Well, now that my search for the best beach (mainland) in Pangasinan is over, I deserve to explore an island right? So, after getting ecstatic at beautiful Tambobong, I just had to hop on a boat to dock on an island that was calling me from a distance. The name of the island is Colibra or Snake Island as it is more popularly known.
Snake Island got its name because of its huge resident population of sea snakes. Well, for some reason, those snakes are not there anymore (maybe because of climate change). The locals say they came out at night, but now, there hasn't been one in sight after sundown. Well, who's complaining?
The island reminds me of Quinamanukan in Camarines Norte. It is deserted, uninhabited and small enough to be trekked in less than an hour. Quinamanukan is just bigger and had more beaches. Colibra has only one sizable stretch of beach, and a great swimming beach for that matter.
On one side, the waves are strong, while on the other, the water is calmer. So, take your pick. Enjoy being swept away to the fine white sands, or float in peace on the other side.
If you go up the island, you'll see that it's really small, and the top of it has a flat piece of land with few coconut trees. I wonder if the sea snakes turned into land snakes.
I saw a path going down to the other side of the island. It was the rocky side, pounded by the force of waves coming from the South China Sea.
Anyway, I gave everyone only an hour to relax and enjoy, since we had to be back by 4PM to leave at 5. I was worried of going back on the rough road with the sun down, so paradise had to be cut short.
But, as usual, we extended our time, lying on the sand, rolling with the waves and just wishing we had a whole day here. After all, it felt like it was our island. Nobody else was around, and it was Summer!
We went back to Tambobong, and the strong waves made some of us panic. We were supposed to pass by a cave at the end of Caiman Point (this is what they call the entire area), but the tide was high, and the waves would make it difficult for us to dock. So, we headed back to calm Tambobong, and managed to swim a bit more there. I glanced upon Colibra at a fading distance, with the sun setting against it. The island called again, come back....come back.