La Manok Island in Masbate, accessible through the little-known Carnaza Island in Daanbantayan, Cebu that's off the coast of Malapascua, is a pretty island that's still off the tourist radar. This untouched stretch of bleach white sand and crushed corals is uninhabited, but used as a temporary stop of fishermen, migratory birds and snap-happy tourists. One side of the narrow strip of beach is calm and ideal for swimming, while the lapping waves are consistent on the other side throughout the day. Carnaza Island also offers a good selection of often empty white sand beaches. Camping is also allowed in Carnaza.
How to get there
Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific offers flights from Manila to Cebu daily. From the airport, ride a taxi to the Cebu North Bus Terminal, where you can get on a bus passing by the Tapilon port in Daanbantayan, Cebu. There are outrigger boats in Tapilon port going to Carnaza Island and surrounding islands, including La Manok.
Cover photo by @j_kitoy on Instagram.
By Celia Nachura
Published October 2016