So there we are out in the sea on a small motorized banca in total darkness. Thank goodness it was smooth-sailing. Back in college, this same friend hosting this overnight beach camping let me tag along on a scary banca ride while hunting whirlpools for a case study we’re doing. That’s right, this area is known for this phenomenon caused by currents affected by the cluster of islands nearby.
Those islands are Tikling, Burungan, Calintaan, and Juag. We are going to spend the night in Subic Beach in Calintaan Island. It is said to have a pinkish beach. How is that possible? We are about to find out.
It’s almost 8PM when we docked to Subic Laki. Laki is tagalog for “big” and so yes, there is a Subic Liit (small). Subic Laki has electricity, cottages, fresh water, and the usual comforts you will look for in a beach. Subic Liit however, doesn’t have those. But what it lacks in amenities, it makes up in its unspoiled “liit” stretch of beach. I wouldn’t really know for sure because we are not going to Subic Liit.
We spent the rest of the night sharing stories while a glass gets passed around. I didn’t drink but I was the first one to pass out. While we have the best cottage, no one slept indoors. The hammock is so much better!
I was up before sunrise and I am so ready for the pink power the beach is about to unleash.
The pinkish color of the beach is courtesy of the pulverized red corals mixed with the white sand. The Pink Beach of Sta Cruz Island in Zamboanga and the Pink Beach in Bahamas are just a few examples of other pink beaches.
A morning beach stroll is a nice way to start the day and I didn’t stop until I reached the end of the beach.
We had a heavy breakfast of mainly seafood. I didn’t have extra clothes and I’m already on “Side B” of my underwear so I just waded in the water. There were a lot of corals but it wasn’t too uncomfortable that you’ll need to wear flip-flops. The water is so clear though.
I look at them doing different strokes as they almost disappear as they go further out to sea. Show-offs! These guys think they’re the only ones good at something, I’m also good at something! Where’s that hammock!?
Meanwhile the other guests were enjoying their stay as well.
I went out for another short walk to the other end of the beach where I found a small hut and an old banca. I also studied the sand up close.
We were staying under the shade of a tree when someone approached our cottage. He sang a couple of local songs for us. I learned he’s quite the celebrity of Subic Beach. He’s a little different but means you no harm. Let him enjoy a little of whatever food you have and he will appreciate it. He sure did enjoy the squid we have!
Soon, we had to pack up and leave. So long, Subic Beach! Maybe next time, I get to try The Little One.
Wait, we are not going home just yet. We will also do a quick visit of Juag Island. There are no cottages or picnic tables but there’s a lot of fish.
You get to feed them and even swim with them!