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Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Bagasbas beach lies in the Southern province of Camarines Norte in the Bicol Region of the Philippines. Known for being a surfing destination primarily because it faces the wide Pacific ocean and the waves are continuous and suitable for both surfer wannabes and experts.
We went directly to Bagasbas beach after camping overnight at Calaguas Islands' Mahabang Buhangin going here is very easy, after alighting from any public transportation vehicle bound for Daet, Camarines Norte you'll just take a short 4-5 kilometer tricycle ride to Bagasbas beach.
The long stretch of beach provides a wonderful sight, the sands aren't white but in here, it's the waves that's the main attraction as well as fellow beach goers, surfers, skim boarders and skate boarders. There is long paved road facing the beach and rows of bars, backpacker inns highlight the street and riding a bike or your skate board seems like a perfect tool of exploration.
We rented a room at the second floor of E.M. bar for only 200 pesos a night, it's a small fan room suitable for sleeping and nothing else. Hey it's cheap and in a place like Bagasbas beach, where the real pleasure is found outside on the beach and with the waves, the room is already perfect (for us budget travelers).
In the afternoon we took our surfing lessons, which to my surprise was a little bit difficult than the first time i tried to learn surfing in La Union. The waves this time is a bit bigger and wilder and I had a hard time balancing myself during my first few tries. However, it was a great experience just riding the board and meeting the waves. It became a bit scary one time but the water was only up to your waist so my fear of drowning really never got the hold of me.
Speaking of drowning, there was a near drowning accident that happened there. Fortunately the rescuers (actually it was our surfer instructors who rescued the boy) were quick on their feet and was able to rescue a boy who were taken into the deep part of the sea by the strong current.
During the night, the festive mood in the beach continues (there's usually a party every weekend) people were still playing beach volleyball and hanging out on the bars and there's no lack of choices when it comes to eating. We munched on 'betamax', 'isaw' and 'bbq' and a few bottles of beer of course and proceeded to walk on the beach to enjoy the cool breeze of open sea wind.
So, there an account of our brief yet memorable stay at Bagasbas beach. I hope next time I come back, I'd be able to fully say to the surf board "I owned you" and be able to stay standing on the board for a long, long ride with the waves.
How to go: Take any bus going to Daet, Camarines Norte. From Daet just take a tricycle to Bagasbas Beach.