Thursday, December 11, 2008

Inubahan Beach, Carabao Island

Our boat touched the powder white sand of Inubahan Beach in a very clear and blue sky. But just about half an hour before that, I have experienced one of the most turbulent boat ride I ever had wherein the promised 45 minute ride from Boracay to Carabao Island turned out to be a two-hour joy-ride amidst the wavy sea. I must admit, I am a bit worried specially that this trip wasn't planned at all.

I am beginning to shoot some landscape in the beach when the sky suddenly turned from clear blue to gloomy gray and to top it all, the waters either from the rain or the sea seemed to have gotten on the auto-switch of my camera that the "TV" and the "AV" mode do not seem to work.

Although this wasn't planned and it seem that this is not going to be a typical sun-basking day in Carabao Island, it still would've been a damper to have the weather interfere with my day in Carabao Island. As I always do, you just have to make the most of every situation but with caution. So here are some of the shots I have taken on my first few hours in the place:


Approaching the Inubahan Shore



The Rip-rapped Beach Dock



Artistic Wooden Structures



Powder White Sand and Crystal Blue Waters



Carabao Island can be likened to a flower waiting to bloom



Leafless Tree on a Graying Sky



Will This Be the Next Boracay?



Carabao
Island is also known as the town of San Jose. It is said to have the most beautiful beaches in all of Romblon. Inubahan Beach is one of its more popular beach and the most accessible because of the construction of a boat dock. It is just a short boat ride away from Boracay Island, and a perfect alternative to the party scene in Boracay. It is said to be a vacation spot within a vacation and tauted as the next Boracay because it is like Boracay during the eighties-the same powdery sand, crystalline water, and the same laid-back vibe.

Currently, there are plans of constructing an airport on a consortium by the Local Government of Romblon and Boracay Property Holdings. The plan is to build the airport on the northern part of Carabao Island, but there was no assurance yet if the project would start very soon.

More of this island on my next posts.

69 comments:

  1. gusto ko yung pic ng gumamela. hehe. tama ba? gumamela? :)

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  2. been on that place several years back. the beach is really nice. hanggang ten pm lang ata ang power. life is slow there which is just great. since konti lang pwede gawin after the sun sets, we just played billiard, videoke and beer.

    yes sometimes the boat ride is kind of rough, i remembered puking he he.

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  3. I want to get here as a side trip when I get back to Bora. How much did you pay for the boat ride to reach this island?

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  4. ganda nga din talaga ang beach ng carabao island. it's similar to bantayan island but this one is more laid back. i went to romblon during the mid 80s and experienced a wavy ride too. we went to sibuyan island but never heard of carabao island during that time.

    ang pinakaimportanteng tanong. aling alon ang malaki, nung pumunta tayo ng capones o eto? hehehe... inaabangan ko pa ang ibang kuha mo sa island nung nakita ko last time sa laptop mo.

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  5. hehe napadaan lng pare..

    hindi ka dayuhan sa sarili mong bayan. (lalim!)

    keep it up!

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  6. Yan ang gustong gusto ko sana puntahan nung nasa Bora ako recently pero di ko parin napuntahan kse kulang na sa time :(

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  7. OK that's it. I'm sneaking inside of your suitcase. Gorgeous shots. Always.

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  8. I can't say it enough. I love your photos. This has got to be the most beautiful place in the world. If it's not, your photos sure make it look that way.
    Wow. I'd love to visit one day.

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  9. I canNOT pass up your photos - I love tropical scenes - the color of the water is totally completely captivating!!! I love it!

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  10. this could be the old Boracay. an airport in carabao island will be good for the place...sana nga matutuloy. the beach looks inviting.

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  11. Besides the airport they need some artista and beautiful babes to go there and promote the place...
    People don't go to Boracay for the beach alone... they go there to party, to see and be seen....

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  12. nag iipon nako bossing bili nako sa april ng DSLR... CANON 400D ok na ba? tsaka na yung mga lens... pero gusto ko macro effect tsaka yung long range na effect...

    mag pophoto blog na rin ako!!! sama ko sis mo pwede ba?

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  13. wow, isa ang romblon sa mga gusto kong bisitahin dito sa pilipinas. sana hindi madevelop ang carabao island na party place gaya ng boracay kundi gawing mas laid-back ang atmosphere. :D

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  14. very inspiring pictures. hay, ganda talaga ng pinas.

    may i ask your cam's model? salamat!

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  15. hmmmm...looks like Bora is getting too crowded. I heard that they are now looking for the possibility of developing some portions of the island as it is equally charming.....I remember when we were in Puka Beach last February, Carabao Island's beaches are also glowing in the summer sand....

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  16. LS: You hooked me with the first photo with all the blues in the crystal clear water. Thanks for this trip to paradise.

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  17. I guess there is no way of hiding this to tourists anymore. So regarding your question if this would be the next bora, I think it may be. It's certainly have the beaches, nature at its best and a feel of away from civilization.

    Lovely post,always.

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  18. Hi!

    Part of the island hopping yung place?

    Parang di kame nakapunta dito ah. Good for you!

    Ganda ng Bora!

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  19. @ joshmarie - yup. hibiscus din tawag jan eh pero sa tagalog gumamela nga.

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  20. @ abou - korek bro, mga tao nga din doon sa beach nagbibilyar ng dumating kami at tska napakatahimik doon, kami nga lang yata turista ng time na yun eh.

