Riding the Waves in Bagasbas


“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf” —-OH YEAH! And I definitely did!

Ready, set, surf!

I went on a spontaneous trip with my friends in Bagasbas Beach, in Daet Camarines Norte last May 1-2, 2010. It was my first time to surf, and oh yes, the exhilaration was really something that I’d like to experience again.

This was definitely a spontaneous weekend to remember. Thanks to the company and spontaneity of Fi, Gil and Pao, we were bound for limitless fun, adventure, and incessant food trips!  I loved Daet, and I am definitely going back!

The Gang!

They say that the waves in Bagasbas are pretty much stronger than the normal surf spots; hence, it’s a little bit more challenging to learn surfing as the strong winds try to challenge you along with the fine sand that enters your eyes as you try to stand your way and commune with your surf board to stay balanced. But fear not, beginning surfers who successfully learn in Bagasbas are most probably going to have an easier time surfing their way in other surf spots.

The experience of learning how to surf may be likened to a first date— you’ll never know what you’ll expect. You don’t know if you’ll be able to do well at it, or if you’ll suck at it. You’d still be testing the waters, either way, and it will totally be up to you if you want to plunge once more to try it again or just push your way back to safety lest further “injuries”. But as for me, my first date (with surfing) will always be something that I’d be willing to try over and over again, until the waves and I find our perfect chemistry. ❤ (UHM?? Waley ata yung sinabi ko, pero ganun na yung ibig kong sabihin)

Surfing 101

If you have any frets about going to the open sea and stand on a piece of wood for a brief period of time, Have no fear! Your surf instructor is here! He would gladly assist you and help you out with all your surfing queries for at least an hour.

One-on-one tutorial with instructor: Php 200.00

Surfboard Rental: Php 150.00

Not bad right? And I tell you, that hour was very meaningful as I was somehow able to successfully stand on the board for at least 3-4 seconds. That’s an achievement, okay? And I tell you, when you experience it for yourself, you’d be beaming with pride for those 3-4 seconds!

Me and my Surf Instructor

Of  Sunrise and More:

One word– PRICELESS.

What to Look Forward To in Daet Town Proper:

FOOD! Their food in Daet is divine! Most restaurants offer awesome Bicolano specialties that showcase Bicolano cuisine at its finest! Several restaurants are side by side with each other, that’s why I assure you that you’ll get a taste of authentic Bicolano cuisine in Daet. Make sure to try their dessert called the Guinumis! 🙂


Bagasbas is something you should try to visit at least once  in your lifetime.  It will make you realize that Philippine provinces have so much to brag about and are equally rightful to be acknowledged just the same as the other famous tourist destinations.

How to Get There:

1. Take a bus from either Pasay or Cubao going to Daet. Bus companies that have daily trips to Daet are Philtranco, Superlines, and Amihan. Price ranges per bus company vary (around Php 480-580 from Manila to Daet)

2. Take a tricycle from bus station and tell the driver, “Manong, make me baba in Bagasbas please?” Haha. Kidding. Just ask the driver to take you to Bagasbas beach, and enjoy the sun, sand, and sea!

1. A budget of around Php 2,500- Php 3,000 shall do for a weekend trip. This shall cover commute expenses, food, and surfing activities.


About Mia G.

Teacher Mia. A Happy Girl. Chaser of dreams. Believer of living out each beautiful dream. A Full-time Preschool Teacher with a part-time job of being a happy traveler and wanderer. Co-founder of Destination Getaways Travel and Tours! A Proud Filipina who wants to travel the world one place at a time, one breathtaking moment at a time. Join the personal accounts of my adventures and misadventures and random experiences in our big and beautiful classroom-- the world. Share my experiences on spontaneity, excitement, adventure, travel, exploration, gastronomic encounters, and everything in between!

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