An afternoon frolic at a Tawitawi beach resort

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Almari Beach Resort's inviting white strip of beach
Almari Beach Resort’s inviting white strip of beach

It was an apt cap for a Tawitawi trip that found me and my ex visiting a white sand beach in Bongao, three years ago to the month. The sky was clear, the weather great, the water was inviting and the company memorable. As the sun was racing to the horizon, we were there at the beach for a frolic.

We brought a marang fruit which was then in season and openly sold at the Chinese pier. It was luscious, the pulp thick and sweet, a perfect local snack while after a dip. The beach has white sand mixed with broken corals and shells that have been bleached under the sun while the water is clear and in different shades of blue.

But what makes this place really beautiful? It’s the stunning scenery of Bongao Peak, looming behind the resort that, in the afternoon sun looked imposing and mystical. It’s massive stone pillars overgrown with vegetation is just so unforgettable. The trail head to the peak is just a hundred meters from the resort.

It was already late afternoon. The sun is already setting and we were already dry, having washed and changed clothes earlier as we waited for the sun to set. Within minutes from the sun dipping into the edge, a beautiful explosion of mauve, fiery reds and blues spilled into the sky. From the distance, we can still hear the laughter of children frolicking nearby.

It would have been a beautiful memory but not all good things last forever.

Small wharf, mangrove tree
Small wharf, mangrove tree
Scene to die for! That is Bongao Peak as seen from the resort
Scene to die for! That is Bongao Peak as seen from the resort
A beach denizen atop a rock. It's a small crab, by the way.
A beach denizen atop a rock. It’s a small crab, by the way.
Eating marang by the beach
Eating marang by the beach
Boys playing at the small wharf
Boys playing at the small wharf
At the small wharf
At the small wharf
Beautiful, colorful sunset at the beach
Beautiful, colorful sunset at the beach

GETTING THERE: Almari Beach Resort is better known by locals as Dr. Ibbo’s beach. From the town center of Bongao, you need to hire a tricycle and tell the driver to bring you to this beach. As it’s located at the other side of Bongao, the driver might ask for a fixed fare. Check out Ferd’z post that shows the accommodations.

Images taken November 2011

Almari Beach Resort
Pahut, Bongao, Tawitawi

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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