if Iloilo has Guimaras island, Davao with Samal island, Zamboanga with Sta Cruz island, Cebu with Mactan island, Tagbilaran with Panglao island. Isabela City's main coast is enclosed from the open sea by Malamawi island.
most people think that it's just one island but if one sees it from Google Earth, it shows another enclosed island within the mangrove swamp on its Northern coast. this is the island of Marang-Marang. connected to the main island of Malamawi through the vast areas of mangroves.
just recently, a view point on the island's peak was opened to the public with a great view of the island of Marang-Marang and the main island of Basilan separated by the Basilan Strait. on its West side, it gives the view of Malamawi's White Beach. one can reach this peak by taking a jeep to the top.
one can actually cross these two islands by boat through the swamps during high tide and can walk over muddy soil during low tide. a small community hidden between Malamawi and Marang-Marang can only be seen from this peak.
these shrubs extends to the Basilan strait protecting the main coastline of Isabela from big waves coming from Sulu sea. thus a large area of stilt houses are found within the Basilan Strait. only when i was in high school when i started to explore these mangrove swamps by boat.
how to get there:
from Isabela city:
option 1: take a boat trip from Isabela city's boat dock site for Malamawi bound trips. it is just a short walk away from the main dock site of ferries coming from Zamboanga. Isabela dock site to Malamawi pier (10minutes or less). from the pier, if you've arranged in advance for a pick-up, they will pick you up from here for an hour or less trip to White beach.
option 2: rent a boat from Isabela city pier Malamawi bound that will bring you directly to White beach. warning: this can be risky as waves are most of the time big for this route. this less recommended.
one can then arrange a ride to the peak for the view.
it is advisable to check first the situation in the island before setting a visit. i also recommend that you know of someone from the island who can guide you around.
take off point: Isabela city
6^ 44" 45' N
121^ 57" 54' E