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Monday, January 4, 2010

#48 Island of Volcanoes




Now you see it, and now you won’t.

We were on a sand bar called White Island, off the coast of the town of Mambajao, on the volcanic island of Camiguin.  Now we all know that the Philippines is composed of 7,107 islands, right? But would that be at high or low tide? No kidding. Quite a number do disappear when the tide is high, and if you count sand bars as islands, White Island would be one of them.

Come summer and when the tide is low, this inviting strip of sand turns into a paradise by the sea, where enterprising locals build bamboo huts for vacationers and photographers. But at high tide much of the island returns to the sea, to refresh and rejuvenate itself, until the tides reverse. (This photograph was taken early one morning, when the misty clouds and volcanoes are still in slumber embrace.)

We were told that during the typhoon season, the waves would over-run the island and the bamboo structures will be blown-out to sea, returning the strip of sand to its pristine state, until next summer comes around.  An island that is refreshed with the tides, how’s that for a tourist attraction? Enjoy.

5 comments:

  1. That's the kind of a place you want a nasty, overbearing, self-important tourist to be staying in when the tide comes in LOL. Just kidding.

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  2. "bamboo structures will be blown-out to sea"

    sustainability? what sustainability? we have more where those came from! Our God provides all our needs. -b

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  3. I've been to Camiguin but it was in the 90's and there were no structures on the white island then.

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  4. The set up of make shift huts is okay only if they DO NOT LITTER the area with their trash. I find it environmentally risky to the area. IF only the people will remember to clean up before they go then we can have this idyllic sandbar scene for many decades to come.

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  5. i love water, sky photography they are gorgeous

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