December 24, 2006
" Luzon's white sand and bluest water conspire majestically to be situated in one place. " - Lonely Planet 9th Edition
Maira-ira point is the northernmost tip in the Luzon Mainland. You can say that you are on top of the Philippines literally. The unspoiled white sand beach within the Maira ira islands is known as Blue Lagoon. I would dare say that this is the best swimming beach in the North and more apt to be called the "Balesin of the North". It has an undeveloped charm that seduces you to stay despite the lack of proper huts and urban amenities. It is serene and perfect for presence walks and enjoying bonding time with friends and family.
Blue Lagoon Beach Guide: (definition)
Sand quality and color – White when dry and midday. Beige when wet in the morning or late afternoon. The sand is fine mixed with small shell bits.
Water quality – Crystal clear and stunning Blue due to the color of the sky reflecting in the water.
Pollutants – Minimal. Since this place is becoming popular, I do hope they will be able to maintain it.
Gradient – There is a gradual slope from the beach as it kiss the blue water and it suddenly drops off exceeding a normal person's height.
Waves - Calm as a pond when the notorious Ilocos surf is taking a break.
Currents – I don't think this will be safe for children so make sure that they have a life vest and not just a floater device.
Underwater obstructions – Minimal and the bottom is mostly beach sand near the shore. So, our favorite past time here was to jump into the blue waters...
Marine Life– Hardly noticeable from the beach area.
Sunset- Unfortunately, the sun sets behind the mountains and you cannot see it. Therefore, the best time to go here is in the morning before lunch and spend your sunset in Saud beach or Bangui beach.
How to get there
Blue Lagoon is further down the road about 45mins drive from Saud Beach. From the main Maharlika highway, there is a beach turn-off to a low road as the highway approaches the seaside. At this point, the caretakers have begun charging an entrance fee for the use of the table and as well as the rinsing rooms. Be prepared for a dirt road ride along the mountains side so it is not advisable to go here during heavy rains. On the way, you will see a sea arch to the right that looks like a naturally formed rock donut. You're now 1/4 of the way and will see Blue Lagoon soon to your right. Please bring flashlights and camp gear if you want to stay for an early evening swim.