Higatangan Shifting Sandbar

In awe of Higatangan Island’s shifting sandbar

Stunning sandbar of Higatangan Island in Biliran

Stunning sandbar of Higatangan Island in Biliran

There are just so many spectacular islands and beaches around the country that just, as the cliche goes, takes your breath away. Although there are certain popular spots, going off the well worn path indeed has several surprises and Higatangan Island’s shifting sandbar in Naval, Biliran is one.

Higatangan Island’s shifting sandbar is a long tongue of white sand that curves near the tip. Depending on the month and monsoon, this sandbar is at a particular location that varies position within the southeastern and southern side. When I visited it this month, it was at the former.

The water is just so crystal clear and cool and I really had a good time swimming here. Like most sandbars, the shallow areas are only limited to the part connecting to the island while the rest, it can get deeper within a few feet so caution should also be taken when swimming especially near the tip.

Our approach to the sandbar had me gasping in awe

Our approach to the sandbar had me gasping in awe

The shifting sandbar as a stretch of white sand with the volcanic Maripipi Island in the background

The shifting sandbar as a stretch of white sand with the volcanic Maripipi Island in the background

Just awesome!

Just awesome!

Different shades of blue and white

Different shades of blue and white

Pristine and crystal clear water

Pristine and crystal clear water

Wow na wow!

Wow na wow!

The Higatangan Sandbar off Naval, Biliran

The Higatangan Sandbar off Naval, Biliran

At the other side of Higatangan Island

At the other side of Higatangan Island

Rocky portion north of Higatangan Island

Rocky portion north of Higatangan Island

GETTING THERE: Check schedule of outrigger boats Naval-Higatangan at the Naval pier or hire one. Usual rates for Naval-Higatangan-Sambawan Islands tour starts at P5,000 depending on size of banca.

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)
    April 27, 2015 @ 12:52

    In awe of Higatangan Island’s shifting sandbar: Stunning sandbar of Higatangan Island in Biliran
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