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This blog is an amateur photographer's attempt to show how beautiful the world really is. He is drawn to the colors of nature like a moth to a candle light. What are showcased here are nature's grand display of colors at sunrise and sunset, beautiful beaches and off-the-beaten track locations in his beloved Philippines, waterfalls and some of nature's great sculptures, architectural gems, and other views from around SE Asia that he was fortunate to see at one point.

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October 5, 2009

maira-ira: blue lagoon's wild beach


Wild Beach
Blue Lagoon's wild beach

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.

Dawn Beach walk
early morning beach walk

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.


wild flowers at dawn

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.

Moody Blue Lagoon
Dos Hermanos in the distance

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.

Blue Lagoon Waves
Blue Lagoon waves

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.

Verdant Dawn
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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21 comments:

sheng said...

I love them all, so serene, so lovely, makes me miss the beach. Kaso pangit nga lang ang nearest beach here, errr... Tropicana?

Lantaw said...

@sheng - hahaha, waay man pulos ang Tropicana. Mag Gumasa ka na or better yet sa Batolaki Point na sa dulong dulong sang Mindanao mainland

Gaelyn said...

What an absolutely gorgeous place, so serene, and empty. Now that's my kind of beach. Excellent captures as always.

Photo Cache said...

that's really beautiful. i would more likely wander in the undeveloped beach to beachcomb or simply walk. simply fascinating post.

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Sylvia K said...

Fantastic! I keep thinking each week that your captures can't get any better, but yes, they do! Look forward to your post every week! My kind of beach, too -- empty!

Have a great week!

Sylvia

J Bar said...

beautiful shots
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Island Rambles Blog said...

all the pictures are lovely. The entire series is amazing...I love how you made the water soft with your shutter speed... It is nice to see into the window of your world. I sometimes think the weather is not good for photos but your photos are good no matter what weather!! cheers.

chrome3d said...

You found so many wonderful things from the beach, the wild flowers especially.

erin said...

love the captures and especially the wildflowers.

juandelacruz said...

allan, thanks for the photos and nice description din ng lugar. 'cept for being a photographer. I could almost grasp also your creative composition. Try being an author. One word: Vivid! Ang, airbender.=)

juandelacruz said...

You can very well pass as an author. Vivid description of the paradise. We can almost grasp the reality of the pictures tol. The hues and adventure of the color will drive a sane man crazy. I love your description and most of all this place. Until the next adventure. Ang-airbender

Sidney said...

I really like the effect you achieve on the water... this timeless dreamy feel.
Nice work.

Marites said...

gandah! I love the pic with the flowers. lovely! next time, i get to Pagudpud, i'll check out this place.

gate valves said...

what great shots! long exposures made those waves fluffy! amazing. keep it up

The Scud said...

wow. ganda ng shots mo even though the weather was a bit crappy then.

Ishmael Fischer Ahab said...

Once again, another wonderful Philippine site brought by Lantaw. Nice, the beach is covered by ankle high mist.

bertN said...

The beach looks a little bit on the wild side but that makes it more enticing to a beach walker.

docgelo said...

i just commented on dong ho's same post this morning and was glad to found your site too. your photos of the beach are simply breathtaking.
i'll frequent here from now on as i've included you in my links.

dodong flores said...

Based on the photos, the place looks like a paradise to me. I hope bagyong Pepeng didn't do much damage to this very beautiful place...

lynne1228 said...

i love this beach... its my happy place... am sooo addicted to it! was there again just last week... planning to go back again next month

Philippine Travel Guide said...

I've also visited maira-ira back in 2006 the place is so beautiful and there's no sign of any commercialism draw back is it's a 40-50 minute drive away from saud if i'm not mistaken. at present my friends told me that there are a few resorts near maira-ira :) I'm not sure if it's good or bad for the area :).

Let's just hope that they preserve the beauty of maira ira beach

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