Victoria, Northern Samar: Buenos Aires Beach
|Relaxing at Buenos Aires Beach in Northern Samar after traveling down from Bicol|
After the ro-ro ferry crossing from Matnog in Sorsogon to Allen in Northern Samar – wherein I traversed from Luzon to Visayas – I decided to spend the night at a nearby white-sand beach. Popular with local residents who love to picnic and play on its shores, Buenos Aires Beach was an ideal place to rest and recuperate after a long journey from Manila coming down to Samar island via the Bicol peninsula.
|Buenos Aires Beach, Victoria, Northern Samar|
The middle portion of the beach was good for swimming. On the southern end of Buenos Aires Beach, I discovered a decent spot to snorkel. I found a tidal flat that drops into a lush bed of sargassum and coral veiled in a dazzling cloud of fingerlings! There’s a moderate current here so it’s best that you’re a good swimmer (or at least wear a life vest) to enjoy snorkeling at this spot. The most fascinating marine creature I spotted here in the banded snake eel, a harmless black and white striped fish that mimics the banded sea snake.
|There’s a decent snorkeling spot at the southern end of the beach!|
Overall, Buenos Aires is an okay beach to visit. You can spend the night here on a trip from Sorsogon to Samar, and include this as a bonus attraction when you visit the Biri Rock Formations and other sites on Samar island.
HOW TO GET THERE: Ro-ro ferries (PHP 120, 1.5 hours) connect Matnog, Sorsogon and Allen, Northern Samar. From Allen, ride a tricycle (PHP 20, 15 minutes) to Buenos Aires Beach in Victoria. The closest airport from here is Catarman, which has direct flights to and from Manila.
WHERE TO STAY: Costa Conchita Beach Resort (Mobile: +63 9305319518) on the left end of Buenos Aires Beach has a lofty fan bungalow with a cottage below for only PHP 600, good for two persons. There is no restaurant at the resort, but food can be bought from eateries along the highway.