I like interesting landforms (like the previously featured Apo Lakay-lakay) so here’s another one: the sandbar at Puerto Galera. This is a tiny isthmus that connects the island of Mindoro with Boquete Island whose old name is Paniquian Island. To the east are the waters of Muelle Bay and to the west is the Little Balateros Cove. While Boquete Island is technically a peninsula, it supposedly becomes an island during high tide. However, I think it would need a really high tide to become an island since it seems that the sandbar is quite high basing on photos I see. Perhaps during bad typhoon storm surges?
Photo from the Sandbar Beach Resort website.
Of course, Puerto Galera being a beach resort town, it’s highly likely that there’s a resort on the sandbar. Guess what? There is one and it’s the boringly-named Sandbar Beach Resort. It’s a slightly more expensive private resort that has the usual amenities you can expect of a typical beach resort, with the addition of a swimming pool. (Well, most beach resorts have no need of a swimming pool, right?)
But is the Sandbar Beach Resort any good? A commenter at the Pinoy.Travel.Blog cries “Beware!” while a blogger finds it better than the “noisy, sweltering, fly-infested and overrated White Beach”. I haven’t personally stepped foot on this beach resort since I’ve always stayed at the “fly-infested” White Beach during the three times I’ve been to Puerto Galera so I guess you have to check the Sandbar Beach Resort out on your own.
But still, don’t you find the idea of choosing among two beaches interesting?