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Aliguay Island, Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte, Philippines.
8° 44.500' North
123° 13.424' East

Aliguay is a small Island, measuring 1000m x 600m approximately.
The Dapitan City area is divided into 50 barangays, and Aliguay Island is one of Dapitan's rural barangays.

It is easily accessible from Dipolog or Dapitan by boat, and roughly 10 kms from Tag-ulo Point. From Dipolog in a small pump boat, the journey can take typically 60 - 90 minutes, but in a larger boat, it can be much faster.

Until recently, there was no electricity on the island, except for a few houses which had their own generators.  Now there is an electricity service which lasts from about 19h - 21h each day.  There is no infrastructure to provide fresh running water, so all drinking water is imported from the mainland or rainwater.

The main trade is fishing.  At night, a lot of boats are out, and the surrounding sea area is illuminated by the boats' lights.  Although most fishermen use nets, other methods of catching fish include spears or even throwing stones.  People dive quite deeply without any equipment.

In the daytime, a lot of the women earn a bit of money by making necklaces from “puka” shells (remnants of shells on beach).  One person will collect the shells, and then small holes are made in each shell using a small hammer and metal point.  These are then held together by fishing twine.
There are a lot of larger shells on Aliguay too, for example, the attractive "Helmet" shells.

You often see the fishermen repairing their nets in the daytime too, or maybe a basketball game in the nearby court.

There are apparently various associations on Aliguay: Barangay Aliguay Fisherfolk Association (BAFA), an organization established for marine conservation and protection, and an Aliguay Women’s Association (AWA).

A lot of the island is owned by Romeo Jalosjos (a former Zamboanga del Norte congressman).  His former house is now in ruins and is infested with plant life and snakes.

The island has a local school, a municipal hall, a church, as well as a few small 'family' shops.  These can all be seen if you take a walk around the island's road (which is really a footpath).  This should not be done if it is windy since the path is bordered by tall coconut trees which can be dangerous.  There are also a lot of banana trees along the path too.

Aliguay is not far from Selinog Island which is of similar size.

Language : Visayan

Photograph taken on the south facing side of the island

Beware of falling coconuts - trees like this are everywhere on Aliguay - especially on the main path (aka "the road")

Fishing off Aliguay - often done at dusk or at nighttime

Aliguay's "road"

Coconut trees near the school

Outside a classroom at the school

The island's church


Helmet shells owned by a local - all found around Aliguay

Even when it is cloudy and windy, the weather is warm

Bamboo / wooden houses and unused boats are common sights

The island is ideal for those who like to swim, although you need to be careful with sharp coral


Leaving the island on the way back to Dipolog

Aliguay Island - the south side


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