Calayan Island: Jaw-dropping Chasms of Nagudungan Hill
Nagudungan Hill is one of the most spectacular seascapes in the country!
The white-sand coves along the southeast coastline of Calayan Island are fenced in by soaring precipices of volcanic rock. The most stunning cliffs are gouged out by wind and water from Nagudungan Hill stretching out to the sea at the southern end of Caniwara Cove.
Casuarina trees sculpted by the harsh weather that frequently pummel the island
A narrow pathway leads to its grassy head, where windswept casuarina trees kowtow to the incessant winds that batter the Babuyan Channel. Also succumbing to the harsh weather that pummels the island most of the year, a white lighthouse lie fallen on one of the trees. As you ascend the hill, a spectacular panorama of Caniwara, Sibang and Cabaan Coves slowly reveals itself.
Water buffalo and goats graze on the rolling pastures
At the end of this hill, the rolling pastures akin to Batanes’ famed landscape – where goats and water buffalo peacefully graze – suddenly drop into majestic 15-storey deep chasms, down to the jagged shoreline and some hidden beaches. Migratory birds nest high within the basalt fissures, occasionally gliding on the strong gusts of wind that sweep over the hill. The base of these jaw-dropping cliffs are marked by a number of shallow caverns, some of which house ancient burial jars unfortunately ransacked by treasure hunters. Nonetheless, Nagudungan Hill may very well be one of the most spectacular seascapes in the country.
Look how small a person is!
Harsh elements have gouged jaw-dropping chasms into Nagudungan Hill
HOW TO GET THERE: For transportation details to Calayan Island, check out my travel guide. Nagudungan Hill is found next to Caniwara Cove. For directions to the cove, see my entry on Calayan’s beach coves.
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