Not all beautiful beaches are made of glistening white sands, lined up palm trees and posh beach hotels. Sometimes, pretty beaches are those least frequented and underrated but teem with hidden allure and infectious calmness easily felt when visited. This is what I’ve learned when I set foot in the place where the rustic Irish Beach lies.
The Irish Beach is the quaintest beach I have ever visited in the whole coasts of the City of Mati in Davao Oriental. It is situated along the coasts of Purok Kaangayan and is part of Barangay Badas. To many, Badas is famous for its long and winding road overlooking the scenic Pujada Bay and the Sleeping Dinosaur, the city’s landmark. But for locals living along the coasts of Badas, they consider Irish Beach as one of the gems of their Barangay.
I have been to Mati for countless of times visiting different beach destinations and beach resorts but this trip to Irish Beach was my first. As a matter of fact, it was new to me. I was even surprise to learn that hidden in those vast cliffs is a beach considered by local dwellers as their haven. Thanks to my friend Rafael Estardo, this journey was made possible.
From the city proper, going to the jump off area heading down to Irish Beach took about 15 minutes. The road going down is still not paved so four-wheeled vehicles are advised to park along the side of the highway and just hike going down to the beach. As we hiked going down to Purok Kaangayan, we passed by friendly locals greeting us with their warm smiles. It was an easy 15-minute hike and the trail was shaded with coconuts and trees thriving around the area.
As we near the beach, the view had slowly become startling. I couldn’t help but stopped at one corner and worshipped a gorgeous scene before me. It was like a beautiful painting that was laid before my very eyes. I immediately aimed my camera at it and loved the way it was captured. It was such a very captivating view – the lake, the houses, the greens and the reflections.
From where we stopped, Irish Beach is about 5-minute walk away. Without wasting much time, we hurried to the beach and immediately succumbed to its rustic yet alluring charm. The beach has its own magic. It isn’t the best beach any beach lover would want to come but it has an innate spell that lured people to appreciate its simple and tranquil ambiance.
The cottages on stilts are the main attraction of Irish Beach. The cottages can be rented at very affordable price. The shoreline is more of pebbles than sands but its blue waters are so inviting. Some coconut trees abound the environs while tropical trees thrive on the other side. There are sari-sari stores nearby selling food and drinks. People and locals around are very friendly and accommodating. They offered me tuba (native coconut wine) and I agreed. Most of these locals are fishermen.
I was truly captivated by the tranquil view of Irish Beach. And so my friend Rafael and I decided to stay there for a couple of hours to fully surrender to the call of the beach. We didn’t go swimming. Instead, we stay at one corner photographing such unique beach view. We roamed around and mingled with the locals. It was a very relaxing beach experience.
Irish Beach is not your ordinary beach. Neither mine. Simple and rustic it may seem, but it has an extraordinary charm that makes it worth visiting and experiencing! Giving a chance, I am very much willing to go back there again!