Divers, here’s a special treat for you! A magical island resembling a giant sea turtle. Underwater wonders and untouched corals, white pebbles, and sea shells. It’s a magical underwater world worth exploring!
Pawikan Islet bears a striking resemblance to a turtle breaking the surface of the water to breathe. The islet, roughly 1 hectare in area, is made of huge rocks surrounding its coasts and a hill covered in vegetation. Together, these make the small island look like the back of a turtle – a striking image that shows how enchanting nature can be!
While the islet itself is a sight to behold, there’s more to it than just the island contours. Guests, visitors, and tourists can hire a boat to get on the island itself – getting on the turtle’s back, so to speak. From here, there are amazing views of the waters of Western Samar. The island is almost totally surrounded by deep blue waters and mountain ranges in the horizon.
The islet is just across Malajog Beach. It is being steadily developed with amenities and accommodation, and is continuously being explored for snorkeling and diving. Currently, you can find cottages to stay at and access points to various points in the islet. You can walk around with the stairs, steps, and paths made for accessibility.
Finally, the turtle rests atop of an underwater trove of natural treasures. Dive into the clear waters and descend into the depths to witness a thriving marine life. There is a healthy variety of sea corals, rare white pebbles, many types of sea shells and ornamental aquamarine species. Other exotic marine life and luminescent creatures have also been reported in initial underwater surveys.
All of these wonders can be accessed at around 40 to 50 meters below sea level. The islet is also surrounded by uniformly and equally-spread aquifers.
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HOW TO GET THERE?
Exact location: Barangay Malajog, Western Samar. Guests should take a boat from Barangay Binaliw to get to the islet accommodation.