The day was quickly coming to a close. When I thought we were heading back to mainland we were told that we’ll visit one last island on our way back to San Pascual proper. Tinalisayan islet is only 1.5 nautical miles from mainland, roughly a 20 minute motorboat ride from town. After seeing the two islands Animasola and Sombrero Islands, I thought I wouldn’t be surprised anymore but Tinalisayan islet has a little bit of everything. A white sand beach, a scenic hill with nearby rock formations, a long sandbar off the coast and burst of sunrise and sunset colors.
Sunset at the Sandbar
As we approach the islet, I could see that this is another charming place easily accessible from the mainland. The white sand beach is really attractive and the waters surrounding it is also so clear. But I was excited to climb the small hill as it overlooks the long sandbar off the islet. The sunset colors were already painting the sky but I just couldn’t resist going to that sandbar. I thought I could just walk to it but it gets really deep. I decided to leave my stuff and just take my action camera with me. I’m not a strong swimmer and is heavily reliant on my fins. But I decided to brave the depths just to cross the waters to reach the sandbar. I don’t think it was that long (estimating above 10 meters) that good swimmers can probably have an easy time. It did tire me out but I was glad to finally reach the sandbar. I noticed the depths could reach from 7–10 feet and there were some corals surrounding the sandbar.
The tide was getting high but good amount of sand was still in the surface. There were some fishing boats there I’m thinking they may have caught a bountiful in the area. The sun was quickly setting and there was a beautiful play of clouds at the sky. The sandbar was indeed long, probably longer on low tide. My rough estimate this sandbar alone is about 80meters and the other one across would be about the same with a combined length of 180meters.
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