One of our last stops in Baler was called the Lukso-lukso Islets and it was probably one of the highlights of the trip for me and I wished we really could’ve stayed a little longer because the scenery was just too pretty for words. Yet I will be using words to describe the place. Great.
In translation, the word ‘lukso‘ means to skip or hop around. And the place is called such because of the three islets near the beach which seems like you could skip on each… if you were a giant. I think that the description would fit more during high tide, though.
I believe we were all amazed at how beautiful the beach was because of the rock formations. The sand wasn’t refined at all, and there were a lot of crushed corals, sea shells, and pebbles mixed in so digging your toes meant you’ll have to take out those pebbles that got suck between your nails and toes. Nevertheless, neither the coarse sand or the scorching sun stopped us from enjoying the site.
Since the sand was hot on our feet and the pebbles got in between our toes, I had no choice but to use my levitation powers. #DyosaMoment
The beach also had several nipa huts and a caretaker would pester you if you want to avail one of these. Since we were only staying for a short while, we had to squat and refuse to pay the P300 fee for using a cottage. However, in my next visit I would probably have to get one since it seems like a nice idea to have lunch or breakfast here before going back to Sabang to ride the waves.
The cottages were big enough for a group of 10. There were a handful of other groups while we stayed there, mostly families and no hot guys. And I think we were the only ones who came aboard a three-wheeler. Also, there’s a fee of P10 per individual which you will have to pay before you leave the place. Just saying.
The promise of staying here longer is probably what would persuade me to go back to Baler. I wanted to explore the beach, Digisit Beach was just around the corner, but we were pressed for time because some of us still planned to have some surfing lessons before lunch.
The most attractive part of the beach was the rock formations near the islets. They seemed like sharp rocks at first, but crossing them was pretty easy, though one still has to be careful not to slip and hit their head on the rocks.
All of us went near the edge of the rocks, each hoping to capture snapshots of memories to bring back home. Of course, as tradition, we were all hoping to get a photo taken which we could use as our profile photos on Facebook.
The waters surrounding these islets have been reported to be good diving spots. In calmer months, where you don’t have to battle with the waves that would smash you against the rocks, maybe it could be good for snorkeling, too. I saw this brave fisherman who jumped straight into the water with spear on hand and at first we thought he was swallowed by the waves, then realizing that he knows what he’s doing.
This was the perfect backdrop for our traditional window shot. Since no one else was there to help us take the photo, we had it on clock and on each trial, Jerome, Renz, and I had to run quickly to make it in time for the shot. Mind you, it wasn’t easy running on shallow water with big rocks randomly scattered below. See if you can spot the floating flip-flop on the photo. It came off while I was hurrying towards my spot.
Would I return? HECK YEAH. I’d skip all the other places and head straight to Lukso-Lukso Islets and Ditumabo Falls! If you start early with your tour, this is part of the Eco Trail. But since we ran out of time the previous day, we had to hire tricycles again and pay another P300/trike just to go here and Ermita Hill.
Don’t make the same mistake we did! Start the tour early!