A place to explore: The Wonder of Alibijaban Island in San Andres, Quezon

  • Alibijaban is a small island located off the southeastern coast of Bondoc Peninsula in the Philippines
  • The island is known for its pristine mangrove forest and coral reefs
  • Visitors love their white sand beach with clear sea water, the view of sea forest or the mangrove trees and the beautiful sandbar with lots of starfish and other sea treasures

Alibijaban … The name may not be that easy to pronounce or remember, but if you’ve been there, you’ll surely take that name to heart!

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Why? Because its raw and laidback beauty is sure to catch your fancy and make you appreciate nature more.

It’s not that familiar to most people but this small island in San Andres Quezon could very well tempt you for your next escapade if you and your friends or family are nature lovers and want to explore some place that’s not so common to trevelers.

My son’s wife is from that Island and together with friends Alibijaban has been a refuge…. a haven away from all the hustles and bustles of city life and work. They haven’t gotten tired of visiting and every year; they just need to go back! They just can’t get enough of the wonders of the island and the warmth of the locals there.

Alibijaban

Alibijaban is a small island located off the southeastern coast of Bondoc Peninsula in the Philippines. It belongs administratively to the municipality of San Andres, Quezon province, and is coterminous with the barangay of the same name. With a population of 1,643 inhabitants in 2015, it is the smallest of seven barangays in San Andres.

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The island is known for its pristine mangrove forest and coral reefs. It is also visited for its white sandy beaches and rich bird life. How not to savor the feeling of peace and tranquility when you’re in a place that’s so serene?

Its mangrove forest which covers approximately 140 hectares (350 acres) of the island’s central and northern portions is protected under the National Integrated Protected Areas System as a wilderness area called the Alibijaban Island Wilderness Area. 225 hectares (560 acres) of waters surrounding it have also been declared a marine protected area known as the Alibijaban Fish Sanctuary

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The pride of the island is their white sand beach with clear sea water, the view of sea forest or the mangrove trees and the beautiful sandbar with lots of starfish and other sea treasures. You won’t get tired of taking pictures or simply marvelling over nature’s wonderful gifts.

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The wonders of the sea world in the area are enough to make you gasp with delight; just make sure not to disturb them or take them away from their sanctuary because that is where they thrive.

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Here are some videos on YouTube to make you wish you could go there when things improve.

Credit to Vlogger Lorraine on YouTube:

Here’s another one from Ian Traballo:

“Maging turista sa sariling bayan!” Promote local tourism. You won’t regret travelling to places like the Alibijaban Island.