Monday, March 12, 2012

Revisiting Laulau Beach

Photos by Raquel C. BagnolTHE rough road to Laulau Beach in San Vicente had been the biggest challenge for people who wanted to visit this lovely area tucked amid breathtaking views of cliffs and jungles. Going there was not for people who didn’t have four-wheel vehicles.
Now, at least, the entrance has been paved.
The sign was still tilted but the paved road was a strong temptation I couldn’t resist. Going down early morning on Wednesday, it was a big relief to drive on a smooth road that used to be so rough you’d think you were rolling down a dried-up river.
The paved portion ended just below the sharp bend on the road to Laulau Beach, but getting there was much better than before.
The last time I had been to the beach was about three years ago, and other changes had already taken place since then. A proper parking space had been built and an open hut for picnickers had been constructed with a barbeque pit.
Going to Laulau Beach is a unique and refreshing experience, especially if you have the whole place to yourself. The remoteness and the accessibility add to its appeal.
It was quite an experience to sit on the beach listening to the sounds of the waves rolling in from the reef, watching several blackbirds swooping down to catch food on the water while hearing the chirping of other birds from the jungle behind.
It’s like cutting yourself off from civilization and having all the beauty of nature to yourself. You’re not totally isolated, of course, because you can see the Laulau Bay Golf Resort hotel from a distance.
Laulau Beach is also one of the best dive spots on the island.
Going there allows you to enjoy a picturesque view of the road, with long vines hanging down from trees. It seems like you’re entering wonderland.
A rough road snakes its way from the beach all the way to Kagman, but I didn’t have the luxury of time and a sturdy vehicle to be daring enough to follow where it lead. But someday, soon…