Summer is truly here! The sun, proud and dominant in the sky, shines its beams unceasingly on us. The heavens are blue, the seas are cool, and people are always waking up to a beautiful day. Let’s take advantage of the hot season by visiting Caohagan Island.
Caohagan Island is a small, rocky paradise in the Mactan Channel. Technically, it is part of the Olango Chain of Islands, and it is a favorite stopover for local and foreign tourists alike. Why? Well, it offers a whole lot of things that will make your summer weekend island-hopping adventure worthwhile.
Check out what awaits you at Caohagan Island.
1. Beautiful seascapes
Even as you climb on board the outrigger boat, you will have a visual feast. As you cross the Hilutungan Channel, you will feel a certain sense of serenity and peace wash over you as you see a seemingly endless stretch of blue skies and seas.
In the distance, Caohagan Island looks like a lonely rocky island with a green crown, standing proudly against an infinitely blue background.
2. A lively and thriving community
With an area of less than a square kilometer, you would think this is an isolated piece of land in the middle of the sea. Let me tell you, you’d be utterly surprised. The island houses a small permanent village that has its own church, day care center, barangay hall, Bantay Dagat police force, and more!
But that is not really a surprise considering that in the past, Caohagan Island was a shelter for fishermen who got caught in bad weather while gathering the bounty of the sea.
3. Trees and flowers
Caohagan Island is mostly made of coral rock and sand. That means, it should be bare, right? Surprisingly, it’s far from it. The island has a lofty forest of green, healthy trees that bear fiery fruits. These trees provide shade and shelter from the blazing glare and scorching heat of the tropical sun.
4. Fresh seafood
Being surrounded by the sea on all sides, it is not a surprise that Caohagan Island is a seafood haven. Caohagan has everything, be it fish, crustaceans, urchins, shellfish, and more. And because they are taken directly from the sea, you are assured that they are fresh! For those who love exotic seafood, Caohagan is the place to be!
5. Home-cooked meals
So you have chosen the sea creature that is to become your lunch. Just give your selection to the wives of the fishermen who caught those creatures. They will expertly prepare them in traditional ways that have been taught to them by their ancestors. You will experience a gastronomic delight with each bite of authentic and delicious seafood that fisherfolk enjoy each day.
6. Beach barbecue
In the Philippines, no trip to the beach is complete without barbecued fish, chicken, or pork. You can bring your own raw meats, of course. But you can steer away from that inconvenience because Caohagan Island has a barbecue stand where chatty madams will perfectly grill your choice of cuts!
7. Superb, shallow swimming lagoon
The scorching sun can be quite uncomfortable. Cool yourself down by taking a swim into the crystal-clear water of the small, well-protected bay of Caohagan Island. Non-swimmers need not worry because the bay is quite shallow.
If you love the sun though, you can bask underneath it by setting up your mat, book, and your favorite beach drink at the nearby sandbar.
8. Interesting marine creatures
Don’t forget your mask and snorkel or goggles. That’s because the lagoon is home to a variety of interesting sea creatures such as stingless jellyfish, menacing sea urchins, weird sea cucumbers, and more. You can even see them in shallow water.
9. Handmade trinkets
Before you leave the island, visit one of the several souvenir stalls that line up the small beach. They sell beautiful handmade wallets, decorations, keychains, and other knick-knacks.
10. Friendly locals
Of course, the best thing that you can get is the genuine, friendly, shy smiles of the locals who ensure that your stay in Caohagan Island is a memorable one. Filipinos are world-renowned for their legendary hospitality, and the people of Caohagan are perfect ambassadors of such warmth.
So, what are you waiting for? Visit Caohagan Island this summer!