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.
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.