Baluarte Watch Tower, Luna, La Union, Philippines
Immuki Island is a destination located at barangay Paraoir, Balaoan, La Union. It is not an island but a series of pools and small lagoons formed by crystal clear water entrapped between coral rocks. Immuki is a word which was derived from a sea creature that can thrive only on the paringit (dead corals) – these are the sea slugs or babao. Babao or bao is a Pangasinense term which refers to the female genital or in Ilocano, uki. Since then, the word Immuki I has been associated with the island also because the shape of its main lagoon is like the shape of a female genital. Continuing the “naughty theme”, the other lagoons in the island were also named after body parts, the Bimmuto (male genital) and Immubet (anus).
To protect your feet from the sharp-edged corals, you are advised to wear slippers or water shoes. There are small stalls near the island where you can purchase some snacks and beverages or rent slippers.
Before going to Immuki Island, you need to register at the Paraoir Barangay Hall. The entrance to the island is FREE.
Photos from http://www.launiontayo.com.ph/location/immuki-island/ and http://www.balaoanlaunion.gov.ph
How to get there
Ride a bus bound to Vigan, Abra or Laoag. Then, ask the driver to drop you off at Bacnotan Public Market (travel time is approximately 4 to 5 hours). From Bacnotan Public Market, ride a jeepney heading to Luna. Ask the driver to drop you off at Paraoir Barangay Hall. Register at the Barangay Hall. Immuki Island is walking distance from the barangay hall, just follow a narrow path.