Sunday, October 18, 2009

mairaira blue lagoon central beach

when you're at the central beach area, you can immediately observe that the place is transforming from what it was known for years back. a big villa type resort has risen while a number of homestay cottages are along the coast.
an unpaved road going to the west coast area has beautiful coconut trees lined up with few nipa houses alongside. on one side one can see the beach while on the other Mairaira's hills.
fishing and poultry remains to be the local's main way of living while tourism builds up during summer and on long weekends. staying on homestay nipa houses like the one we've stayed would be a good choice.
though the area seems to have managed the building of resorts and houses along the shoreline, the development of a big villa type resort has somehow dismayed me. it was not the size of the structure that i didn't like, it was more of the type of structure.
it could have retained a tropical look so as to preserve a laid-back kind of feel of the beach. i believe, even with modern materials, one can still retain a more suitable design of structure.
this though gave way to more beach activities like beach volley, kayaking and banana boats. as for swimming, the main beach area is still a great place. that we did not miss doing.so is it still worth the long travel from Manila to this beach? let me answer that on my next post.

46 comments:

aquamarine said...

glad you invaded our province,too. thanks for featuring one of ilocos' finest-my husband's fave beach in ilocos.
hope we could visit the place on our next vacation, miss it!

im happy to be back!!!

aquamarine said...

fyi--sir dong, my profile pic also shot in blue lagoon..thanks!

Bengbeng said...

u asked if it is worth it. to me it is worth it just to smell the sea, touch the seaside sand with the bare feet. i miss the beach so much

SandyCarlson said...

So very cool. Love that chicken on the roof. The beach is gorgeous.

Reena said...

i like this beach a lot. it's very laid back. so where's this structure you're talking about? i can't see in the photos? :)

i already know your answer to your own question. but i'll just wait for it. :) tc! balik ka na ng ilocos!!!

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

the greenery of the hills truly add a dramatic backdrop to the beach, something rare these days - it's either they're denuded or they're full of ugly concrete houses.

witsandnuts said...

That pic with chicken made me smile. It's so Pinoy for me.

Skippyheart said...

ang ganda na naman ng mga captures mo dong!

katuwa yung mga chickens on the roof he! he! =)

dodong flores said...

Staying on homestay nipa houses must be very interesting and I can't trade it off with aircondition accommodation. I'd love to stay in places with laid-back feel and atmosphere. As you say that villas are being constructed in the vicinity. I hope the place won't be over-commercialized the way Boracay had become...

Hilda said...

Really, we have absolutely no kind of planning whatsoever. 'Paving over paradise' a friend calls it. And selling farmers' and fishermen's livelihoods — and our food! — to the same ol' rich families…

Photo Cache said...

I love the chicken shot. It's really a lovely coverage. Hope to see this one someday too.

gillboard said...

mukhang ang ganda ng beach...

I am Xprosaic said...

mukhang masarap magtampisaw sa beach at maglakadlakad sa dalampasigan kasama ang syota mo sa pagdating ng bukang liwayway... jejejejejjejeje

cyndirellaz said...

right! ang ganda ng beach di tulad ng mga beach d2 sa hk na hindi mo ko mapipilit na paliguin.

Ailee Verzosa said...

as of now, i never had a good picture of animals, especially the ones with WINGS... galing mo tlga... hehehe

Lawstude said...

grabe mga kuha mo master dom. ang galing, ayoko na i-post sakin hehehe.

Pacey said...

The waters are oh so inviting...and love that chicken shot. So typical of PI.

PUSANG-gala said...

sa Ilopcos Norte pala to--hmmm--mukhang maganda--gusto ko talaga ang combination ng hills overlooking the beach at me mga islands pa on the view as bonus---b

Kosa said...

wow!

miong said...

wow, another fine sand beach! ideal for sand-skimming!

MISSINGÂȘ said...

ayun pala, ginusto huwag i-mention ang beach na 'to. tatanungin ko pa sana. maganda kasi may bundok tapos may dagat at the same time. eto ba tawag na mountain meets the sea?

juleste said...

i wonder why the two roosters look like they are nagde-deadmahan. at ang dami pa lang fans ng mga manok na yan ha! sina peter and paul ba sila haha :-)

luna miranda said...

these photos make me want to pack my bags and go. a slice of paradise!

darkhorse said...

very inspiring mga kuha mo Dong! yun mga shots mo magandang gawin subject sa painting...kaka wala ng stress mga kuha mo tc!

chubskulit said...

Gotta love those chicken on top of the roof hehehe.. Ganda ng place!

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Alkapon said...

Ilocos.. i went there trice when i'm still young.. that's my grand father's birth place. i love it.

AJ said...

much as missed seeing chickens in the roof. misd it here idol.

BRB. :)

Theonoski said...

nice scene:beach, coconut trees and green mountains. awesome sight!

Pietro said...

What an attractive landscape: the beach together with the green hills. Beautiful place!

princess_dyanie said...

yay! may chickens pa talaga haha! sarap talaga sa beach. simple lang ng buhay. :P

docgelo said...

i always like photos of boats. but experiencing sun, sea and sand make it all worth it.

prinsesamusang said...

wow looks like almost home! LOL

Dennis Villegas said...

What a beautiful and rustic place. Your camera work is great. Keep it up, Dong!

carlotta said...

wow, still very rustic and laid-back. love it. :)

bw said...

those cottages are charming.. and the blue color of banca's are equally pretty :)

dylan dimaubusan said...

panalo yung 6th shot.. tandang ba yun na panabong o tinolang native chicken??? :D

Raft3r said...

hehe
ngayon lang talaga ako nakakita ng mga manok sa ibabaw ng bubong
astig
hehe

Johan said...

I'm very impressed with the beach there..


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jacko said...

I need to visit that place with my wife this week..
thanks for the useful post..

Viona said...

blue lagoon!!!!

Rodriguez said...

clear brown soft sand's beach..
wow, I'm so impressed

next tour please..

welly said...

ilocos, once I went there, miss it.

Lilly said...

have you visited indonesia's beaches..??

iloveit said...

how vacation cost to go there please..??

Ceashy said...

nice post...

7a'faR said...

wonderful blue lagoon..



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