While most people would go to La Paz Sand Dunes for sandboarding, we went there for the sunset. We got out of our lodge at 4:00 p.m., chartered a tricycle, and arrived at the sea coast 15 minutes later. Fortunately, the weather was on our side; the sun was up, the wind was cool, and the stratocumulus clouds made the tourist spot just perfect for taking snaps (too bad I wrecked my wide-angle lens in Siargao).
While waiting for the mighty sun to take a bow, we walked and climbed light gray mounds here and there to see the view from a wider perspective. We observed that unlike the sand dunes in Paoay, the ones in Barangay La Paz are mostly covered with sun-dried grass that looks like swaying golden rice stalks with the blowing wind. We can also see a hut and close to it are dragon fruit trees (according to our tricycle driver).
We patiently went up to a hill by the main road and sat beside the plants on top for some time. The view was splendid. We could see huge waves smashing the shore. The contrast between the sand and the green trees on our far right was breathtaking. No wonder why the locals have come up with a unique idea of using the area to introduce recreational activities such as dune-bashing and sand-boarding as a way of boosting tourism in the region.
We moved to a different mound for a better view of the setting sun whose glare gradually diminished as it went down. While we were basking in its orange color, we heard other tourists shouting their fears out. We instantly knew they took the challenge. We were in their shoes two days ago (that will go to a different blog post).
Below are more photos we took during our visit.
On our way home, we stopped at Sitio Lubbot's entrance for a quick picture-taking. If you speak Cebuano, you must be laughing by now.
If you want to visit La Paz sand dunes by tricycle, you may contact Rey Reyes at +639079903030. As of January 2014, the standard rate is Php 100.00 one way (Php 200.00 round trip), but we gave him Php 300.00 because we asked him to wait for two hours.
If you want to try sandboarding and dune-bashing, you may inquire at the information center at La Paz sand dunes. Standard rate is Php 2,500.00 per 4x4 jeep for one hour (this includes the super undulating ride and sandboarding). Each jeep can accommodate 4-5 people.