I hailed from Quezon Province and though I spend most of my lifetime away, I never failed to visit my hometown once to thrice a year.
This particular summer , my brother suggested a local resort just a boat ride from our town.
Sta. Rita Beach Resort .
Instead of taking the 30 minutes boat ride , we opted for a land travel. It was also accessible by land. Must be some kind of a cove rather than an island. After one hour and thirty minutes drive, we entered the resort through a narrow man made sand bridge.
The sight won my nature lover heart.
A long stretch of unending fine sand beach sleeping side by side to a quiet giant body of water was the first hint of the countless charms of the place.
Sitting equally silent but pretty were nipa hut cottages, with the same earth tone hues of the sand .
You could either stay in a fresh air beach front nipa hut cottage where I stayed w my partner or in a family villa, with ac rooms and other facilities ( where the rest of my family stayed).
The View Deck
The Viewdeck is one of the highlights of the resort. Going up there was really a challenge, but the rewards were heavenly fulfilling.
Taking the hundreds or more stairs going up to the view deck is an experience with a capital G. Lush of greens above would refresh you after every step you take.
Bird's Eye View
Take 50 steps and you would be granted a view of the tail of the island when you look down.
Do your math and brave to add 10 to 15 steps and the view gets even better and wider.
Reaching the summit , you could either choose to take a sit and rest first or feast your eyes with the sumptuous view of the whole island, the Ragay Gulf, endless mountains across the sea .
To the Rocky Side of the Resort
Going down from the view deck summit, we discovered another stone stairs. We stopped halfway and found a nice family chapel .
The exit stairs led us to another phase of the cove. Leading us to a surprise character of the place.
Uncanny character of the island reveals in this part. Unlike the main beach, this rocky side is good for snorkeling and a lot more. It is private and a bit secluded from the rest of the island.
a quiet bonding moment with my youngest
brod used the piles of rocks as his meditating based
younger daughter amazed by the crab holes and tried to follow their trail.
We came back to the resort here part 2.