For a long time, the archipelago of the Philippines is known to have 7,107 islands. In 2016, the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA) discovered 400 more islands bringing the total to 7,507.
These beautiful sandbars in Mindanao might just be on the new list.
1. Pansukian Naked Island, Siargao
Pansukian is Siargao’s break from the surfing waves. It is 200 square meters of pristine white sand, crystal clear blue waters giving you a glimpse of the corals underwater and just the sky above you.
2. Kambiling Naked Island, Santa Monica, Siargao
Kambiling is barely a hundred meters wide and can be reached by boat from the town of Santa Monica. It has no inhabitants as no one is allowed to stay on the island except for a few minutes. It disappears when it is high tide but when it is low tide, it has the finest sand and shells litter its shore.
3. Burias, Banaybanay, Davao Oriental
Burias is a sanctuary for giant clams and budyong. It also serves as quarters for the Bantay Dagat in the area. Limited visitors are allowed in the area and while there, you can enjoy the relative serenity and isolation from the beach crowd.
4. Sanipaan Vanishing Island, Samal
Vanishing Island is just a few minutes boat ride from Barangay Tambo of mainland Island Garden City of Samal. It has mangroves and houses on stilts on a tract of white sand. Starfishes and sea grass abound in its sand and water.
5. Naked Island, Britannia Group of Islands, Surigao del Sur
Naked Island is one of the three most visited islands on the Britannia Group of Islands. It is a sandbar surrounded by the deep blue waters of Lianga Bay.
6. White Island, Camiguin
Mantigue Island located in Camiguin is more popularly known as White Island or Vanishing Island. It stretches from 80 to a hundred meters wide depending on the tide. It is longer during low tide.
The strip of white is made up of crushed corals and sand.
Photos by Len Jingco, Joseph Gumia, Aye Navarro and the author.
How To Get There:
Davao City is the main city for the island of Mindanao. Major airlines have daily flights to Davao City from Manila and Cebu.
Camiguin can be reached by plane from Manila and Cebu through Cagayan de Oro City.
Flights to Siargao come from Cebu City from Manila.