Kapuluan Vista Resort, A Breath Of Fresh Air

“A walk in Nature never boring in nature great beauty to see

The wild birds are chirping and singing on fence wire and bush on a tree

away from the street and the traffic from human made pollution and noise

Above the gray scrub by the river the skylark he sings as he flies.”

~ Francis Duggan, A Walk In Nature

a breath of fresh air

Kapuluan Vista Resort is as revivifying as it’s  spirited owners — lovely couple , surfers Mike and Alma Oida. The story of how Kapuluan was conceived dates back to San Diego, California where the two met. Mike is from Fresno and Alma is from Oxnard. They planned to come home to the Philippines and live their dreams — build a future together. They went around the country to scout for a family-friendly spot. They headed south to Baler and Samar, then north to La Union, Ilocos and Cagayan. And soon after, they made their life-changing decision —  creating their new lifeforce — KAPULUAN — a 10-room eco-friendly resort in the idyllic barrio of Balaoi in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte.

pagudpud, ilocos norte

The resort has a good following — the likes of actor/surfer Jericho Rosales, top model/pro surfer/yogi Corey Wills, Marie Claire, Preview and Cosmopolitan editors, photographer Norman Crisologo and his wife, designer/stylist Astrud Crisologo; and nature lovers, eco travelers, beachcombers; and people who simply want a temporary escape from the trappings of everyday life.

the bar

Though equipped with air conditioners, the design of the spacious rooms in Kapuluan encourages air to circulate within the rooms for those who prefer an ecologically sound vacation. The kitchen serves organically-grown vegetables from Mike and Alma’s own backyard (Click here to read related story). On their menu are select mouthwatering Filipino, American, Mexican and Japanese fare.  Highly recommended are Kapuluan Kilawin, Hummus Burrito, Garlic and Herb Spaghetti, Kapuluan Hamburger,  homemade vanilla ice cream, Banana Butterscotch and their steaks and chops.  Their breads are also baked in their kitchen. Mike is currently testing his Kahlua Pig, a Hawaiian pork dish that is cooked under the earth. The pork is seasoned with rock salt and wrapped in banana leaves and placed together with hot lava rocks inside a pit, and is covered again with earth. My verdict:  fragrant, naturally sweet and succulent with a subtle smoky taste, a great alternative to our native Lechon.

The service is great, personalized and friendly. Surf lessons can be scheduled with  Mike or instructors trained by Mike himself.  Surfboards and snorkeling gear are available. A square swimming pool accentuates its geometric  architecture design.

Australian Serafin Bugejo says of Kapuluan — “Very nice place.” About Maraira-ira Cove, “Beautiful and the ocean… there are no plastics, unlike in other places. Some of the places that I’ve visited…  beautiful beaches, but lots of waste.”

Australian travellers

Kapuluan Vista Resort

Kapuluan Burger, on of the best burgers in Ilocos

Kapuluan Burger, one of the best burgers in Ilocos

homemade vanilla ice cream crepe

homemade vanilla ice cream crepe

a vegetarian delight, Hummus Burrito

a vegetarian delight, Hummus Burrito

Hot Toffee Bananas

Hot Toffee Bananas

Benedict, one of Kapuluan's friendly and efficient staff

Benedict, one of Kapuluan's friendly and efficient staff

smoked Kahlua Pig

smoked Kahlua Pig

the best Margaritas in town

the best Margaritas in town

LOVE my Kapuluan Bugnay Wine, sourced from the neighboring town of Adams

LOVE my Kapuluan Bugnay Wine, sourced from the neighboring town of Adams

LOVE my Kapuluan eco-bags

LOVE my Kapuluan eco-bags

Drew, Kapuluan's mascot of sorts

Drew, Kapuluan's mascot of sorts

sun basking by the lovely pool

sun basking by the lovely pool

greenfingers, Mike and Alma

greenfingers -- Mike and Alma

go go green

go go green

sundown


[photos by blauearth]

Kapuluan Vista Resort, Sitio Baniaran, Brgy. Balaoi, Pagudpud, Philippines www.kapuluanvista.com

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