Crocodile Island is an island lying within Balintang Channel and is situated amidst the main island of Luzon and Palaui Island. It is named as such because of the islet’s resemblance to a crocodile at rest on a sandbar when seen from afar.
The local name of the land is Manidad Island, but some call it Rona Island. It is one of the stopovers in Palaui island hopping tour. It is a stretch of sand that can accommodate only a few people at a time.
The island also has unique rock formations that seem to be broken pieces that can be put back together. The island also has a marble cliff that serves as the view deck where one can see the town of Sta. Ana and Palaui Island.
Crocodile Island is still left untouched. There are no commercial establishments around the area. The surroundings are mostly rocky with only a few plants thriving there. One side of the island is facing the Pacific Ocean, so the waves here are big and strong. Though the waters around it are shallow, the ocean floor is covered by seagrass, making it hard to figure out its deep parts.
The islet is also popular for its crystal turquoise water and its pristine beach that is composed of a mixture of rough sand, sharp rocks, and shattered corals.
In Palaui Island, tourists can visit the Cape Engaño Lighthouse that guides vessels crossing the Babuyan Channel and those coming from the Pacific Ocean. Guests can also stay for the night in Palaui in one of the camping grounds located in the island, the Nature Village.
On the other hand, visitors can get on a boat ride from Crocodile Island to the main island of Sta. Ana, Cagayan where the Anguib Beach is located. The beach is known as the Boracay of the North because of its similarity to Boracay.