Have you wondered about doing things that will make your youth worth remembering when you reach the age of no return? Sounds funny but it is reality. While there is still an exuding enthusiasm, strength and means to do it, grab the opportunity. That is just my two cents. I am sharing with you my latest adventure to the sea.
Here is my share of instructions on your way to Crystal Beach Resort in Zambales.
- Buy a ticket for bus trips to Iba at Victory Bus Liner in Cubao, Quezon City. Trips to Iba start at 5 AM to 9 PM (5 AM, 7 AM, 9 AM, 11 AM, 1 PM, 2:30 PM, 3:30 PM, 5 PM, 7 PM, 9 PM). The ticket costs P305 per passenger.
- Let the bus conductor know that you’ll get off at San Narciso, in front of San Sebastian Church. The trip is about 5-6 hours using public transportation.
- Across the road from San Sebastian Church, ride a tricycle going to Crystal Beach Resort. The fare is P15 per passenger.
First, go to the registration area. You must have at least one valid ID for identification purposes. Second, check their accommodation options. This is whether you want to stay in an air-conditioned room, fan room, own/rented tent, glam-ping tent or you just want a day tour, just let the receptionist know. Lastly, provide payment corresponding to the number days of stay in the resort. There’s a required deposit of P1000 which will be returned once you checked out.
When I checked in, I chose to stay in a rented tent. It was a budget friendly decision since I traveled solo. The overnight stay was for P950. The amount paid included a breakfast buffet. They serve buffet between 6 AM to 9 AM only. The food was pretty good and there were a lot of options.
In the morning, I woke up at 6 AM to have a breakfast. Then, I registered to surfing lessons for P400 per hour. Telin was my instructor and coach. She did excellent in making me feel confident that I can stand on the surfboard just by her signals. Best first surfing experience so far!
It was a mix of comedy, action and drama when I started to balance my way to the waves. My instructor kept on laughing because my screaming was then longer than the actual stay on the surfboard. The sound and size of the waves crashing made me want to quit. I think the fear was normal for non-swimmers. Nobody wants to drown when the goal was fun and relaxation. And, I did it with flying colors! I conquered the fear and had so much fun surfing. I had enough dose of salt water during the first half of the surfing session.
At night, there were activities in the resort. We had a movie night plus bonfire only because, the acoustic night was cancelled at that time. The night was cozy, not too busy and just pure relaxation. Two bottles of beer made the night perfect. The food and drinks were pricey considering that it is in a province.
Overall experience was fantastic. The ambiance was perfect, fresh air, clean facilities, better accommodations, the people in the resort were always willing to help and they were polite to guests. Visit Crystal Beach Resort website for additional information.