White Island of Camiguin
Camiguin Island Travel Blog› entry 1 of 1 › view all entries
According to folklores, when giants still inhabited the world, the island of Camiguin was once part of the mainland Caraga. One day that naughty piece of land explored the nearby seas against the admonishment of her ancestors. The piece of land enjoyed her wanderings, thus she forgot to get back in time before sunset. As a result of her hardheadedness, she was punished to remain in the place where she was caught with the sunrise and stayed their forever ��" thus the volcanic island of Camiguin was there. The tiny white island nearby was said to be her comb.
I have been to Camiguin for 4 times now, however, the island continued to surprise with new experiences and adventures every time I visited there. For the 1st time I attended the famous Panaad Festival of the Island held every Holy week.
The popular festivity was foremostly celebrated for those who wanted to seek revelry during the Lenten season, experienced spirituality, and de-stressed lives as well as relaxed and simply enjoyed the waters of Camiguin.
I’ve stayed in the island for 3 days with the two of my best buddies. I had so much to tell however, I’ll write about my visit to the nearby white island for the first time. We woke up early on Good Friday because we wanted to be on the island earlier. Locals suggested that we should be in the island early in the morning to evade from the big waves in the afternoon. With Queni and Jen, we hired a boat for P250 (we were able to get a 50% discount because the boat operator was a friend of Jen) to transport us to the Island.
I thought that, only few people stayed in the island because it was Good Friday, but to my astonishment, the island was already full of people. Every now and then several others usually in groups were coming. Most of the people were tourists coming from Cagayan de Oro, some were from Cebu, Manila and only few were from Butuan including us. There were makeshift tent that housed people against the scourging heat of the sun. Foods were on sales such as lechon, grilled pork, squid, shrimp and fish. There were unlimited supply of soda, juices, junk foods and I guess, even beer.
After we rested for sometime, we went to the deserted part of the island and there we ate our humble baon consisted of buttered bread, fresh milk, some chichiria and water. We took turns in taking souvenir shoots. After which, we swam in the most inviting water blue green waters of the island. It was so pristine and cold that we did not feel the sun rays as it directly hit us since we did not brought along with us a beach umbrella. The sand was also sugary that one could mistake it as granulated white sugar! I could see that both kids and adults were enjoying the sand, sea and sun! I even see a person paragliding.
As an advocate for the environment, I brought nothing from the island but memories and pictures of how beautiful the island was! I even planned to have a take two in 2009. (bfe)