Why Lahos is My Favorite Island in CaramoanSunday, December 09, 2012Ryan Mach
I hate playing favorites but I gotta say that among the islands we visited in Caramoan Peninsula, Lahos is the best. The creme de la creme. The finest. The greatest. All superlatives. Ok, I'm raving and I'm overkilling it. But really, the reason I liked it most is pretty simple: I had a swell time there. Well, to be honest, I had a good time at every island we went to, but Lahos has got to be the most enjoyable of the bunch.
The second day of our island hopping tour was off to a good start after a satisfying but quick visit at Matukad Island. With the weather still as lovely as the day before, everything seemed to be in perfect color - sky was blue, sea a palette of cyan and turquoise, sand was creamy and white. We planned to visit as many islands as we possibly could so leaving Matukad was kind of sad. Our next destination: Lahos (or Lajos) whose white sand was visible from Matukad.
|On our way to Lahus|
|Shades of green and blue|
The beauty of Lahos Island is subtle and too personal. It wasn't love at first sight. You see, it does look pretty ordinary and doesn't seem to stand out from the rest. But as you spend more time with it, you begin to discover its hidden charm. There's more to it than meets the eye, however mushy that sounds. As a matter of fact, I didn't realize that I'd come to love Lahos that much. I mean, the sand wasn't as soft as Sabitang-Laya's nor its terrain as photogenic as Matukad's.
|Rock formation topped by verdant shrubs.|
|Beach combers oblivious of the scorching sun.|
The white sand between these rocks mounts on what seems to be a small hill or a giant wave. You can barely see the shore on the other side when you're on the other side (that doesn't sound right, lol). We played Frisbee on this sand while waiting for lunch.
|The unrelenting heat rendered everything in white.|
Tired from swimming and playing Frisbee, we all hung out under a shady area of the beach and lazed, shared a few funny stories, laughed hard, basically had a good time, and did some creative photo shoot.
|Life was wondrous in Lahus|
|Friend doing some contemplating.|
Sumptuous lunch (a spread of grilled fish, steamed crabs, spicy laing and fresh mangoes and papaya) was served under the trees with a splendid view of calm, clear water and distant mountains in front of us. It was one of the best lunch I had in a while. My stomach was close to bursting.
Once the plates had been cleared, we went right back to the water to take another dip. Then someone decided to jump from the craggy and pointed rocks nearby. Next thing we knew, we were all climbing up and jumping off the limestone rocks. I bet nobody had jumped from those rocks before.
You now perhaps understand why Lahos is my favorite island. It's clear as day that I had immense fun there.
I didn't feel sad or anything when we left the island. I just felt neutral. It wasn't until the next day, when I was viewing the photos and reminiscing all the fun we had in Caramoan, that I realized I have fallen in love with Lahos. It was indeed a brief and wondrous experience.