Photos by Lester Suarez
Blooming late into this travel blogging world, it’s actually hard for me to find places and things that not many have talked about yet, but serendipity really dawns upon me when I see one. That’s what I felt when I saw Costa Kristiana because I never thought that a cozy and laidback beach destination exists like this in Albay. I thought I knew the province like the back of my hand, since this is the boyfriend’s hometown and my mom is also from Bicol. Discovering this coastal area was a surprise.
About 3 hours from the capital of Albay, you’ll reach Tambac Beach, the beach resort’s location. The main highlight of your visit is just too confusing to decide on, in a good way. It can be the captivating sunset, the uncrowded shores, friendly locals, or the overall serene setting. The resort is conveniently just seconds walk away from the waters. This is for people who want a beach getaway to make their Albay itinerary versatile, which I bet has a list full of sightseeing. Here at Costa Kristianna, you’ll can take a rest and unwind. You can rent tables (Good for 4, P400), chairs, tents (from P200), cottages (from P400), and rooms for family and friends (6-8 pax – P3000).
If you’re not much into lounging and still have the hangover of your adrenaline, you can try out the water activities available. There’s kayaking (P100 per hour) and snorkeling (P50/head).
Another reason to visit is the resort’s restaurant, Sabado Nights. The place immediately gives off a chill, lowkey Mexican vibes. Their menu has different dishes such as Pica-Picas, pork dishes, poultry dishes, beef dishes, vegetable dishes, silog meals, noodles, and fish dishes. Ask the Costa Kristianna team for the freshest catch of the day and have it ‘paluto’ style. At night (or even before that), it’s best to try out their own cocktails.
For your post-pandemic plans or when the restrictions ease up, include Costa Kristianna to your destinations and make that Albay trip an all-rounder.
Sitio Tambac, Brgy. Maonon, Ligao City