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    Daet: the Gateway to the Bicol Region

    A mention of Daet to Tutubi will bring back memories of pancit bato and pineapples besides Bagasbas Beach and the first monument of Jose Rizal, remembrances of his first tour of Bicol region during Holy Week of 2003 that took him as far as Naga City (home of the Penafrancia), Legaspi City (Mayon Volcano and Cagsawa ruins) and Donsol (an unplanned trip to see the whale sharks).

    This time, he returned to Daet, again guided by his close friend, a local from Camarines Norte's capital town, for a long-planned tour of the province, once slated last month, but pushed through recently, to accommodate Tutubi's friends who can't join on the earlier date.

    Met up at Superlines bus terminal for the 930pm trip (the second of only trips to Daet, the first one is at 9pm), the trip was marred by a flat tire that made the duration of the commute to almost nine hours on the zigzag road (not Bitukang Manok) and arrived in Daet at seven in the morning.

    The group had pancit bato and binamban (a cassava delicacy wrapped in leaves) then rested for a while before preparing for lunch and picnic at Club Noah located on the banks of Mampurog River in San Lorenzo Ruiz town, a tiring jeepney ride away on a pothole-filled road with mini-lakes created by the first rain of May.

    pancit bato, and binamban plus pandesal for breakfast

    the first monument erected in honor of Jose Rizal in 1898 (trivia: the one in Paete, Laguna is also one of the oldest having been erected in 1903)

    After lunch and short dip at the cold water of Mampurog river, the group decided to go to Bagasbas Beach for pictures, "pseudo" surfing lessons, and beach bum then head for early snack of dinuguan, empanada at K Sarap Restaurant (nice place, low price).


    picture of half-naked boys in front of Camarines Norte Provincial Capitol

    This is just a teaser...will post pictures and stories including a hidden gem of Camarines Norte in the form of an unspoiled, virgin beach :P

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    Daet Travel Information:

    Where to stay in Daet:


    there are no resorts along Bagasbas Beach but hotels, inns and pension houses are available at the town center. Tutubi stayed at the best homestay accommodation there is in Daet: at his friend's house in Brgy. Camambugan, just a few meters away from Superlines bus terminal.

    Places to see in Daet:


    First Monument erected in honor of Jose Rizal
    Bagasbas Beach, surfing for beginners

    Daet Festivals:

    Pinyahan Festival (or Pineapple Festival) celebrating Daet's sweet pineapples (formosa variety) and Bantayog Festival (province-wide) in honor of Jose Rizal in mid-March to mid-April.

    How to get to Daet, Camarines Norte:


    Flights to Daet: there is a small airport but can only accommodate small planes like SeAir with has direct flights from Manila. If you need to fly in a bigger plane, you need to book a flight to Naga City in Camarines Sur then take a jeepney or bus for a two hour trip to Daet. Naga is serviced by Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Air Philippines.

    Commute: Buses to Daet are available on EDSA Cubao, Quezon City with Philtranco (fare: P650 one way for their deluxe/GS/Gold Service bus with toilet (recommended: CR, comfortable, reclining seats, more legroom, coaster)), Superlines (fare: PhP550 air-conditioned but slow, with stopover in Atimonan, Quezon), and Amihan (fare: P500 air-con). Travel time took almost 8 hours for Superlines going there while the return trip to Cubao via Superlines took only 7 hours)

    Driving directions: from Makati, head to SLEX and exit at Batangas follow Maharlika highway going to Lucena City. Look for any bus heading to Daet on the highway where you'll also pass by these towns: Pagbilao, Atimonan, Plaridel, Gumaca, Lopez, Calauag, Tagkawayan, Sta. Elena, Talisay, Labo, then finally Daet.

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    posted by backpacking philippines @ 9:57 PM,

    39 Comments:

    At May 6, 2008, 9:00:00 AM, Blogger carlotta1924 said...

    hmm... can't wait for the next post =)

     
    At May 6, 2008, 4:58:00 PM, Blogger the donG said...

    we passed by this place when we went to Bicol. we had a stopover (about 30minutes rest) since we drove going to Bicol.

    as to what i know this is also the drop point when you go to the Calaguas island.

     
    At May 7, 2008, 2:34:00 PM, Blogger kyels said...

    Woot! I love your posts, really interesting.

    :D

     
    At May 7, 2008, 4:42:00 PM, Blogger Belen said...

    we went to tabaco once by BLTB bus. i don't know if we have passed this place because we travelled night trip by BLTB.we visited Geothermal Station in Pili Albay, and mayon volcano only

     
    At May 7, 2008, 4:49:00 PM, Blogger Belen said...

    we went to tabaco once. I don't know if we passed this place becauce we travelled by BLTB night trip. We visited Geothermal Station in Pili Albay and mayon volcano... that was 1990.

