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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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August 5, 2010

bantay abot: gateway to maira-ira's blue lagoon

Bantay Abot gateway
Bantay Abot gateway

Bantay Abot rock formation greets visitors heading to Maira-ira’s Blue Lagoon cove (officially known as Malingay Cove). This distinctive attraction, naturally sculpted by the waves and winds of South China Sea, is a favorite stop over and offers a view of the rugged seacoast.

Bantay Abot
rugged coast

The rock formation is very accessible; it’s just a few meters off the road. From the road, one descends makeshift steps of rocks to the shore below.

Bantay Abot
the hole

Most refer to Bantay About as a “cave”, but I don’t think it accurate, at least now if you consider its current configuration. Bantay Abot is more like a “doughnut hole” - in fact “bantay abot” means “mountain with a hole”. It probably is a cave a long time ago but the steady beating from the harsh elements must have collapsed some of the walls and ceilings.

Bantay Abot rock wall
sculpted wall

I had the opportunity to visit Bantay Abot twice. The first time I passed there was on the way back to Vigan after spending the night in Blue Lagoon. It was noon time and the place was empty, but it can get crowded at times. The latter was the case on my second visit (we stayed in Bangui, about 30 minutes away, for the windmills, and headed to Blue Lagoon after breakfast for a quick dip). It was mid morning and from a distance I could see a steady stream of tourists going down to the shore and heading up to the hole to take photos or have their (prerequisite posterity) photos taken. It is quite understandable, considering that Bantay Abot is really hard to miss.

Bantay Abot Lowtide
lowtide scene

If you love shooting landscapes, you’ll love the shores near Bantay Abot at low tide. You’ll see rocks covered with green sea weeds and algae, adding a nice texture to your foreground while having the rock formation in the background.

Maira-ira Coast
Pagudpud coastline

The vantage point on the road near Bantay Abot also offers a great view of the shoreline and the lush verdant mountains beyond.

Maira-ira Blue Lagoon
Blue Lagoon

But the best thing about Bantay Abot is what its distinctive presence indicates: the azure water of Blue Lagoon is just minutes away now.
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Kat said...

We went here two years ago, but dint get the chance to go to bantay-abot because of high tide.

You really take amazing photos! :)

Lantaw said...

Thanks Kat!

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