AKLAN | Marooned at Jawili Beach

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Sunset at Jawili Beach in Tangalan, Aklan

The sun fired off its last rays of the day. The clouds streaked, burning bright orange across the waning blue sky. I stood awed for a moment, unsure where to position my camera. The whole stretch of Jawili Beach sprawled right before my eyes. I was all alone to witness this moment, without a soul to share its beauty.

Dirtroad Leading to Jawili Beach at Tangalan, Aklan

Packing up my equipment after shooting Tangalan’s Jawili Falls in Aklan, I decided to follow a sign from a dirt road I passed earlier in the day. A blue starfish painted on a white plywood. An arrow right beside it pointed to something a hundred and fifty meters ahead.


Beach Hut at Jawili Beach in Tangalan, Aklan

That hundred fifty meters turned out to be a beach. A desolate beach. Barangay Jawili’s secret beach.

While everyone’s frolicking across the tourists-laden sands of Boracay, here I was, all alone at a beach that tourist maps seemed to have forgotten.


Coconut Leaf Fence in Jawili Beach at Tangalan, Aklan

I can imagine Jawili Beach being flocked by locals during weekends with simple resorts lining its long sandy shore. But during my visit, the whole stretch of beach was all mine.

Well, except for some lazy dogs half-sleeping under empty bamboo huts, chasing me whenever I get too close.

Jawili Beach at Tangalan, Aklan

It was low tide and I was able to stroll pretty far along the shore before the sea skimmed the rubber soles of my shoes. The cream-colored sand at Jawili Beach is very fine, definitely not as powdery as Boracay White Beach, but good enough.

It was so tempting to just strip off, forget about my camera, run to its deeper parts and simply swim the afternoon away. But with no clothes to change to, it just wasn’t happening. Kalibo was too far away to commute with wet boxer shorts on.

Fishing Nets at Jawili Beach in Tangalan, Aklan

As clouds transformed from whites to oranges, I saw fisher folks doing their daily routine, with some of the boats having kids help out with the chores.

It was a simple life for the people living here at the town of Tangalan.

Sunset at Jawili Beach in Tangalan, Aklan

The fire in the sky intensified. It was time to really shoot.

I quickly scanned the coastline for something to anchor my photos, but Jawili Beach is completely devoid of any rock formations to use as foregrounds. It was pure sand as far as the eye can see. Luckily, I found some jackstone-like concrete barriers strewn across one end of the shore.

Sunset at Jawili Beach in Tangalan, Aklan

As the flaming sky disappeared and twilight started to set in, I began to ponder the problem of getting back to civilization.
I haven’t seen nor heard any tricycles plying the small dirt road leading to Jawili Beach. I asked a few of the locals where I could get a ride but they simply shook their heads.

Since school’s already out, it would be pure luck if I can hail a tricycle back to town.

Dusk Settling at Jawili Beach in Tangalan, Aklan

My only options then, stay the night at one of the resorts fronting the beach or walk. But rooms along Jawili Beach costs around ₱800.00 a night, not really an option for me. So it’s number two then. I heaved a sigh and braced my legs for two hours of walking across a dark and deserted road.

And I didn’t even have a flashlight with me. Tsk.

Jawili Beach
Address: Brgy. Jawili, Tangalan, Aklan
Entrance Fee: None
Cottage Rentals: ₱800.00/night
GPS Coordinates: 11.791828, 122.230361

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  1. Beautiful shore! Oks lang yang wet boxer shorts, Christian. Hahaha!

  2. Sorry christian but i cant help my self to grab one of those pictures from hawili beach.. yung marooned beach na diniscribed mo.. sobrang ganda kc and i shared it...☺ hope wag magalit ✌ im from makato aklan. Before the town of tangalan

    1. No problem Josephine! Just as long as the watermark is intact and it's not being used for commercial purposes, okay lang, share away. :)