Islands and Beaches
This Beach Has No Ordinary Black Sand, But Magnetic Iron Sand !
Ida Damo | Jun 04, 2018
When we were a lot younger, after a trip from the beach, we would gather a handful of sand to bring with us. At home, we would put the black sand on a piece of paper, run a magnet underneath it, and the sand would “stand” and follow the movements of the magnet.
It was one of the simple joys and wonder of my childhood. Only to realize later in life that what we were playing with was no ordinary sand but iron sand which has heavy concentrations of iron. The iron filings in the sand are the ones with magnetite that is why it is attracted to the magnet.
Iron sand color range from dark gray to midnight black and thus can get very hot, enough to burn our skin when exposed to the extreme heat of the sun.
On a recent trip to Boston in Davao Oriental, just beside the coastal highway in Cabasagan is a fenced in property that has the blackest beach. We went inside even with the rain starting to drizzle.
There reflected by the faint light on the thin strip of water on the shore was the black sand of my childhood--- iron sand!
I have seen, touched, and beach combed white, cream, pink, black, and gray sand on beaches that were powdery soft, rough, pebblish, rocky, full of corals and limestones, but none were as glimmering black as this one.
Davao Oriental’s coastline is indeed diversely beautiful.
How to get there:
Major airlines have daily flights to Davao City from Manila and Cebu. From Davao City, take the bus to Cateel and then ride the van to Boston.
Coordinate with Boston local officials to get to Cabasagan.