5 Breathtaking Sand Bars in the Philippines and How to Get There

As much as we all love beaches, you'll fall in love with a sand bar even more. Now, sand bars are just starting to make their way into our summer holidays. And where's the best way to start appreciating sand bars? Why, in the Philippines, of course! With no shortage of islands, you won't be surprised to note that sand bar formations are everywhere as well. Here are the first 5 sand bars that you should try to visit when in the Philippines.

1. Kalanggaman Island, Leyte

Kalanggaman Island, Foursquare.com

To reach the Kalanggaman Island in Leyte, you'd have to land yourself in Tacloban airport or the Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport.

From the airport, there are vans or jeepneys that you can rent to bring you to the provincial-bound shuttle terminals. In this terminal, ride a van bound for Palompon. This will take two to three hours.

When you reach Palompon, look for the tourism office, and pay the fees. The port is right behind the office and you can then proceed to riding a boat towards the island. This will take 45 minutes. And then voila, welcome to paradise!

Name:
Kalanggaman Island
Address:
Kalanggaman Island, 6538 Palompon, Leyte, Philippines
HP:
Official Foursquare.com

2. Virgin Island, Bohol

Reaching the Virgin island in Bohol is easy. All you need to do is to go to Bohol via air by landing in the Tagbilaran airport, or via sea by a boat ride from Cebu.

Once in Bohol, you will need to have a van arranged for pick-up to bring you to the Alona Beach. If you're staying in a hotel, they can do this for you, if not, you can always rent on the spot.

There are tour operators that will bring you to the Virgin Island from Alona beach. Just take note that the Virgin island is not visible during high tide so timing is everything!

Name:
Virgin Island of Panglao Bohol
Address:
Panglao, Bohol, Philippines
HP:
Foursquare.com

3. Manlawi Island, Caramoan

Manlawi Sand Bar, Foursquare.com

Manlawi Sand Bar, Foursquare.com

This is probably the most beautiful sand bar that you will ever see. But, the journey to get there? It's not for the faint-hearted.

You can reach the place by air, take a plane from Manila to Naga City. Once in Naga, take a van bound for Sabang. The vans are located in front of a mall called SM City Naga. This will take around 90 minutes. Once in Sabang Port, you can take a boat ride to Guijalo, Caramoan. Once in Caramoan, you can find local boats and transfer rides to get you to Manlawi.

Now, if you want to be more adventurous, there is a direct bus from Manila until Sabang Port. The travel time might take more than ten hours, depending on traffic.


Name:
Manlawi Sand Bar
Address:
Philippines
HP:
Foursquare.com

4. White Island, Camiguin

To go to Camiguin, ride an airplane from Manila to Cagayan de Oro, as direct flights to Camiguin in it's Mambajao airport is only from Cebu.

If you choose the Cagayan de Oro route, from the airport you need to take a van to Maclaban Port. From this port, you can ride a boat that goes to Camiguin. Once in Camiguin, you need to go to the ports in Barangay Agoho or Yumbing, as this is where the boats that go to the white island are docked.

Name:
White Island Sand Bar
Address:
Mambajao, Camiguin, Philippines
HP:
Foursquare.com

5. Bulubadiangan Island, Iloilo

To get to this island, you need to reach Iloilo. You can get to Iloilo by plane and once in the airport, take a taxi and head to Tagbak Bus Terminal. From here, ride a bus to Concepcion. Once in Concepcion, you can arrange boat tours to the sand bar via the tourism office, so head there first.

Name:
Concepcion, Iloilo
Address:
Philippines
HP:
Foursquare.com

Conclusion

Now, these aren't the quickest way to get to these islands, and i'm sure there are other routes out there. These are merely the more popular ones and probably easiest way of all of them.

Is getting to these sand bars a seemingly tedious task? Yes. Is it worth it? A million times, yes.

Author

Geninna
5 things I can't live without: coffee, books, my iPod, wifi, and my husband :D Born and raised in Manila, Philippines but I've lived in Qatar, Indonesia, and the UAE. I am currently living in Romania, and I have been on vacations to Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia and Vietnam :) And does a stop over in Bahrain and Germany count?