Roaming Around Camiguin: Day 2 - White Island

Sand, sand, and sand
When I was young, I thought Camiguin was just a white sandbar with no one living on it and nothing built on it. Blame it on the  photos of White Island that I often saw in postcards and textbooks. I thought it's an island where you can literally play Adam and Eve for day, but yes, I'm wrong. So when it's time for me to come face to face with Camiguin's White Island, I was kinda ecstatic.

How to get there:
If you are staying in Paras Beach Resort or anywhere in that area (we stayed at Camiguin White Island Resort which is just beside Paras Beach Resort), you can actually walk to the port where the boats to White Island dock. If staying in Mambajao or Bahay Bakasyunan, you may take a motorela (their version of a tricycle) to Brgy. Yumbing (or just tell the driver to drop you off at the corner where the street going to Paraas Beach Resort is). From there, you can just walk your way to the port.

Our boat to White Island
At the port, you will pay Php 450 for the boat rental. Lifevests, snorkeling gears and aqua shoes are available for rent at the booth and the nearby stores. We had our own lifevest and snorkeling gears when we went there so there was no need for us to rent, but I highly suggest you rent one if you don't bring your own. Safety first.

Trips to White Island are usually done at sunrise (call time is at around 5:30 am). Although, to be honest, I don't see the point of doing this aside from having to avoid the harmful rays of the sun. In my honest opinion, I'd rather go here at 6:30 am and watch the sun shed light on the white powdery sand, and appreciate its pure charm.
Horseshoe-shaped sand bar
The island is naked, with no structures anywhere, so don't expect to see cottages and tables there. But, there are vendors who rent out giant umbrellas and picnic mats.

Waves at the White Island
There are also vendors selling fresh sea urchins at Php 10 each. Haven't tried this but friends who love Japanese food swear by this!

Fresh sea urchin
Your boatman will ask you what time will you be picked up as he will have to leave you and go back to the port to pick up more passengers. We stayed from 6:00-9:00 am. I think staying on the island beyond four hours will make you bored already, unless the waves are calm and you can snorkel around the sand bar.

Bare beauty of the White Island

Selfie moment!
If you need a tour guide or fuss-free Camiguin tour packages, you may want to check Teddy Pabualan's http://camiguintransport.blogspot.com/. You may reach him at +63917.521.9391 or teddybird2005@yahoo.com.

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