I do not remember the water being so calm when I first visited the peninsula in September 2009. In fact, during the island-hopping at the time, the boat almost toppled. This time around, the water was like this one big slab of smooth glass, reflecting the sky’s hues. Not even the boat’s balancing poles could disturb the calm. It was eerie, but I welcomed the silence of the water. Especially when the island the group was housed was a good two-hour boat ride from town.
Isla Soledad was in the middle of nowhere. It being our jump-off point, our island-hopping was thus limited to the islands the group deemed interesting; otherwise, we would have spent most of our vacation on the boat on the water.
The usual islands we did visit – Lahus and Matukad. Despite the islands being populated with tourists, Lahus and Matukad retained their charm from six years ago. Lahus is known for the fine, white sand between two jagged limestone formation. Matukad is known for its beautiful rock formation accentuated by bonsai-like trees growing on the rocks’ cracks. What is new about Matukad is the lagoon that houses a mystical milk fish. One can climb the rock formation to view this lagoon. While I gave it a go, I was not able to have a glimpse of the lagoon because there were too many people climbing the rock.