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.
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.