This happens to be my first blog post in WordPress. I have been sharing my trips and tips through other blog sites for quite a while now but I find it necessary to make a new blog dedicated to travel and adventure. I am no pro in writing but I have this desire to share what I love. I hope you will like my posts as raw and simple it may be.
So here I go..
Before 2015 ended, I made a resolution – “Travel every month even just for a weekend”. So far this 2016, I have not skipped any month yet so you can expect twelve different posts (or more) for every trip I do every month.
ONE OF TWELVE:
Last January, I jumpstarted with a simple road trip down south with some friends. We basically decided to skip the Sinulog extravaganza this year and opted to go to the beach to avoid traffic.
We wanted to try something different since we usually go to Alcoy for their public beaches. We’ve picked Aloguinsan since we were not able to explore the area yet.
On our way there, we stopped by Carcar to buy food and drinks. Then we went back on the road to Aloguinsan. It’s a three to four hour drive depending on how fast you drive or if you’re riding a public vehicle.
First, we went to Bojo River to try their River Cruise and Eco-Cultural Tour.
Bojo River is a lovely place for nature lovers. You can see lots of mangroves species taken cared by the community of fisher folks and their families. Also, since the river is directly linked to the ocean, you have the option to swim or snorkel.
The River Cruise and Eco-Cultural Tour is organised by the Bojo Aloguinsan Ecotourism Association (BAETAS), a local people’s organization in Aloguinsan. The tour costs 400 pesos per head. They were cheaper back when I first did my research about the place.
To go around the river, we rode an outrigger boat with local fisher folks as our guides. Not only was it amusing, it was also an environmentally enlightening experience.
Lucky for us, timing was perfect when we went there; the tide was okay for us to do the cruise and there were minimal people visiting the river.
And if you have plenty of time, you can go bird-watching or hiking. Apparently when we went there, they were still renovating the area so some of the facilities weren’t ready to be used yet.
For more inquiries or bookings, you can call +63 32 583 6797 or email email@example.com.
After Bojo River, we decided to chill at the beach which supposedly was our ‘only’ plan. We went to Hermit’s Cove, just a few kilometers away from Bojo. When we got there, we were shocked to see a LOT people. Good thing, they only allowed visitors to stay until 5pm. Some of the groups backed out when they knew about it.
Hermit’s Cove is considered as a hidden gem so my expectation was kind of high. But if I were to choose, I’d still go for Tingco Beach in Alcoy. It’s more accessible since it’s along the highway. It has white sand compared to Hermit’s coral/pebbly shore. Hermit’s Cove collects 50 per head for their entrance fee. Cottages are free on a first-come, first-served basis.
The only thing that really got me in Hermit’s was the gift shop behind the cottage where you pay your entrance fee. They sell cheap yet pretty and sturdy stuff. Their baskets could be used in many ways (hampers, storage, etc.) and they only cost from 300-600php compared to mall prices which ranges from 900-2000php.
“Sunday well spent”, I should say.