stunning sunset at Camiguin Action Geckos
This was where I spent my third and fourth night in Camiguin. As I had already toured the island’s attractions on my first two (2) days in the province, my stay at the Action Geckos was purely for leisure. That is, I spent my 3 days here doing nothing but sleep in my room, or read a book while listening to the crashing waves, walk along its beachfront, or just laze at one of its hammocks without a care in the world.
the entrance and the resort’s main building that serves as its front desk and restaurant
I booked via Agoda, since the rates I got here were cheaper than what I saw on Action Geckos’ website. I specifically chose their Beach Bungalow because of its beachfront location. It’s expensive at Php 2,150 per night for a solo traveler, but it was worth it.
I especially appreciated their warm welcome. I was charmed when I opened the door and saw the bed canopied with an intricately-made mosquito net.
I was even more charmed when I saw the welcome note with flowers. Such a sweet and thoughtful gesture.
And I loved my room’s furnishing too! Who knew you could make beautiful ceiling lamps from a bulb and strainer?
And the bathroom was beautiful! I loved the mosaic of colorful tiles on the vanity and the floor.
And yes, after making do with just cold water and using dipper at Enigmata, it was nice to finally have access to a shower with strong water pressure and hot water.
My room was called Ardent, which is named after one of Camiguin’s hot springs as featured on this blog. It has a hammock and wooden loungers right at its doorstep, which offers me a good view of the sea.
I loved that my room was right by the beach. Even when I chose to stay in my room as it was too hot outside, I could hear the waves crashing against the shore.
Aside from the hammock right in front of my room, there were hammocks too beside the bungalow where my room was located.
The resort’s restaurant is called Tuko (Gecko) and serves local and international cuisine. I loved its very native ambience.
My first meal here was the dinner I had on my first night. I ordered their specials for the day, which was Meatballs with potato chips and garlic mayo and mango shake (sorry I forgot to take its photo). I did not like it. The garlic mayo was too garlicky and the mango shake was bland.
The following day, I had Filipino breakfast, which consisted of tocino, egg, and tea. Yikes! It was the worst tocino I’ve ever had. It was too salty. I told one of the staff and they said it’s homemade.
Since the food I had so far were not good, I opted to go out for lunch but come dinner, I had no choice but to again dine at Tuko as there were no other resorts or restaurants near Action Geckos. I had Spaghetti Action Geckos, which was described as Asian style spaghetti with chicken and vegetables. It sounded interesting, but I found it weird. It’s like pancit, but with pasta. And it’s again too salty. By this time, I was convinced of the resort having expensive but so-so food.
The next morning, I ordered Helvetia for breakfast, which is a combination of grated potato fried with onion, topped with melted cheese and bacon bits. Tuko’s menu specifically mentioned that it had a 20-minute preparation time and the staff who took my order said so too, but added that it’s a specialty so I took her word and was not disappointed as it was the only food I liked here. For my drinks, I upgraded my regular coffee to Latte Machiato.
Unlike White Island’s white-sand beach, the beach here has black sand. Though this is something not new to me as we also had black-sand beaches in Aklan (I’ve even blogged about one of them HERE), I found the black sand here to be the finest.
It was nice to walk barefoot on it and watch my feet create footprints, or just sit and watch the horizon while squishing the fine sand between my toes.
On Action Geckos’ photo gallery, they had photos of their beachfront with volcanoes (or mountain range?) as its backdrop, but I did not see such a view. Instead, I chanced on these sights, but the volcanoes/mountain range were not right in front of the resort, but about a dozen meters from it.
Too bad the towering coconut trees were blocking the views (or perhaps when the photos were taken, the coconuts were still not that tall so the mountain range was very visible from the beachfront).
While walking along the beachfront, I also chanced upon these fishermen.
You may have noticed that my beach photos so far had overcast skies, and that’s because the weather was pretty bad on my second day here. Thankfully, the weather improved on my third and last day.
Note the bluer sky and the sea.
Action Geckos’ garden is beautiful and most of the flowers were in full bloom when I was there. My favorites were the colorful cosmos that came in yellow or pink, or a combination of both.
There were white and pink vica plants (top photos in the succeeding collage) too, as well as sampaguita (lower left), which is the national flower of the Philippines. I don’t know what the other two flowers are though, but I’ve seen them before.
There was hibiscus too, and more flowers that I’m familiar with, but cannot specifically identify.
Action Geckos’ location is perfect for sunset-watching . On my first afternoon here, it was cloudy so the sunset was not that colorful.
On my second and last afternoon though, the sunset was mesmerizing. It came in vivid hues of red and orange. I must have spent a quarter of an hour watching the sky change colors while the sun was sinking beyond the horizon.
The main photo on this post was from the same set.
In closing, Camiguin Action Geckos is one good accommodation option when in Camiguin. It’s more expensive that other resorts but because its newer and well-thought-of design-wise, it’s worth the splurge. Their restaurant though, is an altogether different story.
For more information about Camiguin Action Geckos Dive and Adventure Resort, visit their official website.