In awe of Higatangan Island’s shifting sandbar

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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.

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