Postcards from Aleman Falls + Glamping at Dinadiawan Beach
An 8-hour drive from Manila, and countless stopovers along the roads heading to Dipaculao, Aurora felt like an escape.
We settled at Sun and Stars Resort
where we got 2 tents – good for 8 pax and 4 pax. My friend told me that the resort is always fully booked, and it is hard to book a tent for glamping. I guess the stars aligned and we got slots.
You can get from Manila to Baler via a bus (check Cubao Bus Terminal – Genesis Transport). But it is still comfortable to go on a private car.
The weather projected rainy weather, and I was thinking there were probably cancellations during those days.
This was the second time I tried camping. Sun and Stars Resort in Dipaculao, Aurora
(most people thought it is in Baler) has everything you need for a comfortable and instagrammable camping experience (less the air conditioner).
Sun and Stars Resort: Php 1,500 to Php2,000 for 4 pax
The tent that we reserved has 2 beds (good for 4 pax), a separatea living area with tables and lots of colorful pillows. There is an electric fan which serves as a fan and light (at night).
There is a common toilet and washroom area in the resort. Tent rate comes with free breakfast (choice of Tocilog, Cornsilog or HotSilog)
. There are a lot of lounge area where you can stay for quiet time, or join your friends and sing your heart out in the videoke area. You can even borrow cards and board games. The nanays
who are running the resort and manning the store are very nice and accommodating. For dinner, we went to the nearby market to buy food which we cooked in the resort.
It was a blur but I enjoyed this time with the ladies: Ashley and Andrea
I enjoyed myself just wasting time, listening to the sound of the waves, looking at the dogs (there were a lot of them, but my favorite was the pregnant Aspin who always followed us),
and appreciating the nature and the sunset.
It rained during our 2-night stay but the tents have covers (like Nipa Hut) to keep us dry (but you must also check your stuff).
On our first night, we were surprised to see a golden ball from the horizon. We thought it was the sun, but it was rising and appeared to be the moon illuminated in the water. It was so beautiful. A golden moon, indeed.
On our last night, the sunset was all pale and pastel. It was a beautiful sight.
We visited the nearby falls in Dipaculao, Aurora – the Aleman Falls. It is just a 10-minute drive from Sun and Star Resorts, but be prepared for a an hour trek in the woods, crossing rivers and slippery rocks. My friend promised a 5-minute walk but I think he was referring to Panindingan Falls Dipaculao Aurora.
There is no clear signages and trail, and I thought we were already lost until I heard the falls.
The Aleman Falls is an interesting treasure in the middle of the forest. It has fine beige sand, and its water drops felt like hydro-massage. It was a nice “shower” on a hot sunny day.
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I plan to disconnect from my world and didn’t take much photos, but I guess you wouldn’t really separate the blogger in me. These are few shots to remind me that I still have my adventurous side.
camping at inaladelan island
anguib beach in cagayan