i think it was almost 6am when our contact bangkero/fisherman just near Paras Resort shown.....and the rest is beacheeeeenering time...^_^
group photo opps, while waiting for our bangka..^_^
Just right besides this stone wall is the Paras Resort, i think we just passed by a small eskinita and then we just had our instant jumpoff for our island hopping...^_^
the lakwatserong tatay's...^_^
And then we boarded our bangka, i think 8-10 persons would fit in on our boat, lucky for us we were just 5 persons plus 2, our spotter and the driver, and just for php400 (php80 each), we had the chance to see this island but sad to say i wasn't able to get their names and contact numbers...^_^, maybe because of my excitement to see one of the famous island in Camiguin.

the stone walls of Paras Resort...
one of our bangkero's..^_^
eto pinakaexcited samin actually...si melvin...^_^
Our first sight.....yahoo...excited na talaga kami that time...^_^. Infact the sun was not really up that time, although were thinking that time maybe it will rain but were just really lucky, we had the island freely and were really under the sun in few minutes.
White Island
White Island also known as Medan Island, is one of the two famous island in Camiguin, the other one is Mantigue Island, which we had also to set foot later that afternoon...^_^. This small inhabited island white sandbar, that has generally horse shoe shaped, but due to tides constantly resize and reshape from its exact form. White Island has no trees or shelter but it has picturesque views of Mt. Hibok-Hibok and Mt. Vulcan, is located almost 2 kilometers from the beaches of Brgy. Agoho and Yumbing.

View of Mt. Hibok-Hibok
There are motorized small bangka's located at the Caves Resort or Paras Resort which can be hired to visit the island. You could have some choices, to be waited by your rented banca or you will be fetch back by your bangkero, so you will have more time staying, beacheneering and exploring the whole island.

the other small bangka's
my potrait shot...^_^
According to our bangkero's it is better to set foot on White Island, when it is early in the morning, the sun is just rising above the horizon, since there's no shelter around the island. It better and advisable to bring along with you such as shades, headgears, umbrellas, and sun protection lotion and if you choose to stay longer, it is better that you have your own food and water since there are no vendors around the island....^_^

But, if your more adventurous and seeking for a different kind of food trip challenges, White Island offers one of a kind sea urchin, known as Swaki, just for php 20, you will have the chance to eat this fresh sea urchin.
Sea Urchin...."Swaki"
According to the local, that is offering this sea urchin, it is better if you will partner it with hot sukang camiguin...^_^

the fresh meat of sea urchin...^_^
And then the challenge started, based from our group's name...xplorerboyz...it is part that we have this kind activity...sad to say...i was the leader of this group and had to experience this food trip tasting...kuya prepared 5 Swaki's for us, and had our own photo opps...^_^
johari choses this one...
smile pa daw ako..^_^
eto feel na feel ni melvin..^_^
I wasn't able to take shot for the two because upon swallowing the meat of the Swaki, for some reason, i vomitted...^_^. Moving forward after our Swaki Challenge, we just had fun staying for more than an hour, we became camwhores that time and each section of the island we had photo opps..and swimming all the way under the heat of the sun....here are some of my chosen group pictures....^_^

Waves of White Island.....^_^
the white powder sand bar of White Island
My footprints @ White Island, Camiguin...^_^

Bye.....White Island....
White Island is ideal for swimming, snorkeling, building sand castles or simply do nothing just enjoy and stay right under the sun and have sunbathing....^_^

Getting here: Brgy. Agoho and Yumbing are 4kms. North of Mambajao. A motorela brings you there in 10 mins. The boat trip from the boat stations in Brgy. Yumbing (behind Paras Resort) to White Island usually takes 8-12 minutes or depending on the heights of the waves.
Boat transfers to & from Brgy. Yumbing: Php400 (Good for 4 to 8 pax)
Environmental/Entrance Fee: Php20

Lakwatserong Tatay @ White Island, Camiguin
Next stop for our 2nd day of adventure in Camiguin....Food finds: Camiguin's No.1 Pastel, Vjandep Pastel....and 1st of the three waterfalls that we've seen in Northern Mindanao....Katiwabasan Falls of Mambajao, Camiguin.......

This is part of our 6-Days Northern Mindanao Escapades. Visited and X-plored 4 Provinces: Misamis Oriental, Camiguin Island, Bukidnon and Lanao Del Norte. Our second stop is Camiguin Island , that is known as the "Island Born of Fire", the 2nd province of Northern Mindanao.

Food Trips:
Food finds: Camiguin's Unique Dessert : Kiping
Food finds: Vjandep Bakeshop : Camiguin's Famous Pastel

Pabua Cottages

Tours & Activities:
Having Fun at Sto. Niño Cold Spring Resort
Bura Soda Pool Resort
Walk to the Old Church Ruins
Trek to Walkway to the Old Volcano and Station of the Cross
Sunken Cemetery
Relaxation at Ardent Hot Spring Resort
A Glance with Katibawasan Falls
Camiguin's Ostrich Farm
Snorkeling at Giant Clams Sanctuary
Glimpse of Tanguines Lagoon

Island Hopping:
White Island
Mantigue Island



stunning pa rin ang boracay!@

Mitch said...

Simple, unspoiled ang little island na to.. turquoise clear water pa. at anu ang lasa ng sea urchin. dami nga nagbebenta jan the time na anjan kami. pero parang di ata dapat ginaganyan ang sea urchin.. wawa naman.

Batang Lakwatsero said...

ayos ang trip! gusto ko rin ito mapuntahan :) sunugan balat dito for sure, pero oks lang. and gusto ko rin matikman ang Swaki :)

fifileigh said...

it looks like a fun island adventure. it is kind of like being stranded on a beautiful and peaceful island like Blue Lagoon. are there any plants to eat?

lakwatserong tatay said...

@kulapitot, ahmm para sakin...siguro po El Nido...^_^

lakwatserong tatay said...

@mitch...maganda talaga yun island sana lang mapangalagaan talaga toh, tapos regarding sa sea urchin, nagtanong ako kay kuya na nagbebenta...local delicacy daw talaga nila yun...sana nga lang pinipili nila ng maayos yun mga kinakain at binebenta nila...^_^

lakwatserong tatay said...

@ivan..uu..actually bitin pa nga eh..kaya sana kung my chance makabalik...susulitin ko na talaga...grabe yun Swaki...mala extra challenge yun lasa...^_^

lakwatserong tatay said...

@fifileigh...yap...nope there are no plants to eat on the island..infact the island usually disappears when in high tide...^_^

Anonymous said...

this is one of the best place i've ever visited aside from palawan, bohol, surigao, siargao..... these places are far way BETTER than boracay.

lakwatserong tatay said...

@anonymous...yes your right...nakapunta narin po ako sa bohol, el nido, palawan, pero surigao & siargao..di pa...huhuhuhuhu...kelan kaya...pero boracay nakapunta at ayoko narin balikan...siguro kung meron siya other side pwede pa...^_^


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