White Island, Camiguin
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White Island is one of Camiguin's top tourist destinations, attracting thousands of tourists every year. It offers an outside view of Camiguin and a unique sea experience.
White Island is a sandbar just 2 kilometers from the Agoho, Mambajao. It changes its shape depending on the ocean tide. Among the common shapes it takes are letters "C", "L" and "J". At times, powerful moonsoon waves split the sandbar into two or three smaller pockets of white sand. Surrounding it is a lush underwater ecosystem of reefs, fishes and more!
How to get to White Island?
Getting to the jump-off point to the island is pretty easy. Just take a jeepney, a habal-habal (motorbike) ride or a multicab ride to Barangay Agoho in Mambajao. Drivers and local guides have already been briefed so just let them know that you wish to visit the White Island. Prices varies on the type of transport and how far you are from Agoho.
Local authorities have organized boat rides to transit visitors from Camiguin to the White Island. A boat trip to the sandbar costs between PHP 450.00 to 650.00, depending on the season. Each boat is capable of carrying up to 6 passengers. If you're with a group of friends, you can split the cost. Or if you're alone, join other tour groups to get a better deal.
On top of the boat payment, every visitor has to pay a PHP 20.00 environmental fee.
It takes about 10-15 minutes to get to the sandbar. You can stay for up to 4 hours. If you decide to stay longer, you will be required to pay the boat an additional PHP 50.00 for every hour in excess.
Tips for White Island tourists
- The island lacks vegetation so tourists are under the heat of a tropical sun. Be sure to bring sunblock lotion or an umbrella.
- To enjoy the crystal clear waters, bring snorkeling equipments or rent them. A basic snorkeling gear (breather and mask) costs PHP 150.00; life jacket costs another PHP 150.00
- Avoid dehydration by bringing water.
- There are rare species of corals that sometimes turn up on the shores of the island. Bringing these outside of the island is illegal.
- Be sure to not leave any trash on the island.
You may also want to visit Camiguin's other island -- Mantigue Island.