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Hilangaan island, as we are approaching it in a Banca. The island is a short (30 min.) boatride from Bantayan island and its main attraction is the protected coral reefs off its shore. The snorkelling here is better than in Virgin Island and alltogether very nice, since the area is included in a marine park.
The island itself has only around 1000 inhabitants, who all - it seems - live off fishing, as there is no cultivation of the island (it does have coconuts, bananapalms and papayatrees). This probably accounts for the fact that barely any tourists visit the island - which of course made it all the more attractive to me.
We made a barbecue there with fried squids and had a stroll around the small huts, where everybody greeted the visiting foreigner. Alltogether very friendly people.
I went there on my 30th birthday and to celebrate the event, I decided to try to swim back to Bantayan. No one had done that before according to my local friends, which made it even more appealing to me. The reason for that, I later learned, is that the distance is about 4 kilometres and that many believe there are sharks in these waters. I actually made the 4 km. swim back to Bantayan, but it was not until I was on shore that my friends told me about the sharks (they did say that they did not believe that there were sharks - but that they were the only people in Bantyan, who didn't think so)....Hmmmm!!


Not so much to say about the picture; it was mainly an attempt to capture the beautiful tropical colours of the water and sky...

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