Aliguay Island is about an hour boat ride away off the coast of Dapitan. We hired a motorized boat at the Dapitan Fish Port to take us to this small island. I remember the first time we went here back in 2004. The waves were rough, it rocked our small boat and had awaken our sleepy heads (we took off just before sunrise). The only thing that soothed my soul was the sight of the sunrise. Remembering this, I already expected a bumpy ride on my second trip to Aliguay Island. Fortunately, the ride went relatively smoother the second time around.
As it was back in 2004, the island still is abundant with coconut trees when we visited in 2011. Likewise, we were the only tourists that time as in the first time I was there. The difference is that the southwest area was already occupied by a clam-shaped restaurant by the name of Tacubo Restaurant. Two or three villas has also sprung near the beach front.
Apparently, the former Congressman Jalosjos, also the owner of the Dakak Beach Resort, plans to develop Aliguay Island into a high end beach resort, with a matching air strip for transporting tourists by light plane. I am not against development, but we’ve witnessed how sadly some pristine islands in the Philippines have turned into commercialized areas crowded with tourists, at the expense of peace, tranquility and natural un-degraded environment.
I hope that with proper planning and responsible development, the future increase in tourism activities would benefit the locals but not to a point of putting a pressure on the island’s ecosystem.
These scenes are what we’ve come here for and I hope it stays as pristine and beautiful in the future.
At around 9:45 AM, one of our companions pointed out to the sea and shouted that there are dolphins having a jump at the sea. Below, you can see some of the dolphins in action. Well, you can spot them with some bit of an imagination. Sorry, that’s just how far my lense could get. =)
After strolling by the beach, swimming and plenty of photo ops, we decided to head back to Dapitan city.
Goodbye, Aliguay Island! Hope to see you again as pristine and lush as I left.
If you have more recent information on Aliguay Island, sharing updates or sharing your island experience will be much appreciated. For those planning to experience Aliguay Island, remember to "Take nothing but pictures. Leave nothing but footprints. Kill nothing but time."
Traveled October 2011