Claveria Bay is a vey rich fishing ground. The most enjoyable and exciting way to catch fish is joining the "daklis". Daklis is the local term for beach net fishing wherein the net is normally cast 50-100m from the beach in a semi-circle using a row-manpowered boat. Both ends of the net then are pulled to the beach simultaneously by two sets of about 20 to 30 people pulling at each end of the net. The center of the net line has a sack-shaped fine net wherein the fish catch is collected as the net is pulled finally to the shore.
Any person incidentally at the beach could be an "instant fisherman" by helping in pulling the net. When everything else is over, each person who helped shall have a proportionate share of the fish catch, even how stranger you are to the place. There are about a dozen "daklis" operated in Claveria, so anywhere anytime you are within the beach, one should be within reach. "PULL!!!!!"
At the eastern end of Centinela Beach is Bantay Kalbo, a 100-meter high carabao grass-covered hill with a steep cliff on the sea side. A good break while enjoying the beach is to scale up this hill. It takes about 15 minutes to get to the top giving a spectacular view of the expanse of Claveria Bay extending up to the Babuyan Islands to the north. To the east is the Pata Beach, another best-kept secret still to be developed.
It could have been perfect but . . . . The telecom tower that was allowed to be erected here is an eye sore. Thumbs down.
There are more than 20 barrio inland communities in Claveria accessible mostly thru gravel roads interconnecting them like a web. Mountain Bike! Yes, the best mode to move around and give your lungs a break for fresh air. Sweat it out with a bike and meet the locals. A great learning experience in taking a look at their everyday life. Get ready with that camera and take a lot of snapshots of the countryside. Mountains, streams, green and golden fields plus the everyday-scenes.
Edible snail or "kuhol", in Ilocano is "Bisukol". Going to the rural barrios immediately after rice harvest season would be a good time to experience gathering "Bisukol" on the ankle-deep muddy ricefields. It would take only about 15minutes to gather a bowl of it. Cooked w/ coconut milk "finger-licking good" >>> would make you want for more.
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