Baybay, Roxas City :Peace and Quiet Still Exist Here

Roxas City Airport

Roxas City Airport

Nipa covered huts to hang around by day or night..

Nipa covered huts to hang around by day or night..

Bahia Norte Hotel, Baybay, Roxas city

Bahia Norte Hotel, Baybay, Roxas city

Baybay beach, Roxas City, Capiz

Baybay beach, Roxas City, Capiz

Baybay, Roxas city, Capiz ( Northern-west Visayas). Pronounce as ” Byebye” by the locals, is located in Northwest of Panay Island adjacent to Kalibo, Aklan. Roxas city has a small, old shipping port, in Culasi west of Roxas city. Capiz is popular and well known as the Seafood capital of the Philippines. Wide variety seafood by tons are transported to Manila daily, and other part of the Philippines. With its long, sea shore, and black sand, overlooking Sibuyan Sea, beach goers still flocks Baybay beach than other famous neighboring beaches of Kalibo and Iloilo. Baybay is an hour away from Manila by air, and 2-3 hours away from Kalibo and Iloilo. It is still unspoiled, and less crowded. Visitors can relax and enjoy the beach without being bothered by excess foot traffic and pushy individuals trying to see all kinds of products. until now, there is no high rise hotel buildings here and currently not inundated by Bus load of foreigners daily, mostly locals and balikbayans. Visitors will definitely enjoy an early morning and evening walks along the beach. Fine black sand is mixed with different kinds of sea shells are foot friendly. The beach is about 10 to 15 minutes commute via tricycle away from the city. Just less than 5 minutes away from the city airport. Culasi pier is still in use on the far west side of the city, Roll on Roll off bus system is also available now from Manila to Caticlan( near Boracay, island), then about an hour to Sigma, Capiz ( 20 minutes away from Roxas city), and the airport is about 5-10 minutes within the city radius.
Many visitors and locals can enjoy seafoods here without spending a lot of money. Fresh seafoods from various places within Roxas city are either transported to the Public Market, and the biggest drop off place in Banica town. For groceries and produce, Lipunan Market is the best place for fresh, and cheap vegetables, and fruits. Gaisano Mall, and newly opened Robinson’s place is just few minutes away via tricycle. if you want to eat fast, there are a lot places to eat. Ramboy’s I heared was one of the best place for seafood. My pick? I shop in the public market for fresh seafood, or meats, along with the greenest vegetables then cook it at home, I like it that way because I think the part where I prepare the meal with family members makes it more personalized and memorable.
Baybay Roxas city in my humble opinion is not for everybody. Nothing fancy, just fresh air, endless supply of seafood, fresh farm grown produce, of coarse, long peaceful beach. If you are the kind person who like the night life atmosphere I suggest for you to visit Boracay 3 hours away. Baybay Roxas city is just to quiet at night. I overheard from younger people in the internet that there are places here where everyone can go clubbing, drinking, and some Bars too, but I haven’t been to one because I have small children with me on my last visit. Since I don’t own a home in Roxas city, I stayed in a couple of nice place just outside the local airport. However, if you choose to check out the city, there are few places that you can go stay at. I stayed at a couple of nice places. one is at San Antonio Resort, just across the bay, it has different types of accommodation, slightly pricey but its clean, and they have great food, lovely swimming pool,and air conditioned rooms. there are also several hotels within the city, and the additional new place I am aware of is the Urban Manor, next to newly opened Robinson’s mall at Lawaan. On my last visit in May, I stayed at Bahia Norte Hotel, along the East end of Baybay, for $20.00 a night, I can say I was happy. it was located next just few feet away from the beach, although it was an old, place, I liked it a lot, one of my cousin jokingly said it was a hotel built back during Philippine and Japanese war era….I responded ” its more like built back in Spanish era!.The hotel had I believe around 18-20 rooms, but but it was all facing the beach, and has a homey, appeal to it. they have hot and cold shower, a flushable toilet, they have 3 beds for two in the room I rented, a good working airconditioner, hey, good enough for me! in addition, the staff were very accommodating, they helped us and guided us with everything, the breakfast is pretty simple, but I love drinking coffee by the beach in the morning.. I love the afternoon and early morning lounge by the beach, with my coffee, and mango juice in hand, just listening at the sound of the wave, just a perfect place to relax and reflect. I remember during my stay, I was able to see sunrise in the morning and sunset in the evening, it was a lovely place be at, no fancy room service, no swimming pool, but I enjoyed the constant pounding of the waves over the shoreline, it was so soothing to the senses, honestly I slept pretty well during my stay . I just can’t imagine going any place else.

