Discover the vanishing sandbars of the Philippines

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Discover the vanishing sandbars of the Philippines

The sense of excitement while walking along a strip of sandbar with a view of endless sea on both sides is fascinating especially for certified beach bums. During the interview of the 1994 Miss Universe Pageant, the presenter quizzed former Miss Philippines, Charlene Gonzales, about her dwelling nation’s geography.

“How many islands are in the Philippines?” requested American sport present emcee Bob Goan. Without lacking a beat, Gonzales quipped: “High tide or low tide?“ The Philippines’ official depend at the moment sits at 7,641 islands.

The tally doesn’t embrace the hundreds of shoals and sandbars that emerge throughout low tide, as a landform can solely be categorised as an island if it stays above water always.

Forget about the brick road and give me a beautiful beach and some fine sand!

Aside from 7000 plus islands, the Philippines is also a couple of sandbars that will really wow you with their beauty. A sandbar or shoal is a natural submerged bar that consists of, or is covered by, sand or other unconsolidated material, and rises from the bed of a body of water to near the surface.

Most of these sand bars an uninhabited because they become completely submerged at some point. Sandbars give you a stunning panoramic view of the water and a small spot to rest white exploring the waters. They’re often a part of islandhopping activities where you can visit for a few hours or stay overnight by camping out or renting small cottages.

“With so many little islands and peninsulas in the Philippines, the tides are hard to predict because the landmasses create a labyrinth for the water — it’s got to go left and right and up and down to make its way around them,” Søren Knudsen, the co-founder of not-for-profit group Marine Conservation Philippines, said in an interview.

Though the Philippines is at the moment closed to worldwide tourism due to the coronavirus pandemic, when journey safely resumes vacationers can go to these disappearing sandbars in the event that they plan forward and time it completely with the tides.

There still aren’t a lot of private operators there, so you’d take a ‘habal-habal’ (motorcycle), tricycle or van from the airport (on Bongao island) to the provincial tourism office of Tawi-Tawi. They will provide you with a boat ride and all the information that you need.

With a little bit of research and legwork, you can have a vanishing sandbars in the Philippines all to yourself, much like your very own private island.