BLUE LAGOON, Libjo, Dinagat Islands (MindaNews / 24 March) — You like basking in the sun, sea and submerging in deep tranquil lagoon like you’ve never done before? Feel like climbing up a limestone tower and watch the spectacular view below contrasted by the forest and connected to the sea?
You need not go out of Mindanao. Just sail to Libjo, Dinagat Islands, three hours boat ride from Surigao City, capital of Surigao del Norte, in Caraga Region.
The lagoon, a hidden oasis, is located in a forested islet forming like a maze a distance away from the coastal barangay of Magsaysay. Because it is environmentally delicate, it is advisable to come in small groups and consciously be respectful and responsible to maintain its tranquility and balance. But one can choose to stay overnight at a tiny resort nearby or camp at the manicured lawn under the swaying coconut trees.
Mayor Lamberto Llamera’s flagship project is tourism development, recognizing the vast potential of its natural coastal attractions with the Blue Lagoon as centerpiece come-on along with several white sand pocket beaches and coves and impressive limestone walls and cupcake-shaped limestone individual towers strewn all over Libjo’s coastlines.
Beach combers and sun worshippers, snorkeling addicts and scuba-divers and even rock/boulder climbers will surely find a home in this “unheard” of and uncrowded piece of paradise. Best to keep this place controlled and balanced in all aspects. We don’t like the abuse of Boracay, do we?
If you do come, the local tourism office (firstname.lastname@example.org) requires you to communicate with them for official assistance and coordination to prepare the participation and inclusion and raise professionalism of the multi-sectoral stakeholders in the communities.
“We are requiring guest-tourists coming to please engage with us as a way to patronize and support the economic benefits of our people from the fisherfolk to other humble sectors of villages involved,” says Bryan Edulzura, adviser on tourism, arts and culture of the Department of Interior and Local Government. (Ramon Jorge B. Sarabosing)