We arrived at Tabunan Beach at eleven in the morning. The heat was intense; the cobalt blue sky, emerald green waters, and cream-colored sand made everything seemed overly bright.
After taking a mental note to buy myself a good pair of sunglasses, it was exploring time. I actually was torn if I should hit the water first before taking pictures, but experience told me that once I don my snorkel, there was a big chance that I’d be in the water ‘til it was time to go. So I held off the lure of the sparkling sea and took my tripod and camera with me first.
There was supposedly a PHP 20.00 entrance fee to the beach, but there was no one around; we were the lone occupants of the cove.
The sand strip was really not that long, just around half a kilometer in my estimate. Boulders block both sides of the beach, and the back portion slopes steeply upward; it looks like this beach is accessible only by boat.
Rentable open huts line the shore amidst lush coconut trees. At the back part, I saw a larger closed hut, which looks like a good place to stay in overnight. There was also a clearing on the left side of the beach surrounded by trees. Here guests can barbeque and have a grand feast using the available bamboo seats and tables.
Not expecting to find the beach so beautiful, we unfortunately didn’t bring meat to barbeque nor anything substantial, for that matter, to eat for lunch. What we had were just some biscuits and two cases of beer. Warm Red Horse and Rebisco Crackers ftw!
D’s aunt says that this is Banton’s version of Boracay, well I haven’t been to Boracay but I’m sure the sand here is not up to par with the famous beach. Tabunan’s sand is fine, but not really powdery. Nevertheless, I count Tabunan Beach as one of the nicer beaches I’ve been to, it’s almost at par with the coves in Coron sans the gigantic karsts.
An overnight at Tabunan would be definitely be something to look forward to if I ever get a chance to revisit Banton Island.
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