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“A good beach with clear waters.”
Review of Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon
Manila, Philippines
Level 6 Contributor
92 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“A good beach with clear waters.”
Reviewed June 15, 2013

The sand isn't really white compared to Palawan and Boracay but it wasn't bad. There are a lot of shops there .Hannah's zip line failed epicly because around two or three tourist got stuck at the latter part of it which around 100 meters until the end. The cottages are priced at 500 pesos and some of the amenities like jet ski and banana boat is quite expensive as compared to other resorts. It has calm waters and magnificent backdrop hence making a good place to visit.

Visited June 2013
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Berkeley, California
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8 reviews
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“Alliyah's Transient House at Pagudpud...it's all good”
Reviewed May 12, 2013

I stayed in Pagudpud for three nights and two nights in Vigan as well as two nights in Laoag City. The aim was to try all the different type of accommodations in the northern part of Luzon island in Ilocos Sur and Norte from hotels, pensions or pousadas, and homestays. In Vigan, I stayed with my two dogs in Hotel de Salcedo which was excellent along with Felicidad Hotel but the latter won't take dogs. In Laoag, I would recommend Balai de Blas, and in the Blue Lagoon area of Pagudpud, I would categorically recommend Alliyah's Transient House over Hannah's Resort and Kapuluan Vista Resort.

Alliyah's Homestay is run by single mom, Marilou Acido, her daughter Alliyah, and her mother. Its run by three generation of women of very humble background but the owner worked as an OFW in South Korea as a factory and with her hard earned savings of $10,000 put up a two room bed and breakfast in the land owned by her mother which is part of a bigger 2 acre parcel bought by her great grandparents back in 1953 for P120 or $3.00USD.

Now there are other places you can stay of course since Pagudpud's lodging runs the gamut of homestays, resorts, and hotels. If you want that commercial Acapulco feel of big resorts, head over to Hannah's which has its massive amount of cookie cutter cottages run by a corporation who had to sense how to promote ecotourism in the area with their all terrain vehicles running all over the front of the lagoon polluting the air with exhaust, their jet skis polluting the waters, and their big Hannah or should I say Hollywood sign marring the hillside behind the beach. I just don't like corporations making the locals feeling like strangers in their own hometown. Minimum $100usd per room.

Kapuluan Vista Resort was the first resort in the area run by two Filipino American expats which has that eco chic style with zen like resto bar with lounge reggae playing in the background, surf instruction and surf board rentals, a little yoga zen garden, a small pool for children and nicely appointed rooms. The owners did their homework and is a nice alternative for a bigger budget but it will not give you that local Ilocano experience of actually interacting with the locals who have been there for decades. Minimum $70usd per room.

Which brings me to Alliyah's Transient House just down the beach from Hannah's and 100 meters before Kapuluan Resort. Don't let the rustic look of the place fool you. Marilou, her daughter, and mother are all very gracious host and you will instantly feel like family. We booked two nights with our dog for $60USD or about 2500 pesos. She even cooked us two breakfast, two lunch and two dinners for P500 or $12 USD. And the vegetables and fruits came from the family garden in the back or from their house in the city center. You can pick the vegetables and help her prepare the meals in the kitchen. We enjoyed so much that I gave her daughter P500 for helping me take care of the dogs by playing with them and walking them and P1000 extra for Marilou so she can buy some nice flags to put on a bamboo stick to put in front of her resort. They were that hospitable that I felt I should have given them more money. And being an trained academic, I totally enjoyed the education on local culture and also her personal journey coming from a very poor family, leaving her family to work in South Korea, and returning three years later as a single mom to put up this humble home stay.

You will not be disappointed. I will definitely come back to this place if just to bring some paint to paint their building. That's how much I love the story of this establishment.

Visited May 2013
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Luzon, Philippines
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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“okay”
Reviewed May 9, 2013

The sand was not what I expected. It's actually light light gray and not white if you get my drift. The beach was crowded last December and is quite dirty.

Visited December 2012
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Dasmarinas City, Philippines
Level 6 Contributor
116 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Very ordinary”
Reviewed May 9, 2013

Has white sand but not as powdery as Boracay and Panglao. Cottages are small and are not well maintained. It costs P300.00. Entrance fee is P20.00 per pax. If you swim, wear your slippers going to the sea. Cottages are a bit farther. You might end up burning your feet with the sand. We bought seafoods from the side street vendors and we let someone from the resort cook the food for us. Cooking charge was P 300.00 for 1 kilo of rice, 1 kilo of fish (grilled), 1 kilo of fish (sinigang), 1 kilo of squid (adobo). They provided all the utensils and they cleaned the mess and wash the dishes for us. Banana boat ride is offered at P 1,500.00 for 5 pax. Hannah's zip line is offered for 800 per pax. Zipline is cheaper for Hannah's resort in-house guests (P400.00 I guess).

Visited May 2013
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Marikina City
Level 6 Contributor
67 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Must have seen better days”
Reviewed May 4, 2013

Publicized photos of the this beautifully-named beach were deceiving. It's fast becoming Boracay's Station 2--the dirty part of Boracay.

Visited May 2013
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