This is the second part of Day 2, as we travel towards another virgin island here in Visayas. The next island is Higatangan Island. Geographically speaking, the island is not part of Cebu but of Leyte. Unlike Carnaza where it’s some kind of shot in the dark adventure since we really don’t have any concrete place to stay, in Higatangan we had a contact and a resort to stay in.
The boat ride is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes, travel time depends on the waves and the speed of your hired boat.
We had a glimpse at the Island’s sandbar on our way to our resort. There were no formalities like going to the Baranggay Hall, so we just followed our guide towards our resort. And here’s a glimpse of what the place looks like.
It’s already 4 in the afternoon and except for the bread that we munched during the boat ride, we really didn’t eat anything. We planned on checking the market but was a bit disappointed to know that fresh catch are only available during the morning and we had to eat some canned goods.
The resort didn’t have any cook but they provided us with a kitchen to cook our food and kitchen utensils. The kitchen doesn’t have that high end one-tap burner, rather it only have those dry woods. It’s enjoyable to see how my travel buddies did try their best to cook in this one. A great adventure indeed!
We dig in at about 6 in the evening.
The staff in the resort informed us that the electricity in Higatangan island runs from 5:30 in the afternoon until 10:00 in the evening. They don’t have a generator for us to fuel on. We got ready for the night, played some JENGA and had a drink— the most awaited part of the adventure. We also played some UNO cards while drinking. It was a fun night.
The staff provided us with a battery-operated lamp that we used for the night. It was a bit of humid that night but we finally dozed off an hour after the electricity was gone.
If you’re planning to visit Higatangan Island and stay at the resort you can contact: Shalom with phone number – 09278474315. The resort room has different rates, you can visit their website here.
Then the morning came and we got our own fair share of coffee, the resort staff provided us with hot water for our coffee. After our coffee time, it’s time to visit their famous Sand bar.
We took a dip on their sand bar and had fun in the sand. Unlike Carnaza, one cannot find a lot of view or corals under the sand bar. Though, some parts of the water is really populated by a lot of sea urchin. There were red, black and some venomous type — according to the locals.
Be careful along the sand bar as the water is a little bit deeper. After exploring the sand bar and bathing the sun, we finally went back to our resort to fill in our stomach. We weren’t able to get some fresh catch so we just had eggs and tuna (from cans) for breakfast.
We were also offered with a lot of Buko Juice. It was just around 6 pesos per piece and so we ordered around 10 pieces as a refreshment.
We took a rest and got ready for the next adventure, we’ll be going to Sambawan Island, Leyte!
If you plan to travel from Carnaza to Higatangan, you can contact Bonjing with Cellphone number: 09298428448.
Our boat cost us around 2500 PHP (62.50USD).
Adventures on the beautiful Sambawan Island will be posted soon!