White Pebbles Beach Resort in Bagolatao Beach – DIY Travel Guide
Bagolatao Beach is an underrated beach with a beautiful landscape found in Camarines Sur. Unlike most of the beaches in the Philippines, Bagolatao Beach has something different to offer. Instead of sand, its 3-kilometer shoreline is covered with pebbles, cobbles, and huge boulders. Standing from the shore, on the distant horizon, you will have a glimpse of the silhouette of Burias Island in Masbate. This underrated, less touristy attraction with rustic appeal, surprisingly, is just 45 minutes away from Naga City.
Situated in a quaint town of Minalabac, this relatively unknown beach that boasts unscathed scenery has so much to offer. Here, you will definitely find your well-earned respite from work or studies.
HOW TO GET TO BAGOLATAO BEACH
Location: Brgy. Bagolatao, Minalabac, Camarines Sur
Bagolatao is one of the 25 barangays of Minalabac located along the Ragay Gulf. It’s difficult to provide specific steps on how to get here as there are lots of twists and turns. However, it is not difficult to find it since the place is “wazeable.”
The roads going to Bagolatao Beach are passable by jeepneys, vans, and 4×4 vehicles. It may not be a good idea to bring sedans as some parts of the roads are still quite rocky, uneven, steep, and muddy on rainy days; however, if you feel like you can take on the challenge, then, by all means, go ahead. Hiring a jeepney from Naga City to Bagolatao, Minalabac is ideal. The rate is around ₱2,000 – ₱2,500. Just make sure that you get a good driver that can go through the winding, uneven roads without difficulty.
COMMUTING TIPS: Please verify these options first as we are not so sure of these, too.
- If you do not want to charter a jeepney, it is said that there are jeepneys with Naga-Minalabac route from the LCC Transport Terminal. We just do not know how to get to Bagolatao Beach from Minalabac and how to get back to Naga City from Bagolatao Beach as we did not see any public vehicles in the area.
- A rented motorized boat from the Pasacao port can also reach this destination.
Should you able to try any of the two options above, please leave a comment below to guide other travelers.
THE BICOL SHELL MUSEUM
A two-story building across the street of White Pebbles Beach is a home for a pretty wide collection of shells. It is known as the Bicol Shell Museum. If you are already in the area, check out the place for additional learnings.
THE WHITE PEBBLES BEACH RESORT
There are several simple resorts along the stretch of Bagolatao Beach which are operated by locals, but one of them stands out – The White Pebbles Beach Resort, which is owned by the municipal mayor. At first, I thought the 3-kilometer shore, the entire stretch of white and gray pebbles is called the White Pebbles Beach because that’s what I read in most of the articles written online. Upon visiting the place, we realized that the White Pebbles Beach is actually just one of the resorts in the area and not the apt term when referring to the beach itself. This given, I would like to urge bloggers, vloggers, and other social media influencers to use Bagolatao Beach instead of White Pebbles Beach.
White Pebbles Beach Resort is the most developed resort in Bagolatao. It has a spacious parking space, its own beach volleyball court, and several restrooms and shower rooms. There is no entrance fee to get access to White Pebbles Beach Resort but you have to rent a cottage or accommodation. Below are the rates:
|Beach Rest House||₱3000 – ₱3,500|| Capacity: 20 people / ₱50 each in excess of 20 |
Amenities: a videoke, a billiard table, 2 bedrooms with a single bed each, 5 sofa beds, ceiling fans, a kitchen/gas range, and a refrigerator
|Closed Cottages||₱750 – ₱1,800||Capacity: 2 people / ₱50 each in excess of 2|
|Open Cottages||₱300 – ₱700||Capacity: 12 people / ₱50 each in excess of 12|
|Boat Rental||₱300 (good for 10 people)||If you want to reach the other side of the pebble beach in San Antonio which is just around 5 minutes away. The rent is already good for one hour.|
|IMPORTANT NOTES:||There are no fancy real estate developments like hotels or air-conditioned properties in the area.||White Pebbles Beach Resort is open from 8AM to 4PM (daytime schedule) and 5PM to 7AM (overnight schedule).|
THINGS TO BRING
Since Pebbles Beach is in a remote area, consider to bring the following:
- Power Bars / Snacks
- Sun Protection
- Cash (no ATMs available)
- Packed lunch (there are no carenderias/food houses in the area when we went there)
- If you are not staying overnight, it’s best to head here early in the morning and leave around 4PM to prevent driving home in the dark. The roads were challenging at daylight. Multiply the challenge when the darkness creeps in.
- Hike the Bagapuso Point at the far end of the beach to get a panoramic view of the island.
If you are bringing your own service take a video or screenshots of the route including points where you take turns so to avoid getting lost. Mobile data is intermittent throughout.
- Bagolatao Beach is a pebbled beach. You can’t find sand here. Bring aqua shoes if you want to stroll along the shore.
- If you have ample time, take a side trip to other pebble beaches in Camarines Sur – they can be found in other towns like Salingogon, Hamoraon, and San Antonio.
I wish this place stays this way – serene, clean, and pretty. So if you happen to this site by a chance, and will use this travel guide to visit the place, may I ask just one thing? Leave the place the way you find it, yes? Take home nothing but your rubbish and selfies.
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