Cagayan: Crocodile Island

Located 2 kilometers off the shores of San Vicente Port in Sta. Ana in the province of Cagayan, Crocodile Island is a small island which resembles a crocodile resting on a sandbar. 

The island is officially named Manidad Island. However, some call it Rona Island but most refer to it as Crocodile island.
Can you spot the crocodile?
Up close and personal
The crocodile's head
The back of the croc
From San Vicente Port, the island is a mere 10-minute boat ride away. the island is also included in the itinerary if you availed of the Palaui Island tour. What I like about the island is that it could only accommodate only a few people. Once you're on the island you'd feel the sense of exclusivity. Aside from that, the island is also a great place to snorkel. Just be careful though, the side facing away from Sta. Ana is battered by rough waves.

posing for the blog pics
However, it is noticeable that despite having white sand, the island's beauty is plagued by mankind's curse -trash. Our guide, Kuya Nanding, was quite apologetic about it. He explained that it was the guides/ boat operators who are responsible for cleaning after their clients. But for me, it was the tourists who should be educated about respecting their surroundings.
Think first before you swim.
We stayed in the island for several minutes. We didn't swim though, because it was almost sundown. The group just enjoyed the view from the island (while updating our itinerary for the upcoming adventure the following day). Overall, the island is worth visiting. 

Looks like: A crocodile
Minus: the fear factor

Getting there:

From Manila, board a bus heading to Sta. Ana, Cagayan. From there ride a tricycle going to San Vicente Port. Rent a boat to bring you to the island. 

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  1. The views are breathtaking. Worth a visit that far from Manila I reckon.

    1. Yes it is. You could have it as a side trip to Palaui Island.


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