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Hidden Paradise: The Balaring Beach of Barotac Viejo

Submitted by on June 4, 2012 – 10:21 amOne Comment

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No, this is not in Boracay, nor in Puerto Galera or even Guimaras. It’s in Barotac Viejo, Iloilo. 

Iloilo indeed has so many unspoiled beaches and coasts. From south to north of the province there are beaches undisturbed and unexplored by tourists. For the adventure minded, these coasts provide a perfect haven, especially if you’re tired with busy and crowded beaches. These coasts provide a good spot for relaxation, some for meditation, and more importantly to commune with nature. One of these, I would proudly include, is the Balaring beach of Barotac Viejo.

Popular among locals, the Balaring beach is quite unknown outside the town. I only read about the beach when it was mentioned in passing by a list of beaches of Iloilo in a local tourism office. Curious about its “colored pebbles”, I went to Barotac Viejo to see this beach for myself.

The drive to Barotac Viejo was smooth as the East Iloilo -Capiz Road is now repaired (except for those parts that are part of town propers, e.g. Banate). Travel time from Iloilo City is about two hours if you have a private vehicle.

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When we reached the coastal town of Barotac Viejo, we asked for directions and the only response I got is to look for a sign pointing to RJ Beach Resort, a few kilometers north of the town. Forging ahead the road going to Ajuy, finally we saw the marker. We turned right, quite unexpecting of the road ahead of us – it was a dirt road pointing to mountains! I looked at my companions and said this will be quite an adventure – just in driving alone!

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Enduring a bumpy thirty-minute drive along farms and mountains, we finally reached the beach. We hopped from the car, and saw what we’re looking for – a white sand beach full with colored pebbles and rocks, and a stunning view of the sea.

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The sand is white but may not be as fine as that of Boracay, but this will definitely do. No noise, except for the sea breeze and the waves, this is pure relaxation one will surely get. We did not anymore enter the RJ beach resort and decided to just explore the lengthy coast.

Along the coasts, there are few houses whose residents do fishing for a living.

The water is clear, the breeze is fresh. With the blues skies in the horizon, I instantly fell in love with the place. Laid back, relax, no loud music or incessant chatter from crowded beaches. All my stresses were washed away, just by sitting on the sand and fell the cool waves wash my feet.

This will just be a short post, but I want to tour you there with these photos I took. Hopefully you can visit this beach next summer:

Photos along the way (from the highway going to the beach):

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Balaring Beach, Barotac Viejo, Iloilo:

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Getting There:

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From Iloilo International Airport:

– You can take the Shuttle Bus going to SM City, Iloilo.

– From SM City, cross the Diversion Road (using the over pass), and take a jeepney going to Leganes. Tell the driver to drop you at Tagbak Terminal at Jaro. Travel time to the terminal is about fifteen to twenty minutes.

-In Tagbak Terminal there are buses going north of Iloilo just like those to Estancia. Ask the conductor to drop you off at Barotac Viejo. Travel time is about two hours.

– From town proper, you may take tricycles to take you to RJ beach resort.

For Private Transportation:

– Barotac Viejo is about 48 kilometers northeast of Iloilo City. Take the MacArthur Highway going to Zarraga. When the highway separates at town proper of Zarraga, take the Iloilo East Coast – Capiz Road which will bring you straight to the town of Barotac Viejo.

-From the town proper of Barotac Viejo, drive a few kilometers further north (going to Ajuy) and look for a marker pointing to RJ Beach Resort. (The sign is at the right side of the road).

Tips: Bring your own food and water, very very few stores operate in the area. Few cottages are available, except for those you can rent at RJ Beach Resort. But living with the community will do. The residents are very accommodating. Some of the rocks are big and sharp, take care when walking above or near the rocks.

Relax and enjoy the clean water, the colored pebbles, and the white sand. 

 

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  • mark says:

    I went to balaring beach twice in 2014, as we have a house in Pototan. The water is very clear and nice, but the road(from the highway) is not good, however my car made it there and back both times just don’t go too fast. There is a small coral reef nearby, but you need to rent a pan boat. The owner gave me a discount from 300 to 250 pesos for all day. The place where the small coral reef is located is about 15 minutes from balaring but the water is not very clear there.
    Balaring is a nice resort, clean with good nipa huts for rent, 300 or 350 pesos all day. Outside showers to wash off the salt water. If you go during the week you will probably be the only ones there and welcomed. If you go fri and especially sat or sun the place will be full of people.
    There are many small rocks on the beach and in the water and not much sand. The water is blue and clear. It is better to wear rubber sandals in the water.
    Better to bring you own food and drinks.
    San Juan beach is before balaring just outside of barotac viejo, there is only small nipa huts with a table and bench there, 100 pesos per day. There is a (concrete) pathway with railing, from the top down to the beach. The beach has nice sand, some rocks, VERY shallow water, you can go out a km and still stand. The road is also not so good but short. You might need to ask directions from locals, I did. But good for kids. There is no CR or anything else there.
    The water at San Juan is OK but not as clear as Balaring.

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