     
    At May 8, 2008, 9:30:00 AM, Blogger Ethyl Alcohol said...

    it looks like a nice place. :) looking forward to that tarsier. :)

     
    At May 8, 2008, 2:59:00 PM, Anonymous rayts said...

    everyone seems to be heading in the Bicol region these days. i was there last week, hehe. ang saya!

     
    At May 8, 2008, 10:12:00 PM, Blogger tutubi philippines said...

    carlotta, i, too, can't wait for it. quite busy, that's why.soryy

    thedong, oh no...don't say that :P

    ethyl alcohol,i didn'tgo to bohol.no tarsiers here:P

    rayts, right you are. sayang yung caramoan,sana makarating ako dunng wala pa dami turista

     
    At May 11, 2008, 6:27:00 AM, Blogger pieterbie said...

    Looks like a pretty hearty breakfast to me.

     
    At May 11, 2008, 7:43:00 PM, Blogger Elaine said...

    can you recommend a good resort in Daet that is close to Bagasbas beach?:)

     
    At May 11, 2008, 8:13:00 PM, Blogger tutubi philippines said...

    elaine, i noticed there are no resorts on bagasbas, there are only bars and restaurants with facilities for you to take a shower or toilet/CR. my friend there suggested pineapple resort with swimming pool though.

     
    At May 27, 2008, 1:32:00 AM, Blogger dave (",) said...

    Ooh, you've gone to Bicol! Sabi nga ni Rayts, everyone's heading to Bicol these days. But this Bicolano hasn't been there in quite a while, di ko tuloy nasabayan yung ibang friends ko.

    Anyway, about Daet, it's usually bypassed nowadays due to the Maharlika(?) Highway that directly connects the province of Quezon with Camarines Sur. But with potholes and roadworks plaguing this highway, it would be easier on your vehicle when you travel by the winding yet well-paved roads of Camarines Norte.

    More in this entry of mine.

     
    At Oct 18, 2008, 11:35:00 PM, Anonymous kritstin said...

    where can i find laundry service for my comforters in daet town? thank you

     
    At Nov 27, 2008, 10:25:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    napansin ko lang po dun sa rizal monument ng daet,since im from this place yong nasa tuktok po kc nyan ay originally ay moon bakit po pinalitan na ng star?

     
    At Nov 27, 2008, 10:32:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    just asking,coz i believed we must preserve our one historical icons,still dun pa rin sa first rizal monument ng daet.

     
    At Nov 29, 2008, 11:05:00 AM, Blogger tutubi said...

    anonymous, i don't know/ i'm not from there. the first time i saw it in 2003, it was nigh time so i don't also noticed that. my picture then was blurred from an instamatic film cam

     
    At Mar 26, 2009, 2:13:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    would you know travel time from daet to donsol, and daet to camsur? thanks,

     
    At Mar 26, 2009, 8:03:00 PM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    Anonymous, daet is about 2 hours away from Naga which is about 20 minutes from CWC if that's where you're going

     
    At Mar 30, 2009, 11:52:00 AM, Anonymous tj said...

    thanks! we plan to go, from bagasbas to caramoan. is it easy to find homestays/accomodations in the caramoan area?

     
    At Mar 31, 2009, 5:17:00 PM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    tj, the homestays are said to be mostly in barangay and not on the islands of caramoan

     
    At Apr 1, 2009, 9:19:00 AM, Anonymous tj isla said...

    thanks.. so where's this unspoiled, virgin beach in Camarines Norte? :)

     
    At Apr 1, 2009, 9:06:00 PM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    tj, calaguas island...look it up :P

     
    At Apr 22, 2009, 1:58:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    To the Admin,

    Can you please email me at info@sefdesign.com? I'd like to use one of the photos from this blog.

    Looking forward to hear from you soon. Thanks,

    Steve from Daet.

     
    At May 13, 2009, 12:10:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi! I've been in daet so many times... There was a hotel and resort in daet named pineapple resort but it takes 30 mins to travel from the market place and if you want more accessible hotel and resort you can go to villa mila resort or wiltan hotel, these resort are located along the highway. I have friends also living there... til next time!

     
    At Jun 9, 2009, 12:11:00 PM, Anonymous Paolo said...

    Hello, how long is the stopover in Antimonan?
    Great post! Cheers!

     
    At Jun 9, 2009, 12:29:00 PM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    paolo, it's about 20 minutes. you get comfort break and snack/meal there.

     
    At Aug 9, 2009, 3:20:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    kura'mos here...

    magsiring kamo sa san vicente
    paning urag an mananap falls...

    masiramon pati an imbotidong balaw
    sagkud tinumok!!!

     
    At Aug 9, 2009, 3:22:00 PM, Anonymous kasei itch said...

    omkie!!

     
    At Aug 9, 2009, 3:26:00 PM, Anonymous kura mos said...

    try d mananap falls in san vicente..

