Sibutad’s Piñahon Island: A Gem of Zamboanga Del Norte
In the northern part of Zamboanga Peninsula lies a province that is undeniably abundant in terms of natural coastlines that would leave visitors falling in love, picture-perfect landscapes virtually unspoiled by human hand that are laid out in front of those who have witnessed it or seen through perfectly captured shots via expert cameras.
Aside from history-rich Dapitan Shrine, exciting and happiness-fulfilling Gloria’s Fantasyland, tiring steps at Linabo’s Peak, century- old Catholic churches, big waves at Tamayo Beach Resort, the province of Zamboanga Del Norte has so much more in store waiting to be gotten by people craving for up-to-the-minute great spots; and one of those in store is the Piñahon Island.
My Adventure in Piñahon Island
The Piñahon Island in the far flung Municipality of Sibutad, Zamboanga Del Norte province, is nature’s clever reply to local and international tourists who lust after majestic natural landscapes and magnificent views that are definitely Instagram worthy.
For those who have devoted themselves to adventures, Pinahon Island will bring you to a whole new level of excitement and fun; and if you are not into riding pump boats since you fear the possibility of dying through water submersion, you have to be like the writer. I am previously attached to such thinking, however, the split of second I’ve seen the island from the port, I just knew that I had to conquer my fright.
So, I ended up sitting inside the boat, I did not make any movements except when I had to take pictures, and it turned out to be the hardest half hour of my life. What followed afterwards were experiences fitted to be included on my scrapbooks.
Experience with the local
The first time I stepped my right foot in the white sand of Pinahon Island, I immediately fell in love with no intervening second thought. The warmth delight brought by the rushing waves and whispering blow of winds made my inner self explode with enthusiasm and eagerness, and there, I defeated my fear of using pump boat.
Aside from the ample views around the island, the paradise is also a home of rich biodiversity. Sea snakes or walo-walo in our local tongue are usually seen roaming around joining the tourists in their water activities. According to studies, walo- walo is a venomous snake, it is said to kill a victim with its deadly bite within eight (8) hours hence the name. However, some tourists disclosed that they’ve seen sea snakes a plenty of times in the island but none of its kind bitten them.
“Wala raman ko nakagat maski naa sila galibot-libot sa ako paa basta dili lang sila hilbtan,” a 35 year-old tourist shared.
(I haven’t been bitten by these snakes even when I see them playing around underwater, just don’t harm them).
For sure, your saliva would drip if I would say I have eaten various types of sea foods here. The island and its neighboring barangays have wealth in sea foods. I have not eaten so much sea foods in my entire life until I reached this island.
How to get there?
Piñahon Island is located some twenty (20) kilometres away from the national highway. It resides near the coastal barangay of Libay, Sibutad, Zamboanga Del Norte. From the Integrated Bus Terminal (IBT) of Dipolog City, you may take a local jeepney bound for Sibutad; it takes about three (3) hours to travel from city to Sibutad.
The travel is too long so be sure to have:
(a) headphones/headset, (b) finger foods, (c) face mask, for you not get bored.
Upon arriving at Poblacion, Sibutad, take a Habal-Habal (a local mode of transportation that would carry at least 5 persons per motorcycle) that would bring you to Libay Port. From the Port, it takes about twenty (20) minutes, more or less, to reach the island using a pump boat.
The island should be in your bucketlist, it may be far and little- visited but the memories you would get will surely be treasured for a lifetime. Relax, fall in love and visit Piñahon Island, Sibutad in Zamboanga Del Norte. One of the bests in Zamboanga Peninsula!Sponsored: