Surfing in Bagasbas
Has anybody ever asked you when was the last time you experienced something for the first time? There’s always a first time for everything and in this case, it was my first time to try surfing in Bagasbas.
Surfing is a recreational sport probably not for everyone. It takes so much fitness, courage and practice to be able to stand on the board even for a few seconds. But there’s nothing that could stop me from trying—the waves were just beautifully curling, the sun in its full strength and the surfers persistently dragging me to the waters.
Daet is the biggest crowd drawer in Camarines Norte & the favorite hangout place is the long shoreline of Bagasbas. Locals & visitors converge here because it’s the only happening strip in town. Even beach bummers to Calaguas Island make Bagasbas as their pit stop.
Surfing in Bagasbas has already gained its momentum in attracting local & foreign wave riders because of its swell quality. Kite boarding has also found a new home here. On the shallow parts of the sea, first-timers paddle & wobble while farther out in the sea, pros fly in the breaks so easily.
There are small surf shops that offer boards for rent and surf tutors. For many of the teenagers here, teaching how to surf has also become their means of livelihood. They also teach skim boarding for those who want to stay on the shore.
Surfing is madness. It epitomizes the saying, once is not enough. Now, when was the last time you experienced something for the first time?
How to Get to Bagasbas
7-8 hour-drive from Manila to Daet, Camarines Norte on private vehicle. 8-hour bus ride (take Philtranco from Araneta Center in Cubao). Tip: If you’re taking the bus, choose the one that has an on-board CR.
The nearest airport is in Pili, Camarines Sur (Naga City)
Take the van to Daet (jump-off point is outside SM Naga).
When in Daet, take the tricycle for P50 to Bagasbas (about 10-minute ride only).
To those driving from the direction of Quezon Province, make sure you do not miss the junction in Sta. Elena that says “To Daet”. A wrong turn to the right will lead you to Naga.
Where to Stay in Bagasbas
While there may be more accommodations available along the long stretch of Bagasbas, I can only recommend 2 hotels:
The Lighthouse in Bagasbas
A bit pricey but surely a sophisticated place to stay. It has more amenities like WIFI, Cable TV, swimming pool, gourmet dining. Room rates range between P1,800-P3,000.
Contact Details: +63 54-441-5855/+639166477209
The Surfers Dine-Inn
This is a cheaper option but never short of the basics. Airconditioned tiki hut type with private shower. Food is cheap but just about what your Filipino palate looks for. If you want to chill with other surfers, this is the place to be. Room rates range between P800-P1,500.
Contact Details: +63 54-4415264/+639164759053
Board Rentals / Surf Instructors
Board rentals range from P200-P300 per hour while instructor fees range from P200-P400 per hour. Tip is appreciated.
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