There have been a number of write ups sharing the beauty there is in Dicasalarin Cove, a secluded haven privately owned by the Angara Family located in Baler, Aurora. Curious to see whether the place is as grand as many previous visitors have said, we decided to embark on our own day tour to witness firsthand this majestic cove.
We were guests of the beautiful resort Costa Pacifica, also owned by the same family, Angara. With the resort’s front desk, we arranged a van rental that would take us to the privately owned paradise. The van rental cost P2750 for the whole day. We also arranged a day pass for entry into Dicasalarin Cove at the front desk of Costa Pacifica. The pass cost P100 per person. Please note that if you are not staying at Costa Pacifica, they may charge P300 for entrance in Dicasalarin.
It took about 30 min drive to get the the entry of a one-way /one-lane road leading to Dicasalarin. Luckily, we set our trip early at 9AM that there were no vehicles coming down this one lane road, which meant we didn’t have to wait. We were given a go signal to ascend the mountain and the driver smilingly told us “Huwag po kayong kakabahan, matarik po ang kalasada.” As much as we appreciated the warning, nothing really prepared us for the steep and nerve wrecking ascend to the top. Literally, a few inches off in maneuvering the vehicle in turning and we may end up sliding off the edge to disaster.
Nevertheless, we continued our ascend for another 5-10 minutes, with the driver stopping with every few minutes when he reaches a good vantage point for an amazing view. We took advantage to snap photos as quickly as possible as we too had to hurry to the other side of the road so as not to cause any traffic from the other end point of the road.
Upon reaching the top point, entry to the cove, we handed our passes and proceeded directly downhill this time to reach the cove side. After another few minutes of on the edge driving, we have reached our destination point. We have arrived in Dicasalarin Cove and the place was breathtaking! The cove was secluded and it reminded me of this childhood computer game I used to play called Myst. It was mysterious and only the sound of the wind and the waves crashing was audible. Every other sound seemed to get lost within these two major sounds. There were no one else in the area and the continuous rhythmic exchange of waves and wind was somewhat calling us to come in and explore its majestic scenery.
There was a beacon located in the right side of the cove. One would have to climb a 170 step stairway to go up the hill towards the beacon (called The Lighthouse). The 170 steps stairway to heaven may seem a little intimidating at first but it will all be worth it when you reach the top. Take your time in climbing, feel the breeze, and enjoy the moment!
Reaching the top was astounding and it was very much worth spending your energy on climbing to stairs in the peak of a hot day. Upon reaching the top, you get an amazing view left and right of what Dicasalarin is all about. The view says it all!
Safety Note: Upon reaching the top, please be very mindful of your surrounding. Be very careful when taking photos and moving around as one small mistake and you can end up falling off the side of the hill. It is quite dangerous as the safety bars that are supposed to keep visitors off the edge is only made of ropes. The ropes are just there as a warning that you are near the edge but not to protect you from falling off. One mistake and you can still accidentally slip off. Please be safe.