Camiguin was the last destination for 2011 and with me were my El Nido travel buddies. We’ve come full circle–having met in El Nido, the trip that started it all and then ending the year in Camiguin with the very same people I traveled with. All of us were self confessed beach bums and we were psyched to hit the beach after spending two days in Cagayan de Oro. It was late but we were assured by the resort owner that we still have enough time to check out White Island, a sandbar just 10 minutes away by boat from the coast of Agojo in Mambajao, Camiguin.
10 minutes later and we saw this: a small piece of paradise on this side of the world… white powdery sand and clear blue waters with a clear view of Mt. Mambajao. It’s not exactly the kind of island I’d want to stay forever but for brief afternoons where all you want to do is relax and take a break from the rest of the world white island will do.
There are no huts or stores in white island, just the boatmen and hawkers with beach umbrellas for rent in case you want to be shielded from the blistering heat of the sun. In our case we didn’t need the umbrella–who’s afraid of a little sun? Certainly not us.
Feeling adventurous? Try the sea urchin offered by some fishermen in White Island for only P50. I skipped on the sea urchin, not because I was a scaredy cat but because I’ve tried it several times before. If you like oysters and dayok then you’ll probably like sea urchin too.
Time flies by so fast when you’re having fun. Our guide gave us a few minutes to watch the sun set and after that it was time to go. While I had fun in white island I don’t think I’ll be going back here soon. It was nice though and I hope it remains that way for years and years to come.