DAET, CAMARINES NORTE, PHILIPPINES — Back in the province, I lived in a barangay adjacent to Bagasbas Beach. During my childhood days, going to this beach was a regular thing. Either for a quick dip, jogging, or just simple strolling. When I returned to my hometown last April, a lot have changed. Although the beach was not famous for its sand, it’s popularity have increased because of surfing-related activities. Back then, I didn’t have any idea that this beach would have such potential.
So for the usual, I strolled around and looked for anything new. Apparently, there are on-going construction of bridges that connects Bagasbas Beach to the seaside of the nearby towns of Talisay (on one end) and Mercedes (on the other end). The Talisay end of the bridge construction leads to an off-the-beaten beach that we also used to go-to. I wonder if that area still looks saharic as what I remember from it before.
After the stroll, I tried surfing. This was my second time to try surfing, one year after Baler. There isn’t much picture to see, but whatever. The experience is worth more than the pictures.
Bagasbas may not offer you a dreamy, clean and white shore but the waves will compensate this for you adventure-seekers. Polish your boards and get salty!
TRAVEL GUIDE / TIPS
- HOW TO GET THERE. To get to Daet, ride a bus (Superlines, DLTB, Amihan or Philtranco) bound for Daet (~P500/pax AC; ~P300-400/pax non-AC). Take a tricycle from the terminal (there are different terminal locations for Philtranco-Amihan and Superlines-DLTB) and ask to be dropped off at BABTODA, the tricycle terminal bound to Bagasbas. Take a tricycle and wait for other passengers (P8-10/pax).
- There are a lot of food choices to choose from along the shoreline boulevard of Bagasbas Beach.
- Surfboard rentals are at P200/hr while surfing lessons are for an additional P200/hr.
- Be careful/mindful of the current. Read and follow safety rules/precautions posted around the beach.
- As you are already in CamNorte, why not try a visit to other destinations within the province? Check them out here.