After eating a sumptuous breakfast of scallops (locally known as “Baloco”) and Sorsogon’s very own version of Pinangat (vegetable with coconut sauce), we happily left Mike and Gerry’s restaurant. We had to be quick because we were told that the last jeepney trip from Sawanga back to Sorsogon via Bacon is at 3 pm. We ate our breakfast at around 9 am, leaving us with only a few hours to enjoy Paguriran island.
The terminal in Sorsogon can be accessed for free if you ride on an RJ jeepney. It took around 15 minutes for us to get to its rather secluded location. The “Sorsogon – Bacon – Sawanga” jeepnies must first be fully loaded before they go, now this can be quite frustrating. We paid a decent sum of P40 fare each for our Sorsogon-Bacon-Sawanga jeepney ride. We then we bugged the driver as to the time of arrival at Paguriran island highway junction, to which he replied “more than 1 hour”. It was raining a bit during our trip and there were repairs on the road, but we managed to get there as he said we would.
At the junction of Paguriran island, one will need to walk for about 5 minutes before reaching the beach. It was a pretty laid-back scenario we observed – locals singing videoke, the aroma of beer permeating the sea breeze and dogs running around. The beach was fine and white, but there were lots of fallen coconut leaves and driftwood. However, we didn’t have any qualms about the beach as we had our eyes locked on Paguriran island in the horizon!
We saw two brave individuals wading across the water. We already knew that Paguriran island was accessible, be it low tide or even high tide, but it was impressive to see since they were already halfway to Paguriran island, submerged from the waist down. We called their attention and asked if it’s deep or not. “No, come over, it’s perfectly fine”. We immediately waded into the water to Paguriran island in the distance.
The next best thing about Paguriran island is the lagoon inside. It’s not really enclosed, instead there’s a huge opening where the entrance is at. But it was most romantic to say the least, aside from Roy and Joy – our new friends (and who are Sorsogon locals) we had the island to ourselves. Mother nature took her time in sculpting such a natural masterpiece. We were so glad we visited the island – the pictures say it all!
Power couple Roy and Joy who are locals of Sorsogon. Thanks a lot to them for the tips and tricks! They were able to offer a helping hand during our trip to Paguriran island!
How to Go to Paguriran Island in Sorsogon
1. First of all, wake up at around 7am (so that you will have plenty of time to spend at Paguriran island!), then Go to the terminal in Legaspi near Metro Gaisano and look for the van going to Sorsogon. Fare (as of March 2013) is P90. It takes only 1 hour and 20 minutes to reach Sorsogon. We highly discorage riding buses, they take over 2 hours before reaching Sorsogon from Legaspi and vice versa!
2. In Sorsogon, you may stop at Mike and Gerry’s restaurant, we suggest you check this place out because they serve scallops there or what’s locally called “Baloco” for P50 per order. They cook it with coconut milk. They also have their own version of Pinangat, but we didn’t like it at all.
3. Cross the road to the opposite side, look for the “Loading/Unloading” signage at the crossing. You can wait for an RJ Line Jeepney there, it goes to the terminal and it’s totally FREE!
4. At the terminal in Sorsogon, look for the jeepney going to Sawanga via Bacon. It takes some time to load, but it’s okay. Fare (as of March 2013) is P40. Travel time is 1 hour and 15 minutes.
5. Upon reaching Paguriran beach junction, walk 5 minutes to the main beach where the cottages are. You need not converse with the locals there, instead, go into the water and cross the sand bar all the way to Paguriran island. It’s all free, so enjoy!