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Thursday, March 30, 2006

Wow Bulusan

At first glance, you would think this place is a privately owned one – clean blue waters, powdery white sand and all. But Dangkalan Beach Resort in the town of Bulusan in Sorsogon is managed by the local government. Hard to believe, but the entrance fee is at ten pesos each and a cottage is only worth a hundred bucks. For a very minimal fee, you’ll get the feel of a secluded, pristine beach resort.

The beach is not much of a discovery. It’s already popular among foreign tourists as it is included in the Wow Phiippines program of the Department of Tourism. But according to Bulusan Mayor Juan Guysayco, not too many Filipinos are aware that this resort is just hiding in the southernmost part of mainland Bicol region.

The town sits at the foot of Mt. Bulusan, an active volcano which recently spewed ashes after a minor explosion last March 21. Luckily, winds were blowing to the west during the eruption and the town of Bulusan is on the eastern side of the volcano.

But then, it seemed that tourists got scared despite the fact that only the area four kilometers from the center of the volcano has been declared off-limits. This also added to the negative impact of the mercury scare in Rapu-Rapu Island in Albay which is several kilometers from the beach.

I was lucky my news team and I had the chance to “discover” Dangkalan Beach after our coverage of the minor eruption of Mt. Bulusan. At least, it was a good way to start this year’s summer season hehehe.

Now how to get there? You may take a bus from one of those bus companies along Edsa in Pasay City, but be ready to spend some 14 hours on the road. Or if you have enough money to spare, take a plane to Legazpi City in Albay and rent a van for a two-hour road trip to Sorsogon - though this defeats the purpose of experiencing a “cheap” vacation in an “expensive” resort.

But if the beach doesn’t satisfy you enough, there’s Bulusan Lake also in Bulusan town and countless hot springs in different municipalities around the volcano. And if you want the best vista of Mt. Bulusan, you can have it in the town of Irosin where there are also several resorts you can choose from.

You can also visit the observatory of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology in Sorsogon City and learn a few interesting things about the volcano. One thing I found out, Irosin town is encircled by mountain ridges because actually, the village was one of the ancient craters of the volcano.

So if you haven’t decided on where to reflect this Holy Week, Mt. Bulusan and the towns around it may be a good choice this year. You can have some quiet moments and savor the beauty of nature at the same time. Posted by Picasa


Blogger J. said...

Here's what a typical backpacker would likely do. Sharing my experience when I visited the place.

>Overnight PNR train from Tayuman Station to Legazpi, Air-conditioned coach
>Two-hour ordinary bus from Legazpi City to Sorsogon City
>Jeep from Sorsogon City to Gubat town
>Jeep from Gubat town to Bulusan.

Was on the road for probably 24 hours. Dancalan was heaven. Twas my first time to go au naturel. It was fullmoon; the beach was deserted. At lowtide, you can walk around 100m from the shore.

2:11 PM

Anonymous Che Ingles said...

Hi, Aids! I didn't know you kept a blog! :-)

Anyway, last year, I was tapped to conduct a research on the recipients of the "Ini An Sorsoganon" award on local governance. The town of Dancalan was a finalist in 2004, so I got to visit the place and interview a representative from the Barangay as well.

After the interview, I wanted to go see the Butandings and their mangrove plantation (which the town is also famous for). Too bad the weather was quite bad that day so I ended up going back home to my hotel in Irosin.

Since then, going back to Sorsogon has always been on top of my target vacation spots list. Sorsogon is truly an amazing place (in terms of local governance and natural beauty) which not too many people know about.

3:05 PM

Anonymous Che Ingles said...

Sorry, isa pang pahabol na comment! Hehe. Tip for your readers who are interested in going to Sorsogon. They can also get on the special Philtranco bus (terminal is in Cubao), though it is more expensive than usual bus lines. Kasi it's complete with bus stewardess (not your usual bus conductor, these women function and are dressed like flight steweradesses, promise!) and it has on-board meal, and lavatory. :-)

3:11 PM

Blogger Adrian Ayalin said...

O tara mga katoto, punta na tayo sa sorsogon hehehe. Oh my gus abelgas, didn't know sobrang special pala ng lugar na pinagtampisawan namin at napuntahan nyo ng dalawa. Oo nga pala, ang philtranco sosyal, me mga "flight stewardess" na nalalaman hehehe.

