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According to this sign board of the Department of Tourism, the province of Camarines Norte is the Aquamarine Sports Capital of the Philippines. Bagasbas Beach in Daet, Camarines Norte is a popular destination for water sports enthusiasts and professionals because of its consistently powerful waves and long, wide beach. The months of November until March provide Ideal wind conditions for surfing and kiteboarding, which range from 15 to 30 knots. If wind speed is insufficient, other water activities such as kayaking, jet skiing, snorkelling and skim boarding may be done. Click here to see Bagasbas Lighthouse Resort’s rates for the different water activities.
Bagasbas beach, Daet, Camarines Norte
We came to Daet with our kids so we were not able to try the different water adventures being offered at Bagasbas beach. We just enjoyed our stay in Bagasbas Lighthouse Resort and strolled along the beach and watched the surfers and kiteboarders. We also observed the locals of Daet swimming and playing on the beach, since Bagasbas beach is a public beach and free for everyone to enjoy.
Bagasbas beach, Daet, Camarines Norte
For the safety of everyone, the Bagasbas Beach Lifeguard Station was established in the area. It’s structure was like a tower so that the lifeguards could immediately see if anyone’s in trouble in the water. Another interesting sight was the marker of the Rotary Club of Daet, which has a surfer on top of it.
Bagasbas Beach Lifeguard Station; Rotary Club of Daet marker
Our greatest discovery along Bagasbas Boulevard and across the municipal hall was the first ever Jose Rizal monument in the Philippines. It was built in 1898, only two years after our national hero's death in 1896. The monument was inscribed with Jose Rizal’s name and his influential works – Noli Me Tangere, El Filibusterismo, and Morga. Morga refers to Rizal’s annotations to Antonio de Morga’s 1609 version of Philippine History (Spanish title: Sucesos de las Islas Filipinas). Rizal’s annotations expressed his moral and national aspirations for the Philippines. The monument was built upon the order of the then president of the revolutionary government, General Emilio Aguinaldo.
First Jose Rizal monument in the Philippines
Along Bagasbas Boulevard and across the beach, we passed by numerous accommodations and small eateries for surfers and budget travellers. Accommodations can cost as low as PhP 300 for single occupant and PhP 500 for a family (nipa hut and of course without air-conditioning!). For more selective tourists, Bagasbas Lighthouse Resort may be the appropriate choice. The standard container accommodation here costs PhP 1750 per night while a family room costs PhP 3950.
Photography enthusiasts will also enjoy their stay in Bagasbas beach. The play of lights and clouds can be instantly captured in their cameras.
How to Get to Bagasbas Lighthouse Beach Resort, Daet, Camarines Norte (From Philippine Daily Inquirer, March 22, 2011):
FROM Manila, Camarines Norte is six to seven hours away by land. Buses (Philtranco, Superlines and Amihan) leave from their Cubao and Pasay terminals and stop at Daet (fare ranges from P450 to P750). If you want to cut your travel time, take a 45-minute plane ride to Naga, which is the nearest airport to Daet. From the main bus terminal in front of SM Naga, you can hop on a shuttle van for the two-hour drive to Daet (P150).
Where to stay in Bagasbas Beach:
Bagasbas Lighthouse Beach Resort
Telephone No: +(054) 441-5855
Cellphone No: +(63917) 510-1856
Hangloose Surf Shop
+63909 5312869/ +63906 5737968
White Wave Hotel
Surfer’s Dine Inn