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Alibijaban Island

Alibijaban Island is a small island with a length of 4.6 kilometers (2.9 miles) from north to south and 1.3 meters (0.81 mi) wide with mangrove forests, extensive reefs, white sandy coastlines and rich bird life offshore at the southwestern end of Ragay Gulf, San Andres, Quezon Province, Calabarzon Region, Philippines. This virgin island has a mangrove forest covering 140 acres (350 acres) in the central and northern parts.

Land and coast in Alibijaban and protected by the National Integrated Protected Areas System as a wilderness area in 1981 called the Alibijaban Island Wilderness Area. Alibijaban covers 225 hectares (560 acres) of the surrounding waters has also been declared a marine protected area called the Alibijaban Fish Sanctuary.

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The lowland island is surrounded by a cliff edge interspersed with a stretch of seaweed near the beach. The central and northern parts are dominated by wilderness with most of the population concentrated on two sitios on the western and southwestern coast of the island overlooking San Andres and the Bondoc Peninsula. Its coastal formations include sandy beaches and rocky beaches, especially on the northeast side.

Biodiversity

Alibajaban has some undisturbed mangrove forests. At least 22 species of mangroves and 14 species of birds include the Philippine megaphode (Megapodius cumingii), large-billed crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Indian jungle crow (Corvus culminatus), black-naped oriole (Oriolus chinensis).

Sundial collared dove (Streptopelia bitorquata), Asian glossy starling (Aplonis panayensis), chestnut munia (Lonchura atricapilla), Philippine pied fantail (Rhipidura nigritorquis), common emerald dove (Chalcophaps indica), black-crowned night heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) and common snipe (Gallinago gallinago). The island is also home to a number of fruit bats and monitor lizards.

Alibajaban Island also has the most diverse marine habitat in the Ragay Gulf region. Home to at least 30 hard coral genes dominated by Porites, Montipora and Acropora. The adjacent waters are visited by whale sharks (Rhincodon typus), nanta rays and sea turtle.

Location: Alibijaban Island, Ragay Gulf, San Andres, Quezon Province, Calabarzon Region, Philippines.

Routes and public transport: Flight to Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, then take a bus to San Andres City via Pan-Philippine Highway and Bondoc Peninsula Road for 330 kilometers (210 miles) for 8 hours, then rent a boat to reach Alibijaban Island for 3.6 kilometers (2 , 2 miles).

It is recommended that you take a direct trip from Manila to San Andres and the last bus stop is at Market at San Andres where you can buy the things you need on the island. The port runs away from the market, but you can hire a rickshaw.

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Advice: Alibijaban Island is managed by the Community Environment and Resources Office (CENRO) under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and Provincial Government of Quezon.

Alibijaban is a backpacker destination where fine white sand beaches and mangrove forests are some of the reasons to visit. Activities to do include beach bumming, camping, boating, snorkeling, tour at sandbar and mangroves areas, and island hopping (Burias Island, Sombrero Island, Talisayan Island).

You can sleep by hiring Kubo with nice room for 3 to 5 people. The best option is to bring your own tent and pay only the cost of the Environment. Not allowed to create a campfire, you need to ask permission from the locals first. Do not miss the sunrise where the right time to wake up is 5 am. You really get the best photos under the sun because it's receding.

No need to worry for food where you can ask the locals to cook something for a minimal fee. Electricity is limited on the island as it is only powered by solar electricity and charging your gadget will cost you. Shops are available on the island where you buy beer, snacks and more.



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