Monday, December 8, 2008

Camiguin: Return to White Island

The strong rains woke us in the middle of the night, leaving us with a dilemma: do we call off our 4.30am trip to White Island to catch the sunrise? With reluctance, I texted our boatman, Joel, of Johnny's Dive Shop. Traveling in the off-season means learning to cope with the hand that nature deals. But it sure is a sorry loss to miss out on this one.

Going back to catch some more zzz's, we woke to a bright morning. If anything, the long squall seems to have washed the land and skyscapes squeaky clean. The wisps of clouds on the horizon appeared like cotton balls fresh from the laundry shop.  The sky looked freshly-washed, with an intense blue hue.The deferment only helped our cause as we were able to capture white island in its pristine white-ness.I n the light of the late morning and early noon sun, the powdery sandbar looked even whiter against the blue sky. The makeshift stalls from my earlier visits were gone. And while that means being totally exposed to the fierce sun, it also meant seeing White Island as close to what nature intended it to be. Having no shooting gear this time around meant iI was able to swim and get a tan. And as a bonus, by the time my turn came to shoot using wulf's camera, the tourists have deserted the island, hence these series of White Island shots that depict its state of white-ness.
 
Info: Boats can be rented from any of the resorts in Yumbing town to cross over to White Island. Trip takes only 10-15 minutes and costs from P400-500/roundtrip. There are no shelters on the sandbar so bring either a tent or parasol. Don't forget your sunblock and swim gear as well.

9 comments:

Ferdz said...

We were quite lucky with the weather. And buti nag alisan na yung mga tao for lunch when it was your time to shoot. I really like white island. One of a kind na napuntahan ko

lagal[og] said...

timing nga punta natin amigo. if we went earlier, i would've never shot white island this way. galing rin talaga ng timing. baka ikaw ang may lucky shooting charm :D

the donG said...

ito ang isa sa gusto ko talagang puntahan. kailangan pala talaga dyan payong. dami ko pa kasing hindi napuntahan sa mindanao.

my gulch said...

saya naman ng mga adventures n'yo ni Ferdz tapos laging favorable pa ang weather at timing ng shooting. how can one resist a beautiful island such as this? it's easy to get lost in an oblivion. but who cares if you are in a place like this. dito ka naman hahanga sa mga beaches natin sa Pinas...asul kung asul. ba't mo nga pala gamit cam ni Ferdz, trip trip lang? :-)

lagal[og] said...

naku dom, i still have a lot of ground to cover in mindanao. white island used to have vendors with makeshift sawali shelters but the local government had mandated them to clear the area. i think this is a move in the right direction.

lagal[og] said...

rayts, oo ganda ng beaches natin dito. the waters are so clear lalo na in these parts. hmmm, i was using ferdz's camera because mine broke on our first day sa camiguin because of mishap :-( buti na lang halos walang learning curve ang oly and mabait si ferdz to let me shoot with his dslr :D

Sidney said...

Hahahahaha... you really want to get a tan...?
That is my only big issue with all the beaches in the Philippines... the sun is just too strong for my sensitive skin... ;-)

lagal[og] said...

sidney, i've gotten repeated comments on how fair i am so i try to be darker. also because ever since i went into mountaineering, my skin's color was never even :D you may have very sensitive skin while i have what we call as "balat-kalabaw" (water buffalo skin) hahaha

Kuraiza said...

Camiguin is really a very wonderful place with to have a vacation.

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