Cagayan Valley at Region II is Papa Leo’s hometown. We visit the place on a yearly basis. This year was extra special because we stayed for more than a week during the Christmas break. And since we don’t want to waste any time, we decided to visit the Sta Ana, Cagayan, particularly Palaui Island.
It was more than two years ago when we last visited the municipality of Sta Ana, Cagayan. This is the northern tip of Luzon at the right side. Traveling from Tuguegarao, Cagayan (where we are staying) to Sta Ana took us three hours. Last time, it was four hours. There is a newly built road spanning 22 kilometers, where the Cagayan North International Airport is located. Thanks to this road for saving us an hour of travel time.
We arrived at Nangaramoan Beach at around 2PM. Since it was a bit late to travel to Palaui Island (boatmen won’t like to risk traveling the sea during afternoons because the waves are rougher), we just contented ourselves to touring Nangaramoan Beach, while Neo swam to his heart’s content.
The last time we visited Nangaramoan Beach, only daytime cottages are available. Luckily for us, they already built some overnight cottages which are affordable (because it was off peak season). Two non-airconditioned rooms at the second level with balcony, shared bathroom, and day cottage at the lower level cost us Php1,2oo only. The airconditioned-room with own toilet and bath, but with no day cottage cost Php1,ooo per room. Cheap right?
After touring the beach, we chanced upon Aetas selling wild orchids. We bought some. This is the first time I encountered Aetas. The adults are shy and the kids are a jolly lot.
By nighttime, the sea will hit low tide allowing fishermen to collect shells – some to eat, others to decorate.
Here are some photos of Nangaramoan Beach, Sta Ana, Cagayan.
Just the perfect place to swim and relax. 🙂
PS: This was originally published last January 2016 in my previous blog: Baby Neo’s Mama.