Boracay isn’t the only tourism destination with a Crocodile Island. Cagayan’s municipality of Sta. Ana does, too and it looks just as stunning.
Located within the Balintang Channel and just near Palaui Island, Sta. Ana’s Crocodile Island—locally known as Manidad Island—gets its name from its shape.
From afar, the rocky islet can be likened to a crocodile resting or sleeping on a sandbar.
Parts of the island disappear during high tide, but resurfaces when it’s low tide. Regardless of the water level, Manidad Island’s beauty stands out not only through its shape, but also in the white sand and clear blue waters that surround it.
Manidad Island is best for an early morning visit to watch the sunrise.
In fact, it’s a recommended stop after an overnight stay at Palaui Island’s Punta Verde, which is the only camping and lodging area allowed within the island.
Standing atop the islet’s rocky formation, visitors can watch the sky turn a gorgeous yellow-orange as the sun rises in the distance.
How to get there
Visiting Manidad Island is fairly easy once guests are already in Sta. Ana. They just need to head to the Port of San Vicente, which is the pick up and drop off point for Palaui Island visitors.
The 15-minute boat ride costs Php350 back and forth. Rates vary if visitors are coming from Punta Verde.
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