Taking a time out from work for a short time is a life’s sparkle. It colors some dull views with bright shades and tickles our human senses.
It was a decade ago since I last visited Sorsogon City, one of the rich cities in Bicol region. In August, I had a 3-day vacation from work and I decided to spend them in the province. So, I traveled from Manila to my hometown, Legazpi City.
Let’s start the route from Legazpi City. The van terminal to Sorsogon is located in Legazpi City Public Market. The fare is P75 per passenger. The travel time could take up to 2 hours depending on the traffic situation along the way. For first time travelers, it is best to let the driver know that you’re going to the Paguriran Beach or Lagoon. In that way, the driver will know where to drop you off. The van should stop in front of the famous Chowking food chain. From there, cross the road to reach the jeepney terminal for Sawangga via Bacon proper route. It is approximately 1-hour travel time from the terminal to Paguriran beach.
It is recommended that you bring food and water with you because there are not much options when you get there. The entrance fee is P5 per visitor and the Nipa hut houses minimum rent is P50. There are videoke sets available for rent as well. However, if you just wanted to have a serene stay near the beach, I would suggest that you go to this island during weekdays. The fact is, a lot of people would want to sing out loud on weekends and the noise from these machines and people singing will be disruptions to your relaxation.
When it is low tide, the beach front is too rocky. You need to walk a little father to reach the lagoon and the part of the beach where there is shallow water for non-swimmers. Do not forget to wear slippers or some footwear to protect your feet from getting pricked. However, the sand was impressively white and fine when we got to the part of the beach where there’s almost no small or big rocks.
Reaching the lagoon, it’s not quite the way I expected it to appear. Nevertheless, it was still stunning! We climbed up the rocky hill to see the view of the lagoon from the top. Climbing to the top was a challenge because the rocks are uneven, rough and have sharp ends which in turn can hurt you. From the top, you will have a view of the lagoon and its surroundings. You will have the feeling that your eyes are great assets in living a life that is blessed and colorful.