One item on my bucketlist is to get to as many islands as I can on a motorcycle. I have already crossed the sea on a ferry, crossed a bridge to get to another island, and just recently, rode the motorcycle to the island. I did that when I crossed a small strip of land to Pinget Island near Vigan. This time, in Badoc, Ilocos Norte, I have another opportunity to do that going to Gabut Island.
Like how I found Pinget Island, I was scanning the map of my route when I saw an island very close to the main island. I was thrilled to see that it is connected by what looked like a bridge. What the satellite view didn’t show….
Gabut Island or Gabot Islet is in Brgy. Gabut Norte, Badoc, Ilocos Norte. It is about 7 kms from Badoc and about 30 kms from Laoag City. There is virtually no information about the island online except it’s location. There isn’t even a photo of it.
I got more and more excited as I neared the island and the sea came into view. I can see the island directly ahead of me. When I got closer and I can see what’s on the island, the excitement turned to disappointment. Here’s what I saw:
Yeah, what I thought as a building from what I saw on the satellite view was actually the RUINS of a building. But that’s not exactly why I was disappointed. Didn’t you notice it yet?
I was sitting on my motorcycle before a roadblock and a really wide gap on the bridge leading to the island laughing at myself for being fooled by the optical illusion created from the top view. Anyway, even if I had known prior to the trip that the bridge is out, I would still have made this stop.
On my way out I asked some locals about the island. I couldn’t get any specifics and some info are not even consistent. When I got back from the trip, I got in touch with Badoc’s Tourism Officer and got some answers.
If you want to visit here, you’ll be glad to know that there are beach resorts near the island. I just hope someday, they’ll fix the bridge and turn all that rubble into a nice public beach resort. To date, there are no plans for that yet 😦
I may have [FAILED] to get to the island but I promise to go back here whenever I have the chance. Meanwhile, I’m leaving Badoc and I leave you this 180+ degree view of Gabut Island and the ruins of a Governor’s Mansion.