Baler's Beautiful Dicasalarin Cove
Look at that photo. Doesn't it look like the gateway to paradise?
Paradise. That was the first thing that I definitely thought when we set foot on Dicasalarin Cove. Want to read more about our experience? I'll tell you all about it after the jump. :)
Dicasalarin Cove is around 20-30 minutes away from Costa Pacifica.
To be able to enter Dicasalarin Cove, you'll need a pass. You can get one from the hotel's front desk whether you're a hotel guest or not. If you're a hotel guest, the pass is only P100 per head. I believe it costs around P300 per head for non-hotel guests.
When I said that Dicasalarin Cove deserved its own blog post, I wasn't kidding. You see, the cove isn't the only attraction in the area.
|View from the entrance.|
1. Artists' Village
After showing our passes at the entrance, we drove down a single lane road that wound through the side of a mountain. I thought we were heading straight down to the cove, but we made a quick stop at a quaint little village first.
Our guide called it the Artists' Village with no artists. Haha!
The small village had this prominent structure that housed a lot of artwork made by local artists.
There were no other people in the area, so we had the entire place to ourselves.
|Isn't that bed just absolutely stunning? And that backdrop of pure green. Sigh...|
2. Dicasalarin Cove
After wandering through the small village, we made our way to the cove itself. We also had the cove to ourselves, so the experience was a bit surreal. I kinda felt like we stepped into an alternate universe - a breathtaking one.
The waves at the cove weren't exactly gentle so, folks, beware of strong undercurrents. I'm not a strong swimmer, and The Memet's knee was injured, so we didn't go for a dip. We did take the time to enjoy the view though.
3. Baler Light House
After soaking in the beauty of the mighty Pacific, we decided to head up to the light house so that we could look at the ocean from a different vantage point.
With 170 steps to the top, it took us a while (a long while) to get to the lighthouse. Haha! But, oh, the view was spectacular.
There weren't any railings to shield people from the edge of the cliff, so be careful if you do decide to go up to the lighthouse.
Sure, there were blue ropes, but they're only there to let you know that you're near the edge. They won't really protect you from falling off the cliff...
Here's an up-close look at the lighthouse.
It doesn't look like a traditional lighthouse. Actually, it looks more like a beacon or a reflector than a lighthouse. The shape reminds me of an origami too! Hehe.
We enjoyed our trek back to our car because it was all downhill from there. Read: Not much effort involved. Hahaha!
Our guide was on full paparazzo mode and kept on snapping our photos while The Memet and I were completely immersed in our own little world.
There was a small river that emptied out into the ocean and we absolutely loved its cold water! It was so refreshing that we walked back and forth through it several times. Haha!
|Yes, we still like to walk hand-in-hand. *grin*|
4. PAG-ASA Weather Station
After enjoying Dicasalarin Cove, we headed up to Baler's Weather Radar Station to check out the facilities.
We were allowed to climb to the roof for 10 minutes to check out the view. They only gave us 10 minutes because the radar was going to go off again after that.
|No one could tell me what made that huge dent on the radar. Hmmm.|
I didn't know it was possible, but the view of Dicasalarin Cove was even better from the weather station! Just look at that beauty.
5. Hanging Bridge
Before we headed back to our hotel, our guide decided to take us to the hanging bridge. I was expecting a flimsy hanging bridge, but this one was sturdy and I wasn't afraid to step on it at all. Haha!
We weren't alone on the bridge, but it didn't prove to be a problem because it was big enough. We hung around for a few minutes and marveled at the tranquility of Baler.
So there you have it!
If you haven't been to Baler yet, you definitely have to go there. They have just about everything: mountains, waterfalls, rivers, ocean... Everything!
If you want to avoid crowds, try visiting Baler on a January just like we did. Personally, we like traveling during off-peak months because we get to enjoy new places more that way. Sometimes, things are cheaper during off-peak season too.
Something to think about, yes? :)