While we were in Surigao, I was afforded the opportunity to go island hopping in the Philippine Sea. I wasn’t sure what to expect at first, but as we boarded our bangka (traditional Philippine boat), and set sail, I was sure that this would truly be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
We first went to a small island, which was something I’ve only seen in movies. The island was like a sandbar with golden sand, but it also had trees and even an abandoned hut.
Then, we went to a small sandbar. These are pretty cool because they are only visible when the tide is low.
Afterward, we went to a small rock island. This one was my personal favorite because it had caves and cliff-like rock formations that gave the island a very “castaway” feeling. We ate lunch here and took a walk around the island in the water.
Of course, we went swimming, snorkeling, and walking as well. One neat aspect of these islands is that, during low tide, one can often walk from one to another.
We got extremely lucky that day because no other tourists were island hopping. We had every island to ourselves the whole day. It was truly a treat having our own “private islands”! This experience is yet another that has led me to believe that the Philippines is, in fact, one of the most incredible places in the world.