|Bask on the bone-white sands of Olanivan Island, Sarangani, Davao Occidental|
|Tuke Maklang Beach Resort is home to hundreds of endangered flying foxes!|
|Sarangani Island harbors turquoise coves and white-sand coasts like Paras Beach|
|A colorful resident of Paras Beach on Sarangani Island|
Tuke Maklang has a beach resort straddling two coves. It's possible to spend a rustic night or two here on barebones accommodation in the company of hundreds flying foxes roosting on the nearby trees. Our last stop on Sarangani Island was Paras Beach, a swimming spot popular with locals. The east-facing coastline afforded panoramic views of Balut Island which makes an ideal area to watch the sun rise from behind the island volcano.
|Marorong Islet (Ballistic Islet) is a stone's throw away from Mabila Port on Balut Island|
|Are these the ruins of an outpost built by a 16th century Spanish explorer?|
After visiting Sarangani Island, we then proceeded to the smaller islands which were no less intriguing. North of Sarangani, there’s Olanivan Island ringed by coral reefs and pristine white sand. Moreover, Marorong Islet (also known as Ballistic Islet), on the other hand, is a stone's throw away from Mabila Port. The foliage on this islet conceals the stone ruins of what many believe was the fortified outpost that 16th century Spanish explorer Ruy Lopez de Villalobos built on his journey out of the Philippines to the Spice Islands (present-day Maluku, Indonesia). While locals may dish out this story as historical fact, experts have yet to validated the claim.
For instructions on how to get there and where to stay, please check out my previous post on Hiking Balut Volcano.