Pristine and underrated – these are the words to describe Dalugan Beach in Casiguran, located in the northern part of Aurora.
It’s another two hours of travel time from Baler, which makes it approximately 7 hours if you’re coming from Manila. Casiguran, in itself, is a bit too far from the city, a sleepy town that depicts the way of life of Filipinos in the provinces. But Dalugan beach in Barangay San Ildefonso, is way more secluded, as travelers need to ride a boat going there from a coastal area, a jump-off point in Brgy. Esteves.
Dalugan beach is not located on an island, but on a peninsula, so going there via boat would be a lot easier than enduring a land journey. It was early morning when we reached the jump-off point going to Dalugan from Brgy. Esteves, and waited for a few minutes for the outrigger motorized boats.
Map of Dalugan Beach
The boat ride should have been less than 20 minutes, I guess. But it took us longer than that because our boat was kinda’ slow. Our bangkero said that it needed some fixing, but still, we arrived at our destination safe and sound.
From the port in San Ildefonso, another tricycle ride is needed going to Dalugan beach. Well, it didn’t actually look like the usual tricycle that we have in the city, this is kolong-kolong – the mode of transport of the locals. Without the usual roof and framework of the normal tricycle, kolong kolong is strong and sturdy enough to endure the bumpy roads that cut through some lush forests at times.
Our Experience with Dalugan Beach
After a few minutes, we finally arrived at Dalugan Beach. The very first thing that we noticed is the light blue color of the waters which made it even more dramatic with strong waves. Strong gush of waters can be heard from afar, created by waves coming from the Pacific Ocean.
We settled at the farthest part of the beach. Dalugan is still secluded with very minimal structure. Tourists can stay overnight by camping or staying in those small bahay kubo. Common CR is also available.
We settled for a few minutes. Then, we were the first people from the group to head to the beach. Dalugan is unbelievably stunning. The waves are huge – the kind that we usually see from TV programs showing the coastline of Hawaii. You know what I mean. I never expected that these could look these amazing when you see them in your own eyes.
The waves create these shades of white colors from the blue ocean, which makes the scenery dramatic, even more, pleasing to the senses. Dalugan beach has this vibe that can you only get when you’re connected with nature. It boosts our creativity to capture more memories and photos. As for me, I enjoyed photographing my lovely Eloi. There’s just so much joy in her whenever she’s at the beach.
When you visit Dalugan, check out this coconut tree, as it is a spot to get a perfect backdrop of the blue ocean. After the photos, you can relax under the shades of trees, while sipping fresh buko and enjoying the views of the long stretch of the beach.
Right before noon, we headed back to our station for a kamayan boodle-fight lunch. It was prepared by Wander Twins, the group travel that we joined in Casiguran. We were so full that we initially wanted to spend some siesta time, but there is still a spot that we had to explore – it’s the Tibu Tidal Pool or Tibu Intertidal Pool.
Tibu Tidal Pool
Located on the long stretch of Dalugan Beach is a series of rock formations. The most noticeable and the biggest one bears a natural pool beneath for every swimmer to enjoy. Our timing was perfect – the low tide made the pool emerge from the blue waters. Taking photos while floating would be an awesome idea, but let’s just save that for the swimmers. LOL!
Taking a shower from continuously flowing water from the mountains is just one of the best ways to end the summer beach experience at Dalugan. It was refreshing and cool enough to rejuvenate and get ready for the next adventure.
In the afternoon, we all hopped back on the kolong kolong to the port and on to our next destination which is another beach in Casiguran where we stayed overnight.
We were the only tourists at that time at Dalugan beach. With its charm and natural beauty, Dalugan is indeed underrated. This could easily sweep the best beaches list of major travel websites, but I am also aware that only a few have had the chance to visit Dalugan because of its location. It is secluded.
I long for a day that Dalugan won’t be underrated anymore, but still part of me wanted to keep the beach the way it is. As I shared with all of you the beauty of Dalugan Beach, this comes with a reminder, a plea to keep Dalugan protected, to keep Dalugan as it is – raw yet stunningly beautiful.
How to get to Dalugan Beach
There are buses from Manila that would take you to Casiguran – Manila to Casiguran by bus. Once you reach Casiguran, head on to the Brgy. Esteves, the jump-off point going to San Ildefonso. The boat ride is roughly about 20 minutes.
When you reach the port, the kolong-kolong or the local version of the tricycle will take you to Dalugan Beach. Please note that we traveled to Casiguran through group travel organized by Wander Twins. More details below at the “Via Tours” section of this post.
We joined the group travel organized by Wander Twins. There are some tours being organized going to Aurora specifically in Baler, Dingalan, and Casiguran. We had a great time with the group of Wander Twins. You can reach them via their Facebook Page – Wander Twins.