     
    At Aug 20, 2009, 3:27:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    taga rito ako eh jejeje

     
    At Sep 13, 2009, 2:17:00 AM, Blogger lelo said...

    DAET......I never stopped being amazed of this place. Although not as scenic as other provinces, Daet will surely tell you what a provice is all about! I have been to Camiguin, Marinduque, Baguio and some more provinces but Daet provides a more comfortable nest especially when you talk about spending. Having a simple Laing, Bicol Express, Sinantol or even just a Daing na galunggong will satisfy your stay in this place. Daet....... I LOVE YOU SO MUUUUUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
    At Nov 18, 2009, 7:10:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    hi how much po b one night sa pineapple resort?tnx more power...

     
    At Nov 18, 2009, 7:11:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    hi

     
    At Feb 24, 2010, 4:43:00 PM, Blogger havaway said...

    Pineapple Resort Experience...

    looks good in picture, some kind deceiving igwa kami bad experience ng family ko when we had our overnight stay there. be careful with their charges the higher room you get the higher entrance payment they collect.... its very disappointing for us that time coz were looking for a better place (relaxing) to stay so we spend overnight there at first swimming is on our mind but since we already been in an island in jose panganiban and enjoy snorkeling we felt tired to go for a swim but instead enjoy videoke.

    morning comes all seems not in the mood to swim so we decided to check-out and ask for our bill. and i was surprise of their voluptuous charges at first they charge us for 2 rooms, obviously staff lacks communication since we only use one. so they amend the charges but still surprise me. we just ignore that their rate is like hotels in manila since they charge us P3,500 for 12 hrs. Comparatively in manila you can stay for 24hrs stay plus access on whatever amenities they have for free.

    in Pineapple Resort they will not only charge you with Voluptuous room rates but also charge you with swimming entrance fee which is PHP100 higher than actual night rate of PHP150, in other words we pay PHP250 each though we never use the pool and incase we use it were only allowed until 11pm which is quite unfair since we pay for overnight rates. PAYING IS NOT AN ISSUE but deceiving guest and giving a surprise charges will not give good reputation in your business.

    the place are still undeveloped except for pool area, rooms are old that fact that painting is chipping. we arrived 7pm and the place looks like a ghost town since were the only guest and very few lump post. it looks like their not expecting us.

    fr:
    Disappointed kababayan

     
    At Feb 24, 2010, 4:47:00 PM, Blogger havaway said...

    TRAVEL EXPERIENCE (PINEAPPLE RESORT-DAET CAM. NORTE:

    it looks good in picture, some kind deceiving igwa kami bad experience ng family ko when we had our overnight stay there. be careful with their charges the higher room you get the higher entrance payment they collect.... its very disappointing for us that time coz were looking for a better place (relaxing) to stay so we spend overnight there at first swimming is on our mind but since we already been in an island in jose panganiban and enjoy snorkeling we felt tired to go for a swim but instead enjoy videoke.

    morning comes all seems not in the mood to swim so we decided to check-out and ask for our bill. and i was surprise of their voluptuous charges at first they charge us for 2 rooms, obviously staff lacks communication since we only use one. so they amend the charges but still surprise me. we just ignore that their rate is like hotels in manila since they charge us P3,500 for 12 hrs. Comparatively in manila you can stay for 24hrs stay plus access on whatever amenities they have for free.

    in Pineapple Resort they will not only charge you with Voluptuous room rates but also charge you with swimming entrance fee which is PHP100 higher than actual night rate of PHP150, in other words we pay PHP250 each though we never use the pool and incase we use it were only allowed until 11pm which is quite unfair since we pay for overnight rates. PAYING IS NOT AN ISSUE but deceiving guest and giving a surprise charges will not give good reputation in your business.

    the place are still undeveloped except for pool area, rooms are old that fact that painting is chipping. we arrived 7pm and the place looks like a ghost town since were the only guest and very few lump post. it looks like their not expecting us.

    fr:
    Disappointed kababayan

     
    At Feb 24, 2010, 4:51:00 PM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    havaway, thanks for the pineapple resort review :P

     
    At Sep 23, 2010, 10:39:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    been to baguio a lot, laguna, cebu and boracay. but my heart belongs to daet. i luv to travel. i luv nature. went to daet the first time for a weekend via philtranco, second time via plane and this weekend via philtranco. am an adventurous traveler. daet has a simple way of living and so i am. see u daet very soon.

     
    At Oct 4, 2010, 10:52:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Have fun under the sun at San Antonio (Labo) Recreactional Resort!

     
    At Jan 1, 2011, 4:33:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Happy New Year to all....
    Sori for the disappointments for pineapple resort experience...

    Please visit bagasbas beach....its a great place to go here in Daet, Camarines Norte

    We a friendly people .....

     

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