To end my three-day Toledo escapade, our last activity to tick off from our checklist is a day at the Hermit’s Cove. I first thought that this place might be a “hermit crabs sanctuary” because what else could its name come from? It’s a beach. Hermit crabs are sea creatures. See the connection? Yeah. It cannot be unseen! So we all packed our things, went aboard a multicab and drove past Toledo City and Pinamungajan until we reached the concealed portions of Aloguinsan. We don’t really know how to get to Hermit’s Cove, how much more the struggles that are waiting for us along the way? Actually, we went through curves and bumps along the road until it came to the point that our vehicle couldn’t manage to carry all of us to our destination anymore. Then we divided ourselves into two groups to minimize the load. Lucky for me, I was able to take the first trip to Hermit’s Cove. The second group was unlucky enough that they hiked all the way to the cove.
But when we arrived, there were no hermit crabs around (or probably I just didn’t see one). Then I stumbled upon another realization while I googled “Hermits” in the search box. I was supposed to research something about hermit crabs to give this post some spice but instead, I came upon the meaning of the word “hermit”. Which led me to my next point. And I feel so genius right now.
or maybe not.
Our long trip and not to mention the struggles we endured on our way to Hermit’s Cove gave justice why the place should be named as THE Hermit’s Cove. It was indeed the Hermit’s Cove: hidden, concealed, and secluded. It was the perfect piece of sanctuary for a lonely hermit who longs to be tucked away from publicity. Yet, its seclusion wasn’t enough to get away from the platter of the hungry wanderlusts.
The picture above was not what we have seen when we arrived because that picture was taken before we left the area. From up here you can see that underneath are rocks which did not really make me feel comfortable. Just make sure that you visit during high tide so that you can enjoy the beach.
Entrance fee is just affordable at 50php per head. After paying and before going in, we had an orientation of the rules and regulations of the beach. A wonderful wooden staircase will take you down to the beach. I personally like it: the wooden staircase and the thought of descending to a beautiful scenery. It gives me one of those fairy tale vibes. Inside, there were also beach staffs that helped us find a vacant table. I also cannot help but to notice that they really ensure the cleanliness of the seashore. Some staff are cleaning the shore making sure that it is trash free. A plus points for me! They also have a grilling area and smoking area. I think this is a good idea because it keeps the place organized. Smokers are only allowed to smoke in the smoking area. Aside from that they also have shower area and a gallon of water costs 5php.
While swimming, I noticed that the water is exceptionally clear. Which is one thing that I like. Swimmers are also not allowed to go beyond the white balls in order to protect other life forms beyond that line, most especially the reefs.
And lastly, they are also selling fresh buko for 20php each. And by fresh, I meant a coconut from the coconut tree straight to your table. It was a perfect treat for a hot and a sunny day at the beach.
Of all those wonderful things that I like in this beach, there were also some things that I don’t like. First is that I noticed that there are some who were able to bring and drink alcoholic beverages inside. As I remembered, we were oriented that alcoholic beverages are not allowed inside. Second, the changing rooms are untidy. I hated the fact that I have to change inside the small cubicle where I cannot hang my clothes or my bag. Where am I supposed to place my things? Above the urinal? Over the toilet wherein one slip of your things and you might end up picking them inside the urine reservoir. Really gross! Third, most of the time while swimming I step on rigid rocks which I don’t like.
Will I recommend this place?
To end this, I think I’ll rate this a 7. The beach was nice and clean but I just don’t like their untidy changing area. I am very meticulous on shower rooms most especially when it is for public use. For the beach’s location, I’m not sure if it a pro or a con. For a lazy and grumpy ass, locating this place might be a hassle. But to the adventurous and brave soul, this is one hell of a discovery.
At this point of my writing, I no longer preoccupy myself how the place got its name. Whether it was named after the hermit crabs or the lonely hermit who wants to stay private? It doesn’t matter. What matters is that I was able to check this off my list and I highly recommend this to everyone who wants to take a break from their lives.
Photo credits to Sheen.