"Turotot", as locals calls it, an edible shell commonly found in Baybay, Roxas city.

“Turotot”, as locals calls it, an edible shell commonly found in Baybay, Roxas city.


Sunrise at 5:40a.m., what breathtaking view.

Sunrise at 5:40a.m., what breathtaking view.


Not sure what were the boys was doing....picking shells or harassing the crabs:-)

Not sure what were the boys was doing….picking shells or harassing the crabs:-)


Sunset at Baybay, Roxas city

Sunset at Baybay, Roxas city

Nipa Hut at Bahia Norte, Baybay, Roxas city

Nipa Hut at Bahia Norte, Baybay, Roxas city

"Tahong", or green-lip mussel clams.

“Tahong”, or green-lip mussel clams.


Sinful, fresh barbecued Pork or "Liempo", along with grilled shrimps, and fresh baked tahong

Sinful, fresh barbecued Pork or “Liempo”, along with grilled shrimps, and fresh baked tahong


fruits and more fruits....

fruits and more fruits….


Sunrise at 5:40a.m., what breathtaking view.

Sunrise at 5:40a.m., what breathtaking view.


Sunset.

Sunset.


Bahia Norte, Baybay, Roxas city

Bahia Norte, Baybay, Roxas city


fresh produce:-)

fresh produce:-)


Bahia Norte, front yard garden.

Bahia Norte, front yard garden.


Forget Hawaii !!This is one of the reason why I come back to Roxas city....succulent, sweet and cheap gigantic prawns:-)

Forget Hawaii !!This is one of the reason why I come back to Roxas city….succulent, sweet and cheap gigantic prawns:-)


these White "Plumeria", or "Kalachuchi" blossoms permeates in the hallways of our hotel every morning.

these White “Plumeria”, or “Kalachuchi” blossoms permeates in the hallways of our hotel every morning.


Mixed Seafood Sinigang...courtesy of Andoy's Restaurant:-)

Mixed Seafood Sinigang…courtesy of Andoy’s Restaurant:-)


Where there are seafoods, there are charcoals...best grillmates:-)

Where there are seafoods, there are charcoals…best grillmates:-)


The Beach is calling!!

The Beach is calling!!


Fresh fish, squids, etc., eat as much as you can on with the rock bottom prices!!!

Fresh fish, squids, etc., eat as much as you can on with the rock bottom prices!!!


a few shells I found littered the sea shore.

a few shells I found littered the sea shore.


Guimaras Mangos......

Guimaras Mangos……

Suhot: A Place to Chill

Up fathomable....deep, deep, second underground cave.

Unfathomable….deep, deep, second underground cave.

So, why don't you come and take a quick dip?

So, why don’t you come and take a quick dip?

Morning is still and calm, the water is so tempting!

Morning is still and calm, the water is so tempting!

 At 6am Chilly, crystal clear spring water is waiting for you..

At 6am Chilly, crystal clear spring water is waiting for you..


View from the top.

View from the top.

