Last weekend (May 18-19), my family and I together with few families went to the eastern side of Central Luzon for the annual Free Masonry Lodge 326 family day. We were a part of a convoy of more than 10 vehicles including one coaster van that made way to a mountainous and dangerous sloping, twisting road trip through Sierra Madre mountain ranges. But travelling this way is not for fainthearted. Seriously. But if you love nature, surely you’ll surpass with your eyes fully satisfied with the greens. I can’t remember how many mountains we passed into but road tripping at this way with this kind of scenery offers not just virgin forestry and laid back neighborhoods but more of a change of perspective. We also got to see two pretty dams, the Pantabangan Dam in Nueva Ecija and Canili & Diayo Dam in Maria, Aurora which the only one I managed to have its photo taken against the bumpy travel, but both were a total eye porn. It brought more pain in the travel when we came across to some roads that was under construction and the bridge I called “one way pass at a time” that not just insanely aggravates the hardships over the rocky and dusty roads but the danger as well. Hopefully the next time that I will travel again to Aurora, it will be way easier and comfortable after the promised developments in the province. After all, Aurora is becoming a tourist attraction lately. It just means, tourism equals more town income, more developments, more jobs. And I will live promoting tourism always in my own little way.
When we reached Aurora, it was a never ending road of coconut plantations traversing mountains beside the vastness of coast lines of Pacific Ocean. It was 2 hours more far than Baler, and I became more restless than ever, but I believe that the farther you get to, the prettier!
After 4 hours of long drive (from Munoz, but its an 8 hour drive from Manila), we finally arrived into our destination, the Dadiawan Beach Resort in Dipaculao, Aurora. Unlike the usual touristy surfing hub Baler, Dinadiawan is much more peaceful, tranquil and un-populated, A total remote area away from the bustling world, thus a perfect getaway for unwinding and relaxing. Though I packed a rash-guard in case of surfing, I was really surprised that the sea was flat (no waves) contrary to what I pictured about Aurora. Remember the crazy waves during our unexpected dip in Dingalan, Aurora?? Thus I floated away all my worries and relax myself to an endless sheets of the sea.
Dinadiawan is a white sand beach resort facing the Pacific ocean with an intoxicated view of mountains. It’s seascapes and landscapes rolled into one place. The beach resort has cabanas, cottages, tree house and air conditioned rooms for accommodations at affordable price but I saw few tents too if you’re up for a camping experience.
The beach resort is clean and pretty with music playing at the background until late night. There is also a small bar if you wished to hang out for few drinks or just sip buko juice while relaxing at the huts. At night, you could do bon fire or fly some light lanterns which we did after supper. There is a volleyball net at the beach if you wish to play ball but if you’re a thrill seeker type then try jet skiing or boating. And if you’re up for a more relaxing way then go for house massages also offered by the resort. But being a photo junkie, I rather take pictures first before anything else. I saw this part of the beach beside the resort with lots of rocks in different sizes scattered everywhere. I wished to bring home one huge rock as a souvenir that will last almost forever but I forgot about it until I got home. There were also few numbers of huts that houses families wherein fishing was their main livelihood. It was a pretty site for captures but I’m just too shy to cross the boundary that’s why I settled for few distant shots. Though Dinadiawan is some how remote, there are plenty of things to do when you’re there. Only one thing that I didn’t like was there was no Globe Telecom signal, so my phone was totally outcast for two days Boohoo. Okay, but if you’re up for a peaceful stay, then stay away from cellphones.
Aurora is one of the places of the country least explored but ever since Baler waves came crashing as a speedy gossip luring hard core surfers and even curious tourist to come over and experience its massiveness, little by little, it became known to almost all, attracting tourist everywhere around the globe. Moreover, It boast not only its beaches but also it is very rich in terms of history and nature. Would you believe that there is a balete tree in Aurora growing for almost 600+ years and now’s the Asia largest? A must see. There are lots of great things to discover in Aurora. More hidden treasured places awaits. Yayy.. I’ll definitely come back for more.