It is an undeniable fact that there are so many unexplored and rarely visited Islands in the Philippines. This is of course we are considered an archipelago and because we have a plethora of must-see white sand beaches spread across the country.
Kabujuan islet is definitely not an exception. This uncrowded, go to summer destination is unspoiled because it has not been changed or damaged by people yet.
From afar, it is a captivating image of pristine nature -where a lighthouse stand tall at the center, the whiteness of the sand and the clarity of the water is already a promise of a fun filled visit.
This mesmerizing island can be reached via Surigao City either by Van or by Bus. All you have to do is tell the driver to drop you off at Claver port where bancas or small pump boats are lining up, ready to transport you to this eye-catching islet.
We were so fortunate when we went there because we had the island to ourselves since it was Claver's fiesta and everyone's busy with the preparation. The island is eerily beautiful and mysterious. The powdery pink-ish sand on the other side of the island, white sandy beach at the front, instagram-worthy rock holes and formations along with the crystal clear waters make this island worthy to be part of your "bucket list" beach destinations.
Upon our arrival on the island, we were so eager to climb the lighthouse and reach the top. The panoramic view from the top was spectacular but our acrophobia heightened when we looked down. The breathtaking view below is so hypnotic it teases us to looked down again. So, we decided to capture a few snapshots of this beautiful picture postcard setting and then heard our footsteps descending the stairs.
The only downside I guess is the pathway going up. It was a bit brittle and fragile and yes a seemingly hyperventilating experience (for Sumo Wrestlers like me hahaha). Also, there are no stores in the island so it is imperative to bring food, snacks, water and other necessary provisions for beach outings.
It would be a worthwhile experience if you explore the place and go around the island. There are so many areas in the island where the landscapes are as beautiful as the scenery that greets you upon reaching the beachfront from Claver port.
All in all, it was majestic, it was stunning, it was beautiful. Indeed, a must visit beach destination in Surigao Del Norte.
Rate for pump boats by the way ranges from P600 - P1000 depends on the season and your talent in haggling. This is already a round trip fare. Travel time from mainland to the island is approximately 20-25 mins. Upon request, the bangkero will fetch you at the agreed time so it’s best to have their mobile numbers.
Note: No entrance fees on the island so for now it’s still free of charge. On the other hand, Claver has a strict policy on littering and proper waste disposal so clean as you go!
P.S. Our bangkero’s name is Archie Bulawin with mobile number 09464785006.