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LOLA Sayong Eco-Surf Camp

A short break from the busy city life is beneficial and recommended to everyone. A day or two of not thinking stressful work related concerns is a real treat to oneself. You don’t need to be bankrupt to enjoy and replenish some lost energy in your body.

As I age, I realized that going to the beach is best for physical and mental health. Just get there, eat the food you like, drink coffee by the beach, run even when no one is running after you, watch the sun rise and sun set, breathe fresh air, have fun with the waves and just dip in the water.

At the end of the day, put some notes that will remind you of what you did because it will forever remain a memory.

Wondering where to go, I found an amazing beach called Lola Sayong Eco-Surf Camp in Gubat, Sorsogon Bicol and here’s how you can get there.

  1. Traveling from Legazpi City, proceed to the Van/Bus terminal. It is just a few minutes’ walk from Gaisano mall or you may ride a tricycle to get there sooner for P20-40 solo ride.
  2. Look for transport vans going to Sorsogon City. Fare is at P120 per passenger. Travel time is approximately 1-2 hours depending on traffic.
  3. Tell the driver that you will get off at the PUJ terminal going to Gubat, Sorsogon. It is just across Chowking and Jollibee food chains.
  4. Ride a jeepney with a sign board “Buenavista” Gubat, Sorsogon. The fare is P29 per passenger and it’s about 30 minutes ride from the city center.
  5. Get off at Buenavista terminal or anywhere near it and ride a tricycle to Lola Sayong Beach. The fare is P30-40 and it’s about 5-10 minutes ride.

There is a P25 entrance fee to the beach. At the entrance, you have to make the arrangements for your accommodations and other activities like surfing. There are options to rent cottages and Nipa houses if you plan to stay overnight. They serve breakfast or meals which they cook and prepare upon order any time the kitchen is open.

The facilities were mostly built using all natural resources available surrounding the beach. Starting off with the shower area, rest rooms, kitchen and tables outside were made of woods and bamboos. The place is clean and conducive for pure relaxation.

The mobile network signal is limited to 2G or lucky if you get to capture some 3G signal on your phone.

The best part is, the waves are very inviting for surfing! Surfers will definitely love this place. I got the chance to do a surfing lesson and surf while it’s was raining. The place is fantastic.

The beach is not crowded on weekdays just like any other resorts. The ambiance is so relaxing and the staff are accommodating.

Anyone who’s interested to visit the place can contact this mobile number 63 905 242 1693. You may ask for directions if you encounter any confusion reaching the place or go to their facebook page.

Have fun!

 

Paguriran Island and Lagoon, Bacon Sorsogon, Phils.

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.