Dumog Island

A beautiful sandbar in Bohol’s Tubigon

An afternoon at Dumog Islet with excursionists

An afternoon at Dumog Islet with excursionists

From a distance, a lone structure (no, make it two) became visible as our motorized outrigger (banca) edged closer and closer to our destination, a sandbar in Bohol within the municipality of Tubigon. And slowly, like a mirage, the cluster of sand came to view.

Dumog Island, more an islet or better yet, a sandbar in the middle of nowhere between Bohol and Cebu was an exciting find. It’s just one of many islets and sandbars that dot this part of the sea and whose potential for water fun and sports needs to be fully realized.

In the morning, when it was low tide, we could go around the sandbar without our feet getting wet. But in the afternoon, as the tide goes up, this beautiful islet goes below a few inches of water which gives a different kind of fun too.

The sand is fine, the water pristine. And what you see during low tide, the sand bar actually has a long ‘tail’ that stretches for a hundred meters off sea and just barely up above the water.

The sandbar is actually longer with this submerged portion still going farther.

The sandbar is actually longer with this submerged portion still going farther.

Heading and anchoring to Dumog Island

Heading and anchoring to Dumog Island

View of the sand with seaweeds

View of the sand with seaweeds

Home of the islet's caretaker, Adi Taneca who was tasked to guard the area

Caretaker’s abode who was tasked to guard the area from dynamite fishing and sand robbers

View of Dumog Island from a distance

View of Dumog Island from a distance

Rocky portion of the islet/sandbar with mangrove growing

Rocky portion of the islet/sandbar with mangrove growing

A crab's hole in the sand. Check the crustacean's leg marks on the sand

A crab’s hole in the sand. Check the crustacean’s leg marks on the sand

The travel blogger/photographer :)

The travel blogger/photographer 🙂

There’s no other way to get here but hire an outrigger boat/banca either at the port of Tubigon or at Brgy. Bilangbilangan, Tubigon. Tubigon is closest to Cebu and there are fastcraft, roro and boat trips between Pier 13 in Cebu and this municipality. Fastcraft has several trips daily and travel time is just one hour. Buses also service the Tagbilaran-Tubigon and Ubay-Tubigon routes.

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications.

He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces.

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4 Comments

  1. Nonette Lib
    March 24, 2014 @ 0:53

    nice…the road less traveled? that’s your cup of tea! great news for me…

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