It was such a pity that all the fun and hype of the birthday fiesta simmered down when a big part of the family had to pack up and leave so that they are able to get back in time for work again in the new week.
And with about less than half the people left, the remaining ones continued to explore the island of Catanduanes. Enough of jumping off the diving board into the waters, we decided to scale some heights this time around!
[Catanduanes & Luzon | Philippines October 2015]
11 October 2015
Sakahon Beach & Lighthouse
After we sent off the people leaving that morning, we worked on preparing ourselves for a day out at an untouched beach. And as untouched as it is, we had to make sure we are well-prepared with enough food and water so that we will be able to enjoy the place to the fullest!
Sakahon Beach, here we come!
Sakahon Beach & Light House is located on the southern end of Catanduanes, on the other end of Cabugao Bay from Twin Rocks Beach Resort. And it took us approximately 30 minutes to drive from Bato through the hilly countryside of the island before we arrived at the beach.
Since the beach is located on the other side of the hills from town, the short stretch of beach was really quite secluded and there was no one else aside from us and the local fishermen shuttling in and out of the waters with fresh catch.
Unfortunately, it was not the right season to visit the beach. The monsoon washed up seaweed onto the fine and soft sandy beach. But I am pretty sure the beach will be very beautiful in another season!
We spent most of the time swimming and eating away, pretty much just beach bumming until the friend came up with a brilliant idea. We spoke with the local fishermen and they agreed to take us out and around the small islands in front of Sakahon Beach.
To be honest, we attempted to head out to sea twice. The first attempt was before our hike up to the lighthouse and it failed because for some reason, the engine of the boat we got into refused to start. And on the second try, we managed to leave the beach but it was a little scary sitting in a small fishing boat in the choppy waters. Well, whatever happened, it was really awesome that we managed to see another view of Sakahon Beach and caught a glimpse of its surrounding!
And as mentioned, we went on the hike to see the lighthouse in between the two attempts…
While we were preparing for the day out at Sakahon Beach, the ones who weren’t going to join us told us that the hike is going to be so worthwhile and enjoyable but they reminded us to remember to bring along a pair of comfortable shoes for the hike, take care and stay safe.
I took all the contradicting advice even though I was absolutely puzzled. But I immediately figured out what they were trying to say after we stepped right onto the trekking trail when I decided to go ahead without changing into my shoes.
Check out the condition of the trail in the photos above! It was rocky and slippery, and mostly at an inclined angle of approximately 30º or more. I totally regretted not making the effort to dry up my feet and put on my shoes even though we were all wet from the swim!
I guess it will not be so mentally taxing to hike up if I am in proper footwear and not in slippers. And you have no idea how relieved I was when I finally spotted the simple white structure of the lighthouse after we hiked for about 45 minutes or so!
With shaking knees from the 45 minutes hike and fear of heights standing on that skinny structure, I forced myself to continue going all the way to the top of the lighthouse anyway. I didn’t regret a single bit! Check out the view from up above!
The view of the Pacific Ocean and the green pastures from the lighthouse was simply too awesome. If not for the shaking legs, I would stay at the top and enjoy the sea wind that brushed not so gently on the face! Haha! Definitely the best reward after the tiring hike! Don’t you think so too? 🙂
Anyway, it was a little too late when I finally figured what the rest back home were trying to warn us about. We were way into the trail and there was no turning back. And at the end of the day, I was soaked from head to toes in my own sweat, I added a new scar to the collection on my right shin and I was dying for some iced cold beer and ice cream.
But… this is truly a different experience from my usual beach bumming every time I visited the Philippines. I enjoyed every bit of the day nonetheless! I will love to revisit and do the hike again, with proper footwear of course! Haha!
On our way back from the beach, we caught a glimpse of the sunset and we made the driver stopped the jeepney so that we can snap some photos… Hehe! What a beautiful way to end off our day out at an untouched beach on Catanduanes!
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