11:39 AM

Blogger J. said...

Pero iyong Gold Service bus na iyan ng Philtranco e hindi umaabot ng Bulusan pati nga Sorsogon City. Hanggang Naga lang siya. Ang hindi niyo nabanggit, may CR iyong bus. :-)

9:49 AM

Blogger Suyin said...

dapat dumaan ka sa bahay namin sa sorsogon. ;)

12:41 PM

Blogger Adrian Ayalin said...

suyin! sayang di ko alam na taga-dun ka.

12:21 PM

Anonymous che said...

Hmmm...umabot naman ng Sorsogon yung "Philtranco with a banyo" bus na sinakyan ko noon. Sa Irosin, Sorsogon nga ako bumaba... :-)

9:38 AM

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12:50 PM

Anonymous kace said...

wowow! beach! how much ulit yung rates?:)

12:52 PM

Blogger Adrian Ayalin said...

mga 100 lang ata cottage and ten peso entrance fee. sorry forgot the rates sa rooms,pero im sure it's a lot cheaper than private resorts.

4:22 PM

Anonymous kace said...

you havent seen buyallao island in mindoro. long ride from calapan to bulalacao, then you'll have to take a 40-minute boat ride to get to buyallao. virgin island previously owned by the elizaldes. my family and i were there during the holy week. it's about to be developed. ill be posting pics on my blog.:)

10:11 PM

Blogger Adrian Ayalin said...

hmmm,the place sounds interesting kace. hope ill have time to go there.

1:10 PM

Blogger lateralus said...

i was in sorsogon when caloy hit. haha. great. We went to Donsol though, Im sure that's still about 80 km away from Bulusan. But just the same, it was a great experience. Judging from the pics though, Bulusan seems to have REAL beaches. hehe. If you're not into whale sharks, Donsol will bore you to death. Good thing we're ecotourists.

8:11 PM

Blogger Adrian Ayalin said...

hmmm....donsol, next sa agenda ko hehehe.

2:00 PM

Blogger jean ni adam said...

Oh my gus abelgas,

wala lang. natawa lang talaga ako dito. :)

4:48 PM

Anonymous wengay said...

madame talagang magagandang beaches sa bicol,try nyo next time sa catanduanes,di masyadong napupuntahan ng mga turista kase daanan ng bagyo ang lugar,kaya alang mga nagiinvest,pero super ganda daw talaga ng mga beaches...sabi nga lang ng ate ko kase di pa den ako nakapunta dun hehehe..di bale makakapunta din ako dun isasama ko na sa future plans ko hehe..

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2:44 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

arlene said...

1000 ung overnight rate ng cottage hehe taga dun ako eh, libre ang gate pag ako joke lng.

lam nyo ba na may beach sa bulusan na di napupuntahan ng mga tourist ang pangalan ay miliga biga beach 2 types ng buhangin ay white and black ung white, maputi pa yata sa boracay at sobrang pino dun ako laging naliligo at sobrang malalaki ang alon lalo na pag high tide sarap mag surfing. try nyo it,s amazing

12:41 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

ay ung bus nga pala sakay kayo ng elavil sa cubao dun mismo sa bulusan ang baba un nga lang ordinary bus lng 450 fare sulit

12:45 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

as a buluseño i am proud that my hometown is one of the tourist destination for everyone ....i would like to thanks for having a visit in bulusan and creating a very nice blog. God Bless.. bulusan

4:09 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorsogon is really one of the best!!! hindi kaya ng isang araw pag nilibot mo lahat ng magagandang spot dun. Try nyo visit ung Bulusan lake ngaun, balita ko kasi mas pinaganda un ngaun. :-)

10:19 AM

Anonymous Boracay Hotels said...

Hi arlene,

San yung bulusan beach? panong white and black sands, parang hindi ko maimagine itsura nun hahaha

Tanya Gemarin

10:31 AM

Anonymous Maria said...

i am so happy to see this post. as someone who lives just a town away (irosin) but now i am based in manila, i am just too overwhelmed.

i have recently went home for one month and visited most of sorsogon's tourist spots. i blogged about it here


1:33 PM


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