Sun and Beach
WHITE ISLAND SANDBAR
The White Island is the quintessential Camiguin island experience. This pristine sandbar off the coast of Yumbing is the cherry on top of every trip to Camiguin where you could go snorkeling or sunbathing to your heart’s content. Also famous for its unique dive spots and house reefs, it boasts of a black coral underwater forest and unique marine life. White Island has lured in hundreds of tourists to bask under the heat of the sun on its pearly white fine sands and rich, crystal clear waters. This is also known as one of the most famous picture spot in the country with its fabulous view of Camiguin Island as your backdrop. The most perfect pictures are taken in the early morning or at sunset.
Pikalawag is a beach located in the town of Sultan Naga Dimaporo, well-known for its startling fine sand and rich, untouched underwater ecosystem. This Lanao del Norte hidden treasure is a favorite vacation spot among locals and a much-recommended getaway for tourists who want to take a dip in the waters of Pagadian Bay.
It is surely amiss not to travel to Pikalawag Beach when you find your way in the Land of Beauty and Bounty! Bask in the heat of the sun as you spend the whole day playing in the waves with the assortment of water activities that are at your fingertips such as snorkeling. Feed your soul with its pristine underwater treasures and get lost in an afternoon of play and fun in its Inflatable Playground which is open for tourists of all ages. If you get tired of the water, you are free to climb the Pikalawag Peak surrounding this gorgeous body of water and breathe in a majestic view of the whole shoreline from above!
BAWBAWON BEACH AND MANGROVE PARK
The virgin sands and clear waters of the untouched Bawbawon Island in Plaridel, Misamis Occidental will surely be your next sunny, getaway happy place in Northern Mindanao. This white sand beach fringed by a 299.9-hectare mangrove forest contains an impressive 21 species of mangroves dominated by Rhizophora variety and is a marine sanctuary for 39 colorful species of fish. Several water bird species seek refuge and nest in the mangrove forest including the olive-backed sunbird, Philippine glossy starling, kingfisher, common egret, brahminy kite, chestnut-breasted mannikin, black-capped oriole, spotted dove, and blue-capped woodpecker.
The biggest allure of this island comes from its seclusion and quiet which affords its visitors a day away from the bustle of the cities and plunge themselves in the paradise-like panorama of coconut trees, hut cottages, and pristine blue clear waters of the enchanting Bawbawon Island.
The island was named after the local word for “shallow” which is “bawbawon” or ‘baobaoan.” Indeed, this island is not only the perfect beach escape but is also a sanctuary of rich marine biodiversity. A snorkel dive will take you to its beautiful underwater ecosystem of corals and captivating reef wildlife.