Island hopping and swimming are one of the many interests that I love most. There’s an indescribable satisfaction that gives an ulterior joy to me. Thus, the simplicity of venturing simple things like the latter reminds me of always being a child at heart.

Barobo, according to Wikipedia lies in the central part of the province of Surigao del Sur. It is located between 8’34’00” and 8’25’00” latitude and 125’59″00 and 126’22’4″ longitude. It is bounded on the north by Lianga Bay and the municipality of Lianga, on the south by the municipality of Tagbina, on the southeast by the municipality of Hinatuan, on the east by the Pacific Ocean, and on the west by the province of Agusan del Sur.

It has total land area of 25,590 hectares. It is linked by a national road to the provincial capital of TandagSurigao del Sur of 103 kilometers and the gateway to the regional center of the Caraga Region in Butuan City of 107 kilometers.

Barobo is a favorite place of the treasure hunters for according to the locals there have been many Yamashita treasures that were found and kept by the Japanese Army during the World War II. But despite of this belief, there’s one thing that I can assure you, Barobo has its hidden treasure that it hasn’t been touched yet by commercialism and known by many tourists. The Kabgan Island and Vanishing Islet are the few of it.

I didn’t know about this santuary until uncle Thols brought up this place while we were having a good time with my other relatives outside the balcony of our ancestral house in Tago one evening. Because of our curiosity he called up his maternal cousin, auntie Eming in Barobo. And, that’s it!

We left for Tago yesterday at seven o’clock in the morning and arrived in Barobo at one and a half hours later riding an Isuzu D Max  The weather that day was cloudy and there was an intermittent drizzle of rain while sailing using a pump boat going to the island.

We ate our lunch at Kabgan Island. This island has no cottage, only thick shrubs and coconut trees that gave shelter to the beach goers. It was indeed natural. While I was having a short nap under the tiny tree, they were able to buy fresh Octopus and three bottles of Sea Urchins from the fishermen.  The Sea Urchins were so delicious most especially if it is mixed with chili and spices and eaten raw. Yummy!

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When the tide was starting to subside, we traversed again using our rented pump boat en route to the Vanishing Island for it can only be seen when the water sea level is low. The island was not fully sprouted yet when we arrived. The emerald water was so clear and alluring. It’s beautiful! I enjoyed taking pictures.

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~ by sherwinportillo on April 19, 2013.

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