Pinagbuyutan Island

Dreamy Pinagbuyutan Island’s welcoming beach

The bangkero readies to dock at the beach

The bangkero readies to dock at the beach

The first time I saw the soaring island cliffs of El Nido, I was struck with awe. The moment I saw Pinagbuyutan Island in the same archipelago, reflected in the water, I was spellbound. And when I dipped at its cool clear waters with powdery creamy sand, I was in love with the island.

El Nido is such a special place. Although I haven’t gone to the various beaches and islands and coves around, I was just able to explore Pinagbuyutan Island while enroute back to the mainland from Lagen Island for a resort shoot.

But Pinagbuyutan is different. It’s a solid mass of vertical cliffs for an island with a thin strip of powdery white sand at its base. A carpet of greenery covers its almost entire surface. Coconut palms sway in the early morning breeze while the gentle waves of the sea, on a clear bright sunny day lap at its shores. Well, cliches abound but that’s just how to perfectly describe it.

One really very memorable view that doesn’t escape me is that of the island with its reflection, as in the accompanying photo in this post. It’s so spectacular. The sight of it seems to bring you in a very dreamy place. Then it gets closer and closer as the outrigger boat will dock in a moment and I was still there, struck at its beauty.

Pinagbuyutan's popular bent coconut tree where most tourists pose, like this girl

Pinagbuyutan’s popular bent coconut tree where most tourists pose, like this girl

Really spectacular, powdery cream sand

Really spectacular, powdery cream sand

Pristine waters of the beach

Pristine waters of the beach

A massive stone cliff dwarfs a quaint hut with a little white strip of sand below

A massive stone cliff dwarfs a quaint hut with a little white strip of sand below

Pinagbuyutan Island as reflected on the sea's surface

Pinagbuyutan Island as reflected on the sea’s surface

Another view of the stunning beach of the island

Another view of the stunning beach of the island

Under the canopy of a tree shades this part of the beach

Under the canopy of a tree shades this part of the beach

Sheer cliffs and coconut trees

Sheer cliffs and coconut trees

GETTING THERE: Pinagbuyutan Island is part of the island tours offered in El Nido, Palawan.

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.

I’m open for work, collaborations and inquiries, including hotel, restaurant and site features and reviews.

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  1. Estan Cabigas (@EstanCabigas)
    January 6, 2015 @ 9:44

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    January 8, 2015 @ 16:58

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