Reviews of Cotivas Island • 1
Manlawi group (Cotivas, Manlawi and Sabitang-Laya) of islands is my destination on my second day in Caramoan. The jump off point for this Manlawi Group is in Bikal Port. Standard rate for boat is at 2000 to 3000 depending on the size of the boat and your haggling skill. These islands are also albeit far and would take about 45 minutes to an hour before you reach the first island. Also the waters here tend to get rowdy especially in the later afternoon because these islands were already facing the Pacific Ocean. There is nothing much to expect in this island except that it has a long strand of yellowish sand and a crystal clear water. I am not really sure if this is a good site for snorkeling because I have not seen any corals near the island. Although I was not able to enjoy the beach because it was high tide at that time, but the view is really beautiful, I am just naturally attracted to beaches with a mountain as a backdrop. My guide Tope said that a huge portion of the sandbar is submerged during high tide. Unfortunately, I can't wait for the water to get low to see the sandbar. So we move on to the next island "Manlawi" which is known for its vast sandbar.