Filthy and Garbage Strewn Balogo Beaches
can be deceiving!!!
Beyond this idyllic picture perfect scenery-
…is a garbage strewn beach,
with all kinds of trash,
…floating in the frothy, murky and filthy sea water.
This is Balogo in
Pasacao, a popular
summer destination in CamSur,
…and an environmental nightmare
happening right before our very eyes.
It was a spur of the moment decision to go to Pasacao, when we
all woke up early on a warm Sunday weekend summer morning.
We left Naga
City at exactly 6 AM, then dropped
a 7- Eleven Store to buy some food and coffee to go,
…and off we went to
We arrived before 7 AM and decided to stop
at the Maria Maruja
Hotel and Resort, the
very first beach front resort we saw on our way.
Maria Maruja Hotel
and Resort, is a small but a pretty neat
beach side resort in Balogo. It has an ample parking space,
…and offers beach side cabanas,
… air conditioned cottages,
…and hotel rooms with a view.
We do not intend to stay overnight as we would
be leaving by noon time but we decided to get a
cottage where we could leave our valuables.
It is a rather tiny, air- conditioned room, with a single bed,
…a corner table,
…and a clean toilet.
Nothing fancy- just clean basic room with no additional amenities,
no towels and no toiletries. A room not big enough to accommodate
a family for four for an overnight stay, but affordable and good enough
to serve as huge locker and dressing room to keep our valuables
safe and keep us worry- free as well, while we frolic on the beach.
We also rented a cabana where we could
keep our food and eat
when we get hungry.
Basically, there's nothing really extraordinary that I would rave and blather
deliriously about Maria Maruja Resort , but it is tidy, budget friendly and
most of all, a decent and safe place to stay and spend a day in Pasacao.
Stray and Play
Balogo in Pasacao would have been an ideal
paradise located less than an hour drive from Naga City,
…as it had a wide stretch of golden sandy beaches, peaceful and
calm water, shallow enough making it safe for swimming even for kids.
It is a picture perfect and rustic beach where
the scenery is dominated
by the striking and
eye- catching Duruanak
Island in the horizon.
Though pictures may paint a thousand words,
it may also give false illusions and be deceptive.
On a closer look, Balogo’s long and wide stretch
of golden beach is a sickening picture of neglect
and repulsive sight of ghastly environmental abuse.
The beach is strewn with all kinds of
non- biodegradable filth and garbage,
…the water was dark and murky, and also filled
with floating non- biodegradable plastic wastes
left by environmentally irresponsible tourists.
The water was coated with what appears to be a thin film of oil.
Kids had only one word to say about the waters of Balogo- YUCKKKY.
Swimming in the waters of Balogo reminded me of the movie teaser of
Jaws that says,
“…just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water”,
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…while it is a killer shark that frightens the swimmers in
the popular movie,
the pollution at the beaches of Balogo is even more dreadful and terrifying.
Swimming in the garbage infested Balogo waters is not safe at all.
Since we thought it wasn’t safe for the kids to swim in the
we decided to rent a motorboat to take us to the nearby Duruanak Island.
Duruanak Island is a rock
island that serves
as an iconic landmark for the town of Pasacao.
It is less than 30 minutes boat ride away,
…and the transition from the foamy and murky shores
of the filthy and trash strewn of beaches of Balogo,
…to a clear blue turquoise water surrounding
the Duruanak Island
was such a blissful respite.
This is the real tropical paradise we were looking for,
…and we stayed for hours to enjoy
the clean, blue waters of Duruanak.
We couldn’t enough of the pristine waters of Duruanak
so we asked our boatman if there are other places where
we could swim and he suggested Mainit Pebble
It was less than 30 minutes away from Duruanak,
and it was such a joy to see that the pebble beach
was unspoiled, immaculately clean and pristine.
The water was crystal clear and you can see the pebbles at the
bottom of the sea right through it- like there was no water at all .
The kids also had a great time swimming
at the pebble beach and we had the place for
ourselves as we were the only people there.
We left at noon time and returned
back to the filthy shores of Balogo.
Play and Feast
We were starving when we arrived and
we feasted on Peanut Butter sandwich,
…various cookies, chips, sodas and instant noodles.
There is really nothing much to do in Balogo
as the dirty beach was not fit for swimming.
I also brought several books to read, but oit was impossible to do
so as the people on the next cabana rented a karaoke machine
and their out of tune singing was becoming irritatingly intolerable.
They were also getting drunk and rowdy, and making
so much noise and we knew it was time for us to leave.
We left Pasacao about
2 PM with a heavy heart with the
realization that the once pristine beaches of Balogo,
was reduced to nothing but a grimy seaside community.
A long term effect of environmental abuse and neglect
and unless they clean up the mess, it is not worthy
of being called as the summer capital of CamSur.