Suhot Cave- located just at the foot of enormous Panginraon mountain on Dolores, Dumalag, Capiz. “Suhot” ( sue-hoot/ to crawl under), cave or ” suhot” spring is a popular swimming hole for the people of Dumalag and its neighboring places. spring wAter coming from an underground rocky source and is believe to feed the fresh water needs of the entire town, also for agricultural use. The cave itself is the main attraction, however, not necessarily people is brave enough to enter and explore it.
Visitors flock outside the cave just to escape the summer heat, Suhot spring has a large shallow to up to the neck deep swimming pool, the water level is constant throughout the entire year, and only becomes unswimmable on rainy season when it gets flooded and muddy.
the main cave is very old, it has huge opening, very dark, but I haven’t heard or read a formal exploration report about it. There are three caves to see, but people there are more interested in cooling off than to get in those dark, bat infested caves.
The first cave is located on the top of the swimming area. It is a very large, with a church like main entrance that resembles a cathedral. But if you are facing toward the cave, it looks dark, and spooky. Just like other caves, It has an old remnant of ” stalagmite”and “stalactite” formation. Sadly, those formation was chopped off for safety purposes. I myself have not really entered the cave.
The second largest cave is located below right to the swimming area. Again, I don’t have the nerve to swim in it because it is obviously deep. The third cave or the smallest Entrance lies just few inches below the water level is no longer reacheable…because for the last two decades, it disappeared because a dam was built around the swimming pool area to make the pool a little bit larger and deeper. Along time ago when I was a kid,I remember that we were able to dove down, hold our breath, just a few feet under the water and able to enter the smallest cave. And in order for you to get out, you have to swim out toward the larger second cave, from inside. you only have a few feet of crawlspace above you between solid rocky ceiling and the water. It felt super awesome, the water is very cold, Crisp, and refreshing. Although the water is crystal clear, I don’t remember seeing the bottom below, or how deep it was.it because nobody was able to correctly measure the bottom’s dept.
I visited suhot spring every year. in April 2014 was my sixth year, and my observation, there is a constant increasing number of visitors that come in and enjoy the chilly water of suhot. A Long time ago, coming to this place is free of charge. Now it is closely restricted, gate entrance is guarded by military police 24/7. people can come in and pay 20 pesos Per person. And can enjoy swimming, hang out with family and friends all day long.

Try to come as early as possible....@ 5:00am, you will enjoy swimming at Suhot better, by 0700, bunch of naked men will be soaping themselves already!

Try to come as early as possible….@ 5:00am, you will enjoy swimming at Suhot better, by 0700, bunch of naked men will be soaping themselves already!

The cottage.

The cottage.


My family while taking a quick swim in the evening:-)

My family while taking a quick swim in the evening:-)


Water gets murky in evening, disturbed sands just a reminder that a hundred children and adult alike just had their fun swimming in it.

Water gets murky in evening, the disturbed sands just a reminder that a hundred children and adult alike just had their fun swimming in it.


An overnight stay is very convenient for the entire family especially with young kids. They have cottages for rent and air conditioned rooms. The perk will be is that you can go swimming very early in the morning, where nobody is around, and the water is so clear. Then One can lounge and relax on the cabana or hut all day long if You want to. visitors can also enjoy that slightly interesting walk about the cave near the main entrance next to the grotto. during summer time even if it’s humid and sunny, just be aware that mosquitoes are all over the place, since it is located just at the foot of the mountain, bugs like mosquitoes are present. So just don’t forget to bring your own bug sprays or some sort of insect repellent. The short walk is a little bit uphill and inclined, with just little bit of difficulty.
Just above the cave is the best place to reflect and enjoy the peace and quiet, where you are surrounded with tall trees, maybe some local birds, suhot cave is a safe place. It is guarded by a private military police run by the city. It has it has an air-conditioned rooms and cottages complete with indoor toilet, and it can be reached via tricycle or jeepney on the main road just five minutes from Dumalag town public market.
Visitors can bring their own food and drinks, or they can cook barbecues on designated grilling area. The place also have Karaoke bar available for a fee, and they have those rubber tubes for rent if you want to be safe with with little ones swimming. Visitors, year not only to swam but the spend time with their families on holidays, Class reunions and birthdays. Visitors from all over the place comes around eight in the morning and throughout the whole day, doing nightfall it becomes a party place you wouldn’t imagine, but not in a chaotic way. So, where do you want to be?
The slightly steep stairway to the top of the cave.

The slightly steep stairway to the top of the cave.

Another view from the far end cottage.

Another view from the far end cottage.


Early morning , the crystal clear, chilly water is waiting for you.....

Early morning , the crystal clear, chilly water is waiting for you…..


My nephew and nieces, enjoying the evening.

My nephew and nieces, enjoying the evening.