Ask me what’s the finest white sand beach I ever saw and hands down I will say aloud- Panampangan Island, off the coast of Tawi-Tawi. Panampangan Island White Beach is actually part of the Municipality of Sapa-Sapa, Tawi-Tawi. Some also call this the “virgin beach” because only a few go here. We are 10 in the boat and 9 on us are first-timers. See, how lucky I was thinking that all of them are locals of Tawi-Tawi and Sulu.
I believe I’m the first travel blogger who was able to checked this island out, if I’m not the first one, please let me know. I was trying to google this island and only text results are available plus some small photos from Flickr.
Going to this island white beach is not that hard. In fact, its just an hour and 15 minutes away from Bongao town. I think if you are renting a boat, it would cost you Php2,500-3,000. Don’t forget to coordinate with the local police for escorts. Although its very peaceful in Tawi-Tawi, having a police escort is very much recommended.
Spell PARADISE: P.A.N.A.M.B.A.N.G.A.N. I.S.L.A.N.D. This is the first time I ever walked on white beach that my feet sinks because of the fineness of the sand. Really, really amazing! I believe Tawi-Tawi has lots of these kind of beaches too, but for now let me call this the finest white beach Tawi-Tawi has to offer (meaning I will be back to explore some more). Come, tag along with me next time!
I was lucky enough when I was in Tawi-Tawi because I went here for FREE. Ohh yeah, I just taggeed along Sir George, a businessman in Tawi-Tawi who is having a picnic and fishing trip in Panampangan beach through the help of Col. Rodelio Jocson, the Provincial Police Director of Tawi-Tawi. Thanks Rhye for connecting me to Col. Jocson. See, I’m may not be rich in material possessions but I’m sooo rich with friends.
Anyway, the picnic trip was filled with laughters, food and booze. The gang was having all kinds of jokes, cowboy din. I was really blessed to have joined this trip with big time people in Tawi-Tawi, among them is Board Member Renil Samsuya. So I feel a big time narin!
This is what I want to emphasize in traveling, you don’t need to be rich to experience the beautiful places in the Philippines, you just need to be ‘out there’ always ready should opportunity knocks.
I also met the 2 caretakers of the island, the brothers Han Malah and Abdul Samad Malah.
Where is Panampangan Island on the map?
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I visited Panampangan Island during Day 76 of my ISANGDAAN Journey. Thank you so much Sir George and Col. Jocson for letting me join the excursion to this paradise. After this we even visited the Oldest Mosque in the Philippines- Masjid Sheik Makdum in Simunul.
#ISANGDAAN is a personal journey and challenge to backpack around the Philippines the cheapest way possible for 100 days.
If you want to follow my steps, I have an interactive map- ISANGDAAN Journey map.