Bacon, Bacon, and the Island of Paguriran

Monday, May 04, 2015

March 28, 2015

As much as I want for my transitive hometown of Bacon (pronounced ba-kon) to be the land of the one food that I love more than cheese, it is, sadly, not. But while it is a little regrettable to not have an abundance of bacon in this sleepy town, there is still much cause for excitement.

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The fact that it was 5:30AM and  Kaye was already seated around the dining table, stirring coffee in a mug, is definitive proof that the smell of bacon in the morning is not the only legitimate incentive to get up. Beach trumps Bed, apparently.

"Wow," I began, failing to hide my surprise. My alarm went off fifteen minutes earlier and I'd decided to first get myself ready before waking her up. Much like I was before, she's not really a morning person. I'd figured I'd spare her a couple more minutes of sleep. But then I'd stepped out of the bathroom and there she was, already up and having coffee, no less. "Good morning."

"Good morning," she replied. There was a hint of pride in her voice and a smile on her lips.

I smiled back and proceeded to knock on  Archie's door.

"Kain na," I announced through the slightly-open door.

Moments later, I settled myself on a seat across from Kaye. Not long after, Archie, too, sat down with us.

"Aba, aga mo ah," remarked Archie upon realizing Kaye had been sitting at the table longer than both of us had.

This time, the pride was more pronounced in Kaye's tone. "S'yempre."

"Takot maiwan." I grinned, ladling steaming sopas to Archie's taza.

As expected, Archie uttered what Kaye and I believe to be his catch phrase, "Panalo."
After several minutes of random conversations, we finished our wonderfully delicious sopas. We then brushed our teeth, grabbed our things, then hopped on our rented tricycle.

We sped past usual rural scenes - rice fields, lots of trees, and livestock - for roughly forty-five minutes before we arrived in our destination.

Paguriran Island, also known as Paguriran Beach, is an off-the-beaten-tracks spot perfect for beating the summer heat. It is located in Baranggay Sawangga, Bacon, Sorsogon. I have been to this natural treasure five times and I still can't get over its charm. I'm also surprised that not many people know of this place. Matnog's Little Subic is more well-known, I think. But, hey, I'm not the one missing out, right? Besides, that's exactly what this post is about.

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Paguriran Island offers a picturesque combination of a limestone lagoon, creamer-like sands, clear waters, and, if you're lucky, the faint silhouette of Mount Mayon in the distance. Talk about postcard-worthy!
paguriran island

The lagoon can only be accessed during the day. As early as noon, the water inside the natural pool starts to considerably rise, which means the surrounding water has risen too. This may pose a danger since the lagoon is quite far-off from the shore. Better come here early and you might chance upon an especially low-tide day when a stretch of sand bar is visible halfway to the lagoon.

I should note that going to the lagoon is a must-do. This is actually the highlight, for the rock formations and the view afforded by them more than make up for the sharpness of the selfsame. It need not be said but I shall say it: footwear is a must!
The lagoon is made up of sharp limestone formations, so better wear slippers or aqua shoes.
via Kaye Samson

One must also swim with the fishes (and occasional jelly fish, but not the deadly kind) in the natural pool. If you're brave enough and are truly looking for a rush, there are several cliff-diving points around the lagoon.
via Kaye Samson
So, if you want to escape the hustle-and-bustle of the Metro for a day on the beach, but doesn't want the party vibe of Boracay and Puerto Galera, why not give Paguriran Island a try?


For more photos, check out Celineism's Facebook page.

How to Get There
From Cubao Bus Terminal (near Shopwise), there are buses bound for Sorsogon. St. Martha Bus Line, and Elavil both have daily trips to Sorsogon. Get off at Sorsogon Town Proper. From here, walk to SM Savemore. Beside it will be a jeepney and tricycle terminal. Look for one bound to Sawangga. Tell the driver that you're bound to Paguriran. Alternatively, you can rent a tricycle from the Town Proper. This is more convenient especially if you're following a schedule. Going back to the town proper via jeepney may pose difficulty as there are not a lot of them in the area. 

(per pax, unless otherwise stated)
Bus Fare (regular, non air-conditioned, one way) - Php700
Tricycle Fare* - Php167
Entrance Fee (Paguriran Beach Resort) - (Php12)
Parking Fee** - Php7

*We hired a tricycle to take us to Paguriran Island from Basud, Bacon. It was a roundtrip deal that cost Php500, divided among three people.
**The parking fee for tricycles is Php20, divided among three people.

Tips, Fact, Concerns and Reminders
Visit the place early in the morning, when the tide is low. Otherwise, you might not be able to reach the lagoon due to high tide.
Cottages and beach huts are available, although I didn't ask how much they cost. 
Overnight stays are possible. You can pitch a tent or stay in one of a number of hut-style rooms for rent.
Jeepneys are rare in this part of Sorsogon, so you might want to rent a tricycle or a jeepney for convenience.


Cheers to the next adventure!

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  1. Aw! nkakainggit ng 1st pic. Hindi ko na naisipang sumelpi pa sa taas since pabanggi na :(

  2. Helloooo! Hmmm. Buti di tumaas ng bongga ang tubig? And di bale, balik na lang ulit para mas maraming selfies. Hihi. Are you from Albay, Kat? :)