So far, so remote, Agutaya is right smack in the middle of the north Sulu Sea. It’s actually a municipality with a collection of islets sprinkled between Panay and the Calamianes in northern Palawan. But its the abode of the Agutaynons who have a distinct language and it is where one of the world’s most exclusive resorts is found, Amanpulo.
I visited the main island where the poblacion of Agutaya was, on a whim when I spent a few days in Cuyo, supposedly just three hours away by motorized outrigger boat. But that three hours stretched to five in one of the scariest rides of my life. But that passed and when I got a better view of the town the following day, I was in awe of its beautiful white sandy beach.
The beach is unspoilt. It has white sand hugging a good stretch of the poblacion, the main town area. Although its not a contiguous white sandy shore stretching to the sea but actually looks like sandbars with depth in between enough to make it navigable for the outrigger boats when the tide is up.
A remote beach with a sandy shore and all for yourself in the middle of nowhere!
Agutaya town is three hours by outrigger boat (banca) from Cuyo which is another overnight boat trip either from Iloilo City or Puerto Princesa in Palawan. Travel to this town is not daily, you have to check at the small port of Cuyo for actual schedules.