Camiguin: The Powdery Sands of White Island

A C-shaped white powdery sand bar” is how our boat captain described the White Island of Camiguin in his own native language. There’s nothing in the island – no trees, no cabanas – except two or three tables set-up where food is being sold.  However, this simplicity is somewhat can make you fall in love with the island.

Yumbing Boat Terminal Going To White Island, Camiguin

Yumbing Boat Terminal Going To White Island, Camiguin

White Island, Camiguin

We departed from the Sunken Cemetery around 4:20 pm for our next destination, Camiguin‘s White Island.

We were divided into two groups, each boat can accommodate up to six persons only. Unlike our trip going to Mantigue Island, it was a smooth sailing one where the ocean was calm. Aside from that, there were no other travelers at Yumbing Terminal, perhaps they were already in the island to catch the sunset.

White Island

Clear waters of Camiguin

White Island, Camiguin

sea grass along the shores of White Island

I was blown away as our boat come closer to the picturesque White Island with Mt. Hibok-Hibok as its backdrop. Its shape, the pure white sand and the clear water – the view was simply breathtaking. With only a handful of fellow visitors, you can hear clearly the waves of the ocean as it rushed to my feet.

White Island

White Island

White Sand, Camiguin

A Panoramic view of White Island, Camiguin

White Island, Camiguin

White Island, Camiguin

White Island, Camiguin

White Sand

It’s a perfect location to wear your two-piece while relaxing under the heat of the sun, there were a few guests when we arrived. I passed by two foreigners who probably came from snorkeling.

For those who are not adventurous, you can just swim and experience the cool and clear water of the island.

White Island, Camiguin

Mt. Hibok-Hibok on the background.

If I’m not mistaken, this is the only white sand beach I saw during the entire trip.  Although, Mantigue island leaves you with a wonderful experience under the water – swimming with sea turtles and different kinds of fish, White Island remains my favorite from the many attractions we’ve seen. I find peace in its simplicity.

*Story & Photo by Marjorie Pineda-Uy

Moreover, a small group of friends can rent a boat going to White Island at about P500 and rent a snorkeling gear at P100. If you’re planning to visit the White Island of Camiguin and bring food, please don’t forget to do the aftercare. Let’s help in preserving this paradise.

 

2 Comments

  1. analie says:

    great help for travellers like me :)

  2. Mark Neyton says:

    Great and informative article! I’m planning a road trip for next year and this is one of the places I dream to visit. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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