The alarm woke me up at 4:30 in the morning. I got up and felt reinvigorated despite the almost 24 hours of being on the road the day before. Sleeping in an open hut, with the sound of the waves lulling you to sleep, has its benefits I suppose. Soon my companions, who included travel bloggers lawstude and dongho, were up and about.
Just when we were about to go out and prepare for the sunrise shoot, heavy rain fell. While some would probably just go back to sleep, we waited for the rain to stop. There is no good or bad weather for photography, and this rainy Pagudpud weather presents some opportunities to capture some of Blue Lagoon's moods.
It was still drizzling when we went out. The overcast sky muted the colors of what could have been a golden sunrise.
The beach was empty. There are only two established resorts in Blue Lagoon: Hannah's Beach Resort and Kapuluan Vista Resort. The two are a couple of kilometers apart and in between are small homestay accommodations, some with just a room or two for rent.
The south eastern part of the beach is still undeveloped. It has flat wide beach and there are no rocks. The waves are huge, perfect for surfing.
The beach is strewn with debris: dried twigs and leaves. Typical of an undeveloped beach. A creeping plant, probably specie of water spinach judging by its leaves and flowers, carpeted the up shore part. Its magenta flowers contrast nicely with its green leaves.
The morning light managed to peek through the thick rain clouds for a minute or two, shining warm light on the water's surface.
On the northern stretch all the way up to Kapuluan you'll see the same pristine and unspoilt beach. There are small rocky patches, the rest are fine cream colored sand.
On the horizon one could see the interesting looking rock formations called Dos Hermanos. Loosely translated it means "two siblings", twins I reckon. I wasn't able to venture farther to see the rock formations up close as the rain soon started to fall again.
overcast yet verdant mood
From a distance I could see surfers paddling out to catch the early waves. As surfing becomes more and more popular in the Philippines, destinations like Blue Lagoon may soon get crowded, with resorts cramped along its shoreline. But at the moment its just perfect: wild waves and empty beaches.
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