we already crossed meters aways from the Tondol shoreline but as we got closer, water reached our shoulders. we decided to go back and rent a boat instead to cross to the island.
on the right side of the beach shore is the small island of Tanduyong. a mere twenty to thirty minute walk will get us there according to the locals. from afar one can get so excited seeing the white sand beach glowing under the noon time sun.five of us decided to cross as we noticed that the water level under our knees extends meters and meters away from the beach of Tondol. in one area along the way, groups of starfish can be seen and one can't avoid not stepping them because of its great number.we were supposed to cross to the nearby island of Tanduyong easily but we were wrong. it was noon time and the water level was rising. we decided to go back but a boat man recommended us a different route.a route that allowed us to avoid the vast sea grass area, where there's danger of stepping over sea urchins. finally we found the right path and crossed the waters and reached the island.an island so big for one nipa house, which was the only structure that survived the typhoon. a family lives there and even welcomed us with their smile. took a short rest and decided to roam the island.the Northern portion of the island has coconut trees in one group as if they were intentionally fixed to a certain area. the sand in the island was not as fine as that of Tondol shoreline but pebbles and shells were quite abundant. on the other side, more pebbles and sea grass are quite noticeable. one can enjoy shell picking in this island. on the central rear area, a long stretch of sand surprised us. but the water was filled with sea grass. definitely not a nice place for snorkeling.i was more surprised when we had the chance to meet the family staying in the hut and the mother gave me a pair of shell with a smile. a gratitude for visiting their island. a symbol of what Filipinos are truly known for. genuine hospitality. up next, Tondol beach during low tide.