Saturday, July 05, 2008

CARAMOAN, part five : The Twin Beachfronts of LAHUS ISLAND


The only thing better than spending time on what is
arguably the Crown Jewel of Caramoan,

is spending time there with two of my best friends,
Dr. Honey Palugod and Dr. Elmo Isip,

who, along with the absent Jun, Louie, and Joseph,
have been my core barkada for a quarter of a century.











Lahus Island
is owned by the Bicharas of Albay,
a prominent political clan whose most famous relation
is the dancer Maribeth.

I'm not really sure how one goes about
buying an island here in the Philippines,
but I'm grateful that the Bicharas didn't seal it off
like the Elizaldes did with their Boracay beachfront property.










We wanted to spend the night here,
but the strong rains of Typhoon Frank,

and the high tides brought about
by the gravitational pull of the full moon,

might have forced us to spend the night
sleeping standing up like cows.


Not to mention the sea snakes...
or other creatures that might be lurking in the rocks.





The small island of Lahus has a beach on both sides,
separated by a dune of white sand,
and bookended by more of those
magnificent Jurassic Park rockfaces.


There's even a natural jacuzzi,
and underneath, a tropical aquarium.





And directly across it,
less than ten minutes away by pumpboat,
is another island with twin beaches,
Matukad!!!


No wonder this Manila Boy is smiling!!!











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2 Comments:

Blogger Sgt Oinky said...

all these beautiful places....i hope to God a boracay does not happen to these places and the locals and the governement there resist the temptation of being exploited by development

July 8, 2008 at 1:40 AM  
Anonymous Ed said...

thank you for posting these entries about caramoan.
We will be visiting the island over the weekend, hoping that the weather will cooperate.
thanks for the pictures and the descriptions. at least we know that we can still go if it's raining. hehe.

June 10, 2009 at 5:41 AM  

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