If you love white sand beaches that are not crowded and without commercialized resorts, Puro Island in Magsingal, Ilocos Sur is one of the best choices. There are no cottages and establishments – only the island and the white sand beach.
Puro Island can be reached from Sabang Beach in Ilocos Sur. You need to rent a boat there and the travel time is around five to 10 minutes. We stayed in the island from 12 noon to 4PM and we have only paid 500 pesos for the boat rental. But of course, we should provide food for the boat drivers.
When we arrived in Puro Island, we were the only people there so it felt like we owned the whole island. The place was so quiet and peaceful and we could here all sounds of birds.
Though the sand in Puro Island is not as powdery as the sands in Malapascua Island and Camotes Island, I was really amazed with the crystal clear water. A lot of different kinds of fish can be seen even in the shallow part of the sea just be wearing goggles. I’ve been a fan of aquariums since I was in elementary and I’ve realized that it’s more fun watching fish swim in their natural habitat.
Fishermen usually catch fish late in the afternoon and at night. You can buy freshly caught seafood from them at very affordable prices. We’ve bought fresh rabbitfish and octopus from them.
As what they say, a picture speaks a thousand words so please enjoy the photos taken from the time we headed for the island until the time we went home.
We Should All Do Our Best in Preserving Puro Island
We can enjoy the island for free (no entrance fee) so we should all do our share in protecting the island. Unfortunately, other guests just leave their trash in the island and carve their names on the rocks.
Nowadays, it’s so hard to find a good place where you don’t need to spend lots of money. If it gets destroyed, it’s still US who will suffer. So let’s become responsible Filipinos by picking up our trash and dispose them properly.
I hope that Puro Island will always stay free, beautiful and most of all, unaltered by humans.