Summer is just around the corner and in Lopez Jaena, Misamis Occidental, one of the smaller islands which is surrounded by teeming marine life is again among the top places to visit.

Kapayas is a small rocky islet located some 2 kilometers off the coast of the municipality of Lopez Jaena. The town is the first municipality right after Oroquieta City if you’re coming from Ozamiz. If you’re going to Kapayas Island, go to Katipa Elementary School and proceed to the jump-off point (towards the shore) where several boats (bancas) are docked. See the map below.

Here’s a video in going to the island.

Kapayas is uninhabited but there are a few open cottages built on the islet for those planning on a picnic and swimming. One side of the islet is a white beach with clear waters. You can see schools of fish when riding a boat to the islet. It is a haven for those studying marine life. It is not so popular among outsiders but is a preferred destination among locals.

There’s also NO ENTRANCE FEE….it’s FREE. Your only expense is the round-trip boat ride (estimate Php200-Php300). You can bring food, drinks and utensils. Just bring your trash with you when you leave as the islet is often monitored by the local Bantay Dagat. Also during summer, local barangay officials are limiting the number of tourists on the islet due to its small capacity.

The island is also a good spot for photoshoots. (photos by Louraine Jalagna Vicente)

Watch this aerial clip courtesy of Fortunato Boquia.

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