Petra | Jordan. A rose-red city half as old as time
San Vicente | Palawan. Counting solitary strides.
Taj Mahal | India. A teardrop on the cheek of time
Catanduanes Island. Postcard-pretty slideshow.
Keep Kalm (at Kalanggaman Island | Leyte).
Nikko | Japan. See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil in this UNESCO heritage town.
Counting temples in Bagan | Myanmar.
Chasing UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka.
Where to Stay? | Luxury, Backpacking & Glamping
Inaul Festival | Maguindanao. In homage of a weaving tradition
Rishikesh | India. a morning walk inside the Beatle's Ashram
Cairo | Egypt. a surreal moment at the great pyramids of giza

A Fine Morning of Swimming and Drone-ing at Calatagan Sandbar | Batangas


After waking up with a terrible hangover—no thanks to the previous night’s drinking game—to a beautiful moonset and a hearty breakfast by the beach, we hurried up renting a small boat for a side-trip to a nearby sand bar. It appears during low tide a few clicks off the coast of Puting Buhangin and Burot beach. It goes with a couple of other names: Starfish Island and Little Boracay, but I prefer calling it with its simple but apt name of Calatagan Sandbar. The boat trip going here from where we're staying at (Aquaria Waterpark and Crusoe Cabins) takes around half an hour and sails on the ridges of the waters of Verde Island Passage.

Levy Amosin, Mariane Tagaca

Along the way, our boatman pointed to us a couple of snorkeling and diving sites by telling us “We’ll make a stop here on the way back, so you can snorkel”. A few moments later, we found our boat—with its engine already turned off—quietly slicing through the waters approaching the sand bar.

Cheekie Albay

As the crystal-clear waters underneath our boat revealed a dozen small fishes and innumerable dunes of fine white sands, I excitedly hopped out of the boat and started wading through the knee-deep ocean.

Sophie Gianan

As my friends gleamed in delight mouthing off “oohs and aaahs” and hurriedly started taking photographs, I opted to walk to the other end of the sand bar, measuring its length by steps. I lost count mid-way as my mind was distracted by the charming setting of the place.

Alyanna Bromeo

Since the sandbar is a part of a small island gradually sinking outward to the sea, its immediate surrounding areas dips progressively into chest-deep water ideal for swimming. After taking a few photographs, I laid my camera on the sand, shielding it from the sun with my shirt and hastily dipping into the refreshing water for some swim time under the sun.

Celine Murillo and Gretchen Filart

We spent more than a couple of hours on this place capping it off with a sumptuous lunch aboard our boat courtesy of a packed lunch of fried liempo and tilapia with tomatoes and eggplants.

Marky Ramone Go

Of course, we wouldn’t leave the island without taking a group shot using Marianne’s drone camera.

Jomie Naynes

As we raced back to Aquaria and our planned pit-stop to the snorkeling area, the sky quickly darkened before showering us with rain showers. The wind blew stronger and the waves curled higher behind our boat.

Cosmo Eligible Bachelors

Despite the sudden change in weather, our boatman still attempted a pit stop at the snorkeling area, but the waves became unbearable to properly anchor our boat. We decided to skip that part. It doesn’t matter though as we’ve been blessed with a beautiful morning sky during our visit to Calatagan sand bar. Not only that, it somehow cured all our hangovers by giving us a wonderful beach fix.