May 16, 2010
Lazy Sunday at KooKoo's Nest Beach Cottages
Two days ago, after bailing from the habal-habal due to the prohibitive fare (P150 one way), I was ready to write-off KooKoo's Nest Beach Cottages. This morning, I got a text from Rene inviting me to join him, his daughter, and his friends for beer, beach and eats at (drum roll please) KooKoo's Nest. Whoa! Normally, I'd say, "There is a God!". But since I don't subscribe to a Bearded One, I'll say, "Rene is God!".
What's Been Said
But what's the hulla-ballu about KooKoo's Nest in the first place? Well, Lonely Planet describes it this way, "...bamboo tree houses, Robinson Crusoe-style setup, private white-sand cove, idyllic resto". Rene says it's the best value given the amenities. That's enough for me.
Work Hard, Play Hard
So, Rene picks me up and I get to meet 3 of his marine-bio/physicist friends - cool young guys who refer to common fishes with their scientific names. As they donn their mask and snorkel and take the plunge, they're actually doing field work! After a dive and they gather at the bar for cold beer, they're actually having a meeting! Ha! And I thought web designers have the best job in the world! But make no mistake about it - these guys work hard as they play hard.
From the highway junction it's 11 kms of dusty and bumpy road before KooKoo's. If you're taking the habal-habal, best to bring a face mask.
What It Is
True, KooKoo's Nest is idyllic as a getaway - white sand, beach front dive site, perched bamboo cottages, laid-back resto, hammocks on stand-by, and hands-on owners Jamie and Nikki. I like that they make their own bread. Order ahead of time. They start kneading the dough after you place your pizza order! There's a sizeable amount of books and magazines on the shelves of the resto. If you want alone time to read and reflect, this is the place.
ps - big thanks to Rene for tagging me along!
- P100/person, consumable, for day trippers (outside food not allowed)
- cottages start at P650/room
- San Miguel Pale Pilsen P45
- Meals around P200
- take a pedicab (tricycle) and ask to be taken to the jeep or bus terminal going or passing Siaton
- tell the jeep/bus driver to drop you off the Antulang junction going to KooKoo's Nest Beach Cottages. ~ 1 hour 15 minutes
- from that junction, hire a motorbike (habal-habal) to take you to KooKoo's Nest - 11 kms, P200/one way. Make sure to arrange for your return.
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