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  21. @ borneo falcon - it is a beautiful island. thanks for the visit.

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  22. @ sheng - we paid 1,500 for the boat and another 300 for the motorcycle ride around carabao island.

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  23. @ the dong - right bro, this place is more laid back.

    mas malaki alon definitely sa capones kasi may bagyo din noon, pero iba rin itong sa carabao kasi umuulan kasabay ng malakas na alon.

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  24. @ jof - salamat. sarap mag-byahe sa pinas.

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  25. @ kegler747 - i know bro. you need to alot your whole day if you want to tour it from bora.

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  26. @ hilary - lol. thanks always.

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  27. @ 2sweetnsaxy - i believe it has its laid-back charm especially if you are used to seeing tall buildings and traffic and urban life. a trip here will definitely refresh you.

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  28. @ ms hays - thanks. the crystal blue water is just so inviting that i have to take a dip even for just a while.

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  29. @ luna miranda - marami nga nagsasabi nyan kasi boracay has turned out to be a party place and quite congested so this island could be the next big thing.

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  30. @ luke wiley - it is and welcome back.

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  31. @ sidney - i agree. boracay has become synonymous with parties, so if you are looking for a more laid-back scene, then this place is definitely for you.

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  32. @ mangbadoy - ayos ang canon 400D kasi isa yun ang gamit ko eh. pang-entry level. bili ka na lang macro lens for macro effect at zoom lens para sa long range na effect.

    cge photoblog ka na rin. pareho kayo ng sis ko magblo-blog na rin sya.

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  33. @ carlotta - yan din ang gusto ko eh kasi i think boracay will forever be boracay the party place. sana itong carabao will be much simpler.

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  34. @ anonymous - ganda talaga at marami masarap puntahan.

    my point and shoot is canon ixus75 while my dslr is canon eos 400d.

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  35. @ pusang gala - we went to tagaytay combot (more on this soon) and we had an amazing view of the puka beach from there. the sand in the puka beach is literally glistening. ang ganda.

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  36. @ share my point of view - thanks. i used a zoom lens to have a long range effect.

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  37. @ fishing guy - the sea that very minute is so calm then just after few more minutes, it is wavy again. thanks.

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  38. @ photo cache - thanks. some says it will be the next big thing in the philippines and i guess they may be right.

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  39. @ chyng - hello. it is not really part of any island hopping package but a destination all its own. i guess the best time to go there is summer where the sea ain't that too wavy.

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  40. The place is just so relaxing. Thank you for sharing these.

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  41. composition of the first image is right on the money. galing bro!

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  42. I love the blue sea ... Nerve calming.

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  43. great beach! sana maalagaan. nway nyero, EB naman diyan! i will be here til first week jan.

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  44. hindi pa nga masyado nadevelop. baka namaligno ka at medyo hindi sanggayon ang panahon. joke lang. ganda ng first pic.

    out of the topic. si dong ba yun sa pic ng dingalan, aurora. nagkukwento yan am sure habang kinunan mo. hehehe

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  45. Para ngang Boracay ang hitsura nya. Kasing pino ba sa Boracay yung buhangin dito? Di ko alam na may hidden paradise din sa Romblon. Akala ko maraming marmol lang. :)

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  46. what such clean, blue waters ! Nice pics bro. Didn't Romblon had such pretty beaches :)

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  47. @ vinzent - you are very much welcome bro. thanks.

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  48. @ allan barredo - salamat bro, maganda yung araw ng time na yun. after few minutes dumilim na langit.

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  49. @ kyels - stress reliever too. thanks for the visit.

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  50. @ r-yo - di pa naman masyado puntahan nyero kaya ok pa yung beach. EB? sure sige photoshoot tayo.

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  51. @ redlan - baka nga hehehe. kaso di ako naniniwala sa maligno eh.

    yup si dong ho nga yun. kinakanta namin yung exodus song ng time na yun. "this land is mine... God gave this land to me..."

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  52. @ mel - yup kasing pino ng puka beach sa boracay at kasing puti ng white beach din. hidden paradise pa talaga kasi di pa masyado developed.

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  53. @ bwzone - thanks bro. romblon has this beach to offer.

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  54. @ mikky - indeed. welcome to my blog.

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  55. A beautiful remote Island! Hope it stays that way...

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  56. ganda ng pagka-caption mo ng pic ng gumamela kuya oman. indeed, the island will bloom in due time judging by how the island looks.

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  57. VERY interesting post...and great photos! I enjoyed learning about the Island!

    Marie

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  58. kuya oman, advance merry christmas..ingat po parati sa mga byahe ninyo...

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  59. first pic really mesmerized me. ang ganda!
    advance happy xmas kuya=]

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  60. @ esther garvi - there are planned developments in the coming years. i just hope that it wont destroy this paradise of a place.

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  61. @ beero - thanks bro. minsan lumalabas din paminsan-minsan yung knack for captions lol.

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  62. @ the tile lady - thanks. just happy to share my islands to all of you.

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  63. @ rio - maraming salamat doc at merry christmas din sayo.

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  64. @ my-so-called-quest - salamat doc. enjoy your vacation.

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  65. Thank you for visiting and spreading the word about our island- Carabao Island: The Next Boracay!
    Please visit the slideshow I posted on Youtube:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7g3njR22bg

    or type in "Carabao Island: The Next Boracay"- thank you.

    caddxprt

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