The waves grew rougher when we left Cape Engano, and the dark clouds started to roll in. Most of us dozed off in the boat, and after what seemed to be 40 minutes, I heard our boatman telling us that we were approaching Anguib Beach.
Back in Jotay's, we were told that Anguib Beach was closed, because they were "cleaning" it. So when we saw people swimming in the wide beach from afar, we were pleased that we didn't listen to that warning.
Like most wide white beaches in the Philippines, Anguib Beach was touted as the Boracay of this side of the world. I've been hearing of testimonies of white sand and spectacular sceneries. Well, as soon as locals describe any beach as Boracay, I tend to ignore these descriptions. True enough, Anguib wasn't like Boracay. It was more like Pagudpud. However, they got the scenery right.
We told our boatman to drop us off at one portion of the beach that didn't have many vacationers, and that's to the east end of the beach. Anguib Beach was huge, long and surprisingly calm, probably because it was located within a cove. The hills behind it were lush with greens making the landscape very peaceful.
After buying some supplies of snacks and beer in the busy part of the beach, we settled in a secluded area. We had a quick dip, before deciding to explore the beach. The beach looked virginal. There were no resorts or establishments, except for the end of the beach where the road to Sta. Ana lies. I hope the beach remains this way.
We walked past the curve of the cove, and discovered another beach. It was low tide, so it was easy to explore the shore.
The water was clear and calm. The place was really spectacular, and very tranquil. It reminded me of Calaguas for a moment, because of its isolation.
We found more secluded coves, narrow beaches and rock formations on the sea that were perfect for capturing dramatic photos.
It was getting late already, so we headed back to our boat. We met up with the rest of the gang who were still swimming. We had a few beers and snacks, before asking our boatman to take us to our next island.
The water was so clear when we left, that the corals were showing off their beauty. You didn't need to snorkel here anymore to see marine life. We just had to look at the natural aquarium below our boat.
It was already 5PM, and the sun was beginning to set. We could see rain from a distance. The result was a dramatic view of the sea, with rays of sunlight peeking through the dark clouds far away.
And because of the rain, nature had given us a treat. As we were approaching our next island, which was already near our resort, this view opened up on the horizon.
We were awestruck at the display of nature that afternoon. And we had one last island stop left - Crocodile Island - that amazingly was one end of the rainbow.