It has been eight long years since I first visited the island of Cuyo when I did a coffee table book project on Philippine heritage churches. I got fascinated with the island and vowed to come back and explore more, especially Agutaya.
I remember bathing in this strip of sand way back. I had the beach all to myself while the other side was a flock of birds by the sand. It was shallow, pristine and one of the memorable experiences I had while traveling here.
When I did arrive last Friday noon for a brief stopover from Puerto Princesa to Iloilo (leaves 5 PM on the same day), I was surprised to see that there are many foreigners already doing kiteboarding there, although not as many as in Boracay. The wind is strong, ideal for this sport, and the beach is just a few minutes walk from the wharf.
With its remote location, ideal kiteboarding grounds and cheap, Cuyo is fast rising to be the next kiteboarding destination in the country. With it, the windsurfers may follow too and probably, in a years time, or more, there will be lots of shops offering this sport, newer and probably more expensive accommodation. Development is not far behind.