From a distance, the sight of Catanaguan Island is just temptingly beautiful. A small hill at the left, a strip of white sand against a deep blue sea. As you approach closer, the deep blue color gives way to emerald green then to clear waters that is just so ‘delicious’ to swim at!
Unfortunately, when we did anchored and scampered to the white sand beach, we were met by a man who told us that this side of the island is still off limits because of the Survivor Netherlands currently filming there. Although I got disappointed at first, as we weren’t able to swim, I was told we will go to the other side instead.
We motored away and as the boat turned to the left, to the other side, a beautiful rock formation near the beach emerged. There were quite a few people swimming, visitors, as well as two or three houses who call this island home. We docked and clambered down.
The water was just gorgeous, the same quality as at the other restricted side. But the water was cool. I swam, away from the rest and enjoyed that moment. I swam to join the others, just near the rock formation, and into the shade.
As I turned my gaze to another island opposite it, lo and behold, the cone of Mt. Mayon peeked and bathed in glorious light. Beautiful. Just beautiful!
GETTING THERE: Catanaguan Island is located at the southeastern side of Caramoan and only a few tourist boats venture into these parts. You have to tell your tour operator to bring you there.