Caramoan: The Three Wonders of Sabitang Laya Island

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After visiting two lovely sandbars earlier in the day, our boat swiftly cruised through the calm waters of Caramoan Peninsula towards the famed triangular island called Sabitang Laya. It was a stark contrast to the rough boat ride we had a few years back when our small boat braved the rough waves typical in this place during the “ber” months.  As we approached the island, it was the extensive limestone cliffs jutting out from the sea that greeted us first. It reminded me of a smaller version of the rock formations in El Nido, Palawan, while the rock boulders on its shores reminded me of the ones at Borawan Island.

 

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Sabitang Laya was my favorite among the islands we visited during our island-hopping in Caramoan. It has the longest stretch of sugar-like powdery sand that extends up to 2 kilometers when combined with the shoreline from the other side. Having two long stretches of beach on one island and a vast sandy shore in between makes it a perfect place for beach camping. I could imagine myself waking up in the morning and running towards the clear waters for a quick dip, exploring the unique rock formations and waiting for the sunset on top of the rock boulders for many days. Too bad camping isn’t allowed on the island, but on the other hand, I guess that’s not a bad idea after all – it is easier to preserve and maintain its pristine condition that way.

 

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After anchoring our boat near the shore, I immediately climbed one of the rock boulders to get a good look at the surroundings. It was a lovely sight from top with the view of two shorelines and clear shallow waters extending into the distance. Another cordoned set of the reality-TV series “Survivor” occupied a good portion of the shores but that didn’t stop us from enjoying its natural beauty.

 

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Here are the 3 Wonders of Sabitang Laya that I enjoyed the most.

 

The Unique Rock Formations

Stunning rock formations surround the island, from small ones that form interesting images to to tall and imposing jagged cliffs that are fun to scale.

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Twin Beach

The triangular shaped island that looks like an over-sized head of a kite forms two long strands of beach that are a short-walk from each other.

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The beach where we moored our boat.

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The beach on the other side of the island.

The Crystal Clear Waters

The two stretches of shoreline offer a wide range of places to swim and snorkel as well. I wouldn’t mind spending many days here.

 

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It was fun exploring the nooks and crannies of the rock formations especially the ones submerged underwater. The water was too inviting to resist, so this time, I whiled away my time swimming near the rock boulders instead of lazing on the beach and sunbathing. Glad we didn’t try to cram too many islands into one day during our trip. I had fun taking photos and simply enjoying the scenery. It was the perfect place to end our one-day island-hopping in Caramoan.