I and my friends were looking for a great beach vacation to end the summer this year. We were originally heading to Kalanggaman Island but we found it a bit expensive. Upon further research, we found a more budget-friendly alternative, Cuatro Islas. Cuatro Islas consists of four islets belonging to the municipalities of Inopacan and Hindang.
How to Go to Cuatro Islas from Cebu
From Cebu, you need to ride a ship going to Hilongos. You can buy a ticket from Roble Shipping lines as they have daily trips to Hilongos. You can only buy from their main office which is in Pier 4. Once in Hilongos port, you’ll see trike’s for hire but we didn’t get one there because their asking price is 300 Pesos. We decided to go their jeepney terminal which is only a few meters away from the port. In the terminal, you can either ride a jeepney or hire a tricycle. There were no jeepneys yet when we arrived so we hired a trike and agreed with the price of 200 Pesos. We asked the driver to drop us at Inopacan baywalk.
In the baywalk is where you can hire boats for island hopping. It’s first come first served so better to arrive early. The price for the island hopping is 2500 Pesos. Aside from that, there’s an additional of payment of 50 Pesos per head for the environmental fee.
Our first stop was at Mahaba Island. Among the four islets, this is the most stunning. It’s uninhabited which makes it peaceful and clean. The water is clear and the white sand is really nice.
I’ve read online that Mahaba Island offers a great snorkeling experience but was disappointed because we were only allowed to stay there for 15 minutes since our guide still needed to go back to the beachwalk to pick up other tourists. I hope they would allow guests to enjoy and stay longer at the islet next time.
Himokilan Island is the only islet among the four that belongs to the municipality of Hindang instead of Inopacan. So we didn’t dock there because there will a payment of 500 Pesos if you wish to swim there. However, I managed to take the below photo.
Some people reside in this islet so you can buy fish here that you can bring to Digyo Island.
Dubbed as mini-Kalanggaman, Digyo Island is where we stayed for the whole day. There are tables and cottages for rent in the island. Prices are 150 Pesos and 300 Pesos respectively. There are food for sale here but there’s not enough choices so it’s better if you can buy food from Apid Island or if you can bring your own food.
Digyo Island has a nice sandbar which reminds me of the White Island Sandbar of Camiguin.
Even the other side of the island also has a sand bar.
The island is just small so we managed to round it in just a few minutes.
Snorkeling in Digyo is also interesting and there are lots of fish to see.
There are also corals to see but this fluffy one is my favorite.
Overall, island hopping at Cuatro Islas is a nice experience and we still have money left for our next destination which is Canigao Island. We stayed in Bato Leyte since it’s nearer to our next destination.