A must visit in Jasaan, Misamis Oriental, Agutayan Island has 5000 sq meters of fine white sand sitting on a 3 hectare marine sanctuary that serves as breeding ground of giant clams locally called as Taclobo and other marine species. With its shallow- clear water and amazing marine life, the spot is a perfect place for swimming, diving and snorkeling.
Around eight o'clock in the morning when we left the coastline of Barangay Jampason in Jasaan going to "the naked" Agutayan Island. According to Ate Jeaneth and Manong Felipe, the owner of the motorboat we hired, the best time to visit the island is in the morning from 6:00 to 9:00 - as the heat of the sun is not too scorching. Actually, our original time of departure is 6:00 in the morning, but due to traffic from CDO, we arrived late hehehe. Packed with baon na nilagang saging at kamote, pork chops for grilling, and fresh-caught matangbaka , we reached the island after more or less 15-minute boat ride. There are no cottages on the island so we immediately set-up our tent; and yep, it’s naked, so expect that there are no trees/plants to shed.
Wordless! The island is simply amazing and beautiful. Check my photographs below to see how fun and enjoyable to explore and visit Agutayan Naked Island.
That’s Traveling Morion eating Swaki hahaha. Opps, I am just kidding, swaki is full of spines! You have to open the body to get the yellow part- so yummy!
|Group jump shot. It's more fun in Agutayan Island!|
There is a large population of crab locally called as Agukoy (ghost crab) in Agutayan. I assumed the name “Agutayan” was derived from the name of this crab species abundant in the island.
Notes: There are no trees or any cottages in the island so better to bring tent/umbrella. As far as I know, camping and overnight stay is not allowed. Upon arrival, pay courtesy to island/sanctuary caretakers and log your name on their record book. We are asked to pay P100 pesos (for maintenance daw?) but Ate Jeaneth declined – she talked with the caretakers and explained that she’s from Jasaan and not aware of any fees to be collected.
HOW TO GET THERE
Philippine Airlines/PAL Express, Cebu Pacific Air, ZestAir/AirAsia flies daily from Manila to Cagayan de Oro. There are also direct flights from Cebu and Davao.
From Cagayan de Oro Agora Terminal ride in a Bus bound to Butuan City. Tell the driver/conductor to drop you in Barangay Jampason in Jasaan. Travel time is more or less 1 hour. Bus fare costs P30 (ordinary)/ P80 (AC). From Barangay Jampason, hire a boat that will take you to/from the island. I highly recommend Manong Felipe (09061955698) - his motor boat can accommodate up to 15 passengers.
From Butuan City. Ride in a bus going to Cagayan de Oro. Tell the driver/conductor to drop you in Barangay Jampason in Jasaan. Travel time is more or less 4 hours. (follow instructions above)
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