Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Punta Ballo and Nataasan Beach Resort

We left Sugar Beach and headed further south to another beach destination in Sipalay: Punta Ballo. I couldn't believe me eyes when I saw islands like these pictured below. I was pointing again to the islands to our boatman, but he said that most are privately owned, and that we couldn't dock just anywhere. Another frustration.



Rene was telling me about Punta Ballo and how it became the expansion area of Sugar Beach. It was less known, but there are a lot of resorts as well. There was also the beach house of the owner of Ceres, the largest bus company in the Visayas-Mindanao region.


The water was calm and the corals showed as the sun was beginning to set. The tide was also low, so we had to inch our way towards the beach to avoid hitting the corals.


The scenery was spectacular. The water was still and very clear. I just imagined how this would look like if the sand was white. And the sand stretched out for meters from the shoreline.


Punta Ballo was already filled with properties from end to end. There were several bangkas, which are probably owned by locals.


We first took a peek at Robinson Crusoe Resort. It was a simple beach resort with native cabanas surrounding a traditional pool. The landscaping made the resort look very refreshing.



I walked the beach to the southern end and saw a lot of foreigners as well. It seems that there were less local tourists in the area. Rene tells me that the beaches of Sipalay can get busy during the weekends.


We moved back up to the most popular resort in the area, Nataasan Beach Resort. It was perched on a cliff at the northern end of the beach, hence the name, Nataasan. It is also the most "luxurious" beach resort in the Sugar Beach-Punta Ballo area.


The resort has everything - a restaurant, a huge pool, 2 buildings, a bar and even a space for functions. I was wondering if this place ever gets filled up because it was pretty huge.


The best rooms were those overlooking the Sulu Sea of course, each with a private balcony where you can contemplate about the whims of the world.


The restaurant also had a wonderful view of the sea and of Punta Ballo Beach. We spent the remaining time here drinking bottles of San Miguel. It was the ultimate relaxing experience, that I forgot where I was.



We decided to wait for sunset and was rewarded with this amazing display of nature. I was having the time of my life, gulping bottle after bottle of San Miguel. We didn't care if the dark will engulf us on our trip back home. This was just impossible to resist.


And so I end my day of touring the islands and beaches of Sipalay with delight. I didn't expect this part of the Philippines to be one of the most relaxing places I have been to. It wasn't crowded and the people were very accommodating. I will definitely be back, since I have found another piece of paradise in Sipalay.


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Nataasan Beach Resort
Brgy. 4 Sitio Punta Ballo, Sipalay City, Philippines


+63 999 344 1113 (mobile)+63 915 670 5027 (mobile)+63 34 453 8936 (landline)




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