I once wrote about Paguriran Island as one of those offbeat destinations, the type that looks great on paper but could prove to be otherwise up close and personal. However, when I got there and saw it for myself, I discovered that it was, indeed, something out of the ordinary.
We were coming from a 12-day trip across Leyte and Samar, and we decided to cross to Bicol as we were nearing the end of our sojourn. We have spent hours island hopping in Matnog, Sorsogon, so it was close to sunset when we reached Paguriran Island in Bacon, Sorsogon. Fortunately, it was low tide when we got there, so we were able to witness what the island had to offer. We learned that if it were high tide, the beach would not be so spectacular.
While there, we were given three choices for our accommodation, the owners of which were related. We were actually thinking of setting up camp or taking an open cottage that cost Php 300, but since it was already towards the end of our trip, we decided to let ourselves taste a bit of luxury. We picked out a house that was closest to the beach and had a balcony. The going rate was Php 1,000, but since it was off-season and there was hardly anyone else there, we got the house for Php 800.
The house was for two persons only, but the owner was gracious enough to allow all four of us to stay there. There was no air conditioner, but with the fresh air around us, we were good with just an electric fan. In fact, some of us decided to sleep in the balcony.
There was a common makeshift bathroom at the back of the house, which was normal in places like this. There were even karaoke jukeboxes under each hut, typical in provinces, and I was glad there was no one else there or we would have had a hard time sleeping with our neighbors belting their hearts out.
Come morning, we discovered the beauty that was Paguriran Island. The tide was low and the sandbar heading towards the lagoon was visible. Incidentally, Paguriran Island isn’t really an island but a collective formation of craggy rocks shaped like a volcano’s crater. Nestled in the formation is a lagoon with clear blue waters. You can also hike up the islet for an amazing view of Paguriran and Bacon’s shoreline.
There was an understated vibe of serenity on the rocks near the lagoon, and if I could only stay there, I would. However, real life awaits. Swimming is, of course, the primary activity, but with the low tide, we were better off surveying the beauty that surrounded us. We were told, however, that during high tide, the waters could get neck-deep. Incidentally, there’s a marine sanctuary, too, where giant sea turtles are sheltered. Yes, Paguriran Island is still undisturbed, so that’s great news.
From this trip, I learned that good things do come to those who wait. Because we waited until morning, we were treated to the beauty that was Paguriran Island and Lagoon.