Time your visit with the low tide to see these picturesque, Philippine sandbars.
The secluded, boomerang-shaped White Island, whose silhouette from above changes with the ebb and flow of the tide, is situated off Camiguin. With no trees on the island, visitors can also enjoy unobstructed views of Mount Hibok-Hibok and Mount Vulcan.
Situated east of Lahuy Island in the Caramoan Peninsula is Manlawi Sandbar, with a 1km stretch that shows itself only at high tide. A cluster of floating huts makes it easy for visitors to spot the sandbar against the natural landscape.
“Manjuyod Sandbar is worth the 1.5-hour trip from Dumaguete, Negros Oriental. We booked a tour with Orientwind, which included van and boat rentals and lunch. We arrived early at Bais wharf, expecting the sandbar to be submerged by mid-morning. When it was, we took it as a sign to go dolphin-watching in Tañon Strait.” – Quino Reyes; IG: @quino.reyes
“It’s fairly easy to get to Kalanggaman Island once you land in Tacloban, Leyte. There are various public transportation options available. Some things to keep in mind: pre-book your boat tour because the port can get very busy; try to go in the off-season so that you can appreciate the island when it’s less crowded; bring a small tent if you’re there for an extended stay at the beach; and make sure you have small change.” – Miko Amoncio; IG: @mikoman05
“I went to Sumilon Island with my workmates and it was absolute paradise! You can visit the famous sandbar via a day tour, or do it as part of a longer stay at the island’s only resort — the Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort. Situated meters away from the sandbar is a marine sanctuary, a perfect spot for diving and snorkeling. If you’re getting in the water, be mindful of marine life and leave them be!” – Michiko Gargollo; IG: @michikogargollo