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LAHUY ISLAND, CARAMOAN CAMARINES SUR PHILIPPINES – BGY. DARAGA PART 2 Barangay Daraga is one of the Four barangays that occupy Lahuy Island in the town of Caramoan, Camarines Sur, Philippines. A peaceful community where residents look after one another with utmost care and concern, know one another, and seem related to one another by blood. Daraga is a humble community; that’s why it was a surprise to me to find them all so very welcoming to visitors; that’s why there were no doubts or fears that crept into my veins to go around the community hour after my arrival. Still, in a boat from afar, I was awed by the sights I was looking at from the seashore to the mountaintop, the beige and grey shoreline and the multi-shades of green on the mountain, the colorful fishing boats docked at the coastline, painted houses, building. The residents gathered along the shore, resting and chatting after the day of work. By the time I got off the boat at first, I had noticed everyone was looking at me, sensing that another stranger had come into the community. Having been to different places, such an occasion is no new to me. They look at you with gladness for your arrival and gauge how they will handle you and how you will interact with them. As I passed a group seated under the tree by the seashore, I now took the first step and initiative to greet them. Such a move is my style to make the residents comfortable with my presence, so as I uttered my greeting, they responded with a smile. Following that brief exchange of greetings, my niece introduced me to them, so the more they flashed a smile and welcomed me. Upon settling at my niece's house, I immediately shot the sights that kept amazing from afar and right where I was standing. I asked my guide, the skippers of my nephew-in-law, to bring me to the top of the hill to get full shots of the ocean, the islands nearby, and the barangay. As I got to the top, the more my heart was pounding with the scenic views I was looking and only then did I discover that is so much more to explore inside the island, so many adventures to engage and plenty of places to visit. Early the next day, upon my arrival, I strolled the community all by myself to fully immerse myself with the residents. I was in a store selling general merchandise items to buy cigarettes and water for the stroll. The intent of buying turned to personal casual chatting, talking about different things. I could not even notice I was already late for our island-hopping take-off schedule because I enjoyed having casual conversations with the store owners amicably. Quick Facts Name of the Place: Daraga Location: Lahuy Island, Caramoan, Camarines Sur, Philippines Distance from the Mainland: 20 Km Approx Travel Time: 35 Min to 1 hr Best Character of the Place: Peaceful, with accommodating residents. Activities You Can Do 1. Mountain Hiking 2. Island Hopping 3. Swimming 4. Sightseeing Accessibility 1. No existing hotel or lodging, but the residents can accommodate you in case of a worse situation for your housing stay. 2. Should you opt to go back to the mainland on the same day of your visit; you should leave the island at least 2 hours before sundown to have an allowance for your trip back to the mainland. 3. Mobile phone and internet signal; there are networks with good signals but there are also poor to no signal. 4. With an Electric Power supply 5. No modern water supply distribution – For washing and bathing, the waters are fetched from an open well. Ideal Season for a Visit 1. Summer seasons are the ideal period to visit. The island is on the Pacific coast, and during the summer seasons, the sea is calm most of the time. 2. During rainy seasons, you need to avoid when there is a low pressure coming or typhoon signals because the sea is rough. Although going to Lahuy the sea route is between and close to several islands along the way, extra precautions for safety should be considered first and foremost.


After the 25 minutes of exciting and thrilling mountain ride on the road winding down from the top of Jabal Soudah, the road name, The Devil Road, visitors are welcomed by the scenic serenity of the Rejal Alma'a new town center. It is a quiet, peaceful community with amazing sights that awe every visitor for adventure, sightseeing, and holiday visits. It has a perfect climate temperature, suited for walking around and enjoying the surroundings. Rejal Alma'a is famous for the exhilarating landscape of the mountains that blow the breaths of its visitors and a place of the UNESCO-listed heritage site, The Palaces of Rejal Alma'a. It has a phantasmic temperature which is phenomenal, yet natural weather conditions of the area. During winter seasons, while people from the nearby towns and places, especially the ones atop the Jabal Soudah, are chilling in a cold temperature, Rejal Alma'a gives a comforting warmth embraced by its perfect temperature of a not-so-cold and not hot one, of course. Because of that, during winter, most people come here to shield themselves from the coldness of the winter. I had to witness this phenomenon during my trip to this town. It was a cold, clear sky from the mountain, but as we drove down, I noticed that the temperature was increasing. It is the complete opposite of what I thought that since it is inside the Al Soudah mountain range, it would be cold as well down the mountain, inside the village. Things To Observe: Coming here is passing through the winding road with plenty of sharp curves and steep portions; you must observe the following for a safe and enjoyable ride: 1. Check the engine's condition; it should be in excellent mountain road-worthy condition, especially the brakes. 2. Make sure the fuel is enough on your way and back. 3. Drive at the speed required suited to mountain driving. 4. Be watchful because there are troops of monkeys crossing the road. 5. The observance of proper road manners and courtesy is a must. 6. During rainy days, if it is not necessary to come, do not come, especially if you are new to the terrain, or let someone familiar with the road drive for as long as you know him to be an excellent defensive driver. Things To Bring 1. It would help if you came with your winter outfits to keep you warm. Though here at the Rejal Alma'a, the temperature is not that cold; on your way, while cruising the top of Jabal Soudah, the temperature is at a freezing level during winter and out during the ordinary or summer days. 2. Always bring water to drink and something to eat so that if ever there is any unexpected occurrence, you will not starve and thirst. Though there are shops at the town center where you can buy some foods and light snacks, the foods you carry serve as your stock along the way. 3. Camera, first foremost to those coming here for the first time to record the memory of the visits. 4. Like visiting any other place, much better if you come along with a guide. A local guide or resident of the area to ensure you can reach the places you want to visit without getting lost. And the guide can communicate with the people in the place. #newtown #mountains Quick Facts: Place: Rejal Alma’a New Town Center Location: Aseer Province, Saudi Arabia Distance: 55 Km from Abha City; 1h & 20 min drive Accessibility: Excellent Road Condition Excellent mobile phone signals Internet Signals depend on the network/provider Guide: MR. OSAMA AL QAHTANI Abha Trips Mobile No. +966 50 957 7997 #saudiarabia #tourismsaudi #tourismphilippines #filipino
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