Nestled in Calayan, Cagayan over 500 kilometers from Metro Manila is a rarely-seen gem: Sibang Cove, also spelled as Cibang Cove. Inviting blue waters hug the one-kilometer sandy cove as towering rock formations and gently sloping mountains rise past the shores. Despite the beautifully rugged scenery, this far-flung cove is often empty, giving the few tourists who make their way here their own kilometer-long beach to enjoy for themselves. Swimmers are advised to be careful of the steep and sudden slope of the seabed. Camping is allowed in Sibang.
How to get there
Take a bus at the GV Florida Transport bus terminal in Sampaloc, Manila going to Aparri, Cagayan. Travel time is around 12 hours. From the bus stop, take a tricycle to Aparri Port, where there are boats headed to Calayan Island early in the morning. The boat ride is five to eight hours, depending on the boat used or the conditions of the sea. From the town center of Calayan, Sibang Cove can be reached via habal-habal (motorcycle) or outrigger boat.
Cover photo is a screengrab from @kurdelparoy on Instagram.
By Celia Nachura
Published November 2016