Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Anhawan Island: The other side

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We basked in the morning sun, swam in the warm water, and just loving our own private beach at the south side of the island.  Manong, the owner of the island, warmed up to the boys and invited us to the other side where his hut was located.  

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We can either ride in our outrigger and meet him on the other side, or climb the hill.  Naturally, we opted to climb the hill and walk to the north side of the island.  Manong warned us that the vegetation was dense, and we should be careful because there were traps along the hiking trails.  Some of the trails were also misleading to confuse unwanted visitors.  I was the weakest link, as always, and I was instructed to follow Manong's sidekick, Toto, a 9-year old boy, or one of his dogs.

Toto was fast I had to call him a few times to wait for me. I could barely take photos at his pace.

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It was a good 30-minute trek.  From one point, I could see Danjugan Island and Pulo Gamay at the distance.  It's where we came from before coming to this island.  

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This is the north side where, according to Manong, sea turtles lay their eggs.  It earned Anhawan a moniker as the turtle island of Sipalay.  Worldwide, marine turtle populations have critically declined and it was declared that all species of marine turtles are endangered.  This area is also a great diving site.

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Anhawan is an uninhabited island off the coast of Sipalay City in Negros Occidental.  There was no electricity, no fresh water in the island---Manong gets his water supply from the mainland.  I didn't see any crops, only coconut trees.  Manong lives here with his wife, his 9-year old sidekick, four dogs and a he-goat.  They have a house at the mainland but he preferred to stay on the island.  His way of life somehow reminded me of Robinson Crusoe.  

He told us that an American visited the island not too long ago, proposed to buy the island and convert it into a world-class resort.  I asked Manong if he's open to the idea...he said, he's quite sentimental about this island that his family owns for three generations.  

I hope he doesn't sell.

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This was the view from the beach.  The fisherman's hut across the bay was Manong's next-door neighbor.

The threesome---my cousin, Mark, Toto, the sidekick and the he-goat who had a big crush on Mark.

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44 comments:

Sylvia K said...

What a fun, delightful look at a part of your world! Looks as though you all had a wonderful time -- including the goat!! Hope you have a wonderful week!

Sylvia

EG Wow said...

I hope he won't sell too. It's way too beautiful to have a resort built on. :))

Jidhu Jose said...

lovely place

Mildred said...

What natural beauty! Thanks for sharing your photos.

kayni said...

it must be so nice to be away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

magiceye said...

what a beautiful world!

EastCoastLife said...

How does it feel to own an island!? :P

It has rustic charms and I hope he keeps it for his son and future generations.

docgelo said...

beautiful island! i can only see serenity in your photos! my favorite in this post is the one with the boat. i like boats for no particular reason.

nice getaway for you.. :)

Jenn said...

I've been to Sipalay but have never heard of Anhawan. Looks like a lovely piece of paradise. I hope he won't sell too.

ladyfi said...

Oh, how gorgeous and peaceful!

Arija said...

A wonderful holiday with so much to see and do.
If you own paradise, why would you want to sell it???

Lucka said...

Gorgeous nature!

Francisca said...

Shoo, shoo to the Amerikano! I like your world a lot today, Luna!

Sivinden said...

Great collection! - especially I like the part of the beach where the turtles lay their eggs - and the picture og the boy in the wilderness.

Jama said...

Wow, to have an island to themselves is simply amazing but I don't think I can stay for too long like this family, without electricity. I need the comfort of my home, but once in a while to go back to basic is ok.

bertN said...

There is no way for them to collect rainwater to supplement their fresh water supply?

stardust said...

What a beautiful island with unspoiled nature! Hope this island stay as it is now, not become a large-scale resort. At Yakushima island, Japan, as the numbers of tourists has increased in recent years and development has proceeded, the number of sea turtles decreased drastically. Because sea turtles instinctively return to the same place every year to lay their eggs. If the landscape is changed they are unable to come ashore.

Thank you for sharing such beautiful images of the lovely tropical island.

Marites said...

oh wow..how lucky you are to find this secluded place. I really hope and pray that the owner won't sell out. If he sells, I do hope it will be someone who has the "malasakit" to the island and its surroundings and its people. There are too many foreigners who're owning our islands and just making business about it.

snowwhite said...

What a gorgeous nature!!! How beautiful the color of the ocean is!! All of your photos are stunning. I do hope he won't sell this island and the shores will be preserved for sea turtles forever.
Luna, your header is beautiful and soothing. I love this!

Indrani said...

Hope it is not sold off, too beautiful atmosphere and environment.

Photo Cache said...

so beautiful out there. i am craving for some tropical setting right now.

Cecilia Artista said...

Beautiful photos! Wonderful nature!
I just love to be there and watch the turtles!

Karen said...

Oh, I hope he doesn't sell it. It's a gorgeous little slice of paradise.

SquirrelQueen said...

What a beautiful place. It would be a shame to turn this paradise into a tourist resort, I hope he doesn't sell either.

Carver said...

What a beautiful place. I hope he doesn't sell it.

chubskulit said...

Paradise!

Judy said...

I hope he doesn't sell the island, but that is only my opinion. The sea turtles need a quiet place to lay their eggs!

Mama Zen said...

How could you sell such a beautiful place? I hope he doesn't!

daemonite said...

that place is nice..like paradise!

Joyful said...

Beautiful!

Kero said...

sucha a lovely and serene place...i especially love 2nd to the last shot =)

Bhupesh said...

this place looks beautiful!!


Bhupesh

dong ho said...

im already impressed at how you find places that ive never heard of. lagi ko tong sinasabi.

i want to be on those rock islets.

Shirley @ The Gardening Life said...

As beautiful as it is, I would miss the amenities like fresh running water and electricity. I'm not much of a camper either. ;)

Ms. Becky said...

I hope the owner of this piece of paradise doesn't sell. unless it's to me! great shots of this exotic land.

Icy BC said...

You're so lucky to have such a place to enjoy! The island looks beautiful through your photos!

Birgitta - foto CHIP said...

Beautiful pictures from an interesting part of the world :)

RNSANE said...

What a tragedy it would be to sell this bit of paradise for commercial use. I would hate to think of visitors throwing waste on its pristine shores!

What a lovely place in which you live, Luna!

My Watery Wednesday is at:

http://rnsane.blogspot.com/2011/07/watery-wednesday-149-my-area-of.html#links

march on... said...

I haven't been to this side of Sipalay. Would love to visit someday, you'll give me a tour, okay? :)

Cookie said...

beautifully captured!

Andrea said...

It's really an idyllic island because there are few people. Some of the shores and vegetation looks like home, however that 2nd to the last photo seemingly having 3 islets looks real lovely. I want to go there too.

NatureFootstep said...

gorgeous place. You were lucky to be there. :)

Genie said...

A little part of heaven right here on earth. I hope he does not give in to the people who are interested in purchasing his island. I cannot even begin to imagine what a wonderful experience it would be to visit there. Beautiful, beautiful captures of a way of life we do not find very often. Genie

lina@happy family said...

What a beautiful island!