Malamawi Island is a small island that is located off the coast of Isabela City, the capital of Basilan. It is also known as the Paradise Island, because of its white sand beaches, clear blue water, and lush greenery. Here are some facts about Malamawi Island that you might find interesting:
• Malamawi Island has a land area of 9.6 square kilometers, and a population of about 12,000 people. The island is divided into four barangays: Baluk-Baluk, Basakan, Lanote, and Townsite. The island is connected to Isabela City by a 900-meter long wooden bridge that can be crossed by foot or by vehicle.
• Malamawi Island has several beaches that are ideal for swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and camping. Some of the popular beaches are White Beach, Paradise Beach, and Coco Beach. The beaches have fine and soft sand, and the water has a turquoise color. The beaches also have various amenities and facilities such as cottages, restaurants, and souvenir shops .
• Malamawi Island also has a historical landmark, which is the White House, a former rest house of the American governor-general Francis Burton Harrison. The White House was built in 1917, and it has a colonial-style architecture. The White House is located on a hilltop that offers a panoramic view of the island and the sea .
• Malamawi Island is open to the public from Monday to Sunday, from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm. There is no entrance fee, but visitors have to pay a terminal fee of 5 pesos per person at the bridge. Visitors can also rent boats, bicycles, or motorcycles to explore the island .