Agutayan Island: A sanctuary to visit

Are you up to traveling somewhere out-of-the-way and serene? If you are, you can go to Agutayan Island, a sandbar that houses valuable marine species. And you know where it is, right? It is off the shoreline of Jasaan, Misamis Oriental. Agutayan Island as an undressed island is 40-minutes away from the Jasaan highway. This island as a sandbar with its hemispherical shape is desolate. It only displays seaweeds, starfish varieties, and urchins, as well as the abundance of marine creatures. Indeed, this island holds its shallow coral reef that enthralls some eagle rays, kinds of surgeonfish, and other marine creatures.

Agutayan Island is a good place for snorkeling. You can do beach activities, as well. The two structures on the island, such as the guardhouse and the lighthouse, are two indicating constructions to serve as landmarks in the area. Additionally, this island serves as a breeding ground for imperiled giant clams and other sea creatures that are in danger of extinction. As such, fishing on the island is illegal.

One thing to note, the local government unit (LGU) controls the entry of the island. The local government works hard to preserve and protect the island from various forms of perils. The alluring crescent shape of a sandbar, which is empty by night, becomes a tourist site by day. Now, if you are ready for an exciting escapade, you have to be there. The shallow water and the astounding marine life of the island are quite idyllic for diving, snorkeling, and swimming.

So, what now? You know you can call or text the management, right? Please do, so you can follow further instructions. 

Agutayan Island: A tourist destination to consider

You may be thinking about where Agutayan Island is. You may get lost by finding the right name and spot since similar names exist on the map. However, Agutayan Island, despite all the names, may take you to Jasaan, Misamis Oriental in Mindanao, Philippines.

The name Agutayan Island sounds homegrown or local. However, the splendor of the place attracts many local and foreign tourists. Considering the cerulean and crystal water plus the cleanliness of the bay, you will never miss them. These tourists come together and spend their days and nights of adventure out in the sun.

Conversely, some local and foreign tourists may comment on the place. Some say that the place is barren and naked and that somehow the place does not get the lure. But, here you are. You are witnessing majesty and magnificence as you take your steps on the white sand. When you look around, you will see nothing but water and sand – no trees, no mountains, and no corner shops that sell food nearby. That completely sets some off. However, please don’t bother if the place does not have food shops nearby. You cannot just ignore the beauty of the sand and the charming bluish cool waters that touch your feet.

Agutayan Island from VicTour Photography

And yes, you are right. The isle appears to be the jewel in the expanse. The cool and revitalizing water can surely take away all reservations from trekking the area. All you need to do is unpack all food products from your containers. Then, you set your tent and experience the natural cerulean waterfront with its stimulating underwater jewels in the cool and blustery zephyr. You surely confirm that experience as one of the exciting adventures.

Moreover, you can see the place with its rich marine life. You can testify that the island is not only for the new spot to swim. You can think that the island is for you to enjoy. Again, you don’t have to worry. Not all people go there. It means that the place isn’t swarming. You can only enjoy going out with friends and family members.

What is more, Agutayan Island is a peaceful place. It certainly is a good place to visit and to unwind. However, you may need to bring with you your hats, sunblock screens, and umbrellas. You may get their skin charred. You see no shades, no trees, and nothing, and the weather is just fine – too steamy and too parched. But, here’s the catch. Tourists can pack all their gears and kinds of stuff – food and water, tent, and anything that gives them shades. In the end, you can enjoy the Agutayan water but different from Pi’s experiences being stranded on a deserted island. This one is different. You surely stay longer than you imagine. The bad news is, you can’t throw your trash in the sea. Of course, you don’t.

At this point, you may think of any. It is fine. You just need to come early between 5 AM and 8 AM because the island may vanish during high tides figuratively. What I mean is that the waters may rise below your knees as you stand on the sand bars or sand floors. You have to see it for yourselves. When you visit Agutayan Island, make sure you get permission from the Department of Tourism in Cagayan de Oro where the Provincial Office resides. To make sure, ask your local tour guide and enjoy your experience. Welcome to Agutayan Island in Jasaan, Misamis Oriental!