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“'Real Philippines' white sand island”
Review of Higatangan Island

Higatangan Island
Ranked #2 of 6 things to do in Naval
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Melbourne, Australia
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“'Real Philippines' white sand island”
Reviewed 21 April 2013

Higatangan Island is reached by a 45 minute bangka ride from Naval, Biliran that costs a bargain basement 50 pesos. The bangka normaly departs at 1100: some days there are two. The Philippines Coastguard attends to make sure that it is not overloaded. You will be sharing with some cases of bottled San Miguel Pale Pilsen, Pepsi and Coke among many other goods. My crossing over was in extremely calm seas while coming back it was windy and wild, with the bangka being challenging to board and disembark from (both involving wading through choppy waters).

The island has a beautiful white sand sandbar from which the bangkas to and from Naval arrive and depart.

I stayed at Emponet Barton Beach Resort which had three cottages (all attached to one another, so more like motel units) finished and another five under construction. It was a most enjoyable little place to stay and easy on the wallet. I took a P400 hour plus long boatride around the island: the boatmen had very limited English but I still managed to see a bit of coral.

A visit to this island is highly recommended. It's the real (white sand beach) Philippines, a million miles from Metro Manila!

Visited January 2013
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