White Island (Camiguin)

Satellite image of White Island in Camiguin

One of the most popular tourist attractions in the Mindanao island of Camiguin is Medano Islet, popularly known as White Island. This island is actually just a sandbar with fine white sand (hence the name) and its shape changes with the constantly-shifting currents. In fact, what you can see in the high-res satellite imagery (and in the thumbnail) are two curves forming a sort of McDo-style ‘M’. Zoom out in Google Maps until you see the default low-resolution Landsat satellite imagery and you can now see a large inverted ‘C’.

White Island is located off the coast of Mambajao, Camiguin. Most online sources say that it is located 2 kilometers away from either Barangay Agoho or Barangay Yumbing, but Google Maps places it at a closer 1.5 kilometers. (Maybe the island has shifted closer to land?) Anyway, the island can be reached via a short boat ride from Yumbing. The suggested itinerary is to go to the island in the morning and during low tide so that more of the sand is exposed. The island does not completely submerge at high tide but it’s more dangerous then.

Outrigger boats on the sands of White Island Photo by Bing Ramos. (CC)

The island is uninhabited and is devoid of vegetation. Travel guides advise that those with sensitive skin avoid going to the island since there is no shade, but I think the boat people can put up temporary shelters as shown by this photo. Well, if you zoom in in Google Maps enough, you can see what appears to be tent structures all over the southern part of the island.

From Camiguin, White Island looks like a white sheet of paper floating on the blue sea. The island is also very picturesque, having the majestic Mount Hibok-Hibok as its backdrop. Interestingly, it appears that White Island is the only place in Camiguin having (off) white sand beaches since the beaches on Camiguin itself have gray volcanic sand.

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November 3, 2009
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  1. pinoyislands wrote on November 5, 2009 @ 11:18PM

    one of most beautiful philippines travel destinations in the country and pride of mindanao.

  2. dodong flores wrote on November 17, 2009 @ 02:30AM

    It’s amazing how the islet looks like from above…

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  4. beachbreakboy wrote on December 21, 2009 @ 11:19AM

    I plan to visit the island some time. I hope I can save up more money for that fun-filled vacation. I really can’t wait anymore. Hope to spend it with someone too. Haha.

  5. valerie wrote on January 6, 2010 @ 02:42PM

    Breathtaking beach. I can’t wait to explore this island soon


  6. Marie wrote on April 18, 2010 @ 04:07PM

    The place really looks nice, great capture

  7. cagayan de oro resorts wrote on July 28, 2010 @ 07:29PM

    This part of Camiguin is one of the most beautiful places you can go. It’s soft white sandy beaches and pristine clear water makes it ideal for a great fun under the sun.

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  9. HVAC New York wrote on April 20, 2011 @ 10:14PM

    I’ve been here before, It was really fun and worth remembering touring around the island almost all beauty spots are there like hot spring, falls, white island, scuba in mantigue island and alot more. we stayed at PAGUIA COTTAGES with a family manage cottages.

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