Finding Ivory in Sagñay

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Ivory beach & Mt. Isarog at the west
Years ago in Naga city, when you mention of  "beach", you'll be merely suggested to the famous "Pasacao" at the west and the near "Sagnay" beaches to the east.  The recently famous Caramoan is not new to the locals but a trip there is quite ambitious and far fetched. Off the coast of Sagñay lies one unexpected island in Camarines Sur that most tourists who flock the province never heard of. Fronting the west Pacific, Atulayan island has an ivory white beach contrasting the usual gray brown coastline of Sagñay in the mainland...

Venturing to this area is a bit tricky.
lost & paradise
From the Naga City Terminal you could ride a jeepney to Sagñay. Personally ask the driver to drop you off to the street where you'll get another ride to Nato port. (Estimated time of travel: less than an hour) Once you get to the laid back port you could ask the local fisher folks who could provide you transportation for a mere 15 minute boat ride (even less depends on the water). Last February 2009 we paid around 1500 pesos or $30  to hire a boat. There are no resorts, restaurants or electricity in the island, only small huts good enough for dinning or plain relaxing. We brought some food and most essential of all, drinkable water. We rented a hut for an afternoon for less than 500 pesos or $10 or if you want to stay for the night that would be around 700 pesos or $14 which includes a gas lamp and fresh water supply. However, though I was in high spirit that we could survive spending the night in a dark secluded island, we opted not to take any chances. As the sun sets we head back to the mainland to where security and comfort is guaranteed...

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Ivory beach & Mt. Isarog at the we…
Ivory beach & Mt. Isarog at the w…
lost & paradise
lost & paradise
braving the waves
braving the waves
our humble hut
our humble hut
sun sand booze?
sun sand booze?
dusk dance
dusk dance
rustic
rustic
east side
east side
pronounced
pronounced
friendly & curious native
friendly & curious native
shades
shades
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