White Island

White Island Camiguin
(c)Photo: Vince Arcilla

White Island off the volcanic island of Camiguin in the Philippines is an uninhabited white sandbar located about 1.4 kilometres (0.87 mi) off the northern shore of Mambajao. The island is generally horseshoe shaped, although the tides constantly resize and reshape its exact form. There are no trees or shelter of any kind, and it is composed solely of white sands.

Sandbars, also known as a trough bars, form where the waves are breaking, because the breaking waves set up a shoreward current with a compensating counter—current along the bottom. Sometimes this occurs seaward of a trough (marine landform).

Sand carried by the offshore moving bottom current is deposited where the current reaches the wave break. Other longshore bars may lie further offshore, representing the break point of even larger waves, or the break point at low tide.

White Island attracts thousands of tourists every year. The island can be accessed from Brgy. Agoho or Brgy. Yumbing in Mambajao about 4 to 6 kilometres (2.5 to 3.7 mi) west of the poblacion or town center. Small boats can be hired from any of the beachfront resorts that face the island.