I’ve been reading a lot of good things about Alibijaban island. Of how over the years this island in the municipality of San Andres, in the southern tip of Quezon province has become a destination of adventurers and budget travelers. Those who are seeking some white pristine beach to escape the stress and traffic of the city.
There are a lot of photos of Alibijaban online, that’s why it’s impossible for every traveler not to wish to experience this island. Good thing when we availed the Burias Island, Masbate tour, there’s a sidetrip to Alibijaban. Yehey!
Dapa Island, the first island to explore in our Burias, Masbate Island Hopping Experience. Our tour coordinator mentioned that this is sometimes called as the Snake Island because of its naturally shaped cave and rocks which are believed to be the home of some sea snakes. Yikes!
It was about two hour boat ride from our jump off at San Andres port.The island has a different appeal, not the usual island paradise that we all think of. It has narrow shores with rugged features and rock formations. But once we got closer, we all agreed that the best about this island is its clear turquoise water.
It was late afternoon when our boat arrived at the shores of Sombrero Island in Masbate. Looking from afar, we already had an idea why the island was called Sombrero. Sombrero is a Filipino term for hat, and the island has an iconic rock formation that looks like that, actually a cowboy’s hat!
But wait before you roll your eyes and say “I know right!” LOL! Let me show you some photos of the island during our arrival One taken from the boat and the other one on the island itself.
Summer is the time for family outing and also for friends to bond. Well, if you’re looking for destinations to beat the summer heat, you’re in the right place. Or shall I say, you’re in the right blog post!
I assure you, these travel destinations will not only refresh your body and mind, but will also strengthen your bond and relationship with your lovedones. You know, I’ve been to these places myself and experience it first-hand. 🙂 So I know these are awesome!
Eloi told me with such excitement when we got off the boat and welcomed by these rock formations in a tiny island of Animasola in Masbate.
Ano yun? ( What is it?) I asked her. Seems like she remembered something.
Then she finally burst it out. “I watched this in an episode of Biyahe ni Drew (Travel show). Drew described this rock formation something like an old and torn pages of a huge book that fell from the sky.”
The moment I saw this tiny island from afar, I stood up despite the quite bumpy boat ride. When we got closer, due to so much happiness I guess of what I was seeing, I could almost imagine Chris Rock telling me, “Damn, that’s what I’m talkin’ about!”Haha!
Surprised. I never expected that the usual island hopping would be “an experience.”
Our tour coordinator instructed the bangkeros (boat men) to go straight to the sandbar. The boat made its turn and stopped in the middle of long stretch of sandbar with crystal clear water.
The island itself is so small, that the word islet would be a more appropriate term. At the end of this sandbar, the island was visible with its white sand and rock formation.
But no doubt, the main attraction of our morning was the sandbar…
By the time we stepped out of the coaster bus, the staff of the local government of Palompon, Leyte met us with their warmth and smile. They escorted us to the second floor of the municipal hall for a simple program and registration. It was actually a briefing before exploring the best kept treasure of the town, the world-renowned sandbars of Kalanggaman Island
Over the years, I’ve been lucky to experience some of the best beaches in the country. But still, when I hear the word beach, I never think of those powdery white sand of the popular ones, all I think about is Onay Beach in my hometown Laoang, Northern Samar.
I know you’re also looking for an island weekend getaway. And being older and smarter like we are 🙂 , we’re done with crowd and beach parties right? We just want to be in a laidback and calm beach, enjoy and relax.
Well, you don’t need to go to Batangas for the Nth time for an amazing experience near Metro Manila, because there is a hidden jewel in Mauban, Quezon – the beautiful Cagbalete Island.
I remember my girlfriend, Eloi, asked me when I suggested about it on our next trip. It was also the same reactions I got from friends after my travel. Honestly, I am amazed at how many people are still unaware of this paradise.
So in a away, I felt obliged to tell you how beautiful it is, to convince you to visit this island. The journey going there might be uncomfortable to some, but as you get there, everything will be worth it.
Stressed with workload you don’t even understand why there is a need to stress about. In times like these, all you need is a moment to unplug, relax, claim calm and clarity in a paradise. A moment, when you don’t need to think about work and just enjoy life.
The same thing I did with some friends when we visited the beautiful island of Samal in Davao, Philippines.