Travel Buddy – La Manok Island in Masbate
La Manok Island in Masbate, accessible through the little-known Carnaza Island in Daanbantayan, Cebu that’s off the coast of Malapascua, is a pretty island that’s still off the tourist radar.
This untouched stretch of bleach white sand and crushed corals is uninhabited, but used as a temporary stop of fishermen, migratory birds and snap-happy tourists. One side of the narrow strip of beach is calm and ideal for swimming, while the lapping waves are consistent on the other side throughout the day. Carnaza Island also offers a good selection of often empty white sand beaches. Camping is also allowed in Carnaza.
The La Manok Island or La Manoc Island serves as a pit stop for the fishermen, since this Island is close to the Island of Carnaza, Daanbantayan Cebu where most of the fishermen came from. It is located in the Visayan sea between Masbate and Cebu, but geographically speaking, it is part of Masbate.
The whole island does not own a resident here, but there’s a three humble house made from a bamboo and covered with a beautiful weave coconut frond as well as the roof. This serves as the rest house of the fishermen from their fishing trips. There are three small islands that composed La Manok Island.
How to get there
Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific offers flights from Manila to Cebu daily. From the airport, ride a taxi to the Cebu North Bus Terminal, where you can get on a bus passing by the Tapilon port in Daanbantayan, Cebu. There are outrigger boats in Tapilon port going to Carnaza Island and surrounding islands, including La Manok.
The first Island owns a high and big limestone that looks like a mushroom when you view it from afar. This Island is actually tied to the other side of the Island through the white sandbar as this where probably the name of the Island came from. The “La Manok” is a Bisaya term that means “The chicken-less Island” in which the white sandbar connects the Hen and the Cock.
Three island connected by a white sandbar.