Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Sulpa, an island in the sun [My World-Tuesday]


A deserted island in Cebu Strait with shallow and rough coral sand and rocky cliffs was one of our destinations one Saturday in Cebu. Sulpa Island is about 45 minutes by outrigger boat from Hilton Pier in Mactan--a quick escape after a stressful day in the city. White sandy beach and a few picnic huts greeted us when we climbed out of our boat. A sign says the island is private property and we were charged P100 (roughly $2) each.

A friend from Cebu told me that Sulpa Island got famous a few years ago after police caught and arrested four Japanese tourists shooting porn at the beach. Bird wardens from the nearby Olango Island bird sanctuary spotted the lewd activity and called the police.

Aside from that incident, Sulpa remains pristine---a great place to get a tan, enjoy some peace and quiet, and if you're into scuba diving, there's a good dive site about 50 meters from the shoreline on the west side of the island.

Sulpa Island, Mactan, Cebu

My contribution to My World-Tuesday

20 comments:

Becca's Dirt said...

Those are some beautiful waters.

EG Wow said...

Very pretty place. It sure has had some interesting happenings...but at least you weren't there when the porn was being filmed!

J Bar said...

Beautiful.
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Sylvia K said...

What a beautiful place! The color of the water is breathtaking. Reminds me of time that I spent on a small island off the coast of Mexico where I learned to snorkel and what incredible life and beauty were to be seen there underwater. A wonderful experience I'll never forget. Your magnificent photos brought back lots of happy, beautiful memories! Hope you have a wonderful week!

Sylvia

Gaelyn said...

Cebu looks like a slice of heaven. Especially after this mornings snow.

the donG said...

looks like a nice island for snorkeling. i like uninhabited islands. i believe cebu has lots of these to discover.

Indrani said...

Yes, a great place to picnic.
Great shots.

magiceye said...

very beautiful indeed!!

ladyfi said...

Look at that crystal clear water. I would love to visit!

Regina said...

How delightful!
Love the waters.

Rob Inukshuk said...

Yes, I think I could force myself to spend a few days there in that beautiful paradise!

Lara Neusiedler said...

simply superb! feels like holiday now :)

SandyCarlson said...

I would love to experience the place you have captured here. Utterly amazing.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Luna: What neat waters you have in your world, crystal clear.

Ebie said...

Who can resist the beauty of the white sands and cool waters! I could imagine the corals in the area!

A great tourist spot to boost and attract visitors!

Lily Hydrangea said...

A gorgeous beach, even the mountains are blue!

Riet said...

Oh wow beautiful waters, that colour is awesome.

Carolyn Ford said...

I could be very happy spending a lot of time right on that beach! It is beautiful.

Tricia said...

Absolutely Incredibly Beautiful Scenes!!!

roncat(roniemcatadman) said...

I've this island so many times before taking foreign tourists for an island hopping tour and also to the nearby islets.It is a beautiful island to relax and doing fun(swimming,snorkelling,diving and sunbathing).