Some 30 kilometers from Bangui, the town of Burgos cradles the majestic rock formations of Kapurpurawan. If you usually equate Philippine tourism with white sand beaches and swaying palm trees, think again. This is a different kind of white. And a different kind of beautiful.
Kapurpurawan, which comes from the Ilocano word “puraw” meaning “white”, can be easily reached from the national highway. From there, it is a short but bumpy ride on a sloping dirt road.
It was so uncomfortable inside the cramped tricycle and we got all sweaty from the ride. But all of that was forgotten as soon as we sighted Kapurpurawan. These rocks…well, they rock!! \m/ Sorry for the stupid pun but nothing could have prepared me for the beauty in front of me.
To my left is the raging West Philippine Sea, crashing endlessly against the rocky shore. To the right are the gigantic rocks that have been beautifully hewn into their current shapes by Mother Nature herself.
From this side, I think the rocks form what seemed to me as…the Sphinx! Then there is a sort of a pyramid behind it.
Before we got to the rocks, we had to walk along a rocky, moon-like landscape covered with small water-filled pools. Judging by the amount of vegetation flourishing and the number of sea creatures swimming about, this area is most probably submerged during high tide.
Parts of the rocks are still covered with dark layers of soil and vegetation. The sides facing the sea had their top layers eroded by water and wind, exposing soft waves of creamy white.
It was due to these white layers that made the short trek to the other side a little difficult as it can get slippery. For the most part, I had to hold on to the cliff walls and ended up with chalk-like white dust on my hands and clothes.
From this side, the head of the Sphinx now looks like a snake head.
Also from this side, the view is even more breathtaking as we were higher up.
Manong Vincent pointed to us a group of men and a bulldozer and other heavy construction equipment in the vicinity. According to him, they are making a boardwalk for visitors. I thought it is a great idea. Tourists can still enjoy the view of the rocks and the sea, while doing away with the unnecessary erosion caused by hundreds of human feet. No need to accelerate the erosion process — let Mother Nature do the art herself.
This is part of the Pagudpud Southbound Tour, which includes the following:
- Kapurpurawan Rock Formations
- Cape Bojeador Lighthouse
- Bangui Windmills
The tour costs P600 (for a maximum of 3 people). To book a tour with our friendly driver, Manong Vincent (tricycle #166), call or text 0921-983-6637 or 0926-273-5210.To book a tour with our friendly driver, Manong Vincent (tricycle #166), call or text 0921-983-6637 or 0926-273-5210.