Bulobadiangan Island in Concepcion, Iloilo

The shifting white sand bar in pretty Iloilo is another far-flung island at the top of our list. Photo by @archieoffduty

Bulobadiangan Island is a privately-owned island off the coast of Concepcion, Iloilo, a town that's about 100 kilometers from the provincial capital Iloilo City. The most famous feature of the isle is its 200-meter winding sandbar that constantly shifts left and right to the cues of the tides. Clear blue waters and undeveloped shores make it a rustic escape for backpackers and beach lovers. Swimming and snorkeling are possible just a few feet from shore. Bulobadiangan also has scenic views, looking over distant islands and Mt. Manaphag. Basic lodging is available at the Sandbar Island Beach Resort, but everything is backpacker-friendly with beachfront native huts and open cottages. 


Naukayan lang from sometime ago. #bulobadianganisland #gigantes #panayisland

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How to get there
Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific fly from Manila to Iloilo daily. From the airport, ride a taxi to Tagbak Transport Terminal in Jaro, Iloilo City. Hop on an HPQ bus going north to Concepcion, Iloilo, which is three hours away. Take a tricycle to the Concepcion Tourism Office where you can register, then another to the public market to buy food, water and other supplies. From the market, it's only a short walk down to the port where outrigger boats can take you to Bulobadiangan. Travel time is 30 minutes.

Sandbar Island Beach Resort offers cottages for overnighters at Bulobadiangan Island. Contact +63929 991 6341.

Cover photo is a screengrab from @archieoffduty on Instagram.

By Celia Nachura

Published October 2016